• Why incumbents keep getting reelected - 07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT
  • Smoke gets in your eyes - 07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT
  • AGING IN PLACE: After the move - 07/22/2014 10:10 PM EDT
    Congress should reform the mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses

    07/24/2014 10:00 PM EDT
    Liberals and conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch street-corner dealers, not drug kingpins. The drug war’s foremost legacy is a skyrocketing prison population; the number of drug offenders in federal prisons has increased 21 times since 1980. 
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    ’Putin The Great’
    07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT - As if the shooting down of a passenger plane carrying 298 people wasn’t monstrous enough, the bodies of those who fell from the sky with Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were left lying in the heat for days as Ukrainian rebels engaged in what can only be assumed to be a cover-up of their blunder. Back in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man at the root of all this misery, was busy Full Story

    Letters: Don’t suck for the low ball!

    07/24/2014 10:00 PM EDT
    That, I found, was good advice, for playing baseball or changing our health care system. All kids who ever played baseball have had this drilled into their heads repeatedly. I know I did, even though I never set "North River" on fire as a baseball player, nor was I even a shadow of the ability of my uncle Benny Maynard, who played third base for the best teams in town, during that era that was 
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    More letters: Share your story
    07/24/2014 10:00 PM EDT - One of the many upcoming big events in Bennington is the Bennington Car Show. Not only is this a fun event but it gives local non-profits a chance to raise money for their worthwhile ventures. The Bennington Lions Club is publishing the Bennington Car Show brochure as a fundraiser and we are looking for great stories or funny ones about your first car that we can include. Full Story

    Letters: Location and scale are inappropriate
    07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT - I am opposed to the proposed Shires housing on Silver Street. My opposition does not come from an elitist belief that it should not be in my part of town nor is it because of any beliefs about income and social skills. I simply believe that the location and scale are inappropriate for our community. Full Story

    Letters: Time to clean house at DCF
    07/22/2014 10:09 PM EDT - We don’t need any more senate meetings and committees to decide what to do about the Dept. of Children and Families here in Vermont. This highly dysfunctional child welfare department is completely out of step with the best interests of children. They have done things that are so contrary to every basic rule of good casework that the only solution is to disband the entire department Full Story

    Letter: Veteran for Rachel Fields
    07/21/2014 10:09 PM EDT - Hello, I am a veteran and I support Rachael Fields for state representative in the Democratic Primary on August 26. I know Rachael really well. I work with her at the Vermont Veteran’s Home. I trust her and you can trust her too. Rachael understands the issues veterans face. She has taken care of veterans for more than nine years. Full Story

    Letters: Misinformation and negative stereotyping
    07/19/2014 09:32 AM EDT - I am not a Bennington Town resident. I did not attend the Select Board meeting on July 14. I did watch the proceedings on CAT-TV. It was shocking to witness the hostility to Shires Housing, to the person who spoke in support of the development, the misinformation, the negative stereotyping. The state representative who spoke could have helped to improve the tone of the meeting, but did not. Full Story

    Letters: Greenberg’s closing
    07/16/2014 10:13 PM EDT - I wish some loyal Democrat will please tell me this. When I look at the job loss locally, of which Greenberg is just the latest, or state wide, when it looks like IBM in Essex Junction is leaving the state, why? I would think with our high taxes and rating as the very business unfriendly they would be moving here. Full Story

    Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons. Full Story
    National outdoor art show to hit billboards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Famous artwork is about to hit America's streets and public places. "Art Everywhere US" is billed as the world's largest outdoor art show. Full Story
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    Surprise! Justin Bieber in news for his music

    The troubled singer releases clips of 11 new tracks on Instagram, hinting at prospect of new album.