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A quote caught my eye (and others' eyes) over the weekend. It was from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, and it was about how Democrats move forward with a new slogan — "A Better Deal" — and new policies."When you lose to somebody … more
We can all agree that baring someone who is eligible to vote from doing so is a grave injustice. It robs a citizen in our representative republic of their voice in the process of governance. This is unacceptable.However, allowing somebody to vote … more
Rural economies across America are struggling to recover from the Great Recession, with economic progress stalling, populations declining, and families questioning whether their children have a future in their communities. I for one believe rural … more
We all can get more involved in celebrating and promoting what's great about living here, if we want to keep it that way. The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal are releasing a new mobile app for the region called GoShires. It's free to use, … more
I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched … more
A number of years ago, attending Sunday Mass at our parish church, several of our five children were assigned to the "bull pen," a glass enclosed room at the back of the church. The room had but one purpose and that was to prevent the parishioners … more
In an extraordinary interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump was inappropriately critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It is stunning that a president would so publicly criticize one of his most loyal senior supporters. … more
President Donald Trump's extended, rambling new interview with the New York Times provides perhaps the clearest picture yet of his conviction that he is above the law - a conviction, crucially, that appears to be deeply felt on an instinctual level … more
Riddle me this: What has every man imagined himself being, but no man actually is?I think we all want to be Batman. I used to think it was only me who secretly wanted to be Batman, until 20 years ago when a friend gave a public reading of an essay … more
I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day. I was so shocked I can't remember who it was or what channel I was watching.But he gave the most truthful explanation I've heard from a Republican politician all year about why the GOP … more
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