• Facing the school property tax - 09/22/2014 10:44 PM EDT
    Better late?

    09/22/2014 10:45 PM EDT
    While President Obama has promised not to send combat troops to the Middle East to fight the plague that is ISIS (a promise we're not sure he will be able to keep), we are encouraged by his decision to send 3,000 troops to Africa to help fight ebola. During an address at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Obama declared ebola "is a global threat, and it 
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    Congress should back Obama’s ISIL strategy
    09/21/2014 09:30 PM EDT - On the same day the Australian government broke up an alleged ISIL cell planning to kidnap and behead 15 citizens in acts of terrorism, many congressional members voted to oppose President Barack Obama’s call to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East. What if such a cell were exposed in America or actually pulled off the heinous crimes? Full Story

    Letters: Browning running again; re-elect Komline

    09/22/2014 10:33 PM EDT
    Browning: Reality-based policies benefit district, Vermont I am running for re-election as one of the two state representatives for the Manchester, Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland District. I believe that I have proven to be a principled and independent voice of common sense for our communities. 
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    Letters: Shires Housing project comes down to economics
    09/21/2014 09:30 PM EDT - Although some characterize the controversy over the Shires housing project as an issue of prejudice and discrimination vs. helping the disadvantaged and learning to get along peacefully, I have to disagree. This project is about economics. There are the pros which are certainly the fact that 24 lucky renters either current or future residents of Bennington will have fabulous housing (or it Full Story

    More Letters: Shires Housing Grant vote
    09/21/2014 09:30 PM EDT - As I sit here paying our Bennington town and school taxes I’ll be joined soon enough by other Bennington property owners as the November due date approaches. For some, taxes are collected monthly through escrow; and for others, town taxes are "collected" through their monthly rent to landlords who actually pay the tax. Full Story

    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. Full Story

    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

    Charges dropped against homeless man in suite

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors in western Pennsylvania have dropped charges against a homeless man found squatting inside the presidential suite of a Pittsburgh hotel last fall. Full Story
    Review: Book of NY 'objects' sure to spark debate

    "A History of New York in 101 Objects" (Simon & Schuster), by Sam Roberts This is a book destined for coffee tables in Tribeca lofts, Upper West Side apartments and Brooklyn townhouses. Full Story
    Emma Watson delivers powerful speech on feminism

    The 'Harry Potter' actress questions why women's rights has become so polarizing in a United Nations Speech in New York over the weekend.