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    The Pun Also Rises

    07/28/2015 09:44 PM EDT
    By Seth Brown There's somethin' weird in my bag of food, I don't know what it is. Veggies I didn't choo-oo-oose I'm tryin' not to be crass or rude, But this kohlrabi biz, I'm not sure how to uu-uu-use Livin' on the Veg! Livin' on the Veg! Livin' on the Veg! Livin' on the Veg! ******* I am not known for my healthy eating. 
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    Graves Registry: The long journey back to Maycomb
    07/27/2015 10:11 PM EDT - To state that "Go Set a Watchman" was a disappointment would not be entirely accurate. I approached the only other published novel by the famously reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" comfortably self-insulated against the possibility of disappointment. I naively thought, however, that there was no need to guard against the prospect of disillusionment in a literary hero of Atticus Finch's Full Story

    Commentary: The engagement critics
    07/24/2015 09:54 PM EDT - One of the predictable outcomes of any US effort to reset relations with an adversary is that allies start whining about their vulnerability and demanding some sort of compensation for it. Thus, no sooner was the nuclear deal with Iran concluded than the Israelis, Saudis, and other Middle East partners criticize it as representing abandonment and emboldening Iran to become a stronger meddler in Full Story

    Will Durst: Rumpus Chumpus Trumpus
    07/25/2015 12:21 PM EDT - For all those bemoaning the lack of noise in the Republican presidential sweepstakes, it's time to get down on our knees and give thanks to Donald Trump because whatever that man touches turns to loud. He's the gift that keeps on blaring. Has all the delicate innuendo of concrete curtain rods. Not just a loose cannon, more like a loose aircraft carrier. Full Story

    Chris Bates: Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped - Readers ask the questions
    07/24/2015 06:49 AM EDT - So after writing my column for the last five months, I have been receiving many questions from both our readers as well as our TV viewers in regards to the great outdoors here in Bennington and the surrounding area here in southern Vermont. I have taken a few of the most frequently asked questions about the great outdoors and will answer them here in this column. Full Story

    Patrick Leahy: Why we should give peaceful solution a chance
    07/24/2015 06:52 AM EDT - Two years of arduous negotiations now have produced an agreement to seal off Iran's path to producing a nuclear weapon. I will have questions in the detailed briefings and hearings ahead, as I'm sure others will. But we already know quite a bit. We know that this process already had succeeded in freezing Iran's nuclear development in place. Full Story

    Tyler Resch: 'Vermont in the Making 1750-1777' clarifies history
    07/21/2015 05:37 AM EDT - Most histories of early Vermont, even those written well into the 20th century, follow a party line that was established by Ethan and Ira Allen. This viewpoint generally regards the first settlers and Green Mountain Boys as valiant, virtuous, and somewhat innocent folks who were constantly threatened by crafty and greedy New Yorkers who schemed to wrest away their lands in the New Hampshire Full Story

    John McClaughry: Thanks from Southshire
    07/20/2015 06:22 AM EDT - Fifteen years ago WalMart and Home Depot rolled into the Rutland-sized town of Midland, Ontario. A 20-year-old man who had built the website for his parents' paint store decided to help locally owned businesses compete with the big-box giants. The result was ShopMidland. It's a professionally produced website with photos and descriptions of local business vendors and their services. Full Story

    Bob Stannard: Let the Games Begin
    07/17/2015 10:31 PM EDT - The new, leftist Greek government has again agreed to harsh measures in order to remain in the Eurozone. This may no longer be true when you read this as the Greek deal changes faster than a Serena Williams serve. I do not profess to be an expert on the latest Greek tragedy, but it does appear as though the world banking community that was bailed out by taxpayers with few strings attached when Full Story

    Columns: The Outside Story: Living on the Fledge
    07/17/2015 10:31 PM EDT - Author: On a recent afternoon, I was driving on my road in Thetford when I saw a baby ruffed grouse about the size of a pin cushion scurry into the bushes. I had the same impulse I did as a 10-year-old when I scooped up a baby blue jay hopping around on a neighbor's lawn: I wanted to "rescue" it. Instead, I kept driving, leaving the tiny bird to its fate. Full Story