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June 14, 2017

No apologies

By Brett Yates

Why do celebrities ever apologize for anything? What does it do, exactly?

Does it ever change anyone’s mind about whatever’s happened? When it comes to people whom we don’t know in real life, explanations are probably more appropriate than apologies. Regret and…

Altitude Sickness
June 14, 2017

June: Skiing and softball… and surgery

By Brady Crain

As always, summer seems to have popped open overnight, and I am always blown away by it.  One of the things I miss most living in Killington versus other more residential towns is magnolia, lilac, cherry, and crabapple trees (even rhododendron, azalea,…

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June 14, 2017

Monthly market insights for May 2017

By Kevin Theissen

U.S. markets

Shaking off political turbulence in Washington, stocks climbed higher in May amid the strongest corporate earnings growth in years.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 0.33 percent, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 1.16 percent and the NASDAQ…

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June 14, 2017

Photographic memories

By Dom Cioffi

In November of 2014, a man named Thomas Carey told a large audience at a UFO convention that he had “smoking gun” evidence that extraterrestrials had visited earth. His evidence was purported to be in the form of photographic slides dating back…

The fisher: elusive, fast, a porcupine’s worst nightmare
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June 8, 2017

The fisher: elusive, fast, a porcupine’s worst nightmare

By Joe Rankin

The “fisher cat” is neither of those things. Doesn’t fish. Isn’t a cat. In fact, a lot more of what people think they know about the fisher is wrong. It’s almost like we made up the animal.

The fisher, Pekania pennanti, is…

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June 8, 2017

Subscribing to the truth

By Brett Yates

The University of Vermont’s commencement speaker this year was James Fallows, a journalist for The Atlantic magazine. I’ve followed Fallows’ writing off and on since Obama’s election, more for familial bonding purposes than for his ramblings about China and airplanes and his…

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June 8, 2017

Stepping Stones

By Marguerite Jill Dye

A dear friend asked, “Aren’t you afraid of expressing your opinion in such a public venue? I lived through the McCarthy era when people were blacklisted for speaking their truth.”

Most of my life I’ve been afraid of voicing my feelings for…

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June 7, 2017

Things we can’t part with

We don’t have to be very old before we acquire items that are dear to us and just can’t be thrown away.

When you’re a child, it could be a doll, a toy fire engine or a baseball card. It just means too much to…

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June 7, 2017

Money-draining food myths

By Kevin Theissen

The road to better health may sometimes involve an extra expense here and there, but you should be careful about wasting money on diet ideas wit  promises that are based more on myth than fact. If you’re considering a diet, you should consult…

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June 7, 2017

What a wonderful world

By Dom Cioffi

In 2006, a tinted piece of paper with a rushed sketch of a comic book character sold for $75,000. The image was the work of illustrator H.G. Peter and featured the first recorded drawing of Wonder Woman. (Google this to take a…