The View from My Place: Of footballs, fish and other items of importance
01/31/2015 10:43 AM EST
I learned a few things when I served in the Legislature; one of which was that people, all people, can comprehend the small things, the less important things in life. However, the bigger, more important things are sometimes a different matter. For instance, one day a bill came to the floor that would allow anglers to keep a trout under six inches long. Full Story
Commentary: It'll never be time for term limits on Congress
01/31/2015 10:43 AM EST - It didn't get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should serve a limited number of terms. Americans are frustrated with the federal government as a whole and with Congress in particular, and are searching for a Full Story
The Outside Story: For deer herd data, states count on hunters
01/31/2015 10:43 AM EST - The measure of a successful hunt depends on whom you ask; hunters are often biased by individual success or failure, whereas biologists take a detached, big-picture view. But this much is true: One of the world's oldest occupations is managed today by one of its newest — information technology. Full Story
Op-Ed: Economic growth is key to agenda for progress
01/30/2015 10:10 AM EST - The agenda I laid out earlier this month seeks to make life a little easier and more affordable for Vermont families by attacking the two biggest drags on incomes and wages: health care costs and rising property taxes. Addressing those issues alone, however, isn't enough. If we're to really make progress for Vermont families, we need to combine increased affordability with expanded job growth and Full Story
The Librarian Who Reads Everything: 'God is Dead,' 'The Piano Shop on the Left Bank'
01/30/2015 10:10 AM EST - "God is Dead" by Ron Currie Jr. is a phenomenal book tracing four or five different protagonists in the aftermath of the death of God. While the back summary utilizes the words "outlandish humor" I wouldn't really note it for its humor. Rather, at best its a dark humor, very much akin to Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut. Full Story
Commentary: The Roosevelt Legacy
01/29/2015 05:16 PM EST - When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for his second term in 1936 he was being attacked by conservatives — largely corporate-centered interests, including southern conservatives in his own party. He was accused of being a socialist, or worse. He had transformed the national government so dramatically that to this day it is largely set by the mold he cast. Full Story
In response to Dec. 30, 2014 Op-Ed
01/28/2015 06:56 PM EST - By Rosemarie Jackowski This is a response to the Op-Ed of Dec. 30, 2014, "Self-neglect among Vermont's elderly." The tone of the article blamed the elderly for hardships many face as they age. Self-neglect is not near as much of a problem as ageism which is widespread in our culture. Hardly a day goes by when I do not push against this form of prejudice in blogs and online articles. Full Story
Graves Registry: So what now, Mr. Cuomo?
01/28/2015 06:56 PM EST - Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer and the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He has spent much of his professional life defending blacks and the poor. His clients have been children, some as young as 13, who are facing life imprisonment. The abuses described in Mr. Stevenson's book, "Just Mercy," would shame a banana republic. Full Story
Use shadows for measurement
01/27/2015 05:18 PM EST - Sharp-eyed observers may have noticed that, since the first day of winter about a month ago, the sun has climbed higher in our midday sky. Of course, the sun will continue its daily climb until the first day of summer when it will stand quite high above the horizon at noon. This not only produces some of the longest days of the year (since the sun spends much time crossing our daytime sky), it Full Story
Issues with the legalization of marijuana: Part 2
01/27/2015 04:37 PM EST - The people in favor of legalizing marijuana claim that it will help the economy by creating a "craft weed" industry, similar to craft brewing. Unfortunately, marijuana production and sales will not remain small businesses for long. BIG Marijuana is already being formed by big investors, led by such players as former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively and by Big Tobacco giants Altria and Brown & Full Story
Suspicious package at NYC bus station filled with 1K condoms
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a suspicious package left behind a concrete barrier of a New York City bus station didn't contain any explosives but did have some unexpected contents — 1,000 individually packaged condoms for both men and women. Full Story
Detectives review video to find clues in 'Suge' Knight case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators were reviewing a video of an incident in which Marion "Suge" Knight struck two men with his pickup — leaving one dead and the other injured — to help shed light on whether the rap music mogul was a perpetrator or victim in a case that led to his arrest. Full Story
Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'
The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.