As our readership has happily increased and the archives are filing up, we occasionally revisit one our longstanding series. Today, it is the Town of Brighton.
Over the years, my fellow Brighton High School graduate and our political commentator Bruce Kay has on one or two occasions waggishly referred to our town as Pax Brightonia. Apparently, Pax Brightonia is a play on the terms Pax Brittania and perhaps Pax Romana, the extended periods when the British and Roman empires held sway.
I believe Bruce was implying that Brighton has a certain imperious undertone. At one time in Brighton’s history, Bruce might have been right that it was an upper crust, homogeneous locale. But today Brighton is Monroe County’s most diverse town: ethnically, racially, religiously and economically. Brighton is home to many progressives who — not choosing to live in an outer ring suburb — are actively engaged in city life.
Anyway, who says Pax Romana was so bad? In Scene 10 from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Before the Romans Things Were Smelly, the Judean rebels are plotting to overthrow the “Roman Imperialist State.” The rebels have a discussion on what the Romans have ever actually done for them. Quickly, the rebels realize the Romans have done a lot for Judea:
REG: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
XERXES: Brought peace.
REG: Oh. Peace? Shut up!
So maybe Pax Brightonia isn’t so bad.
Below are most, but not all, of our Brighton stories by category.
FOURTH OF JULY
SPORTS: baseball, chess, football, softball volleyball