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    Our Opinion: Deficit news is encouraging, at least for now

    08/30/2015 09:46 PM EDT
    The federal deficit scolds have been quiet for some time which must mean that the news is good — or from the perspective of the scolds, bad. And the news is good. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported last week that the deficit will fall to $426 billion by September 30, the end of the third quarter, which will be the lowest it has been under President Obama. 
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    Editorial: Brattleboro Retreat investigation unfounded
    08/28/2015 10:17 PM EDT - Earlier this week, the Vermont Attorney General's Office announced it was investigating allegations of fraud filed against the Brattleboro Retreat. We were, quite simply, stunned to learn the AG's office and the Office of the Vermont State Auditor agree that a scheme alleged by a whistle-blower "is a plausible mechanism for a health care provider fraud. Full Story

    Our View: Pope & Trump: Showdown in September
    08/28/2015 02:29 PM EDT - When Pope Francis comes to the U.S. for the first time Sept. 22 to 27, expect his very presence to shake up the already agitated national political scene. His visit will include an address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24. Don't be surprised if during his visit the pope, warning against a "throwaway society," condemns both abortion and economic inequality, and makes Full Story

    Our Opinion: Key to hydropower use is the delivery system
    08/23/2015 10:25 PM EDT - Hydropower, like any energy source, has drawbacks, but it definitely beats coal. Canada has plenty of it, southern New England could use it, but getting it there is the issue. Vermont and New Hampshire are understandably worried about above-ground power lines despoiling their natural beauty as they transport hydropower south. Full Story

    Editorial: Transporting oil by rail is risky business
    08/21/2015 09:37 PM EDT - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week joined other state and federal officials in calling for increased safety measures, inspections and preparedness to prevent an oil train disaster in Pennsylvania. His recommendations were a reiteration of local and federal warnings: With 70 trains rumbling along Pennsylvania rails each week carrying millions of gallons of Bakken crude oil, the spectre of a Full Story

    Our opinion: 'Breathtaking in all its callousness'
    08/20/2015 09:56 PM EDT - So Donald Trump, if he is elected president, will force all undocumented immigrants out of the United States, make Mexicans pay for a wall between us and them and change the Constitution to eliminate citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants on American soil. He's even said that he would deport children born in America if their parents are here illegally. Full Story

    Editorial: Aggrieved male entitlement and mass shootings
    08/19/2015 09:51 PM EDT - Mass shooting are on the rise in the United States, and men are almost always to blame. Tristan Bridges and Tara Leigh, writing for Sociological Images, note "This type of rampage violence happens more in the United States than anywhere else. But, gun control is only a partial explanation for mass shootings in the U. Full Story

    Our view: A loud roar for forgiveness
    07/31/2015 10:20 PM EDT - The killing of Cecil the lion by an American big-game hunter is a regrettable incident. Whether this was illegal or not remains to be seen. As the world has become more and more aware of the environment and the loss of species, the hunting of prized rare animals in exotic locations by wealthy tourists is not particularly admired. Full Story

    Our Opinion: Health care should be a birthright
    07/30/2015 11:07 PM EDT - As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare the discussion of expanding the program and offering universal health care is resurfacing. It's not a new debate. Fifty years before Medicare's enactment, progressives had fought unsuccessfully for universal, government-provided health insurance, wrote Nancy Altman, founding co-director of Social Security Works, for the Huffington Post. Full Story

    Editorial: Heated rhetoric on Iran deal does nothing but enrich the few
    07/29/2015 10:03 PM EDT - Just when we thought the commentary coming out of the GOP slate of candidates for the 2016 election couldn't get any more despicable than calling Mexicans rapists, up pops Mike Huckabee. "This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. Full Story