Our Opinion: A corned Greece fires back at EU

07/06/2015 08:45 PM EDT
"Those crazy Greeks," declared the European Union after the Greek citizenry Sunday solidly rejected an austerity plan designed to bail the nation out of its economic morass. The resulting uncertainty is alarming but there was no reason to expect Greece to rubber-stamp failed economic initiatives. Greece's economic collapse began five years ago and has been akin to a slow-motion avalanche. 
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Our Opinion: Tragedy eased when needed change results
07/06/2015 07:30 AM EDT - The shock and anger resulting from a high-profile tragedy can be eased a little if something beneficial can come from it. The murders in Charleston, South Carolina are one example. The shootings of unarmed black men by police officers may provide many more. Ferguson, Missouri has. Last week, a draft report of the U. Full Story

The Devil and the Details
07/03/2015 09:29 PM EDT - Manchester and Dorset have joined in a fascinating discussion about whether or not forge a partnership, to a greater or lesser degree, about how to best provide law enforcement services to their citizens and taxpayers. Two meetings held over the past two weeks indicated — especially in Dorset — a level of interest in exploring the idea. Full Story

Our Opinion: July 4th can be fun, but dangerous too
07/02/2015 10:19 PM EDT - The Fourth of July holiday is a festive time to enjoy parades, barbeques and fireworks with family and friends. Unfortunately, it also can be a very dangerous holiday. Officials at the Vermont Division of Fire Safety issued their standard pre-July 4th press release this week to remind everyone how risky and unpredictable fireworks are, not to mention the fact that most are illegal in Vermont. Full Story

Another Opinion: Allow solar industry to shine on
07/01/2015 09:52 PM EDT - The solar industry in Massachusetts is bursting its caps, which are artificial restraints advocated by those with an interest in keeping the green power industry from thriving. Beacon Hill must act to allow solar to shine more brightly. According to a report by the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center, net metering is not only triggering greater use of solar energy but increases Full Story

Medical marijuana faces key moment
07/01/2015 09:51 PM EDT - With so little scientific evidence that medical marijuana does what it is purported to do, it may be time to retire the medical model. A recently released comprehensive review of dozens of clinical trials on medical marijuana found scant reliable evidence to support the drug's use for all but a handful of maladies. Full Story

Another Opinion: Give Blood this summer
07/01/2015 07:19 AM EDT - While you're getting ready for that annual summer vacation here's one more thing to add to your to-do list: Give blood. Someone needs blood every 3 seconds in this country, with an average of 40,000 units needed every day in the U.S. The American Red Cross says nationwide it takes 15,000 blood donations per day to supply 2,600 hospitals with blood. Full Story

Another Opinion: Voting rights bill can fix what Court had destroyed
06/29/2015 09:56 PM EDT - When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act two years ago, the five-member majority argued that the nation had moved into a post-racial world that made the act irrelevant. That was nonsense — as Charleston, South Carolina has reminded us. Racism is alive and well, and it is up to the courts and elected officials to confront it. Full Story

Reason prevails with high court decision that preserves Obamacare
06/28/2015 03:22 PM EDT - Do no harm. That's a medical principle, not a legal one. But in its 6-3 decision Thursday, the Roberts court saw through a politically motivated attack on the Affordable Care Act. It found that a system that extended health insurance to millions is operating as legislation meant it to, even if six words in Section 36B of the law are ambiguous. Full Story

Another Opinion: More than Just Trade is Involved
06/26/2015 10:07 PM EDT - The fate of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping trade agreement between the U.S. and some of its major trading partners, is now clearer. Last Tuesday, a procedural vote denied President Obama the authority to negotiate the agreement on a "fast track" basis, which means whatever deal emerges with our foreign counterparts, it's only subject to a yes or no vote in Congress, and Full Story

Drug bundles block pipe near border, send sewage into home

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in the border city of Nogales, Arizona, believe smugglers were using an international sewage line to transport drugs into the U. Full Story
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Paula Deen tweets photo of son in brownface

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