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    It’s time for a raise

    04/23/2014 09:45 PM EDT
    With awareness of historic levels of inequality in the U.S. continually increasing, talk -- and action -- on raising the minimum wage is frequently in the news. On the progressive side -- which we support -- as of April 8, 34 states are considering increases to the state minimum wage this legislative session, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
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    Taking back the Marathon
    04/22/2014 09:50 PM EDT - On a beautiful spring day that matched the mood Monday, that attitude of optimism and defiance was best demonstrated by the many spectators injured a year ago in the twin bombings along Boylston Street who were back at the finish line Patriots Day. Patrick Downes and Jessica Zensky, newlyweds who each lost a leg while they were watching the finishers across, rode handcycles yesterday, crossing Full Story

    A little food for thought on Earth Day
    04/22/2014 11:43 AM EDT - Today is Earth Day, and while we are celebrating and honoring Mother Earth, let's also praise a related measure: The recent vote by the Vermont Senate to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients. If that bill, H.112, is enacted, the Green Mountain State will be the first state in the nation to require such food labeling. Full Story

    An Easter message of peace following the shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas
    04/20/2014 09:50 PM EDT - The Easter story is one of persecution, death and darkness on one Friday long ago, and of resurrection and triumph the following Sunday. "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," Martin Luther’s great hymn of the Reformation reflects the alternation between despair and hope that fills this story and that still defines the condition of much of humankind. Full Story

    Roses to Harriette Leidich on her 102nd birthday!
    04/19/2014 09:12 AM EDT - ROSES, and lots of them, to the lovely, gracious, hilarious, quick-tongued and multi-talented Harriette Leidich, the beloved Banner columnist who celebrates her 102nd birthday Saturday. "I've had a wonderful life, and I wouldn't take back any of my stories ... they're all true," she told the Banner on Friday. Full Story

    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. Full Story

    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

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    Congress is using Twitter, but which party is most active?

    Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Full Story
    (Elise Amendola)
    Watch Yankees pitcher get caught using pine tar

    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. Full Story
    (Francois Mori)
    Justin Bieber is sorry for visiting this Japanese war shrine

    Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. Full Story