Editorials
Where were the people of Bennington?
The public had a good chance Monday night to tell the government where to go and how to get there, but sadly most residents passed on it.The Bennington Select Board cleared its regular agenda to allow citizens to come in and discuss the comments on …
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Scott's housing plans are, mostly, on point
Governor Phil Scott announced Friday several strategies aimed at improving the amount of affordable housing in Vermont. With the exception of the provision that would remove Act 250 oversight from rental properties, we agree with him.Scott's plan …
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House recount not likely to end well for Dems, Progressives
It's difficult to imagine how the latest recount in the Orange-1 House race could prove anything but an embarrassment for the majority Democrats and Progressives, and perhaps for the state.After hours of debate in committee and on the floor, Vermont …
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Ballots now available

I would like to encourage the voters of Bennington and North Bennington to participate in the Annual Town and School Meetings to be held on March 7, 2017. The ballots are now available at the Town Clerk's Office. The office is open Monday through …

Letter: Early childcare is important

To the Editor: I consider high-quality, affordable child care to be a priority to all children.I'm a single mother of a two-year-old with a significant amount of college debt and I struggle to pay for my son's child care. I feel it is extremely important for him …

Letter: Monks, Murphy, and Sekora for BSD

I am writing to express my support for Dan Monks, Chris Murphy, and Chaila Sekora in their bid to win seats on the BSD board. As an active member of the community with two children attending Bennington schools, I am very excited that we have …

Letter: Vote Chris Murphy for BSD board

As Vermonters, there is nothing more important to our community, our economy and our future than our public education services.When I heard that Chris Murphy was running for the board of the Bennington School District, I experienced a feeling of …

Letter: Stacey for Shaftsbury Town Clerk

Attention Shaftsbury residents, if you have not yet made up your mind about who you want for Shaftsbury Town Clerk, let me just tell you a little bit about a very special lady. Michelle Stacey has worked with me as my HR lead at Kmart here in …

Meet the school board candidates

It is time for Bennington to elect new voices to our school boards who are respectful, thoughtful, and will move our community forward. Please join us on Thursday, March 2 at Madison's from 6 to 8 p.m. for a Meet and Greet. Bennington's nine highly …

Letter to the editor: Let the record show, welcome!

We the delegates of the Windsor County Democratic Party would like to go on record as strongly opposing the most recent rash Executive Order On Immigration issued by the Trump Administration.At the same time we take pleasure in issuing a warm …

Column defending Trump was off the mark

I suppose The Banner knew what they were getting when they ran an article by the owner of a political public relations firm, but I was bored and disappointed by both the tone and the content of Meg Hansen's "Vermont's absurd crusade against big bad …

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Columnists
Cheerleader to independent athlete

Many kids know early on what sports they'll be playing as they grow and go through school. They learn tee-ball, soccer, basketball, often following in the footsteps of an older relative or sibling.But what about those who don't? In elementary school …

The best beverage

Imagine you're in the market for a new pair of sneakers. You are interested in a high quality pair of sneakers that have good traction for both indoors and out, strong laces, and are not too heavy. Now imagine that you found that the hands-down best …

Joe Benning: Eat your peas

"But Mom, I don't like peas," said my 5-year-old self to my mother. "Eat them anyway," came her response. "But Mom, they don't taste good," I pleaded, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: "Be thankful you have …

The Trumpish Cabinet

In typical liberal fashion, the mean weenie left has called Donald Trump's cabinet horrible things. "Corrupt nitwits." "Career criminals." "Greedy thugs." "Clueless dunces." "Bad dancers."But no one accuses them of being poor. Depending on whether …

The month that seemed like ten years

"I mean, they fill up our alleys with people that you wonder how they get there, but they're not the Republican people that our representatives are representing." - Donald TrumpHuh?Remember those wonderful bygone days when it didn't take you …

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