The Outside Story: There's A Little Black Spot on the Sun in May

04/29/2016 09:06 PM EDT
It's just a tiny black dot moving very, very slowly. But if you're interested in astronomy, this is an exciting dot. It is Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, passing between the earth and the sun. The transit of Mercury is a relatively rare event, so sky-watchers are hoping for clear skies between 7:13 a. 
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Purcell: Needed: Some Will Rogers Sanity
04/28/2016 08:38 PM EDT - With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest humorists. The words he spoke about elections during the Great Depression are as helpful to us now as they were then. "If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics" "One of the evils of democracy is you have to put up with the man you elect Full Story

Durst: Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot
04/27/2016 10:28 PM EDT - As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One example is, should he become president, Mexico indeed will build a wall — to control our immigration. "Get me the hell out of here. Por favor?" Hell, Canada might have to build one as well. Full Story

Bigger than Biceps: Grocery shopping, not your average impulse buy
04/26/2016 03:28 PM EDT - Every other week, if I'm lucky, I go grocery shopping and spend between $50 to $100. When sharing this with my boyfriend the other day, he responded with, 'You have an expensive diet.' Sure that may be the case, but it's not like buying clothes I'm attracted to and making unnecessary impulse purchases. Full Story

Health Matters: Make your child's shots less stressful
04/25/2016 05:16 PM EDT - You always want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. You know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations. But it's so hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. Full Story

The View from My Place: Trumpenstein
04/25/2016 03:40 PM EDT - Wikipedia on Mel Brooks's 1974 movie "Young Frankenstein": "Frederick offers the sight of "The Creature" following simple commands to a theater full of illustrious guests. The demonstration continues with Frederick and the monster launching into the musical number "Puttin' On the Ritz," complete with top hats and tails. Full Story

Seth Brown | The Pun Also Rises: Chatting with dentists
04/26/2016 06:49 AM EDT - People often say that conversation is a lost art. I think a better word would be "misplaced". Because conversation is often found, just not where it's needed most. I need conversation on a bus or train ride, when I'm trapped in a small tube on wheels for three hours. If I'm not sleepy, my options for entertainment are talk to the people next to me or talk to myself. Full Story

Graves Registry: It's time to call it a day
04/25/2016 01:43 PM EDT - "Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn." – Burt Bacharach A line from an old Dionne Warwick hit from the 1970s has suddenly acquired a particular relevance in 2016. When Bernie Sanders decided to make a run for the presidency I, like many others, was very skeptical. And I, like many others, expected his candidacy to barely cause a ripple of serious interest, much Full Story

John McClaughry: Early lessons from Jay Peak scandal
04/25/2016 01:37 PM EDT - The "Jay Peak EB-5 scandal" is in full bloom. While it's too early to pass judgment on all of the parties involved, there are some emerging lessons to be learned. In 1990 Congress created the EB-5 Program to give an incentive to foreign investors to invest in job-creating American enterprises. In return for a $1 million investment, the investor and his immediate family can receive a two- year Full Story

From the Chamber: In pursuit of excellence
04/24/2016 10:10 PM EDT - This past week the Chamber helped out The Gamer's Grotto with their World's First Operations tournament. From putting in new rug, to working with owner Keith Carey and the team to come up with the fun concept, to helping the Grotto with some marketing material, it was a true grass-roots attempt at the Chamber and a member collaborating together to make something unique. Full Story