The idea for this blog originated in November 2006, in my letter to the editor of the Rutland Herald (A skier’s View of Politics). It was just after the mid-term election that gave control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to the Democrats. While I was very glad to see the end of one-party rule in Washington, DC, I was also extremely glad the election and negative ads were over (at least for 2 years). I was really looking forward to a new ski season in Vermont.
As a native Midwesterner, self-exiled in Vermont (a Michigander-Flatlander), I consider myself a political moderate; a square peg that doesn’t fit exactly into either major political party. After the 2006 Election, I had an “aha” moment, a path through the forest, the ski trail between our divided political parties (as in Jesse Ventura’s 2012 book).
When you ski, you go back and forth, left-right-left-right … (or vice versa, if you prefer). That is the best way to get down the hill safely. Ski The Middle, while continuing to turn back and forth, right-left-right-left, … enjoying the ride. Enjoying both sides of the trail or slope, but not getting attached to one side or the other.