• Take back our democracy - 10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT
    Take back our democracy

    10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT
    There’s been a lot of talk lately about Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders making a run for president in 2016. Sanders himself has expressed both an interest in and misgivings about such a prospect and the political logistics involved. He’s motivated to help solve some of America’s most daunting problems -- not the least of which is the overburdened, 
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    ROSES & THORNS: Roses to UCS community forums on autism
    10/18/2014 11:01 AM EDT - ROSES to the series of community forums on autism held recently by United Counseling Services of Bennington County. The forums were geared to assist the agency's mental health professionals to develop autism programming that is sensitive to the needs of are children and families. "The more awareness about autism, the better off and more accepting the community is going to be," said Dave Full Story

    Sugary-beverage tax not such a sweet idea
    10/16/2014 09:21 PM EDT - Put down those Gummi Bears, spit out that soda and forget about the Ben & Jerry’s -- the feds don’t like you eating that kind of stuff. We’ve all heard debate about whether the government should serve as a "nanny state," dictating what types of behaviors should be subject to punitive action by the government. Full Story

    Standing up for the children
    10/15/2014 09:50 PM EDT - But when it was announced that Yousafzai was splitting the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, many people said "Who?" It didn’t take us long to learn that Satyarthi, a Hindu from India, was responsible for rescuing nearly 80,000 children from child labor. Yousafzai and Satyarthi are "Two sides of the same coin," wrote The Guardian’s Ben Doherty. Full Story

    Compassion Corps helps African nation beset with Ebola virus
    10/14/2014 10:23 PM EDT - When the Ebola virus began invading west African nations earlier this year, it seemed like a problem peculiar to developing nations, far from the cares of U.S. citizens. It became more of a reality when American doctors working in these nations became infected and were brought home for treatment. Full Story

    Money for retirement
    10/13/2014 10:00 PM EDT - Two separate reports out last week point toward a disturbing financial trend for senior citizens. AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55 percent) don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. Full Story

    Votes. vs. fundraisers
    10/12/2014 09:56 PM EDT - The many detrimental effects that big money and its relentless pursuit have on American politics have been increasingly evident since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision broke most of the remaining leaky dams. An occasionally overlooked detriment is the way it forces, or at least encourages, elected officials to abandon the posts they were elected to so they can Full Story

    ROSES & THORNS: Roses to CDC students for partnership with Habitat for Humanity
    10/10/2014 09:58 PM EDT - ROSES to the students in the Southwestern Vermont Career Development Center Building Trades I class and their teacher, Brian Coon, who are making sheds for a Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity project in Pownal. The nonprofit Habitat reached out to the CDC to develop a partnership and found a very willing group there, according to Mari Bennett of HFH. Full Story

    Landmark non-ruling
    10/09/2014 10:16 PM EDT - Even when the U.S. Supreme Court does nothing it can accomplish plenty, and by declining to hear appeals from five states seeking to preserve bans on gay marriage Monday the justices essentially declared the battle against gay marriage over. What Massachusetts began by legalizing gay marriage a decade ago is now culminating with gays across the nation winning the same right with the Full Story

    Ban the bag
    10/08/2014 09:59 PM EDT - In a move that has already been derided as a perfect example of an out-of-control nanny state, California’s governor recently signed into law making the Golden State the first in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. "The bill is a step in the right direction -- it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself," Full Story

    Pittsburgh wins Gawker.com ugliest accent tourney

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburghers talk funny. The city has "won" Gawker.com's ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a reader's poll with more than 54 percent of the vote. Full Story
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    Creator of 'Found' magazine amazed by musical

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after seeing himself onstage, Davy Rothbart was still a little dazed. The celebratory drinks afterward sure didn't hurt, but those weren't what kept him floored. Full Story
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    Charlie Sheen breaks up with porn star fiancee

    The “Anger Management” star had planned to marry Brett Rossi in November, but now says he wants to devote his time to his children.