Another Opinion: On the politics of paper currency

05/05/2015 04:30 PM EDT
The effort to dump Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill in favor of a woman got a boost last week when Sen. Jeanne Shaheen introduced the "Women on the 20" act, a bill which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to convene a panel to make a recommendation on which famous American women should be honored to replace the out-of-favor seventh president of the United States. 
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Another Opinion: Say no to distracted driving
05/04/2015 05:18 PM EDT - For every 10 vehicles cruising along city and town streets, at least one is driven by someone texting or talking on a hand-held cellphone. That frightening statistic is nearly enough to keep everyone off the road. Except those who still recklessly do it. It is impossible to keep eyes on the road and on a mobile screen at the same time. Full Story

Another Opinion: Protests are justified, rioting is not
05/03/2015 02:36 PM EDT - Americans of all races are mad as hell about police brutality. But what does destroying local stores and throwing bricks at firefighters have to do with police brutality? Last week's violent outburst in Baltimore over a black man who died in police custody follows the high-profile deaths of several black men in encounters with police — from Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Full Story

Roses & Thorns: Roses to Bernie on entering the race
05/01/2015 03:32 PM EDT - ROSES to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on his decision to enter the presidential race for 2016. We believe Sanders' campaign will draw needed attention to important issues including global warming, infrastructure improvements, free college tuition, an expansion of Medicare and a new tax structure that equalizes the "1 percent. Full Story

Our Opinion: Sen. Sanders' passion on our economic plight
04/29/2015 05:56 PM EDT - The entrance of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders into the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency promises to make the 2016 presidential campaign season much more interesting around these parts. Sen. Sanders is expected to announce his candidacy today. He will be the first major party presidential candidate from Vermont since former Gov. Full Story

Our Opinion: Don't touch Social Security
04/28/2015 06:57 PM EDT - Raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits is a bad idea that won't go away. In response to Americans living longer and fewer young workers to pay into the Social Security system, big corporations would like to raise the retirement age from 67 to 70. The Business Roundtable, a policy advocacy group composed of the CEOs of huge corporations such as Xerox, DOW Chemical and JP Morgan Full Story

Distracted driving a matter of personal responsibility
04/27/2015 04:16 PM EDT - For every 10 vehicles cruising along city and town streets, at least one is driven by someone texting or talking on a hand-held cellphone. That frightening statistic is nearly enough to keep everyone off the road. Except those who still recklessly do it. It is impossible to keep eyes on the road and on a mobile screen at the same time. Full Story

Roses & Thorns: Roses to Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser
04/25/2015 10:06 AM EDT - ROSES to Bowl for Kids Sake, the 28th annual fundraiser for Bennington County Big Brothers Big Sisters, slated for all day Saturday at Bennington Lanes. Proceeds raised during the annual event go toward recruiting BBBS volunteers, providing background checks for prospective volunteers, and conducting training. Full Story

Another Opinion: Time for Plan B
04/23/2015 07:19 PM EDT - It's almost too easy to throw rocks at Vermont Health Connect, Vermont's state-designed health insurance website, . Out of deference to the people who have no doubt labored long and hard to try and get the insurance exchange up and running smoothly, we'll resist the urge to once again express our bafflement at how so much money could have been spent without completion. Full Story

Our Opinion: Lessons of sexual assault awareness month must continue all year
04/22/2015 06:57 PM EDT - April, which is sexual assault awareness month, is coming to a close. Sexual assaults, however, will continue happening every day of every month this year. Shari, a community outreach advocate for the Women's Freedom Center in Brattleboro, said that sexual assault and domestic violence don't just affect women. Full Story

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Venezuelan president's bout with thrown mango inspires game

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two Venezuelans who emigrated to escape the country's economic woes are drawing laughs with a mobile game mocking President Nicolas Maduro for his decision to give a new home to a woman who threw a mango at him seeking attention for her plea to get housing. Full Story
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Rio museum opens its doors to Carnival's anonymous artisans

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" and Henry Moore's "Archer" are among some of the world's most iconic sculptures competing for space at a new museum exhibition where one of Alberto Giacometti's signature figurines appears to stride boldly into the room. Full Story