MIDDLEBURY — Jerry Schwarz has just about seen it all during his almost 38 years as a public defender. He’s defended clients on charges ranging from petit larceny to murder, with just about every other offense in between. But the gregarious attorney with his trademark bushy gray beard and booming voice will retire from his post as Addison County public defender in order to live life more fully outside of the courtroom.
“I love the people and the work, but you can’t do it forever,” Schwarz said during a recent interview.
MIDDLEBURY — Sandy Jackson has always been a crafty person.
“My hands never stop making stuff,” she says. “I can’t stand to be idle for a minute.”
When she and her husband, Bruce Eichinger, went to Paris for three months back in 1996, she decided to put her craft skills to the test. She brought along a book called “Pop-up Geometric Origami” by Masahiro Chatani and determined she was going to take her greeting cards and decorations to the next level.
LINCOLN — The sounds of drumming echoed through the halls of Lincoln Community School one afternoon last week. In a classroom, Guinean-born Simbo Camara led seven students through a West African dance accompanied by a drumbeat.
“Listen for the beat!” he shouted with infectious energy.
The two children playing the drums had a tendency to speed up, as if racing each other, so Camara kept the beat on the drum he straddled while he directed the dancers through their moves.
Dear Mom and Dad,
It’s Sunday night, a few days before Christmas, and we’ve been scurrying around getting things ready for the holiday — cleaning, wrapping gifts … Sarah and the girls took a sled down to the brook and collected pine boughs, then they decorated the house, made it look and smell like a festival. I spent half the day in the office getting things ready to take a day off.
My name is Christopher Mason, and I am a police officer.
I speak it as a confession to highlight a tension that rests at the heart of my professional life — a perceived contradiction that is very frequently commented upon. The comments typically run something like, “I really hate cops, but you seem OK.” Which is very gratifying, of course, since it’s nice not to be hated, but disconcerting at the same time.
As so often happens with liberal fantasies of a welfare state utopia, the balloon of single payer was pricked by the pin of economic reality.
Details are important when discussing energy policy, especially when it comes to our state’s future. That’s why I was so concerned to read two recent opinion pieces in the Addison Independent written by Paul Stone. (“Acts 248 and 250 need local input” on Nov. 26 and “State needs new solar-siting rules” on Dec. 10).