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As a kid my mother was always saying to me, "Patience, patience, patience." Today my wife Colleen is always saying the same thing,"Mike. Patience, patience."It's no use.For example, when I go to a movie I hate standing in line. It's always just … more
Some of the aforementioned ideas in part I of this column series — Check out last week's Monday column in the Bennington Banner for part I — are somewhat long range and will take a great deal of strategic investment and careful … more
The white bulbs of wild leeks, also called ramps — especially in the south — can be eaten year round, but it's the early leaves that are most appreciated. In pre-freezer days, ramps were the first greens available after five or so months … more
After reading Vermont newspapers, I have concluded that there are no news stories to report other than what President Trump, his family, his administration, and his Mar-a-Lago estate have been up to.Choose any daily and there are a half dozen or … more
We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year - up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation - in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the Legislature must act now.The … more
Vice - "a habitual and usually trivial defect or shortcoming."Temperance - "moderation, control or voluntary self-restraint."Liquor consumption, gambling and marijuana usage were once perceived by lawmakers as exclusively within the realm of vice, … more
Representative Linda Joy Sullivan's op-ed piece, "Yes to TIFs if they're done right" (Bennington Banner, April 18) provides a generic overview of Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Her article should encourage both legislators and Bennington's citizens … more
Treatment of a sprains and strains is often accomplished with the "RICE" method. If you are unsure of the severity of your sprain or strain, talk to your doctor before beginning any treatment or rehab. "RICE" stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and … more
As Vermonters slowly adjust to the school governance models dictated by Act 46, it was inevitable that some are dazed and frustrated by the idea of forced change to the familiar. We Vermonters, after all, are naturally suspicious of activity under … more
Not so long ago - 2015 - the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.Their argument was straightforward. … more
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