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    Scoring points, not addressing issues

    09/18/2014 10:07 PM EDT
    Victor Callirgos Opinion columns are being ruined by the need to score political points rather than address issues. All too often, an ideological rant is thinly disguised as an informative piece through the use of the Straw Man Argument, the red herring, or some other form of purposeful misdirection. 
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    Bennington’s ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’
    09/18/2014 10:07 PM EDT - Lin Bootle The Alzheimer’s Association "Walk to End Alzheimer’s" is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Across the nation people are leading the way and walking to end Alzheimer’s disease. Together we can reclaim the future. Full Story

    GRAVES REGISTRY: Has the Ripper finally been unmasked?
    09/17/2014 10:10 PM EDT - Amid all the news about the unsavory characters prowling around today's world, you may have missed an item about one of the dark side's premiere antecedents. The author of a new book (thus inspiring immediate doubts) claims to have definitively unmasked Jack the Ripper, the legendary serial killer who stalked London's seedy Whitechapel District in the fall of Full Story

    Work together on military intervention
    09/17/2014 09:57 PM EDT - Lee Hamilton In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. "I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL," he said. "But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. Full Story

    AGING IN PLACE: Athletes at 80
    09/16/2014 10:20 PM EDT - Among the most fascinating men I have met are two athletes, both well into their 80s. Both, when we met, appeared remarkably healthy, strong and robust. The odd thing is that what I learned most from each was not about fitness, but about aging. We will call the triathlete "Pete." Pete competed in triathlons around the country. Full Story

    HEALTH MATTERS: Ebola reinforces the need for education and infection control worldwide
    09/16/2014 10:20 PM EDT - As the infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, I work to keep our community aware of the best ways to prevent and treat infectious illnesses like Lyme disease, skin infections, pneumonia, meningitis and many others. Recently, the Ebola outbreak in Africa has caught the attention of the media. Full Story

    THE PUN ALSO RISES: Headline news from Earth C-413
    09/16/2014 10:20 PM EDT - Last week, a rift opened in the space-time continuum, and a newspaper fell through from an alternate dimension. The following news items appeared in that newspaper. DUNKIN DONUTS TO BE DEMOLISHED TO BUILD CHURCH St. Frederick’s is seeking approval from the Pittsfield City Council to construct a church in downtown Pittsfield, at the current location of the old Dunkin Donuts Full Story

    The realities of ISIS
    09/16/2014 10:20 PM EDT - The Middle East as we know it today did not exist until after WW I, when England and France carved up the Ottoman Empire into new nations -- Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine (now Israel). They had the traditional imperialist objectives: Control of resources, labor, market, and trade. Full Story

    REALITY CHECK: Self-inflicted wounds
    09/15/2014 10:41 PM EDT - Putting together a column this week has not been much of a problem. Normally there is enough going on that there is a choice of topics to write about. The past two weeks were different in that our enemies have seized all the initiatives and are exploiting our weaknesses relentlessly. Sadly, these weaknesses all seem to be the result of self-inflicted wounds. Full Story

    PASSING BY: The Stone School House
    09/15/2014 11:13 PM EDT - We all know the Stone School House at the corner of NY Route 22 and 7 at Stewart's in Hoosick, New York. It was a real school from 1842 until 1917. While the name refers to its gray stone walls, the roof is what I notice: How the ends curve out over the walls at the eaves. Eaves are useful. Full Story

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    Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

    BOSTON (AP) — There's some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives' tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Full Story