Echoes of the Lusitania

07/30/2014 11:11 PM EDT
You probably saw the headline proclaiming that no direct link was found connecting Russia with the downing of a Malaysian airliner over the eastern part of Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board the plane were killed, their bodies left to rot on the ground while pro-Russian separatists looted the wreckage and tried to think of ways to weasel out of responsibility for the appalling mass 
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A middle course on foreign policy
07/30/2014 11:11 PM EDT - With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. Full Story

Big money? Big deal
07/29/2014 10:20 PM EDT - Talons drawn, the media have descended upon Chelsea Clinton. Again. Not for her frizzy hair, now smoothed with a killer blowout, or for that preteen metal mouth, now braces-free and pearly white. This time the attacks are over how much money she makes -- for her network television fluff pieces and well-attended gigs on the lecture circuit -- despite her stick-thin resume. Full Story

Hopeful Bennington will find a way to better promote local business
07/28/2014 10:41 PM EDT - I’m saddened that this is the town’s official attitude toward an open discussion of ideas and effectiveness ... I believe it serves nobody. Over the past two years, we’ve made some adjustments in our business which has impacted our relationship with the community in very positive ways. Full Story

Accountability is not a person
07/28/2014 10:41 PM EDT - The Agency of Human Services and the Department for Children and Families have come under fire for recent events including the death of two children at the hands of irresponsible adults -- unimaginable tragedies for most of us. But consider the hundreds of children whose lives are being irreparably harmed every day by a combination of poor parenting and a system that is failing to ensure Full Story

Paul Ryan’s new clothes
07/27/2014 10:08 PM EDT - EJ Dionne Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. The Wisconsin Republican congressman is certainly aware that one of the biggest political difficulties he and his Full Story

'Impressions from New England' and more
07/28/2014 10:37 AM EDT - Joann Erenhouse The Bennington Center for the Arts has two shows opening. One features scenes of New England. Fishing villages and shorelines will be exhibited next to snowy country roads leading to bucolic farms in the show that opens Aug. 2 -- now in its fourteenth year. "Impressions of New England," a show curated by the staff at The Bennington, will include paintings and bronzes of Full Story

WRITING ON RELIGION: The Gospel vs. hysteria
07/26/2014 09:11 AM EDT - One important consideration gets lost in the entire issue of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the United States-Mexico border. From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, these people are coming from nations where the U.S. in the past frequently meddled in their internal affairs, often with quite negative effects. Full Story

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER: A name for sale
07/25/2014 10:15 PM EDT - It is too bad I don't have the time to start another career. If I was able to do so it would be the establishment of a business entity that would be named, The Keelan Speakers Bureau, LLC. I am convinced that politicians, especially those that work the national circuit, have three main purposes: To bring money back to their home district, to create legislation that Full Story

Fishing the Walloomsac
07/26/2014 09:12 AM EDT - If you plan to do any fishing in North Bennington on the Walloomsac Rover, near the Henry Bridge, bring a net. Friday morning I went there with Chris Bates, host of WBTN's "Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped," and Justin Gardner, owner of Bradene Furniture. Bates had been after me for a while to go on one of his fishing excursions and sadly I waited until now to take him up on the Full Story

Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Animals at the Oakland Zoo were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit after a truck spilled its shipment on a freeway. Full Story
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Starz' 'Outlander' brings novels to life vibrantly

NEW YORK (AP) — There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Full Story