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    Our Opinion: Mayfest illustrates what's right with Bennington

    05/21/2015 07:50 PM EDT
    We see our fair share of negative chatter — in comments on the Banner's website and Facebook page, letters to the editor and conversations that can be overheard at pretty much any event in town — about what Bennington is doing "wrong," or what could be done better. Let's take a moment to reflect on what Bennington is doing right — or at least one of the many things: Mayfest. 
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    Another Opinion: Obama's bipartisan lack of support
    05/20/2015 05:48 PM EDT - Lately, it hasn't been easy being the leader of the free world. If President Obama feels more like the late Rodney Dangerfield's signature line than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it's understandable. That's because, depending on the situation, he's getting little, if any, respect from either Republicans — but especially Democrats. Full Story

    Another Opinion: Poverty at root of so many American evils
    05/19/2015 05:32 PM EDT - It is at the root of educational problems in our area and crime problems in Baltimore. Solutions are posed and become bogged down in politics and/or the dimensions of the problem. It is poverty. The plight of low-income Americans emerges in the public consciousness when events dictate that it cannot be ignored, which is what happened in the aftermath of Freddie Gray's tragic death in Baltimore. Full Story

    Another Opinion: What if solar panels were beautiful?
    05/18/2015 06:36 PM EDT - A few years ago Gov. Peter Shumlin set an ambitious goal of using renewable energy to meet 90 percent of the state's energy needs by 2050. "If more states would do what Vermont is doing, getting off our addiction to oil, moving to renewables, our kids and our grandkids would live in a more prosperous planet," Shumlin said in July 2014. Full Story

    Another Opinion: Weird weather illustrates climate change
    05/17/2015 04:02 PM EDT - Earlier this year, meteorologists warned New Englanders to prepare for heavy rains and floods. Instead, the deep snows of winter melted slowly and May saw only a trace of precipitation. Instead, hot days and dry winds are making for a record brush fire season. That's the weather for you— unpredictable as ever. Full Story

    Roses & Thorns: Thorns to the continued exodus of Vermont's best and brightest
    05/16/2015 10:17 AM EDT - THORNS to the reality that the state of Vermont continues to fail to retain its young people. A University of Vermont survey found that jobs and higher wages elsewhere, as well as the lure of more culturally-diverse communities are among the factors that drive native Vermonters out of state. But the survey also found that 85 percent of those who leave admitted being homesick. Full Story

    Another Opinion: Senators were right to oppose Obama
    05/14/2015 06:48 PM EDT - Now here's a switch – Senate Republicans are supporting a bill that President Barack Obama wants passed, while the president's own party is adamantly opposed. The issue at hand involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Every Democratic senator, except Delaware's Tom Carper, voted against legislation Tuesday to award Obama "fast track" authority to negotiate trade deals that Full Story

    Our Opinion: Remove the philosophical exemption for childhood vaccinations
    05/13/2015 04:33 PM EDT - The Vermont House voted Tuesday to go along with the Senate's long-standing wish to end the philosophical exemption that allowed some parents not to get their kids fully vaccinated. Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin opposed eliminating the exemption when lawmakers considered the issue in 2012. He said last week that he would honor the Legislature's wishes this time around, the Associated Press Full Story

    Another Opinion: Fleeting opportunity to thank those who served on D-Day
    05/12/2015 06:20 PM EDT - Most Americans aren't old enough to remember the great acts of heroism displayed on some French beaches 70 years ago, but that shouldn't keep us from offering profound gratitude for the sacrifices made on our behalf on that seminal day known as D-Day. On June 6, 1944, 156,000 American, British and Canadian troops crossed the English Channel and stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in an Full Story

    Another opinion: A grand teachable moment
    05/11/2015 02:39 PM EDT - A poll by The New York Times and CBS News shows that attitudes about race relations and the police have worsened dramatically in the past year, especially among whites. One question asked: "Do you think race relations in the United States are generally good or generally bad?" A year ago blacks were about twice as likely as whites to say they were generally bad. Full Story

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    Suit: Competitor's smiley face cookies 'confusingly similar'

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The cookies may be smiling, but the restaurants are not. A Pennsylvania chain says in a lawsuit that the smiley face cookies made by a Chicago-based baker are "confusingly similar" to its own trademarked treats. Full Story
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    Michael Fassbender on making 'Macbeth': 'the Scottish film'

    CANNES, France (AP) — Michael Fassbender doesn't know if the "Macbeth" curse carries over to movie adaptations, but he'd rather not test it. Full Story
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    Duggar son apologizes after molestation accusations surface

    Josh Duggar, one of the cast members of the TLC reality show '19 Kids and Counting,' was accused of molesting five young girls, including his sister, as a teenager; no charges were filed. He reportedly takes responsibility in an issued statement.