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From the Editor: Jornada del Muerto

In the weeks leading up to the first atomic bomb test, on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico’s southern desert—called the Jornada del Muerto, the “Journey of Death”, by the Spanish conquistadores—70 scientists of the U.S. Army’s Manhattan Project effort to build the first nuclear weapon signed a solemn petition to head off use of the weapon in Japan at the end of World War II.

Addressing the Need | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Sadly no one wants to hear this, but we must. Yes, we’ve had another disturbed person go on a shooting rampage, killing innocent students at yet another school.

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From the Editor: For the love of memory

When my father passed away in January, at the age of 100, he took with him many wonderful memories of an innocent America which had one foot planted in the 19th century and another in the 20th century. Both world wars helped change the state of innocence, but it wasn’t until the 1960s—at least according to my father—that everything went to hell. In retrospect, he was probably correct.

Food for thought | From the Editor

Thirty seven years ago this weekend, I had the rare privilege of dining with the late, award-winning science-fiction author, futurist, and biochemist Dr. Isaac Asimov (1920-1992).

A call to faith | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week America was blessed to host Pope Francis, one of the world’s true holy men and leader of the Roman Catholic Faith. Three major cities played host to the Pope as he shared his vision for the country that has been so blessed.

A town remembers | Editorial

Last month, the Town of West Rutland paid an overdue “thank you” to World War II veterans, alive and deceased.

A note to Trump | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Dear Donald: I must admit your recent success and rise in the polls for the presidency has surprised me.

Respect for Joe | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Politicians, as we’ve seen over and over again will do and say almost anything during a campaign, or even in the run up to a campaign.

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From the editor: Viva Rutvegas!

What’s in a name? In the case of Rutland County, Vt., and its various Rutlands—including city, center, town and one point west—it’s often cited by local historians that colonial-era Gov. Benning Wentworth dubbed the county after his old country pal, John Manners, Third Duke of Rutland.

The bizarre world of politics | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

U.S. Politics is one of the biggest money businesses in the world. In so many ways the process to gain political influence has no boundaries.

Behaving badly | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week early morning TV viewers in Virginia were shocked when a disgruntled former WDBL station employee killed a young reporter and the cameraman filming her interview.

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From the editor: Downtown shadows

Please don’t call this Monday morning quarterbacking since my comments had been voiced in an editorial—about building the new Middlebury municipal building in the now jam-packed downtown corridor—more than a year ago.

Workmanship and pride | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I, along with my wife Gayle who handles our administrative finances, and a Sun Community News Reporter Teah Dowling were privileged to be invited to tour the Air and the Banker Road Industrial Parks in the Town of Plattsburgh.

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From the editor: The rain in Spain

I recently read a World Wide Fund for Nature news item about climate change effects in Spain. Gabriel Pascal’s famous phonetic exercise, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” may not be true in the future.

The hazy, lazy days of summer | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

As another summer draws to an end and the days grow shorter, we try to squeeze in those summertime activities before the season changes.