In his letter to the Addison Independent (March 12) Tom Hughes accuses me of writing disparagingly of George Washington. This was not my intention. Indeed, I meant just opposite. Therefore, either I miswrote or Mr. Hughes mistook my point. Probably both are true.
In any case, I take it that Mr. Hughes and I agree about Washington’s greatness. We seem to disagree about where in his character and personality the source of that greatness lay. I locate it in Washington’s moral character and not in his intellectual life. But I wrote that he did not read books, which is not true. I stand corrected...
In his essay published in the Jan. 28 edition of the Addison Independent, on his way to making a point about George Washington’s example of moral excellence, Victor Nuovo made a misleading and disparaging comment about the Father of our Country.
The first paragraph of Mr. Nuovo’s essay begins: “George Washington (1732-99) was not an intellectual. He did not attend college. He did not read books; he was not a great orator, and wrote nothing that might become a classic.”
Just because George Washington was not an academic like Mr. Nuovo is no reason to unfairly judge him as not a great man of...
MIDDLEBURY — After a six-year hiatus, Middlebury Republican Tom Hughes is back on the ballot in his attempt to win one of two seats representing Addison County’s shire town in the Vermont House.
Hughes, 64, is the lone challenger on the 2020 ballot for the Addison-1 race, which also features incumbent Democratic Reps. Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon.
He realizes Middlebury is about as “blue” as a Vermont legislative district can get, and acknowledges he hasn’t been actively campaigning. But Hughes believes every race should be contested for the good of democracy.
“I want to give the voters an...