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    Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers

    04/17/2014 09:50 PM EDT
    Obamacare’s critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Yes, we need to learn more about the numbers. 
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    Debunking the myths of CEO salaries
    04/16/2014 10:33 PM EDT - While politicians at the state and national level debate the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage it is worthwhile to take another look at the other end of the pay scale spectrum -- inflated salaries for CEOs. In 1960, the top 10 percent of earners in the United States took in 33.5 percent of all income, which includes wages and investment returns, according French economist Thomas Full Story

    A pro-life issue
    04/15/2014 10:24 PM EDT - An intriguing new front was opened in the fight for immigration reform on April 1 on the border between Arizona and Mexico. Americans were reminded in powerful fashion that illegal immigrants are people first, which trumps their status as "illegals," to borrow that defamatory phrase from its users. Any solution to this complex issue must have this "people first" reality as its foundation. Full Story

    That’s a lot of money, but there’s more to the story
    04/14/2014 10:53 PM EDT - Of the 825,000 individual physicians in Medicare’s claims data base, 344 physicians took in at least $3 million apiece for a total of nearly $1.5 billion, according to a study by the Associate Press of data recently released by the Obama administration. (AP picked the $3 million threshold because that was the figure used by the Health and Human Services inspector general in an audit last Full Story

    From the Publisher's Desk: What Digital First Media means to our local community
    04/14/2014 05:32 PM EDT - Three years ago, the Bennington Banner became affiliated with a management company by the name of Digital First Media. DFM brought together two larger newspaper companies to pursue a new strategy. The name implies that strategy. Create a business that moves with the migration of readers to the web and other digital platforms. Full Story

    Roses to chamber trip that schooled students on the Statehouse
    04/12/2014 07:54 AM EDT - ROSES to the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual "Day Under the Dome" trip on Tuesday for which some residents paid $30 to sponsored a local student to experience the Vermont Statehouse, sit in on the House of Representatives and have an audience with the governor. This year group of students from the Hiland Hall School in Bennington attended as well as a teacher, chamber Full Story

    Time for a change
    04/10/2014 10:00 PM EDT - Act 60, and its successor, Act 68, have been controversial pieces of legislation ever since their origins in the historic Brigham decision handed down by the Vermont Supreme Court in 1997. Both were intended to address a serious problem in the way the state financed education. The problem was that some communities which didn’t have a robust-enough business and residential tax base Full Story

    This month’s spotlight is on preventing child abuse
    04/09/2014 10:24 PM EDT - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month -- a designation that calls attention to the fact that child abuse is a major problem in our country, our state and our community. Up to five children die every day in the United States as a result of abuse, according to Childhelp. The majority are under the age of 4. Full Story

    Continued funding of LIHEAP a must
    04/08/2014 10:02 PM EDT - When it comes to keeping the most vulnerable among us warm, more money is needed. That’s the message Washington lawmakers are sending to the House Appropriations Committee, regarding the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In a letter this week, Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Peter King, R-N. Full Story

    How much does equality cost? Less than a quarter
    04/07/2014 10:32 PM EDT - Today is Equal Pay Day 2014 -- the day that symbolically commemorates how long it takes for women’s wages to catch up with men’s, from the previous year. Why, you ask, does it take more than four months for this to happen? It’s because of a (typical) 23 percent gender wage gap in the United States. Full Story

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    Vinyl or vinyls? On eve of Record Store Day, collectors can't seem to agree

    Step into a record store any other day of the year, and you'll probably witness something like this: A whippersnapper comes bouncing in, asking if there are any Rolling Stones "vinyls" for sale. The clerk cringes. Older customers roll their eyeballs skyward and skullward. Those beautiful black circles are called records. Or LPs. "Vinyl" is acceptable, but never "vinyls." Full Story