• The View From My Place: Who we are now - 12/19/2014 10:06 PM EST
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    Roses & Thorns: Roses to Sen. Leahy for helping to free American prisoner

    12/19/2014 10:06 PM EST
    ROSES to Vt. Sen. Patrick Leahy for his role in facilitating the release of an American contractor who had been held in a Cuban prison for five years. Sen. Leahy was among a number of delegates — including Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. — who flew to Cuba Wednesday to accompany Alan Gross back to the United States as part of a prisoner exchange made possible by the recent diplomatic 
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    Cuba: A bold move and long overdue
    12/18/2014 10:29 PM EST - The restoration of U.S. relations with the island nation of Cuba is a bold move that is long overdue. But, as is the case with any major foreign policy shift, it is a complex matter and the devil is in the details. And, there are plenty of both. Depending on whom you believe, the announcement Wednesday by President Barack Obama that he will do all he can to normalize U. Full Story

    Letters: 'Bridge to College' is an asset

    12/18/2014 10:28 PM EST
    'Bridge to College' is an asset Since 1971, The Tutorial Center has been a community, non-profit organization in Bennington, and now in Manchester, which literally has educated thousands of area children and adults. One hardly knows what The Tutorial Center does until one has need of their services: learning to read, individual tutoring, assistance in getting a high school diploma or achieve a 
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    Letters: My Reality Check for Mr. Ross
    12/17/2014 08:35 PM EST - I'm writing to take exception to Weiland Ross's latest column, Reality Check: The Black Grievance Industry. In it, he exposes "how low some of the most vocal leaders in the black community have sunk." He concludes with the question – "Could it be that the most dangerous enemies of racial peace in the U. Full Story

    Letters: Issue with FairPoint
    12/17/2014 02:23 PM EST - Havin issues with FairPoint in Sandgate I live in Sandgate Vermont with my wife Patti. We own and operate several home- internet-based businesses from our Sandgate property. For the past several weeks we had had major disruptions with our home phone service. FairPoint has claimed to have fixed this problem on four separate occasions but this issue still continues today. Full Story

    Letters: Confused by opposing views of pro-child, right-to-life groups in Vt.
    12/15/2014 04:57 PM EST - Dichotomy of pro-child, right-to-life groups in Vt. Maybe not quite all, but the vast majority of people in this country are concerned about the health and happiness of our children. In that number I count myself and wife, we have five children and four grandchildren and love them dearly. The number of groups, organizations and programs attest to the concern for children. Full Story

    12/14/2014 09:39 PM EST - Opposed to the water flouridation plan The honorable Doctor Richard Dundas requested from the Select Board that they hear the presentation of the group know as the Bennington Oral Health Coalition. This will be on Dec. 22. He jokingly said that his group met in a secret cave so that any opponents of fluoridation would not get wind of their plan. Full Story

    Your opinions
    12/12/2014 01:56 PM EST - Fossil fuels not Vermont's solution While hundreds of Vermonters from every corner of the state clamor for a stop to the fracked gas pipeline, Steve Wark of Vermont Gas Systems keeps asking, "How can we get gas to Rutland more quickly?" And has offered a formula to answer his question. This despite the fact that in July 2012, Mr. Full Story

    Letters: Second guessing the select board
    12/11/2014 04:51 PM EST - Mr. Bethel floated a very bad idea at the Nov. 24 Select Board meeting here in Bennington. His call for a Charter Amendment so people can second-guess the select board mocks the very essence of representative government. Does our select board really need every ill-informed splinter group looking over its shoulder waiting to pounce with some list of petition Full Story

    Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. Full Story
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    How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

    How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess. Full Story