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    Letters: Great lecture by high-ranking UN officer

    04/23/2014 09:45 PM EDT
    Last weekend we had the distinct pleasure to attend an informative lecture given by a high ranking officer at the United Nations. The topic was the history of the United Nations, its current structure, and an in depth presentation of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals. These complex subjects were brilliantly presented by the Chief of Policy Coordination at the U. 
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    Letters: Let’s Green-Up Shaftsbury!
    04/22/2014 09:50 PM EDT - The Town of Shaftsbury, our Recreation Committee, and the Shaftsbury Elementary School Student Council invite residents to help "Green-Up" Shaftsbury’s roadsides. Now that the snows of a very long winter have melted, let’s work together to help clean up what has been left behind. We are encouraging residents to "adopt" a road, or neighborhood. Full Story

    Letter: ‘A new beginning’
    04/21/2014 09:44 PM EDT - You go around the Corners It feels like a maze. The Spirit rises, then sees the mourners The clouds surround you, and it feels ever so light. It looks different, but feels so right. You can’t help but to be happy. There is no darkness. I see some people I once knew. Full Story

    Letters: Carroll announces intention to run for seat in legislature
    04/20/2014 09:49 PM EDT - Today I am formally announcing that I intend to run for the seat in the Vermont Legislature soon to be vacated by Anne Mook. I want to thank Anne for her service to the people of Bennington and to the state of Vermont. For decades Anne Mook has devoted herself to the people and town that I was born and raised in. Full Story

    Letter: Thank you, Bennington
    04/17/2014 09:50 PM EDT - After long consideration, I have made a bittersweet decision to not run for re-election for State Representative in Bennington #2-2. Everything has a beginning and an end. After 10 years, it is time for me to spend more time with my husband and family. During my time in Montpelier, I spent six years on the House Education Committee and another four on the Government Operations Committee. Full Story

    Letter: Veterans’ Home did right by his father
    04/16/2014 10:48 PM EDT - For the past three years my father had the privilege of residing at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington. In that time, he not only received the utmost of health care, but was treated with dignity, compassion and, yes, affection by the entire staff. We are from New York State and cannot imagine a facility any better in our own region. Full Story

    Letters: The need to stay ever-vigilant
    04/16/2014 10:48 PM EDT - A number of very poignant and sensitive issues have made their way into the limelight over the past few weeks, including the closure announcement by Plasan Carbon, the continued focus on the drug epidemic across the entire state, and most recently, the announcement in one of our neighboring communities regarding the possible closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. Full Story

    Vermont needs to thank Senator Sears
    04/16/2014 10:41 PM EDT - Vermont needs to thank Senator Sears Vermont residents want clean soil and water and air and safe food. We want to know what foods have been tampered with genetically. We want our children and grandchildren to have safe food to eat rather than food that may disrupt their immune system. We want to be able to read labels on our food and choose what to buy. Full Story

    Letters: About GMO Bill H.112
    04/15/2014 10:23 PM EDT - This week is important for Vermonters who want to make informed choices about food for ourselves and our families. The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee, of which our own Dick Sears is a member, is considering House Bill 112. H.112 is about labeling foods produced with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Full Story

    Letter: Vermonter: Support heroic Boston firefighters
    04/13/2014 10:52 PM EDT - To all my fellow Vermonters, Boston is a city that I love and have been living in for the past three years. It has been shaken, not only by the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks in April of 2013, but also by the truly unfortunate loss of two brave souls from the Boston Fire Department who fought in the line of duty of Engine 33 and Ladder 15. Full Story

    (Peggy A. Bender)
    The cat came back, but it took 5 years

    A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip. 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