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August 2nd, 2012
Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders made national news this week when he tweeted that six members of the Walton family, which owns Walmart, own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans. Politifact, a non-partisan fact-checking institute that focuses on American politics, decided to check it out to see if the proverbially progressive Independent was on target or exaggerating for effect.
Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. Mitt Romney’s trip abroad was an unmitigated disaster, giving his message handlers a tall order to fill — and not just because of his verbal gaffes.
Romney started off the trip by insulting the British and the London Olympic committee to no recognizable purpose, when it would have been so easy, and politic, to be polite (and silently helpful if he thought criticism could have been constructive.)
MIDDLEBURY — It’s a picturesque day in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007 and a young couple and their two children are among the scores of people fanning across the deck of the USS Missouri, admiring the iconic battleship that hosted the surrender ceremony for Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II.
I knew the American Fab Five would win the women’s gymnastics title at the Olympics several hours before watching some of the action on television Tuesday evening. And I knew Michael Phelps would surpass the Olympic medal count on Tuesday by reaching 19, but fall short in the 200-meter fly by five-hundredths of a second.
But the headlines I saw on my email at work didn’t matter, I knew there was much more to the story.
FERRISBURGH — A Burlington man with ties to Ferrisburgh on Monday was officially charged with second-degree murder for taking the life of Conrad Bell, 40, of Vergennes during a confrontation at a Ferrisburgh bonfire just before midnight on July 27.
At a Monday afternoon arraignment in Rutland Superior Court, Joseph Bolduc, 25, pleaded innocent to that charge as well as a number of other charges stemming from the aftermath of an incident in which Vermont State Police allege Bolduc struck Bell with a tire iron in the neck at least twice and caused his death.
On the verge of turning 60, I find that I’ve learned a few things. Here are some of them:
In the face of all the misery in this world, I don’t know of a better response than to try to be happy. And while I admire people who sacrifice their own happiness to make the world a better place, I think a wiser choice is to work both on giving something back and on developing one’s own inner happiness. The responsibility goes outward and inward.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The 2012 federal farm bill, which determines five years of agriculture and nutrition policy, could be postponed for another year, according to U.S. House of Representatives majority leaders.
That prospect left Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., concerned by the prospect of a one-year extension of current agricultural policies and its potential effects on Vermont farmers.
“This would be very harmful to Vermont dairy farmers and others around the county,” said Welch on Tuesday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) has announced it will cease requesting Town Meeting Day donations from the 10 communities it serves in light of “improved business practices” and a steady increase in calls that have helped solidify the nonprofit organization’s operating budget.