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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

    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

    (Ljiljana Pavkov)
    Coming right up: The world's fastest elevators

    Japan's Hitachi said this week it will provide the world's fastest elevators, which can clock speeds up to 45 mph, to a high-rise building in China. Full Story
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    Michael Phelps, on why he is returning to swimming

    Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. Full Story
    (Kevin Winter)
    Bronze statue of Roger Ebert set to be unveiled

    Roger Ebert's final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: "I'll see you at the movies." The award-winning film critic died two days later. Full Story