Will Durst: Papa Frankie is Right: Greed is Not Good
10/02/2015 09:21 PM EDT
Get this, and get it straight — Gordon Gekko was wrong. Greed is not good. Greed is bad. Greed eats away the core of society like a golden parasitic leech the size of Manitoba. Or Saskatchewan. One of those Provinces or Territories or Protectorates or whatever they use in Canada to keep their license plates distinct. Full Story
The Outside Story: Zebra mussels
10/02/2015 09:21 PM EDT - Invasive species have earned their bad reputations. English sparrows compete with native birds from Newfoundland to South America. Australian brown tree snakes are well on their way to exterminating every last bird from the forests of Guam. And I don't think anyone can fully predict how Columbia's rivers will change in response to drug lord Pablo Escobar's escaped hippopotamus population. Full Story
Heidi E. Scheuermann: Act 46 — Is it the Solution Vermonters Wanted?
10/02/2015 12:35 PM EDT - As Vermont students settle into their classrooms this year, I have read in report after report the frustrations and anger Vermont teachers, parents, and families are experiencing as a result of the education reform law, Act 46, passed by the legislature this year. As background, this law forces the elimination of local school districts and boards by merging them into larger districts of an Full Story
Obama confesses to Pope Francis
10/01/2015 09:33 PM EDT - "Your Holiness, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but since you and I have some things in common, I figure what the heck." "Feel free to confess your sins to me, Barack." "I have committed no sins, Your Holiness. Only Republicans sin in this town." "Come now, Barack. Didn't you tell many whoppers to get ObamaCare passed into law? Full Story
Maura Collins: Housing market improving in Bennington County
10/01/2015 07:23 AM EDT - The local housing market is (finally) recovering in a real and measurable way. In Bennington County the number of primary homes sold has increased by 31 percent during the first seven months of the year compared to last year. Statewide prices have increased by 6 percent so far in 2015. In a state with a steady and strong homeownership rate of 73 percent, many see this long-awaited increase in Full Story
Vermont's coming all payer 'reform'
09/30/2015 10:05 PM EDT - John McClaughry Hamilton Davis is a veteran Vermont reporter who has participated in health policy debates since his days as the advisor to Gov. Madeleine Kunin thirty years ago. He is now the health reporter for Vermont Digger, where he recently published a lucid description of Vermont's likely health care future. Full Story
The Pun Also Rises: On the road again
09/29/2015 09:57 PM EDT - On Sunday, my girlfriend and I decided to take a drive to Springfield to visit the museums. Now that I'm getting older, it's nice to feel like I'm still capable of going out and having fun on a weekend. Heck, it's nice to feel like I'm capable of going anywhere. In your 20s, if you go out to play a competitive sport, people say "Good luck! Full Story
Graves Registry: Francis points the way
09/28/2015 10:01 PM EDT - In the very short time since he has assumed the position of spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis has done what very few pontiffs are able to accomplish in a lifetime. He has altered both the tenor and the tone of an institution that traditionally has regarded change as if it was a mortal sin. Full Story
The View from My Place: A fork in the road
09/28/2015 11:27 AM EDT - We've been a nation divided for as long as I can remember. Having been born in 1951 I missed the unity years during and after WWII. The world in which I was raised witnessed the Viet Nam War. The war mongers were selling fear of Communists, who if one were to believe them, were hiding behind every tree. Full Story
Bob Stannard: A fork in the road
09/28/2015 06:54 AM EDT - We've been a nation divided for as long as I can remember. Having been born in 1951 I missed the unity years during and after WWII. The world in which I was raised witnessed the Viet Nam War. The war mongers were selling fear of Communists, who if one were to believe them, were hiding behind every tree. Full Story
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Will Smith making music again
'Suicide Squad’ actor raps on Bomba Estereo’s “Fiesta” remix.