Roses & Thorns: Roses to Grace Christian School's effort to help Ugandan children get shoes

03/27/2015 04:31 PM EDT
ROSES to Grace Christian School of Bennington on getting students and parents involved in an effort to help children in Uganda. The school hosted a family night on March 20 during which the more than 50 participants cut cloth to be made into shoes for Ugandan youth through the nonprofit Sole Hope organization. 
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Our View: Opting not to vaccinate puts others at risk
03/27/2015 12:35 PM EDT - In Vermont, parents are more likely than their counterparts in other states to opt not to vaccinate their children against diseases. Vermont is tied with Idaho with the second highest number of "non-medical" vaccination exemptions in the country, according to the CDC. Oregon has the highest number. While the Centers for Disease Control recommends that children newborn to age 6 get 28 doses of 10 Full Story

Another view: Football player Chris Borland puts health over fame
03/27/2015 12:33 PM EDT - By all accounts, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers was on the cusp of professional stardom. An All-American at Wisconsin, he was expected to be a starting linebacker for the 49ers next season, earning $2.9 million over his first four years. When he announced last week that he is retiring from football at the age of only 24, he stunned fans and followers of the game. Full Story

Another view: Lynch deserves a Senate vote not purgatory
03/27/2015 12:33 PM EDT - The Senate was expected to vote last week on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. attorney general, more than four months after President Barack Obama announced that the veteran prosecutor was his choice to succeed Eric Holder. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he will delay that vote until the Senate resolves partisan differences over a bill designed to assist Full Story

Another view: Granite Staters should be ashamed
03/23/2015 09:50 PM EDT - If you want to see how to encourage youngsters to get involved in the legislative process, just straddle the Connecticut River and look to Montpelier in the west. And if you want to learn how best to discourage them from getting involved, then look to Concord in the east. On March 17, a dozen students from Wardsboro Elementary School traveled to Montpelier to lobby for designating the Gilfeather Full Story

Another view: Your personality influences your food choices
03/24/2015 05:11 PM EDT - We have all heard that sorry, overused cliche that you are what you eat. But recently a pair of researchers concluded that maybe it's the opposite — you eat what you are. OK, a little clarification is needed here. Carmen Keller and Michael Siegrist, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, recently published a report in which they concluded that someone's personality influences their Full Story

Another View: Time to reform the tax code
03/20/2015 02:49 PM EDT - Last year, the Obama administration directed the Treasury Department to draft new rules to make it more difficult for U.S. companies to pull off tax-inversion deals, under which they would acquire a foreign company, and then "redomicile" the new, merged company overseas. By doing so, corporations were able to take advantage of lower overseas tax rates, thus saving money for their shareholders. Full Story

Another View: Intimidating scientists won't change reality
03/19/2015 10:01 PM EDT - With the Earth's very ecosystem threatened by the massive burning of fossil fuels, the passion of politicians to shut down debate about aspects of climate change is understandable. But that does not make it right. A vigorous debate about exactly what is happening to the Earth and what we should do about it is absolutely essential if we are to move forward. Full Story

Another view: Breastfeeding for brains and more money
03/24/2015 05:04 PM EDT - It's not news that children who breastfeed longer have higher IQ scores. It hasn't been entirely linked to just the nutrition benefits that comes from breastfeeding for longer than 12 months as women who do so are often more attentive to their children's needs and also often come from families that have the resources to spend more quality time with their children. Full Story

Another view: The homeless may be out of sight but not out of mind
03/24/2015 05:11 PM EDT - Now that this long execrable winter is almost over, there are at least two groups of people who are breathing a sigh of relief. The first group is the homeless, who have had to deal with many days of sub-zero weather and several feet of snow. Yes, there is the Drop In Center on South Main Street, which does an admirable job of taking care of the homeless, but it is limited by its size and is not Full Story

Alaska police officers corral grazing miniature horses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police officers in Alaska's biggest city became wranglers early Friday morning, rounding up a couple of miniature horses that escaped from their corral. Full Story
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Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son. Full Story
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.