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"Extremely deep. Last week, our country passed a regrettable milestone when we exceeded $20 trillion in debt.""How the heck did we get ourselves into such a hole?""According to The Hill, last week's debt-limit increase and stopgap government funding … more
For months now, Americans have listened to President Donald Trump's self-congratulatory bravado about how swimmingly his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order is doing. If only the swamp didn't keep getting in President Trump's way.The swamp … more
Hillary Clinton's new cri de coeur discomfits the many Democrats who yearn to put 2016 in the rear-view mirror. She dwells at length on all the factors that constituted the perfect storm — including her own weaknesses as a candidate — … more
Imagine getting a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation saying your car is banned from public roadways because it's too fast. That's exactly what the editors at Automotive News magazine would like to see happen.Wait, what?Earlier this … more
I'm sure you remember that awful moment in the elections last year. It was sort of like the second when the shower curtain was flung open and Janet Leigh was face to face with a strange looking, knife wielding old woman. All it needed was those … more
Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the Hildene Board of Directors. I shared with them our 2020 Vision and how the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce wants to work over the coming years to combine the story of the Northshire and Southshire … more
We're born and we're afraid. At first our fear might come from spotting a nasty-looking spider crawling across the bed towards our mouth, or being asked to get something from the pitch-black basement where an unknown, faceless shape undoubtedly … more
I am not aware of any place where one could find out how Vermont high school graduates have fared five to 10 years after graduating from our state's high schools. I suspect that such information might be archived at several of the state's … more
On a hike this spring, we walked through a clear-cut area with tall grass and brambles. Afterwards, our pant legs were crawling with black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also known as deer ticks, the kind that carry Lyme disease. Scientists with … more
Donald Trump famously declared, "I love the poorly educated!" and we know why. An electorate that's ignorant about the basics of democracy is ideal grist for an authoritarian.I was reminded of that this week when I read the latest civics survey … more
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