• After Hagel, more changes at Defense - 11/25/2014 08:59 PM EST
    After Hagel, more changes at Defense

    11/25/2014 08:59 PM EST
    And so it goes. Yet another defense secretary has announced he will leave the Obama administration under pressure. This makes the third head of the Pentagon to depart in the six years President Barack Obama has been in office. The White House announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had submitted his resignation after he and President Obama "both determined that it was time for new 
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    Ukraine needs financial help from the West
    11/24/2014 10:20 PM EST - Elections, Ebola and ISIS have, for the most part, nudged the critical confrontation between Ukraine and Russia from this nation's headlines. That's predictable, given the dynamic nature of news cycles and Americans' meager appetite for international news, but it is regrettable. To be blunt, Ukraine's economy is, by any rational measure, a mess. Full Story

    Roses to MAUHS students, staff on successful dance
    11/21/2014 10:25 PM EST - ROSES to the students and staff of Mount Anthony Union High School on their recent successful school dance, held Nov. 8. After the school's Homecoming dance was canceled earlier this school year because of inappropriate dancing, the MAUHS community put their heads together to find a way to hold a dance that would be both enjoyable and appropriate. Full Story

    Drop in oil prices is mostly a good thing
    11/20/2014 10:13 PM EST - Lower oil prices are on balance clearly good for the United States — putting money in the pockets of the beleaguered middle class — but of course in Colorado the picture is more complicated. As Denver Post reporter Aldo Svaldi pointed out this week, "Oil and gas severance taxes totaled $318. Full Story

    The GOP's best move on immigration
    11/19/2014 07:51 PM EST - Incensed that the president is contemplating executive action to address millions of people in this country without legal status, congressional Republicans are hatching all kinds of complex and damaging maneuvers to thwart him. The best option, however, is really the most simple. The new GOP majority that will control both chambers should pass an immigration bill when they take power in January Full Story

    Time to say goodbye to the penny
    11/18/2014 07:28 PM EST - Americans have a complicated relationship with the penny. On one hand, people don't have much use for pennies and are happy to leave them in those ubiquitous plastic "need a penny" trays at convenience stores. But polls show that a majority of Americans can't bear the idea of permanently getting rid of the inspiration behind such sayings as "a penny for your thoughts" and "a penny saved is a Full Story

    Climate pact at least sets back deniers
    11/17/2014 04:30 PM EST - When it was announced at an Asian summit last week that the U.S. and China had reached agreement on the heretofore sticky wicket of reducing carbon emissions, the reactions were as predictable as the sunrise. Those who ascribe world-stage preeminence to the issue of global warming hailed it as "one of the most significant climate deals ever struck. Full Story

    Putting children on sex offender registries is ineffective
    11/16/2014 12:27 PM EST - While the sex offender registry serves an admirable purpose in keeping predators away from our children and other vulnerable members of our community, like mandatory minimum sentencing rules, registries have an absolutism to them that make many of us uncomfortable in their implementation. Consider Josh Gravens, who was 12 when he touched his 8-year-old sister 13 years ago. Full Story

    Roses to Veterans Day events
    11/16/2014 09:07 AM EST - ROSES to the Bennington Veterans Day parade and the subsequent activities organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332 and American Legion Post 13 of Bennington. "There is a special sadness that accompanies the death of a serviceman. We are never quite good enough to them ... because what they've given us is beyond our power to repay. Full Story

    A temporary, but necessary, measure
    11/12/2014 06:37 PM EST - When President Obama before the end of this year issues an executive order or two on immigration, take the resulting hysteria with a grain of salt. For one thing, any action he takes will only be temporary. For another, Congress could easily supersede anything he does by taking action on its own. But it won't. Full Story

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    Prison theater transforms Colombian inmates

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A group of handcuffed female inmates file onto a dark stage as prison guards carrying assault rifles watch nervously from the sparsely filled seats of Colombia's National Theater. Full Story
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    Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: Clean up your act

    The veteran entertainer complains in an interview that young singers rely too much on selling sex instead of talent.