Letters: Brian Howard will get my vote

09/19/2014 10:36 PM EDT
In the article that Tom Momberg wrote in the 9/15 edition about the race for New York State’s 43rd Senate District seat, he reports that Ms. Marchione is confident about her reelection and that she knows very little about her opponent, Brian Howard. A lot can happen in the seven weeks left until election day. 
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Letters: Quiltfest deserved coverage
09/16/2014 10:20 PM EDT - How disappointing it was to open the Banner this morning and discover that there was no coverage of the weekend’s Bennington Quiltfest in words or pictures. The Banner missed a great opportunity to support the marvelous artistic and uplifting creativity quilters shared with our community. Full Story

Letters: Dear Select Board members
09/15/2014 10:41 PM EDT - The purpose of this letter is to convey to you the belief of the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center that all people have the right to live in peace guided by the ideals of respect and justice. Central to this tenet is the resolution of conflict through respectful discourse. We are concerned about the nature of the dispute arising from the planned development, Monument View, of Full Story

More letters: Thank you to all who attended fundraiser for Ava
09/15/2014 10:53 PM EDT - As Commander of the local VFW, I would like to thank everyone that came to our Post 1332 for a fundraiser last Friday night to support a little girl named Ava. The night was a complete success, we far outreached our fundraising goal. I would also like to thank the army of volunteers and local businesses who supported this event. Full Story

Letters: Let's get real about pot
09/15/2014 03:19 PM EDT - Long-term use of marijuana has many adverse effects to the brain and other organs of the body based on many reliable scientific studies. Why in the world would anyone want to place people in harm's way for financial gain? I am afraid that passage in Vermont for the recreational use of marijuana would send the wrong message to our youth that it's not harmful, and to go ahead. Full Story

Letters: Expectations at MAUMS student events
09/13/2014 07:51 AM EDT - In light of the recent discussion about school dances in our community, I feel it is important to communicate the expectations of student events at Mt. Anthony Union Middle School. 1. We host student events throughout the school year where students have access to both an open gym and a dance staffed by a professional DJ. Full Story

Letters: Support your local small business
09/11/2014 10:15 PM EDT - It’s a cry we hear quite often; in fact, the Bennington Select Board spends a phenomenal sum of local taxpayers’ money on an Economic Development position and this doesn’t take into account all of the grant money spent over the years studying and planning the local business environment. Full Story

Letters: The real issues
09/10/2014 10:20 PM EDT - Shires opponents are slamming the opposition, "typical tactics used by those who cannot defend the real issues." Their comments have been degrading and untrue about those against the housing project. For the most part, they are correct when they say good people are moving into the affordable housing, but many were already living in rentals in Bennington and will be leaving those rentals Full Story

More letters: Do you have student debt? This message is for you
09/09/2014 10:24 PM EDT - In Vermont, almost two-thirds of students have education debt nearing $30,000, according to The Project on Student Debt. Recently, VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) held a news conference with Rep. Peter Welch and Attorney General Bill Sorrell at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier to bring attention to a new breed of predatory debt relief companies targeting student loan Full Story

Letters: Shires Housing -- not living up to their mission statement
09/09/2014 10:23 PM EDT - For those who don’t know what the Shires’ Mission Statement is, here it is: "Our Mission is Simple: To provide top quality housing that fits the budgets of working people and senior citizens." "Doing so means we are committed to improving the Bennington Community by preserving and strengthening the housing stock. Full Story

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The Kuro taste: Peppery tang and hint of squid ink

TOKYO (AP) — The first Kuro, or black, burger had a black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Full Story