A job well done is worth doing | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

A recent survey by the website CareerCast.com came up with a list of the 10 most desirable careers and rounded out the report with the 10 worst careers.

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From the Editor: "1984" is never too far away

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13...” George Orwell, “1984”

A kinder, gentler time | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

According to a new Rasmussen Survey a mere 9 percent of likely U.S. Voters think it would be better for the country if most of the incumbents were reelected this fall.

From the Editor: Gun control—coming to a town near you

Attention, Vermont legislators: What part of “Shall Not Be Infringed” do you not understand?

Kickin’ back | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

In the community newspaper business there is never a good time to get away from the office and just kick back and relax.

Opinions, freedom, rights and wrongs | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I’ve never considered myself an opinionated person. The unfortunate part of drafting an “opinion piece” each week is that you become opinionated or at the very least are labeled as such.

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From the Editor: T.R. and the hyphenated American

Wither the idea of an American sans hyphen?

During the final three years of his life, former U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (R) gave considerable thought to the waves of European immigrants which were sweeping the nation; they had started in the mid-19th century and continued through the opening decades of the 1900s.

Why should we do this? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

By now you may have heard that by September 2015 the United States will turn over its oversight of the Internet to an international stakeholders group.

Is it a job or a career opportunity? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week, President Obama announced plans to make changes to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.

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From the Editor: Tires and thawing and plows, oh my!

A recent Middlebury Select Board meeting had me scratching my head. Apparently, certain board members had expressed, on the record, a desire to ban studded snow tires, or at least restrict their use, in town. The reason being, of course, that these tires are to blame for destroying local road surfaces during the winter.

Ukraine and Crimea: Few in the Obama administration understand Russian history

United Nations Report

The chill winds of the Cold War have returned to Europe and the halls of diplomacy.

Free Enterprise is Alive and Well | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The business climate in our region, and for that matter, the entire country, has been dismissal for far too long.

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From the Editor: 'Just say no'—the 35 towns of Town Meeting Day

During Town Meeting 2014, voters in 35 towns across Vermont rejected their local school budgets. Included in the 35 “no” communities are not just little hamlets but some very large, influential municipalities—surprisingly, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland were among them; places that used to rubber-stamp obese school budgets. While this fact may not phase you much where you live, it’s a clear sign that something’s shifting in Vermont’s body politic.

What were they thinking? | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Week by week we continue to see and hear more head scratching stories coming out of government.

Not so affordable health care | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The writing has been on the wall for some time. Our great fears are coming to pass and no one is taking the steps to fix what is clearly a bad and ill-conceived law.