• Cancellation doesn't damper celebration - 02/05/2016 11:04 PM EST
    Speaking of Religion: The power of a radiant face

    02/05/2016 08:40 PM EST
    When the Blessed Holy One, created humanity in the divine image this did not mean only that we were adorned with the qualities of intellect and soul, but also that were given the power of the 'radiant face'. In the radiance of the human face is hidden a treasure of blessing and from the 'radiant face' a concrete behavior flows. 
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    Durst: Why Iowa and New Hampshire
    02/04/2016 11:12 PM EST - And now the question that's been dancing on the lips of politically concerned citizens for decades - Who's the genius that chose Iowa and New Hampshire to be the first and most influential states in determining who becomes the next president? It was probably the same guy who figured out how to bundle subprime mortgages. Full Story

    Graves Registry: The same old Sarah
    02/04/2016 04:29 PM EST - I'm sure that many of us had the same reaction to the prospect of Sarah Palin's reentering the national scene that the child in "Poltergeist" had when she saw the vengeful spirits of the dead on her family's television screen. ("She's baaaaack!") There she was beside a clearly uncomfortable Donald J. Full Story

    The View From My Place: This Land Is (just) My Land
    02/04/2016 12:25 PM EST - "This land is your land This land is my land This land was made for you and me " — Woody Guthrie Until January 2, 2016 few people had heard of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon; but we know about it now. On this day two sons of the notorious Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy, decided they wanted to peacefully protest the re-arrest of the father and son Oregonian Full Story

    Tim Scoggins | The Shaftsbury Line: The garage, the landfill, and you
    02/02/2016 07:07 AM EST - On March 1, the Shaftsbury Select Board will be asking the voters a simple and direct question: Shall the Town locate the new Highway Department garage on Town owned property adjacent to the closed landfill on North Road? The Select Board believes strongly and unanimously that the answer to that question is "YES". Full Story

    From the Chamber: A Bennington rhapsody
    01/29/2016 03:05 PM EST - Last year, Yankee Magazine did a great article on the uniqueness of Bennington. This is how they described Bennington, "a jumble of artsy shops and caf├ęs that have a jittery beat-poet buzz, spiced up with some highly regarded museums." In 2015, Bennington was named the 15th "Most Vibrant Arts Community in the Country" by the Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University, a very Full Story

    The Truth of the Matter: Will anyone be willing to serve?
    01/29/2016 02:53 PM EST - "Unless we take care of today's Veterans, their DNA will not step-up and serve." This profound statement was made by Colonel Patrick Guinee, wing commander of the Vermont Air National Guard, in his keynote address last September at the 2015 Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament Banquet held in Manchester. Full Story

    Purcell: Surviving the Winter Blues
    01/28/2016 07:53 PM EST - Boy, it's cold outside. It's so cold, politicians are picking their own pockets ... people are flocking inside the U.S. Capitol for the blustery hot air... relations between President Obama and Republicans have been upgraded from chilly to lukewarm. The cold, dreary weather makes me feel blue this time every year. Full Story

    Graves Registry: Boom times for bottled water
    01/25/2016 11:22 AM EST - My reading group at the Northshire Bookstore recently discussed "One Man Against the World," Tim Weiner's riveting and extremely troubling account of the Richard Nixon presidency. Nixon first came to national attention for his relentless pursuit of a State Department official named Alger Hiss. It became a highlight of the right wing witch-hunt conducted during the late 40s and early 50s when Full Story

    The Real State of the Union
    01/20/2016 09:10 PM EST - In his last State of the Union Address, that renowned weaver of uplifting platitudes, President Barack Obama, crocheted his constituents one final quilt of bittersweet melancholy to remember him by. Not a victory lap so much as someone pulling his arms inside the chains preparing to dismount a swing over a crocodile pit. Full Story