March 13th, 2017
In today’s cable news era, Americans will need to become more media savvy to understand the ways facts can be spun and to distinguish between “fake” and “real” news.
In a general sense, fake news has no basis in fact. Trump spread fake news challenging the origin of Obama’s birthplace, for example, to discredit the president’s legitimacy. Trump knew it was blatantly false and thoroughly debunked, but he also knew that wouldn’t matter to his supporters who wanted to believe otherwise.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s “Harp and Soul” harp and flute duo will present performances at two Addison County elementary schools on March 21. The visits are sponsored by Neat Repeats Resale Shop.
This week’s writer, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, is writing about Sunshine Week, March 13-18.
An open government makes for a better government.
This is sunshine week and it is being celebrated all across the nation. In reality, it should be celebrated every week — not just this week — in Vermont and every other state.
Here at the Secretary of State’s Office, our operations assume 625,000 Vermonters are looking over our shoulders as we go about our daily work — keeping us motivated and accountable.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of free workshops on using the recently updated online mapping tool, BioFinder. The workshops — including one in Middlebury on March 27 — are aimed at town planners and conservation commissioners, but all members of the public are encouraged to attend.
UPDATE: The results of the recount are in. Click here to see what happened at Monday's vote recount.
VERGENNES — A recount has been scheduled of the close March 7 vote for mayor in Vergennes, in which former mayor Michael Daniels edged two-term incumbent Bill Benton, 270-265.
The recall will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday at Vergennes City Hall.
VERMONT — The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) is seeking applications for its 2017 Tiny Grant program.
The grants provide seed money and/or matching funds for specific conservation projects at the local level and AVCC members are eligible to apply.
Trump stayed on script. The Republicans had a good night and were mighty proud of themselves. Pelosi looked a bit lost. She really ought to move on. Pence looked like a nine-year-old who had just gotten a brand new baseball glove. Trump did a good job and it was great seeing him without his red tie around his neck and Bannon at his ear. Trump kept it positive and he worked to unite the assembled. Good for him. We needed a break from his overt angst.