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    Cuba: A bold move and long overdue

    12/18/2014 10:29 PM EST
    The restoration of U.S. relations with the island nation of Cuba is a bold move that is long overdue. But, as is the case with any major foreign policy shift, it is a complex matter and the devil is in the details. And, there are plenty of both. Depending on whom you believe, the announcement Wednesday by President Barack Obama that he will do all he can to normalize U. 
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    Our view: Trustees make a wise but difficult choice
    12/18/2014 10:26 PM EST - Sometimes the wise thing is not the most popular. This is the case with Wednesday's vote by the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Veterans' Home to cut back the number of licensed beds at the facility from 171 to 130. This is being done to reduce the increasing amount of money the state has had to allocate out of its General Fund to the home to balance its budget. Full Story

    Another view: Islamic State's global agenda unfolds
    12/17/2014 08:13 PM EST - While the military conquests and annexing of territory by the self-described Islamic State have been stalled by a combination of coalition air strikes and Kurdish fighters on the ground, evidence of its influence beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria have become disturbingly clear. The radical group's call for individual or lone-wolf actions of terror against Western countries keeps Full Story

    Our view: Next time, choose sunlight over secrecy
    12/16/2014 08:26 PM EST - Last week we wrote about a victory for open government when the Senate on Dec. 8 unanimously passed The FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 — a bill aimed at easing disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act. After the Senate's promising yes vote, there was a very small window in which the House could pass the bill to get it on the president's desk. Full Story

    Another View: The dismal science
    12/15/2014 04:47 PM EST - Cutting $100 million is not an easy thing to do, especially when you have to cut from a total spending package of only about $432 million. As Steve Klein, executive director of the state's Joint Fiscal Office, explained in a recent piece published in VTDigger.org, the state's General Fund totals about $1. Full Story

    Trade policy with China is costing millions of jobs
    12/14/2014 09:41 PM EST - When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 promoters of liberalized U.S.-China trade argued that America would benefit because of increased exports to a large and growing consumer market in China. They said it would lead to increased trade opportunities, manufacturing growth and more jobs for both China and the United States. Full Story

    Roses & Thorns: Roses to the return of the Spirit of Sharing
    12/13/2014 11:25 AM EST - ROSES to the Catamount Rotary Club for bringing back the Spirit of Sharing, a charity effort that helps to bring presents and food to dozens of Bennington County children in need. The program had taken a hiatus after the death of Rotary club member Eunice Schleif, who kept it running for a long time, but as Catamount Rotary Club member Anne Mook told the Banner, the need in the community remained Full Story

    Another view: Stigmatization of rape victims needs to end
    12/11/2014 07:49 PM EST - Rape is a serious crime. No kidding, right? Recently, two cases have once again brought the crime back into the national spotlight. At the University of Virginia, a student reported to Rolling Stone magazine that she had been gang raped at a fraternity party in 2012. The magazine ran with the story, but failed to corroborate it. Full Story

    Another view: Laws against torture must be tightened
    12/10/2014 04:49 PM EST - Defenders of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation" techniques have tried for years to suggest these methods belong to a gray area just short of torture. It was always a desperate excuse, and now it's deeply offensive. The Senate Intelligence Committee's 500-page executive summary of a report on the CIA's handling of terrorist suspects, released Tuesday, dispels all doubt about the Full Story

    Our view: A victory for open government
    12/09/2014 09:17 PM EST - Government transparency is a favorite — and necessary — topic of the fourth estate. The push and pull for a more open government is constant here in Vermont and across the nation. On Monday, a victory in this battle was won as the Senate passed The FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill aimed at easing disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act. Full Story

    Man without use of arms facing gun charge released

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who can't use his arms because of a spinal condition but faces a gun possession charge has been released from a New Jersey jail without having to pay bail. Full Story
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    More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during "Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular," billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon. Full Story