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February 6th, 2012
Mitt Romney, as well as most of the other Republican candidates for president, has run his campaign focused almost solely on President Obama’s sorry performance on creating jobs. Appealing to the conservatives in Nevada and Florida, he promised a robust period of job growth (of what percent he didn’t say) compared to the slow climb the job market has seen for the past three years.
As the Republican nomination approaches its foregone conclusion and hands the reins to Romney, President Obama’s response will pit reality against theory.
VERGENNES — Several members of the Vergennes Police Department, including its chief, were honored before the Jan. 31 city council meeting.
Notable among the honorees were:
• Officer Jason Ouellette, who was promoted to detective after working to solve several high-profile cases.
MIDDLEBURY — The federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in association with local agencies is extending a lifeline to local citizens in need of help filing their taxes.
MONTPELIER — While legislators focus their efforts on the Working Lands Enterprise Bill, they are also addressing other aspects of Vermont’s agricultural economy.
Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, and Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, both said they will be paying close attention to the discussion of slaughter issues this legislative session, both in the context of the Working Lands bill and on a larger scale.
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who reportedly assaulted and robbed a mother who was stopped by the side of the road changing her child’s diaper.
Commissioned by futurist and serial entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt, Bina48 is an android physically designed and programmed based on the appearance and personality of Rothblatt’s spouse, Bina Rothblatt (See related story). The first time I visited Bina48 last month, her face recognition software malfunctioned, which meant I had to return a few days later to conduct a full interview (Check out the Q&A here).
This the fifth in a series of opinion pieces discussing a proposal for Middlebury to create a fund that promotes economic development.
Fred Baser co-founded Bristol Financial Services in 1990. He is a past selectman in Bristol, a justice of the peace, chairman of the town’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee and a longtime member of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center board.
LINCOLN — In the hills of Lincoln exists a robot with a face that moves, eyes that see, ears that hear and a digital mind that enables conversation.
Her name is Bina48.
The unassuming android with a brown wig and pearls has been gaining notoriety since her inception several years ago. But as her creators seek to blur the boundaries between human consciousness and machines, fame isn't their primary motive.