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Editorial: GNH

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2013


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  I just read a scary thing. At this rate, the number of Americans out of work will surpass the number of employed Americans in four years. Four years. Our labor-force participation rate is 62.8 per cent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the lowest it’s been since 19...

Editorial: regarding the government shutdown

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

October 17, 2013


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I’ve heard a lot about how the government shutdown could have been avoided if Republicans just accepted that Obamacare’s here, it’s too late, and I’ve heard the Republicans say that if the Democrats hadn’t approved Obamacare, Satan’s doorway into the United States, this wouldn’t have been...

Editorial

Tom Benton

September 25, 2013


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First I’d like to say you’re a beautiful audience, you three who read my editorials. This may be my last. I’m afraid I’ll be assassinated over my obnoxiously and gracelessly satiric VSO critique, which, I hope is clear, is more of a critique of classical music than of the VSO. If I see a well-...

Editorial

Tom Benton

September 11, 2013


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The legendary pool shark Don Eaton pointed out to me that the Associated Press has been running stories regarding a potential U.S. military strike on Syria with headlines like "U.S. Faces Opposition in Congress on Syria Strike." Such a headline sets off my bullshit detector--and I bet, when you look at it, ...

Editorial

Tom Benton

May 3, 2013


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A quick note on the passing of Karleigh Baumann. I wasn’t close with Karleigh. She was a friend of my friends. She was around, I was around. We drank and laughed in the same company. She was quiet and polite, but she had a pulsing personality. I saw her take crap from people with grace and poise,...

April Showers Bring May Flowers: A rhyme by T. F. Benton

Tom Benton

April 18, 2013


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April has the highest suicide rate Of any month in this state. It’s hard to imagine anything being great After six months bleak as slate. Then there were the bombs in Boston Which were so awful I won’t make it rhyme.   But the temperature, a.k.a. the eternal freeze Has climbed outta the...

Editorial

Thomas Benton

March 28, 2013


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  , too late. There’s a theory that no one reads these editorials. (It’s mine.) Maybe it’s because many of them are haphazard word floods undammed by deadline. Too little, too late.T Maybe no one cares. Note that I’m not clutching my tear-soaked hanky as I write this. Just wondering. Well, if my surreal ...

Town Meeting Day is coming up

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2013


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Town Meeting Day is coming up. That sentence causes anxiety attacks, depression and irritable bowels for those stalwart souls who’ve made it their duty to stand up on Town Meeting Day, Mar. 5, and tell us what the heck’s going on behind the town curtain. It’s the day when all the little Oz’s...

Why We Need Journalism

Thomas Benton

February 7, 2013


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 You missed more than Jerry Mitchell if you missed Mr. Mitchell’s presentation Feb. 4. We described Mitchell’s presentation on page 2, and there’s a Q&A with Mitchell on the back page. Please read those. Then go online. Look him up on Wikipedia. Look up his articles. And read them. He’s a heck of a w...

Relax

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2012


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I’ve been so stressed about semester’s-end duties my hair’s turning gray, I’m pulling it out and it burns when I pee. That last symptom might not be connected. I know I’m not alone, so far as semester’s-end stress goes. Start with deep breathing. Be your breath. Then come sit on your...

Twilight Zone

Tom Benton

November 15, 2012


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We are now entering the twilight zone. We have a matter of weeks until the end of this semester. This is the time when twilight’s slim gleam shines over the horizon, and it’ll grow if you’ll nurture it. I know you don’t have time to change your routine, not at this time of the semester, not when...

Get Thee to a Voting Booth

Tom Benton, Editor-in-Chief

November 1, 2012


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Think again if you think there’s no point for you to vote in this election. If a third of the population thinks, “What am I gonna do about it? Let everyone else vote,” a third of the population doesn’t vote. A third of the population watches flood tides coming toward town and lets everyone else...

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