Tyree: Best and Worst States for Children

06/28/2016 09:42 PM EDT
What's it like to be a child in your state? A six-year study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation assessed states on factors such as economic well-being, education, health, family and community. According to the philanthropic organization, the five best states for being a kid are: Minnesota, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire and Connecticut. 
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Health Matters: How to use sunscreen
06/28/2016 04:16 PM EDT - You just read the title of this column and thought, "Well, that's silly. You just put it on." Actually, there is more to it than that. July is Ultra Violet (UV) Safety Month. UV rays come from the sun and can cause sun burns and skin cancer. Both brief sun exposures all year round and as few as a couple severe sunburns in a lifetime can add up to increased risk of the most deadly type of skin Full Story

From the Chamber: Real benefits, real value-add
06/28/2016 08:01 AM EDT - Our team at the Bennington Chamber has been working for over a month now on creating new ways we can encourage people to become members. One of those marketing materials is a "Potential Member" booklet. A section of the booklet is all about the benefits available to the members of the Bennington Chamber. Full Story

Graves Registry: The remains of the vase
06/27/2016 04:10 PM EDT - This just in: A former Secret Service agent during the Clinton administration has revealed in a tell-all book that he might have seen the shards that might possibly have once been a vase that Hillary might have thrown at Bill while the couple lived in the White House. I know that the previous sentence included the word "might" no less than three times, but the disclosure by another Full Story

From the Chamber: Real benefits, real value-add
06/24/2016 03:25 PM EDT - Our team at the Bennington Chamber has been working for over a month now on creating new ways we can encourage people to become members. One of those marketing materials is a "Potential Member" booklet. A section of the booklet is all about the benefits available to the members of the Bennington Chamber. Full Story

The View From My Place: A tale of two funerals
06/24/2016 03:04 PM EDT - From the website of Muhammad Ali: What would you like people to think about you when you are gone? "I'd like for them to say: He took a Few Cups of Love. He Took One Tablespoon of Patience, One Teaspoon of Generosity, One Pint of Kindness; He Took One Quart of Laughter, One Pinch of Concern And then he mixed Willingness With Happiness. Full Story

The Outside Story: Karner Blues make a comeback
06/24/2016 03:04 PM EDT - The Karner blue, New Hampshire's state butterfly, is a wisp of a thing, a tiny fluttering of silvery-blue wings. Unless you happen to be wandering through a pine barren or black-oak savannah, however, you're unlikely to spot one. Even then, it would be a challenge, as the butterflies have been listed as federally endangered since 1992. Full Story

The Pun Also Rises: 'Endurin' the Durian'
06/23/2016 09:17 PM EDT - Last week, for the first time in my life, I tried durian pudding. Durian is a fruit that doesn't grow in this country, but it is renowned in Asia for having a very strong unpleasant smell. So strong, in fact, that many vehicles such as taxis and buses will not allow passengers to have durian in the vehicle. Full Story

Durst: A Bit of Common Sense on Guns
06/22/2016 09:52 PM EDT - If the goal is to cause both sides of the political spectrum to quiver, twitch and shake like a raccoon clinging to the outside of a cement mixer speeding through a railroad yard, just casually throw out the term, "gun control," and step back. The left considers all guns the reprehensible tool of warriors, criminals and primitives, while in most of red state America, the definition of gun control Full Story

Critical-care doctor: Here's what gun violence looks like to me
06/22/2016 05:24 AM EDT - The critical care team making rounds — my team for today — stops abruptly in front of the next patient room, and I hear my co-resident present the story: The 18-year-old patient suffered a gunshot wound to the face. The circumstances of the shooting aren't clear, but we heard it had something to do with "gang violence. Full Story