Vermonter Abroad: Hiatus

05/27/2015 07:24 PM EDT
Flashback: Early 90s. A group of friends are gathered together on campus. Papers and exams are, for a brief moment, not important. The laughter in the room is palpable — even decades removed. Everyone seems different. Some are from different backgrounds. Some are from far away places, and nearly everyone seems to have a different major. 
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Graves Registry: A fast track to the next Great Recession?
05/27/2015 07:05 PM EDT - I would like to offer some opinion of a trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific nations that has President Obama uncharacteristically linking arms with the Republicans to sing a chorus of "We Are the World," but the details of the agreement are just so wonderful that they are being kept secret. Full Story

Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped: Summer time is grilling time
05/27/2015 07:05 PM EDT - Now that the weather has turned the corner and it has warmed up nicely here in the Northeast, another outdoor sport has come to light: Outdoor Grilling We outdoor aficionados will practice the art of outdoor grilling on a regular basis throughout the summer months all the way through late fall; cooking up everything from burgers to our wild game and fish. Full Story

The Pun Also Rises: NAPD Update
05/26/2015 05:39 PM EDT - MEMO from North Adams Police Department ATTN: North Adams Residents In the wake of recent events, there are a few updates of which all North Adams residents should be aware: 1) We have reports of a raccoon sabotaging a power station in Adams. We believe this is connected to last month's report of a deer robbing a convenience store, and a golden retriever stealing a series of cars, including a Full Story

Commentary: Money and politics — We need change now!
05/26/2015 10:57 AM EDT - I've seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy — the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to act — feel they've become an afterthought in the political process. Full Story

The Fourteenth State: Two quirky views of 18th-century Vermont
05/26/2015 10:57 AM EDT - Wouldn't it rewarding to have a detailed description of Vermont in the late 18th century, a town-by-town itinerary that gives a sense of what life was really like back then? There are two such descriptions, but each comes with a catch. Best known is the work of one of the state's first lawyers, John A. Full Story

From the Chamber: Mayfest is over, more events to come
05/24/2015 03:38 PM EDT - Mayfest has come and gone. It is always a happy celebration of the blossoming of our community festivities. Here is a reminder of some upcoming events in the Bennington area: The Full Tilt Boogie National Concert Tour with ZZ Top and the Marshall Tucker Band will be here Aug. 22 to perform along with other bands at the Pownal Race Track outdoor venue. Full Story

'Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This'
05/22/2015 09:11 PM EDT - Recently received a reprint of "Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This: The Holiness of Little Daily Dramas," by Rabbi Robert Alper, of East Dorset, a well-known resident of this area. Alper was ordained a Rabbi in 1972, served two large congregations, and since 1986 has performed as a stand-up commedian across North America and England. Full Story

Op-Ed: Progress for Vermont
05/22/2015 05:35 PM EDT - We convened the legislative session in January with the goal of making this economy work for every single Vermonter and resolving the challenges that undermine our quality of life. It was an agenda focused on jobs, quality of life, our environment, and making Vermont a place that works for everyone, not just those who are already doing well. Full Story

Opinion: Taking the mystery out of finding affordable colleges
05/22/2015 05:35 PM EDT - Just as with many other important decisions in life, timing is everything for high school students deciding about their college list and parents trying to figure out which choices might be affordable. Unfortunately, most families approach these decisions in the wrong order. Typically, families leave it to chance that some of their student's colleges might be affordable because they haven't Full Story

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Sea lion impaled with spear rescued in Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A giant sea lion impaled by a homemade spear is recovering at SeaWorld after being rescued just off the Southern California coast. Full Story
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US, Chinese authors protest major book fair, censorship

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese and American authors are protesting a major U.S. book fair's focus on China that they say ignores the country's problems of censorship and intimidation. Full Story
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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield reunited?

'The Amazing Spider-Man' co-stars have been spotted together around L.A. amid reports their romance is back on.