• Manchester United sign Falcao - 09/01/2014 10:36 PM EDT
    Parents and teachers need to work together

    09/01/2014 10:21 PM EDT
    All across our readership area, many parents are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the kids are back in school. We all love our children and we cherish time spent with them during the carefree days of summer vacation, but let’s face it, by the end of August we’re ready for them to go back to school. 
    Full Story
    Let’s hear it for the workers
    08/31/2014 10:40 PM EDT - It’s Labor Day weekend -- one last hurrah for summer. But other than to give (most of) us a three-day weekend before we have to really get down to business or settle into the school year -- what does it signify? The first Monday in September is designated to celebrate the creation of the labor movement and remember the social and economic achievements of American workers, according Full Story

    Roses to a full weekend of Bennington's Garlic Fest
    08/29/2014 10:07 PM EDT - ROSES to the 19th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival, happening this weekend in Camelot Village. The fun-for-all-ages festival is known to linger on the palates of all who visit. Leave the breath mints at home and enjoy this signature Bennington event, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full Story

    U.S. policy of not paying ransoms to kidnappers is correct
    08/28/2014 10:17 PM EDT - Before decapitating American photojournalist James Foley in the desert, the insurgents of Islamic State sought - and failed - to persuade the United States to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release. The U.S., in keeping with its long-standing policy, declined to pay. Now, with Foley’s fellow journalist Steven Sotloff still in the clutches of the fundamentalist group, that Full Story

    Start of school a good time to be extra cautious driving
    08/27/2014 09:53 PM EDT - Thousands of students across the area will be heading back to school this week. That means young children walking along sidewalks and crossing streets, and big yellow school buses chugging along the roads. For children whose homes are too far to walk safely to school, the bus offers the best form of transportation. Full Story

    For the U.S., a limited engagement in Iraq?
    08/26/2014 10:27 PM EDT - The U.S. has acted appropriately in Iraq in recent weeks, providing supplies and air support for those fighting to keep an Islamic extremist group from overrunning the country. That said, broadening U.S. intervention in a country that American forces just left in 2011 raises valid questions about the limits of the U. Full Story

    Did you vote today?
    08/26/2014 02:50 PM EDT - A brief glance at the comments on the Banner's Facebook page and online feedback to our articles or letters to the editor will illustrate that our readers are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. You, electronically or by hand- or type-written correspondence, and sometimes by phone call or voicemail, are not shy to complain, shout and scream in all caps what you like or Full Story

    ACA vs. Obamacare
    08/24/2014 10:06 PM EDT - States that support the Affordable Care Act are insuring significantly more of their residents than before, while states that oppose Obamacare are not. That is in essence the result of a survey released last week that demonstrates how political ideology can have a tangibly adverse effect on the lives of Americans. Full Story

    Roses to those who vote in or volunteer for Tuesday's Primary
    08/22/2014 10:32 PM EDT - ROSES to all who participate in Tuesday's Primary. Bennington has some heated competition in local bids for nominations for House seats. Get out there and support the candidates who speak to/for you. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street. ROSES also to all the poll volunteers who work a long day to make sure early and late voters have a chance to Full Story

    Do you know your First Amendment rights?
    08/21/2014 10:18 PM EDT - The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution contains just 45 words and, since 1789, has guaranteed five fundamental rights to generations of Americans. They are the freedoms of: * Religion * Speech * Press * Assembly * Petition In the 2014 State of the First Amendment survey, 29 percent of the respondents could not name a single freedom. Full Story

    Penn State student gains rep as squirrel whisperer

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy. Full Story
    Review: 'Summer of the Dead' has powerful plot

    "Summer of the Dead" (Minotaur Books), by Julia Keller Small towns — where everyone knows your name and keeping secrets seems unfathomable — can be hotbeds of concealment. Full Story