A visit to my Alma Mater

I had the pleasure to visit Amherst College on a delightful Spring Day last week. As you can see, in this picture of Johnson Chapel taken from Stearns Hall, the leaves aren’t yet out on the trees of the Freshman Quad. Yet the College on the Hill continues to thrive. The students that took me to lunch before my talk asked difficult questions, but they are clearly serious and give me great hope.

At the same time, western Massachusetts is having a difficult time of it. The Great Recession has not been kind. Here inside the Beltway, we sometimes miss the larger picture of what is happening across the country. Driving back to Bradley Airport, through formerly prosperous mill towns made concrete the suffering inflicted by this crisis.