Something new, we're revamping our letters section's traditional role
as a place for readers to sound off on past stories, extol our virtues,
or excoriate us for our shortcomings. (Not that we don't appreciate the
praise and enjoy a good verbal thumping every so often.)
Here's how it works. We'll post an assignment in each issue and ask you
to respond for publication in the next. We'll print our favorite responses
and even award a prize to the best in show.
A little background on your first assignment - last semester, Scott Baldwin
'76 and Bill Wachtel '76 put together Politics and Public Trust:
In Search of the Next Generation of Civic Heroes, a panel discussion
in honor of Charlie Ross, a longtime Vermont public servant who taught
at UVM for several years. Ross's teaching greatly influenced this pair
of longtime alumni pals who first crossed paths in his class. Mark Fox
'75, another Ross fan, put it this way: Charlie Ross never asked
us to do the easy or popular thing. He encouraged us to do the difficult
or right thing.
Here's your assignment:
Among your professors from your UVM years, who was your Charlie Ross and
what's one lesson that has stayed with you?
Please keep the text at 100 words or less. Our very favorite response
will receive a copy of Professor Frank Bryan's book Real Democracy: The
New England Town Meeting and How it Works.
P.S. You're still welcome to write letters to the editor to VQ. We will
publish them in our on-line version and reserve the right to dust off
the traditional print format if we get lively reader input on a particular
E-mail responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to Vermont Quarterly, 86 South Williams, Burlington, VT 05401.Letter
to the editor
Jack Stern '62 of Annapolis, Md., wrote to us with his best attempt at
identifying the pajama boys featured in the spring issue. He proposes
that the photo pictures Danny Batonick '63, center in the shades, and
Larry Yarkin '63, walking around the back. The other two remain at large.
Campus security officials will be contacting Batonick and Yarkin regarding
violation of University policy on fountain frolic. (Just kidding, the
statute of limitations has expired.)