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    Another view: Poisonous hypocrisy of Congress

    02/27/2015 08:12 PM EST
    The irony is thick in Washington these days. Recently, House Speaker John Boehner chided Democrats in the Senate to "get off their a--" and assist Republicans in passing their Department of Homeland Security funding legislation. What Speaker Boehner won't tell you, or at least talk around, is the fact that the legislation is encumbered by one giant "poison pill. 
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    Roses to three who touched many lives in Bennington
    02/27/2015 06:50 PM EST - ROSES to the memories of three well-known and well-loved people who touched the lives of many in the Bennington area and who all passed away this week. Harriette Leidich, who wrote the "Senior Moments" column for the Banner, died Tuesday at 102. Ernest Robert Hemmings, the father of Hemmings Motor News, died Thursday at the age of 89. Full Story

    We support the fluoridation of water in Bennington
    02/27/2015 06:48 PM EST - Residents of Bennington and North Bennington will vote on March 3 whether to increase the fluoride content of Bennington's municipal water supply from 0.1 to 0.7 parts per million. The vote is advisory and the ultimate decision will be made by the Select Board. Bennington residents, particularly those of lesser means, have a high rate of dental problems. Full Story

    Another view: Find out how your taxes are being spent
    02/26/2015 06:07 PM EST - It's that time of year when Americans start gathering up their W-2s as they prepare their annual tax returns. Many will wonder how the federal government is spending (or wasting) their hard-earned money. This also is the time when our leaders in Washington, D.C., engage in their typical partisan warfare over spending priorities. Full Story

    Their opinion: Sugary drinks; tax the heck out of them
    02/25/2015 08:50 PM EST - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60 percent of Vermont adults and 29 percent of Vermont youth are overweight or obese. Our state spends $202 million in obesity-related medical costs, with millions more lost due to decreased work productivity. As a result of being overwieght or obese, thousands of Vermonters suffer severe medical consequences. Full Story

    Another view: Report shows anti-poverty programs work
    02/24/2015 04:17 PM EST - Every year the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases a Kids Count report that shows how many American children are living in poverty, using those numbers to advocate for anti-poverty programs such as food stamps, housing subsidies and heating assistance. A new report released Tuesday offers tangible proof that those programs are working. Full Story

    Our view: Who really loves America?
    02/23/2015 04:40 PM EST - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, at recent campaign event for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, declared that President Barack Obama does not love America. As the New York Times noted, this was not an isolated outburst, for Mr. Giuliani has been raging at the president over his policy on Islamic extremist terrorism for some time, last month saying that the president was not "a man who Full Story

    Another view: Going it alone can be a bad idea
    02/22/2015 07:03 PM EST - This week we got another reminder that, in a political system of divided powers, going it alone can be a bad idea. President Obama's attempt to slip around Congress and enact his own immigrant reform plan ran into trouble in the courts. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanan of Texas, appointed in 2002 by President George W. Full Story

    Roses & Thorns: Roses to Molly Elwell on her 1,000-point milestone
    02/20/2015 08:22 PM EST - ROSES to Arlington Memorial High School senior basketball player Molly Elwell on marking her 1,000th career point Feb. 14 during the Eagles' 49-42 win over Bellows Falls. Elwell reached this milestone, fittingly, on Senior Day. "I couldn't have asked for a better way to get it ... On senior night, our last game, and it's a great way to end the regular season," Elwell told the Banner. Full Story

    It's time to make purely economic decisions of our own
    02/19/2015 05:48 PM EST - If you experienced that sinking, yet familiar, feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach when you heard Plasan North America would soon be closing its doors in Bennington, you are not alone. We feel it, too. We felt it when The TriState Pennysaver News closed up shop in downtown Bennington in December. Full Story

    Joint birthday party for NY couple married 82 years

    SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays — and their combined ages will be 212. Full Story
    15 artworks stolen from Chinese museum south of Paris

    PARIS (AP) — French cultural officials say 15 pieces of art have been stolen from a Chinese museum south of Paris, including a replica crown of the King of Siam given to France's emperor in the mid-19th century. Full Story