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Last week, Bennington Select Board members chose which residents will review and recommend changes to the town charter. Think of the charter as being the town's Constitution. It lays out, among other important things, the fundamental structure of … more
An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here.Every decade since 1790, as … more
There's a heated debate in certain circles with potentially profound implications for the future of humanity — or, potentially, with as little import as those medieval considerations of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.It … more
After we learned that Donald Trump Jr. said he would "love" to receive campaign help from the Russian government, it was pointed out that Russia is a hostile power. This is true, but what does it mean? It's worth revisiting the question, because the … more
The debate held Tuesday in Manchester by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning on whether the media is doing its job raised many questions, all of them good ones. The proposition up for discussion was "If the health of a democracy depends … more
There can now be no doubt: The Russia meddling story is not just smoke but fire. Donald Trump Jr.'s interactions with Russians during last year's presidential campaign were abnormal and alarming. An incriminating email chain has made it impossible … more
"I read them the riot act." That is how an antiquities law expert characterized her warning to Hobby Lobby executives that artifacts the company was planning to buy might have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq, and that importing them … more
When Obamacare repeal-and-replace stalled in the House, GOP lawmakers revived it by eroding regulations protecting vulnerable people, thereby attracting support from the far right of the Republican caucus. Conservatives are now angling to do the … more
That a lifeline program fights for funding every year says a lot about who we're really looking out for. It is almost a sure thing that President Trump's proposed elimination of a federal low-income heating assistance program absolutely critical to … more
Anyone in the United States who has been disturbed by a robo-call during dinner might feel a certain schadenfreude when they hear that a scam artist who conducted those calls on a shocking scale faces a $120 million fine from the Federal … more
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