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March 29, 2017

The family that skis together

During the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Neil Gorsuch, the federal appellate judge from Colorado, Republicans strove to give Donald Trump’s nominee opportunity to present himself as a friendly, well-rounded human being—as opposed to the Constitutional pedant and heartless enforcer of unjust power structures that…

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March 29, 2017

How old is old?

Getting together with friends for coffee usually brings up a topic that shows our senior status. We reached the conclusion that “old” has a very different meaning depending on our own age at the time. To a young child, babysitters are in the “adult category”…

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March 29, 2017

Signs of life

By Dom Cioffi

I’ve had several people ask me if my outlook on life has changed since my recent cancer scare. I suppose it’s a valid question. We all face the quandary of mortality, but under the auspice of a life-threatening diagnosis, forming (or reforming)…

Rockin’ the region with Start Making Sense
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March 29, 2017

Rockin’ the region with Start Making Sense

If you’re a fan of the Talking Heads like I am, you’ll want to head to the Pickle Barrel Thursday night to see the awesome tribute band, Start Making Sense. Even if you’re not a fan, they’ll turn you into one because of their musicianship….

An act of mercy: “Let them eat cake!” Health care. part I
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March 22, 2017

An act of mercy: “Let them eat cake!” Health care. part I

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I was outraged to hear Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz comment that low-income Americans could sacrifice their new iPhone for health care instead. I wondered how he could be so blind to the struggle of America’s poor to pay food and…

“Beaver duck”: the adaptable hooded merganser
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March 22, 2017

“Beaver duck”: the adaptable hooded merganser

By Michael J. Caduto

Imagine ten nearly round white eggs snug in a hollow tree, lined with soft feathers plucked from the mother’s breast. The hen carefully tends the 2-inch eggs for about a month until the chicks hatch. Prompted by their mother’s call, downy…

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March 22, 2017

Beware of schemes during tax season

By Kevin Theissen

It’s tax season! Every year, around this time, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes its dirty dozen—a list of scams criminals use to try and ferret out personal information and/or steal money. For example, if you received an email from a top…

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March 22, 2017

“Shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”

Winter landscapes will never stop being kind of magical to me, no matter how joylessly and cynically grownup I become: the endless unstained carpet of a fresh snowfall, the sculptural perfection of an icicle, the fierce sting of the cold itself. The dreamlike beauty of…

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March 22, 2017

Feeding the Joneses

By Dom Cioffi

At the end of last summer, just as the school year was beginning, I executed my son’s Xbox. I had been warning him for weeks that this scenario might unfold if he didn’t show some restraint with his burgeoning gaming addiction. But…

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March 22, 2017

Rockin’ the region with Bloomer

Bloomer returns to Killington this weekend and you can see his duo with Stuart Slocum Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m. at Outback Pizza. Bloomer also will be playing solo at The Foundry Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Bloomer plays acoustic guitar and Slocum plays drums…