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    Letter: Response to series on emotional disturbance rates in Vermont schools

    05/22/2015 05:35 PM EDT
    Recently, the Banner published a three-part series on the high rate of emotional disturbance disorders identified in Vermont's public schools. I offer some observation to consider as this complex issue is examined. First, it would be helpful to know the rates of identification for other IDEA categories — particularly Autism, Other Health Impaired and Specific Learning Disability. 
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    Letter: Upcoming public hearing
    05/22/2015 05:35 PM EDT - The Arlington Selectboard will be holding a Public Hearing about the proposed purchase of the Arlington Water Company by the Town of Arlington. The public is urged to attend. The meeting will be May 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mack Performing Arts Center at the Arlington Memorial High School. This meeting will provide the necessary information and answer questions of voters who will need to approve Full Story

    Letter: Life Line Screening examinations
    05/21/2015 06:54 PM EDT - Life Line screening examinations I recently received a flyer from Life Line Screening announcing they will be conducting examinations at the Bennington Fire Facility on June 4. This is written to clarify a few points about such screening tests. Life Line Screening claims it has done nearly 8 million exams and has undoubtedly found many serious problems. Full Story

    Letter: Vermont; Vietnam
    05/20/2015 05:48 PM EDT - Vermont; Vietnam The most important event of my day on April 30 was not my professing socialist senator announcing a presidential campaign. On that day, I had the privilege of meeting a Vietnam veteran who came through my lane of a small-town Vermont grocery store. I thanked him for his service, but the veterans of Vietnam deserve more than gratitude. Full Story

    Letters: Debt to a Vet fundraiser a success
    05/17/2015 04:01 PM EDT - Debt to a Vet fundraiser a success It's been a busy week for patriotism in Hoosick Falls. It all began on Tuesday with Voice of a Vet's Debt to a Vet fundraiser at Brown's Brewery. About 200 veteran supporters enjoyed perfect weather, comfortable surrounds, a Giffy's chicken barbecue (sold out at 275 dinners), Brown's root beer floats, the HFCS Jazz Band, silent and dessert auctions and great Full Story

    Letters: Thanks to all participants in the Walk and Roll Around
    05/17/2015 04:01 PM EDT - Thanks to all participants in Walk & Roll Around The Vermont Center for Independent Living in collaboration with the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired organized what we titled a Walk & Roll Around earlier this spring. RJ Joly, director of the Highway Department, asked us to secure several wheelchairs for his employees to use to give them the feeling of what it is like for a Full Story

    Letter: Roper's letter too cynical
    05/13/2015 04:33 PM EDT - Roper's letter too cynical I found Mr. Roper's article opposing renewable energy to be profoundly cynical. He said that if we Vermonters do our fair share to save the planet alone it will make no difference, so we shouldn't and "we can settle for a shorter life of higher quality, protecting the areas where wild animals and plants are hanging on, at the cost of slightly hastening the human Full Story

    Letter: Christian elementary school worth considering
    05/12/2015 06:20 PM EDT - My name is Terry Clem and I am the pastor at the Seventh-day Adventist Church here in Bennington. The Adventist Church has operated a Christian elementary school since 1947. In fact, it is our church's main mission to provide the Bennington community with a safe, loving, and character-building educational institution. Full Story

    Letter: Let's try being welcoming
    05/12/2015 06:20 PM EDT - Mike Bethel's letter to the Editor on May 5 seemed anything but welcoming. I wish his letters were not so often divisive. I applaud the openness and optimism of comments by the presidents of Bennington College and Southern Vermont College about their experiences as newcomers to Bennington. Rather than posting snarly letters, let's genuinely welcome suggestions and all new residents. Full Story

    Letter: Something amiss with principal hire
    05/12/2015 06:20 PM EDT - I, too, feel that there is something amiss in what ensued in hiring new principal of MAUHS Glenda Cresto. When school board member Nathan J. Wallace-Senft writes into the Bennington Banner, "I feel deep regret about this and victimized that the information from executive session was not available. It resulted in me voting for the wrong person," serious issues of potential breach of ethics arose Full Story

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    Final preparations begin for Eurovision Song Contest

    VIENNA (AP) — Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest — except for the weather. Full Story
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    David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

    Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.