Commentary: The latest big idea in Montpelier: Taxing services

04/27/2015 04:16 PM EDT
On April 15 the Democratic/Progressive chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Tim Ashe, lamented the difficult time the Legislature is having trying to fill a $113 million General Fund budget gap. Some believe that the state is spending beyond its taxpayers' means, but Ashe sees it differently. There's a nifty solution! 
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The Fourteenth State: Documenting thousands who fled Vermont
04/27/2015 04:15 PM EDT - After Vermont became a state in 1791 the population grew rapidly to about 1830 and then leveled off for roughly the next 150 years. That first census totaled 85,000 and by 1830 it had grown to 280,000, then edged up above 300,000. But during that time thousands of people also fled the Green Mountain State. Full Story

From the Chamber: Oldcastle announces 2015 season
04/26/2015 04:02 PM EDT - Oldcastle Theatre Company's 44th season features a variety of award-winning plays ranging from musicals to dramas to comedies from May through October. Oldcastle Theatre Company is now celebrating their third year in their intimate theater on Main Street. Opening May 1 is Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winner, "Talley's Folly. Full Story

Vermonter Abroad: Transitions
04/24/2015 09:26 PM EDT - The transition from winter to full spring has always been a challenge for me. Besides the obvious: "What am I going to wear now?" — I usually find myself faced with more profound questions. One particularly hard winter from my younger days comes to mind that brought such questions to light. A failed relationship, a fall out with a friend, disillusionment at work — what should I do? Full Story

Passing By: Luther Graves House
04/24/2015 04:49 PM EDT - Behind the Elks Club on Washington Avenue is a white brick building with red trim and a Mansard roof. In 1867 it was the carriage house for Luther and Sarah Graves' mansion which sat where the Elks Club is today. Luther Graves, a salesman, and Henry Root, a tin-maker, joined forces in 1831 to manufacture and peddle tin ware: buttons, spoons, cups, plates, pans, stove pipes. Full Story

The View From My Place: It's only a game
04/24/2015 04:48 PM EDT - My son, Wesley, and I stepped into the shiny, yellow cab that will take us to Penn Station so we could catch a train home. You never know who you're going to meet when you get in a car driven by a stranger. The plastic window designed to protect him from ill-doers was not enough to diminish the flow of our conversation. Full Story

The Outside Story: Fish go with the flow
04/24/2015 04:48 PM EDT - By Tim Traver There are times when fish appear telepathic. Consider the uncanny way a school of bait fish moves as one to avoid a predator, or the way goldfish in their lighted bowl turn towards the glass when someone walks into the dark room. Researchers often describe this ability as "touch-from-a-distance. Full Story

The Librarian Who Reads Everything: 'The Mis-Education of the Negro'
04/23/2015 07:18 PM EDT - When I first grabbed the book, and saw it was written in 1933 based on speeches given by the author, I thought "This will be an interesting perspective on a historic topic." But as I went through the book, not only did it provide context to many of today's issues, some of the issues remain exactly the same! Full Story

Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped: Hey, pet owners, are you aware ... ?
04/22/2015 06:57 PM EDT - First off, I would like to thank all the readers of my weekly column in the Bennington Banner, as well as my radio listeners, for sending me countless emails asking my opinion on the Purina dog and cat food issue that has plagued the country in the recent months. But I feel it right and compelled to let each and every one of you how I feel when it comes to our four-legged friends that we call Full Story

Graves Registry: The smart one and the other one
04/22/2015 06:56 PM EDT - I'm sure that the first name that comes to mind when you think of perceptive people would not be that of George W. Bush. The likelihood of Mr. Bush negatively alluding to his two terms in the White House seems as remote as the thought of Rick Santorum toasting the happy couple at a same-sex marriage. Full Story