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When you're in the business of holding people accountable, as we are in the news business, accountability must start in the mirror. So we're setting the record straight on a mistake we made last week. more
Crossover day at the Statehouse coincided with St. Patrick's Day this year. While there exceptions to the rule, crossover is the day by which bills need to be passed out of committee in order to be eligible for floor consideration this session.I'm … more
One of the benefits of living in Arlington is that it is, geographically, an equal distance between Bennington to the south and Manchester to the north - hence the terms Southshire and Northshire. Each shire has an abundance of attractions and … more
There is a man named Christo, who with his wife Jeanne Claude, created some of the most amazing displays of installation art in the history of the world. Their remarkable works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin; the Running Fence, a 24 … more
Town Meeting Day and its associated voting took place here in Manchester on March 4, 6 and 7. I earned myself a civic halo by attending the Town meeting on Saturday, the MEMS School Board meeting on Monday, and then by voting on Tuesday.Were they … more
A recent headline in The Berkshire Eagle read "Police: Man took 120-mile Uber ride to rob Lenox woman." Break-ins, robberies, and abductions sadly are crimes we see on the increase throughout the region, but most do not evolve out of telephone … more
A recent independent report on the regulation of Green Mountain Power indicates that our electricity rates have likely been higher than they should have been. I think that the way in which rates are set for this foreign monopoly needs to change … more
This is the first Sunshine Week, since it began in 2005, when the public's right to know has been under direct assault, and on several fronts. "Fake news," "alternative facts," retaliatory restrictions of press access by the White House, and … more
Last year the intense efforts of the "Energy Independent Vermont" coalition to sell Vermonters on the merits of a carbon tax ran onto the rocks. But the friends of the carbon tax in the Vermont House and Senate aren't giving up.Three years ago the … more
In 1945, in Englewood, N.J., 19-year-old Nate Boone, an African-American, wanted more than anything else to go to college. He was told that, by doing so, he would have the opportunity to escape the poverty that surrounded him. The escape route was … more
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