October 7th, 2010
VERGENNES — Lead negotiators on both sides said in a joint interview last week that they are satisfied with the new, two-year Addison Northwest Supervisory Union teachers’ contract, which will expire in June 2012 and preserves teachers’ existing health-care benefits and base pay.
Negotiators reached agreement in an eight-hour mediation session in mid-August, and in late September both the Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association and the ANwSU board — which represents Panton, Waltham, Vergennes, Addison and Ferrisburgh — gave final approval.
If you didn’t attend the Abigail Washburn concert at the college’s Center for the Arts last week, well, you missed out.
Unfortunately, my imagination didn’t miss out — the concert sent me spiraling into new waves of depression about my non-musicality.
BRANDON — After more than a year, officials in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union are hopeful that negotiations may be nearing an end, although the issues of salary and benefits remain on the table.
“We’re optimistic that we’ll have a resolution here in the next couple of months,” said RNeSU Superintendent John Castle.
Here we are, just one week into October, and my brain has already slipped into winter mode. For the next six to eight months, at least 40 percent of my waking thoughts will focus one elusive goal: staying warm.
I’m one of those people who are always cold. You know the type; every household has one. We scream, “Close the door!” the second it opens, before our family members have time to go through it. We wear socks 11 months of the year. We think the inventor of the Snuggie deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarianism.
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime National Public Radio journalist John Hockenberry at a Tuesday appearance in a Middlebury College lecture room ordered everyone to empty their pockets of change.
“Look at what you’re holding in your hand,” he said, encouraging everyone to take a good, hard look at the pennies.
“What you are holding in your hand,” he continued, “is one of the most powerful, historical ironies in American history.”
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team on Tuesday rode its usual strong defense and what was for the Otters an offensive outburst to pick up a key Marble Valley League win, 2-1, over visiting Windsor.
The 6-2 Otters passed the 5-2-1 Yellowjackets both in the MVL B Division and in the Vermont Division II standings with the victory. Unofficially, Woodstock (5-2) remains in first with more quality points in a tight D-II race.
As I write this, it’s four days into the 2010 bow and arrow season for deer and the newly expanded archery season for turkey. Sadly, I was tied up much of the opening weekend and only got out hunting one evening for two hours. I saw nothing but a gray squirrel.
An Essay by Victor Nuovo, Middlebury College professor emeritus of philosophy
1. The Laws of Plato and the rule of Law
Author’s note: This is the first of a series of essays or reflections about a book written two and a half millennia ago by Plato, the great philosopher. It is titled “Laws” and is his last and longest work. According to a reliable tradition, when Plato died, in 347 BCE, he had finished a draft of the whole work; it was edited and published posthumously by Philip of Opus, Plato’s secretary, a member of Plato’s Academy and a philosopher.