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    Roses to Harriette Leidich on her 102nd birthday!

    04/19/2014 09:12 AM EDT
    ROSES, and lots of them, to the lovely, gracious, hilarious, quick-tongued and multi-talented Harriette Leidich, the beloved Banner columnist who celebrates her 102nd birthday Saturday. "I've had a wonderful life, and I wouldn't take back any of my stories ... they're all true," she told the Banner on Friday. 
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    Affordable Care Act comes in with better-than-expected numbers
    04/17/2014 09:50 PM EDT - Obamacare’s critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Yes, we need to learn more about the numbers. Full Story

    Letter: Thank you, Bennington

    04/17/2014 09:50 PM EDT
    After long consideration, I have made a bittersweet decision to not run for re-election for State Representative in Bennington #2-2. Everything has a beginning and an end. After 10 years, it is time for me to spend more time with my husband and family. During my time in Montpelier, I spent six years on the House Education Committee and another four on the Government Operations Committee. 
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    Letter: Veterans’ Home did right by his father
    04/16/2014 10:48 PM EDT - For the past three years my father had the privilege of residing at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington. In that time, he not only received the utmost of health care, but was treated with dignity, compassion and, yes, affection by the entire staff. We are from New York State and cannot imagine a facility any better in our own region. Full Story

    Letters: The need to stay ever-vigilant
    04/16/2014 10:48 PM EDT - A number of very poignant and sensitive issues have made their way into the limelight over the past few weeks, including the closure announcement by Plasan Carbon, the continued focus on the drug epidemic across the entire state, and most recently, the announcement in one of our neighboring communities regarding the possible closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. Full Story

    Vermont needs to thank Senator Sears
    04/16/2014 10:41 PM EDT - Vermont needs to thank Senator Sears Vermont residents want clean soil and water and air and safe food. We want to know what foods have been tampered with genetically. We want our children and grandchildren to have safe food to eat rather than food that may disrupt their immune system. We want to be able to read labels on our food and choose what to buy. Full Story

    Letters: About GMO Bill H.112
    04/15/2014 10:23 PM EDT - This week is important for Vermonters who want to make informed choices about food for ourselves and our families. The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee, of which our own Dick Sears is a member, is considering House Bill 112. H.112 is about labeling foods produced with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Full Story

    Letter: Vermonter: Support heroic Boston firefighters
    04/13/2014 10:52 PM EDT - To all my fellow Vermonters, Boston is a city that I love and have been living in for the past three years. It has been shaken, not only by the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks in April of 2013, but also by the truly unfortunate loss of two brave souls from the Boston Fire Department who fought in the line of duty of Engine 33 and Ladder 15. Full Story

    Letter: Career week a success
    04/13/2014 10:52 PM EDT - As many of you know, Career Week was March 31- April 4. Over 50 local professionals created, facilitated and participated in activities at Mount Anthony Union High School. The experience was tremendously successful for both students and adults, offering the opportunity to meet a wide variety of local professionals, linking education planning to career goals, and strengthening the Full Story