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    Here we go again

    10/01/2014 10:16 PM EDT
    Polls show that a majority of Americans favor the recent air strikes in Syria. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if an even bigger majority of Americans supported the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 and look how well that turned out. What would the country do without poll numbers to bolster our bad ideas? 
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    Unraveled by travel
    09/30/2014 10:06 PM EDT - Seth Brown I don’t travel well, in spite of the fact that I’ve eaten a sufficient amount to acquire handles. I think the main problem is that I’m made of living meat. Once I’m dead meat, I’ll be much easier to carrion. In the meantime, I’m frequently tasked with transporting my living body from one location to another. Full Story

    Health care mutual aid
    09/29/2014 10:44 PM EDT - A recurring argument of those favoring a government takeover of any large sector of the economy -- such as health care -- is "the free market has failed!" These people are invariably oblivious to the effects of 100 years of government intervention that has restricted what a free market might otherwise achieve. Full Story

    The old deluder?
    09/29/2014 10:44 PM EDT - Possibly the most important law ever passed by one of the original colonies was passed by Massachusetts in 1647. The law required that every town with 50 households provide, at public expense, a school which all children were required to attend. This law is known as "The Old Deluder Act" because its first sentence reads, "Whereas the Old Deluder, Satan, lurks among us to cloud our Full Story

    FROM THE CHAMBER: Make a weekend of it in Bennington
    09/28/2014 09:06 PM EDT - The Village Chocolate Shoppe on Main Street is hosting the final Funtastic Friday Chocolate Event for the season this Friday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. The event coincides with Better Bennington’s First Friday celebration and benefits Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. "Choc-Tober-Fest" is $5 for adults and $3 for kids to experience a sampling of Master Chocolatier Nick Full Story

    THE OUTSIDE STORY: The odor side of otters
    09/26/2014 10:50 PM EDT - We slid our canoe over the beaver dam and paddled into the upper, smaller pond. A breeze rippled the water and rustled the reeds lining the shore. Suddenly I spied four long, sleek brown figures cavorting in the water -- otters! They submerged quickly near the shore, probably into an old beaver bank den with an underwater entrance. Full Story

    Buddy, can you loan me a dime?
    09/29/2014 02:14 PM EDT - Bob Stannard Not many people like welfare. The people that pay for it aren't all that happy about paying for it, and for the most part those who are on welfare aren't real happy about being on it. They would rather have a job, a job that paid a livable wage. As a rule, people don't like handouts because of the obvious stigma attached to them. Full Story

    Invest in women and girls
    09/25/2014 10:07 PM EDT - New England census data leave little doubt that future economic growth hinges upon making the most of our homegrown talent. With the region’s population growth only one-third the national average, New England states have seen a 25 percent decrease in the number of residents ages 25-34. In anticipation of projected shortages in key fields, states including Vermont have ramped Full Story

    Official 2014 campaign statement of Rosemarie Jackowski
    09/25/2014 10:07 PM EDT - I am often asked why anyone would accept a nomination when they know they will not win the election. Yes, I agree -- we already know the results of the upcoming November election. Defeating an incumbent Democrat or Republican would be a nearly impossible, historic event. But there are many other reasons for being a candidate. Full Story

    GRAVES REGISTRY: Character building through hunger
    09/24/2014 10:09 PM EDT - I recently read a book by John Kelly called "The Graves are Walking" about the Irish potato famine. Between 1845 and 1852, one million people died in Ireland, most of them from starvation. It was death on a scale that is hardly imaginable and too easily dismissed as an unfortunate confluence of happenstances that mankind has little dominion over, like the Titanic and the iceberg. Full Story

    Washington crews try to oust persistent beaver

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A road crew in Washington state has had it with a beaver that persists in building a dam under a bridge. Full Story