Hopelessness or opportunity of a lifetime? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Life is never easy. That statement is true for all of us, even those who seem to live gifted lives. Everyday life is full of challenges and difficult to understand, frustrating events.

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From the Editor: When fins were peacock feathers

More often than not, when staring out across the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in Middlebury, enroute to do my weekly grocery shopping, I wonder—what happened to the idea of the classically designed automobile?

Vote or face the consequences? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

President Obama recently floated the idea of making it a mandatory requirement for United States citizens to vote in elections, while speaking to a civic group in Cleveland.

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From the Editor: Living Fossil

Lake Champlain's weird, wonderful sturgeon

There are many fishes in the deep blue waters of planet Earth, but few are stranger than the sturgeon of Lake Champlain.

Freedom of Information Day | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Earlier this week the country celebrated Freedom of Information Day. This week is also celebrated as Sunshine Week.

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From the Editor: A Dream Center come true

On March 12, a nationwide broadcast report appeared on FOX News’ Fox and Friends morning show; it focused on Bill Beckim and Linda Justin and their community Dream Center project in downtown Rutland.

The American entrepenurial spirit | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

It seems each day we wake up to some strange news story that causes us to shake our heads in wonder and amazement. Some positive and others, well not so.

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From the Editor: Live long and prosper

For those of us who grew up as fans of television’s original “Star Trek” during the 1960s, the news last month of 83-year-old actor Leonard Nimoy’s death struck an especially sad note.

Still not so affordable health care | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last year I stated the hand writing has been on the wall for some time. That our great fears are coming to pass and no one is taking the proper steps to fix what is clearly a bad and ill conceived law.

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From the Editor: Lake Placid’s “Miracle on Ice”

It was a long time ago—Friday, Feb. 22, 1980 to be exact.

Securing our homeland | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

For years America used the conventional air waves of the Soviet block broadcasting Radio Free Europe and on the Island of Cuba with Radio Free Cuba.

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From the Editor: S.95 and legalized marijuana

Last week, Vermont State Sen. David Zuckerman, a Progressive legislator from Hinesburg, introduced S. 95, a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Vermont. It took a few years, with Gov. Shumlin’s early support then taking a cautious step back, especially after the heroin debacle erupted in 2013.

Who loves to hear from the IRS? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Unless you can tell it’s a check inside the envelope, a letter from the IRS strikes fear in most Americans.

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FTC-GMP slap down

From the Editor

It seems to have come as a bitter pill for Green Mountain Power officials to swallow, but last week’s official letter to GMP dispatched by the Federal Trade Commission was pretty stern stuff.

The truth, the noise and the not so true | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We’ve all heard the story about the one that got away. Each time we hear it, the story gets more elaborate while the prey gets bigger, faster and even more elusive.