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The Outside Story: Dry run

09/29/2016 12:31 PM EDT
Scenes from the West's five-year drought are striking – the cracked mud at the bottom of a dry reservoir, forests in flames. Wonder what a drought would look like in Vermont and New Hampshire? Just look out the window. This is the first time that any part of New Hampshire has been in an "extreme drought" since the federal government began publishing a drought index in 2000, said Mary 
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The View From My Place: What's in a chip?
09/29/2016 12:11 PM EDT - You remember back when in May of 1978 when two unknown guys named Ben & Jerry thought it might be a good idea to make and sell ice cream? And remember six short years later they decided they wanted to be more than just two guys selling ice cream so they raised capital by offering a Vermonter's only investment opportunity? Full Story

Conety Comedy: A Carlin family legacy
09/29/2016 09:32 AM EDT - After writing a column about George Carlin entitled "The Road to Wonderful W.I.N.O." in the Bennington Banner on Sept. 9, I was contacted by a rep from a California PR firm who told me that he enjoyed the article; that a new George Carlin album, his first release of "new" material since his passing eight years ago, was being released; and asked me if I would like to have Kelly Carlin, George's Full Story

Purcell: The comeback of cursive
09/28/2016 09:02 PM EDT - Get this: After many schools have phased out cursive writing lessons across America, more schools are bringing the lessons back. As it goes, technology was such just a few short years ago that the emergence of electronic documents — completed on computer keypads — no longer required a handwritten signature. Full Story

The Pun Also Rises: 2016 First Presidential Debate Rap
09/28/2016 07:06 AM EDT - HOLT: Welcome to Hofstra University, I'm Lester Holt from NBC. We've got 3 topics: Prosperity, America's Direction, and Security. The questions are mine, and have not been shared, So let's hope we catch these candidates unprepared. Let's begin: Prosperity needs people employed So why don't you each tell us why you'd be a good choice? Full Story

Bigger than Biceps: Treating exercise as therapy
09/27/2016 03:57 PM EDT - For a person whose life changed just from stepping into the fitness world, falling off the tracks means a lot more than just missing a couple workouts. It's like going to a class five days a week and then having summer vacation. When you go back to school in the fall, it's hard to get back into the swing of things. Full Story

Health Matters: An alternative to prescription opioids
09/27/2016 06:41 AM EDT - If you are paying attention to the news these days, you have heard about the "opioid epidemic." Here in Vermont and nationwide, news of opioid addiction is everywhere. Perhaps you, a friend, or family member has been affected. If so, you know that addiction has many deeply troubling side effects, like depression, the loss of one's job, fractured relationships, and a generally unsteady living Full Story

Commentary: Vote on Election Day, Nov 8.
09/25/2016 07:28 PM EDT - On Tuesday, Nov. 8 we will make a momentous decision whether or not our great country will remain a free market, constitutional democracy. The stakes could not be higher. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, it will mean the end of the America we know and love. To defeat Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump will need to use every weapon in his arsenal, including animating his base to get them out Full Story

Graves Registry: The big banker meets Mrs. Warren
09/25/2016 07:19 PM EDT - For every life of an American citizen that terrorism claims all over the world, more than 1,000 die as a result of gun violence in the United States alone. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in the United States. Those two facts tend to severely compromise the underpinnings — not to mention the future — of today's Republican Party. Full Story

On naps and napping
09/23/2016 07:53 PM EDT - The Golden Age of Naps is behind us. The great nappers of the past are gone. There will never be another president who can nap like Calvin Coolidge (apologies to Ronald Regan). There will never be another man so great he saved Western Civilization, yet managed to get his naps. I'm speaking here, of course, of Sir Winston Churchill. Full Story

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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston split up

Taylor Swift decides Tom Hiddleston isn’t the one after all and hands him his walking papers.