- The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation is pleased to announce that our 2nd annual New York Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Metropolitan Club. This year’s dinner will feature a debate on income inequality between former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and Chrystia Freeland, Canadian MP. Team USA will debate Team Canada on the same topic, and the Coolidge and Calvin Prize winners will be awarded.
- The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation comes to Capitol Hill on November 12, 2014, with a conference titled “The Virtuous Obsession: How Better Budget Law Is Key to Meeting Our Fiscal Challenges.” Coolidge once remarked budgets were “a sort of obsession with me.” RSVP today. Space is limited!
Time comes at you like a winter storm. You see it brewing in the distance, a dark cloud on the horizon creeping steadily forwards. Where it sets its feet down, the ground disappears, the white snow muddling your memory. You ignore it until the flakes start to fall around you. They demand to be noticed, dropping onto your already cold nose and nestle, melting in between strands of hair and blinking eyelashes. Before you know it, you’re caught up in it all, the howling wind pulling first one way and then another, the bitter cold seeping into your bones. The path ahead has become scary and unknown, the flurries obscuring the landscape around you. You squint fruitlessly into the distance but can only see the couple steps ahead of you. What was once familiar is now not.
In a valley, much like Plymouth, Vermont, in a farm house—a cozy, New England home like Calvin Coolidge’s, in my mother’s bedroom pure Vermont air welcomed my cry. Every year I grew in the strength and spirit of Vermont country mountains, running the hill behind our house barefoot until the first snow, dropping the school books on the kitchen table to catch the Autumn leaves—carefree about what my future held. All I knew was that there was no place I would rather be. But there comes a time in every young Vermonter’s life when he or she must make a decision much like President Calvin Coolidge did. Should I stay or should I go? My turn to decide has come. Three things will influence my decision to stay or go: a sound education, a reliable job and an exeptional place to raise a family. The question to stay or go lies in this—can Vermont secure to her young people a prosperous future?