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    Letters: Marthage’s response to Hueckel’s letter

    10/22/2014 09:46 PM EDT
    It has come to my attention that a letter was published by the Bennington Banner in which Mr. Glen Hueckel criticized my handling of a case in which he was involved. In order to address some significant misrepresentations he made, I thought it necessary to reply. As State’s Attorney, I am the chief prosecutor in the county. 
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    Letters: Response to ‘Defeat single-payer supporters in November’
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - I would like to respond to the letter "Defeat single-payer supporters in November," that appeared in the Oct. 14, edition of the Bennington Banner. This letter contains assumptions which the author wanted us to believe but are untrue. For one, despite the Vermont Health Connect website shutting down for repairs, VHC is still running along as it was designed to do. Full Story

    Letter: It’s time for new representation
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - In 2012-2013 my wife and I were involved in a criminal case in Bennington County. What we saw and experienced has convinced me that a change in leadership is necessary at the State Attorney’s office. Our home was heavily damaged in Hurricane Irene and in rebuilding we were victimized by a local plumber. Full Story

    More letters: Support Rachael Fields
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - I urge the voters of Bennington District 2-1 to join me in supporting Rachael Fields for state representative. Rachael has dedicated her life to the hard work of taking care of our veterans at the Vermont Veterans’ Home where she has worked as a licensed nursing assistant for over 10 years. Full Story

    Letters to the Editor
    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT - Support for Erica Marthage These are challenging times for Vermont. We hear and see daily reports of drug deals, domestic violence and other crimes in every corner of our state. We always thought that our communities were oases of safety surrounded by a turbulent world. Sadly, that’s no longer true, even in Bennington County. Full Story

    Letters to the Editor
    10/20/2014 01:52 PM EDT - Vote Donka for Congress In just a few weeks Vermonters will have the chance to exercise one of our most precious freedoms. On Nov. 4 citizens have an opportunity to vote for old or new representation to our legislative and executive bodies. A great many informed voters in Vermont understand that the Vermont State government and the United States government are headed in a bad Full Story

    More Letters: Response to a letter
    10/18/2014 11:44 AM EDT - I am writing to clarify a statement that was attributed to me by a Shaftsbury resident in a letter to the editor. He quotes me as saying, "We can always make the bottom tax bracket higher than it is now." Making the tax bracket higher means that one would have to make more income before being subject to an income tax. Full Story

    Letters: Support for Rep. Bill Botzow
    10/17/2014 10:24 PM EDT - State Rep. Bill Botzow (Pownal/Woodford) has served his constituents with distinction for the past 12 years. For several months each year, Bill brings the ideas, desires and needs of the people of Pownal to Montpelier, and sees that they are heard and addressed. During the remainder of the year, Bill is home listening to our ideas, desires and needs and bringing the resources of Full Story

    More letters: Does Columbus Day deserve holiday status?
    10/18/2014 11:23 AM EDT - I recently covered a class at MAU which addressed that topic. Students were to use historical documents for evidence, rather than emotion. That's the way history should be taught. I asked them if Prof. Morison was on their list. According to him, "(Columbus) had his faults and defects, but they were largely the defects of the qualities that made him great -- his superb faith Full Story

    Letters: Re-elect John Moran
    10/16/2014 09:21 PM EDT - My name is Tricia Kilcommons, I am writing as an out-of-state contributor to the re-election campaign of Rep. John Moran. I am doing so because although I am not a full-time resident in the town of Wardsboro, it is where my husband and I have a second home, and hope to retire. In the last 10 years I have come to know Rep. Full Story

    Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Full Story
    Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another. Full Story