• Holidays and new traditions - 10/20/2014 10:11 PM EDT
  • Vermont’s cloudy fiscal future - 10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT
  • Take a bite out of homelessness - 10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT
    Remarkably generous when disasters strike

    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT
    Americans are a remarkably generous people when it comes to natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, private citizens gave an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An estimated $2 billion poured in to help those displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But when it comes to man-made disasters, the giving drops considerably. 
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    Take back our democracy
    10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - There’s been a lot of talk lately about Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders making a run for president in 2016. Sanders himself has expressed both an interest in and misgivings about such a prospect and the political logistics involved. He’s motivated to help solve some of America’s most daunting problems -- not the least of which is the overburdened, Full Story



    Letters to the Editor

    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT
    Support for Erica Marthage These are challenging times for Vermont. We hear and see daily reports of drug deals, domestic violence and other crimes in every corner of our state. We always thought that our communities were oases of safety surrounded by a turbulent world. Sadly, that’s no longer true, even in Bennington County. 
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    Letters to the Editor
    10/20/2014 01:52 PM EDT - Vote Donka for Congress In just a few weeks Vermonters will have the chance to exercise one of our most precious freedoms. On Nov. 4 citizens have an opportunity to vote for old or new representation to our legislative and executive bodies. A great many informed voters in Vermont understand that the Vermont State government and the United States government are headed in a bad Full Story

    More Letters: Response to a letter
    10/18/2014 11:44 AM EDT - I am writing to clarify a statement that was attributed to me by a Shaftsbury resident in a letter to the editor. He quotes me as saying, "We can always make the bottom tax bracket higher than it is now." Making the tax bracket higher means that one would have to make more income before being subject to an income tax. Full Story

    Letters: Support for Rep. Bill Botzow
    10/17/2014 10:24 PM EDT - State Rep. Bill Botzow (Pownal/Woodford) has served his constituents with distinction for the past 12 years. For several months each year, Bill brings the ideas, desires and needs of the people of Pownal to Montpelier, and sees that they are heard and addressed. During the remainder of the year, Bill is home listening to our ideas, desires and needs and bringing the resources of Full Story

    More letters: Does Columbus Day deserve holiday status?
    10/18/2014 11:23 AM EDT - I recently covered a class at MAU which addressed that topic. Students were to use historical documents for evidence, rather than emotion. That's the way history should be taught. I asked them if Prof. Morison was on their list. According to him, "(Columbus) had his faults and defects, but they were largely the defects of the qualities that made him great -- his superb faith Full Story

    Letters: Re-elect John Moran
    10/16/2014 09:21 PM EDT - My name is Tricia Kilcommons, I am writing as an out-of-state contributor to the re-election campaign of Rep. John Moran. I am doing so because although I am not a full-time resident in the town of Wardsboro, it is where my husband and I have a second home, and hope to retire. In the last 10 years I have come to know Rep. Full Story

    Letters: Vote for Moran
    10/14/2014 10:23 PM EDT - I am a registered voter in Readsboro, and I vote for the candidate that I feel will do the best job for us all. John Moran has many important accomplishments in the eight years as our state rep. Just look at his record. John is a man of integrity and has the ability to work with the opposition in Montpelier and has built those alliances. Full Story

    Convicted murderer sues state over prison porn ban

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights. Full Story
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    Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend

    NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Full Story