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    Roses & Thorns: Roses to giving to those less fortunate

    12/26/2014 01:06 PM EST
    ROSES to the holiday spirit that inspired so many generous donations to charitable organizations this holiday season. These included NAHANCO of North Bennington's donation of $500 and household items to the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless to give to Good Shepherd Shelter in Bennington. Let's keep in mind that the need in our community will continue all year long. 
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    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
    12/23/2014 04:40 PM EST - Editor's note: Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and Full Story

    Foreign policy shift toward Cuba was justified
    12/22/2014 04:10 PM EST - President Obama offered a succinct reason for a major change in United States foreign policy toward Cuba: The old policy was an abject failure. "These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach," said the president. In the early 1960s, the administration of President Kennedy began the U. Full Story

    'Interview' cave-in sets bad precedent
    12/21/2014 06:48 PM EST - The decision of Sony Pictures Entertainment to pull "The Interview" from release won't deprive America of the next "Casablanca." But it does set a troubling precedent. Intimidated by threats of violence to coincide with the movie's planned Christmas Day release, movie theaters began pulling the film in recent days, setting the stage for major chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment to Full Story

    Roses & Thorns: Roses to Sen. Leahy for helping to free American prisoner
    12/19/2014 10:06 PM EST - ROSES to Vt. Sen. Patrick Leahy for his role in facilitating the release of an American contractor who had been held in a Cuban prison for five years. Sen. Leahy was among a number of delegates — including Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. — who flew to Cuba Wednesday to accompany Alan Gross back to the United States as part of a prisoner exchange made possible by the recent diplomatic Full Story

    Cuba: A bold move and long overdue
    12/18/2014 10:29 PM EST - The restoration of U.S. relations with the island nation of Cuba is a bold move that is long overdue. But, as is the case with any major foreign policy shift, it is a complex matter and the devil is in the details. And, there are plenty of both. Depending on whom you believe, the announcement Wednesday by President Barack Obama that he will do all he can to normalize U. Full Story

    Our view: Trustees make a wise but difficult choice
    12/18/2014 10:26 PM EST - Sometimes the wise thing is not the most popular. This is the case with Wednesday's vote by the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Veterans' Home to cut back the number of licensed beds at the facility from 171 to 130. This is being done to reduce the increasing amount of money the state has had to allocate out of its General Fund to the home to balance its budget. Full Story

    Another view: Islamic State's global agenda unfolds
    12/17/2014 08:13 PM EST - While the military conquests and annexing of territory by the self-described Islamic State have been stalled by a combination of coalition air strikes and Kurdish fighters on the ground, evidence of its influence beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria have become disturbingly clear. The radical group's call for individual or lone-wolf actions of terror against Western countries keeps Full Story

    Our view: Next time, choose sunlight over secrecy
    12/16/2014 08:26 PM EST - Last week we wrote about a victory for open government when the Senate on Dec. 8 unanimously passed The FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 — a bill aimed at easing disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act. After the Senate's promising yes vote, there was a very small window in which the House could pass the bill to get it on the president's desk. Full Story

    Another View: The dismal science
    12/15/2014 04:47 PM EST - Cutting $100 million is not an easy thing to do, especially when you have to cut from a total spending package of only about $432 million. As Steve Klein, executive director of the state's Joint Fiscal Office, explained in a recent piece published in VTDigger.org, the state's General Fund totals about $1. Full Story

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    Dog not gone: Rescue in the Columbia Gorge

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped. Full Story
    Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Game changers who made their mark in 2014. Full Story