Roses & Thorns: Roses to Grace Christian School's effort to help Ugandan children get shoes

03/27/2015 04:31 PM EDT
ROSES to Grace Christian School of Bennington on getting students and parents involved in an effort to help children in Uganda. The school hosted a family night on March 20 during which the more than 50 participants cut cloth to be made into shoes for Ugandan youth through the nonprofit Sole Hope organization. 
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Our View: Opting not to vaccinate puts others at risk
03/27/2015 12:35 PM EDT - In Vermont, parents are more likely than their counterparts in other states to opt not to vaccinate their children against diseases. Vermont is tied with Idaho with the second highest number of "non-medical" vaccination exemptions in the country, according to the CDC. Oregon has the highest number. While the Centers for Disease Control recommends that children newborn to age 6 get 28 doses of 10 Full Story

Letters: NordicStyle thanks

03/27/2015 04:31 PM EDT
NordicStyle thanks From humble beginnings with the hope of finding a cure for all cancers, Relay for Life NordicStyle just completed it 12th winter relay. With money still coming in, to date, nearly $63,000 has been raised going toward research to find a cure for all cancers, support and education. Being a NordicStyle Relay, challenges of this all night event can be difficult. 
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Letters: National Public Health Week
03/26/2015 01:06 PM EDT - National Public Health Week April 6 is the beginning of National Public Health Week. The theme for this year's celebration is "The Healthiest Nation in One Generation." The goal of the American Public Health Association is to be the healthiest nation by 2030. Healthy People (HP) 2020 highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of health by including as one of its four Full Story

More letters: Exchange program should be expanded
03/26/2015 11:29 AM EDT - I am writing this because of the recently released story in the March 12 edition "Students bring new outlooks, culture," when reading this I began to think back to High School which was only one short year ago. I saw an extreme shift in the culture of the people within the school from my freshman year in 2010 to my senior in 2014. Full Story

Letters: Paid sick days: It's time to do the right thing for working Vermonters
03/25/2015 04:32 PM EDT - Paid sick days: It's time to do the right thing for working Vermonters The first paid sick leave bill was introduced in Vermont 10 years ago. Since then, 20 states and cities have passed laws creating workplace standards around earned sick leave, and shown that businesses do not suffer negative impacts. Full Story

Letters: Response to Don Keelan
03/24/2015 05:07 PM EDT - This is a response to a recent column by Don Keelen justifying the record levels of in inequalities of wealth and incomes in America today. At least one of the advantages he claimed for such inequality is based on a false premise, that concentration of wealth necessarily produces a greater amount of benevolent giving within the society. Full Story

Letters: Response to criticism of Congress
03/24/2015 05:06 PM EDT - Recent letters to the Banner criticizing our Congressmen for sitting out the recent Netanyahu appearance before Congress are not persuasive. Those members of Congress who believed that the Speaker Boehner contrived event was an insult to the president, was counterproductive to our ongoing negotiations with Iran, and was a cheap stunt designed to enhance Full Story

Letters: Trust in government equates to credibility; it's slipped away
03/24/2015 05:05 PM EDT - When government fails it's the people who pay the price. Our government is failing. It's going to cost you. Over the past four years I have talked to Vermonters all across Vermont and I have listened to them. They believe that solutions are more important than partisan politics. Full Story

Alaska police officers corral grazing miniature horses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police officers in Alaska's biggest city became wranglers early Friday morning, rounding up a couple of miniature horses that escaped from their corral. Full Story
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Taraji P. Henson apologizes for racial profiling allegation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized to police in the Southern California city of Glendale for accusing an officer of racially profiling her son. Full Story
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.