Another view: Vermont needs to reverse manufacturing loss

03/31/2015 03:41 PM EDT
There was some good news this week from the Vermont Department of Labor – the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of 1 percent in February to 3.9 percent. That's the first time it's been below 4 percent since May 2007, before the start of the Great Recession. "This is positive news for Vermont's economy," Gov. 
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Another view: Vigilance is required to protect CFPB
03/30/2015 04:08 PM EDT - Congressional Republicans have been out to get the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since it was born in President Obama's first term. The latest effort comes tucked into a budget resolution that Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, has blown the whistle on. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee added an amendment in which the bureau's budget would be subject to the Full Story

Another view: Be kind to wildlife – don't feed them
03/29/2015 04:19 PM EDT - It's been a long, hard winter for many of us, but especially for the wildlife. Deep snow and frigid temperatures have made it difficult for them to find food and stay warm. Perhaps that's why some well-intentioned folks in New Hampshire thought it would be a good idea to provide a little extra food for the deer in their area. Full Story

Roses & Thorns: Roses to Grace Christian School's effort to help Ugandan children get shoes
03/27/2015 04:31 PM EDT - ROSES to Grace Christian School of Bennington on getting students and parents involved in an effort to help children in Uganda. The school hosted a family night on March 20 during which the more than 50 participants cut cloth to be made into shoes for Ugandan youth through the nonprofit Sole Hope organization. Full Story

Our View: Opting not to vaccinate puts others at risk
03/27/2015 12:35 PM EDT - In Vermont, parents are more likely than their counterparts in other states to opt not to vaccinate their children against diseases. Vermont is tied with Idaho with the second highest number of "non-medical" vaccination exemptions in the country, according to the CDC. Oregon has the highest number. While the Centers for Disease Control recommends that children newborn to age 6 get 28 doses of 10 Full Story

Another view: Football player Chris Borland puts health over fame
03/27/2015 12:33 PM EDT - By all accounts, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers was on the cusp of professional stardom. An All-American at Wisconsin, he was expected to be a starting linebacker for the 49ers next season, earning $2.9 million over his first four years. When he announced last week that he is retiring from football at the age of only 24, he stunned fans and followers of the game. Full Story

Another view: Lynch deserves a Senate vote not purgatory
03/27/2015 12:33 PM EDT - The Senate was expected to vote last week on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. attorney general, more than four months after President Barack Obama announced that the veteran prosecutor was his choice to succeed Eric Holder. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he will delay that vote until the Senate resolves partisan differences over a bill designed to assist Full Story

Another view: Granite Staters should be ashamed
03/23/2015 09:50 PM EDT - If you want to see how to encourage youngsters to get involved in the legislative process, just straddle the Connecticut River and look to Montpelier in the west. And if you want to learn how best to discourage them from getting involved, then look to Concord in the east. On March 17, a dozen students from Wardsboro Elementary School traveled to Montpelier to lobby for designating the Gilfeather Full Story

Another view: Your personality influences your food choices
03/24/2015 05:11 PM EDT - We have all heard that sorry, overused cliche that you are what you eat. But recently a pair of researchers concluded that maybe it's the opposite — you eat what you are. OK, a little clarification is needed here. Carmen Keller and Michael Siegrist, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, recently published a report in which they concluded that someone's personality influences their Full Story

Another View: Time to reform the tax code
03/20/2015 02:49 PM EDT - Last year, the Obama administration directed the Treasury Department to draft new rules to make it more difficult for U.S. companies to pull off tax-inversion deals, under which they would acquire a foreign company, and then "redomicile" the new, merged company overseas. By doing so, corporations were able to take advantage of lower overseas tax rates, thus saving money for their shareholders. Full Story

Man accused of posing as officer to cut into fast-food line

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant. Full Story
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Gaza artist gobbles up valuable Banksy mural on war debris

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist. Full Story
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Tom Hanks' son threatens Howard Stern

Feud between rapper Chet Haze and radio host goes back four years, to when Stern questioned rapper’s credentials as the son of a Hollywood legend.