• Readsboro boy gets 'wish' pool - 07/27/2016 06:58 AM EDT
    Our Opinion: Gift to Erdogan is problematic for foes and US

    07/24/2016 09:16 PM EDT
    Turkish President Recep Erdogan called the failed military coup against him a "gift from God," and it is a gift that keeps on giving. The gleeful leader is putting the U.S., his ostensible ally, in a difficult spot. As the U.S. has learned the hard way, nothing is ever simple in the Middle East. The putting down of a military coup against a democratically elected government should, for example, 
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    Editorial: The heroes lost in Baton Rouge
    07/22/2016 10:10 PM EDT - Montrell Jackson was 32 and married with a 4-month-old baby. He had been a Baton Rouge police officer for 10 years and was president of his Denham Springs neighborhood association. Matthew Gerald, 41, had served in the Marines and the Army and did three tours in Iraq without being harmed. He and his wife celebrated their fourth anniversary two weeks ago. Full Story

    Our Opinion: A do-nothing Congress heads for the beaches
    07/17/2016 09:43 PM EDT - Congress has now embarked upon a seven-week vacation, which along with a nice salary and great health care is one of the many benefits of office. But shouldn't members have to earn their extended holiday? It's unfair to paint all of Congress with one brush, as many congressmen will engage in constituent services this month and most Democrats would have been happy to get far more accomplished in Full Story

    Our opinion: Turning the poor into criminals
    07/14/2016 08:37 PM EDT - Some people just can't seem to fathom why someone would run from a police officer or not treat one with respect. Attorney KS Bloomfield, writing on her blog, contends it is because we have criminalized innocuous behaviors. "(T)ake a look at the 1001 reasons cops pull people over everyday. Tags, lights, tinted windows, loud music, seat belts, turn signals, motor vehicle inspection stickers, etc. Full Story

    Editorial: 'No fly, no buy' won't limit gun violence in U.S.
    07/06/2016 09:10 PM EDT - Finally, members of the U.S. House and Senate are showing some resolve to do something about gun violence. But is this the best they can do? On Wednesday, Democratic members of the House of Representatives sat on the floor of the House chamber, determined not to allow any business to be conducted until there was a debate and vote on several gun control measures, including a version of "No fly, no Full Story

    Our Opinion: Patriotism defies easy measurement
    07/03/2016 09:34 PM EDT - In time for July 4, the Wallet-Hub website has ranked the 50 states from most patriotic to least. The list may set off fireworks. Massachusetts ranked 45th in patriotism, which will have all those who see the state as riddled with whiney liberals nodding their heads in agreement. Vermont, however, ranks 12th even though it has a presumably unpatriotic socialist senator and Democratic presidential Full Story

    Editorial: No more trade tirades
    07/01/2016 09:19 PM EDT - It says something about how Donald Trump has lowered political standards that the tirade on trade he delivered Tuesday was supposed to calm nerves, showing that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee could talk policy and stick to a script. But the script was a horrid mess of misinformation, exaggeration and populist grievance-mongering. Full Story

    Editorial: Trump's dizzying stance(s) on Muslims
    06/30/2016 09:30 PM EDT - All that wild-eyed talk from Donald Trump about a "total and complete" banning of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims from setting foot on American soil? Not to worry, folks: It turns out Trump did not mean it — maybe. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who in December proposed an unequivocal "shutdown" on Muslims entering the United States, even as visitors, has suddenly gone Full Story

    Editorial: Students are eating more nutritious food
    06/29/2016 09:05 PM EDT - Three years after the federal school lunch program underwent its first major overhaul in three decades, students are eating healthier and wasting less food. For a country awash in obesity, that's a meaningful step toward helping the youngest generation live longer and healthier lives than their predecessors, once an American birthright that has been lost in a storm of salty, sugary, processed Full Story

    Our Opinion: Protest votes can backfire painfully
    06/28/2016 08:03 AM EDT - Buyer's remorse over last week's vote in Great Britain to leave the European Union took only days to emerge. Lessons about polls and protests are being provided. The British pound has taken a pounding and world markets have been weakened since the vote. The unhappy European Union wants Great Britain gone ASAP while British leaders are dragging their feet about sending their nation off into the Full Story