Editorials
Should they teach this in schools?
We recently ran a column authored by a local hunter and TV host, Kevin Hoyt, who argued that hunter safety courses be taught in schools. Some of the details might need finagling, but on the whole it's not a bad idea. His column got us to thinking, …
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Pownal program not something to fear
Some Pownal residents are highly suspicious of the intent of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Model Communities Program, which launched here in May as the first such initiative in the state.In general, the program brings …
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Don't forget the outsiders
Last week, Bennington Select Board members chose which residents will review and recommend changes to the town charter. Think of the charter as being the town's Constitution. It lays out, among other important things, the fundamental structure of …
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Letter: No vote circumvents democracy

To the editor:It is important to note that circumventing a democratic process would be harmful to our small, tight knit community. We have a real love for this town and its citizens, our neighbors. This exclusionary process is a threat to the …

Letter: Leave Canfield's name on book award

To the editor:To the Vermont Board of Libraries:Built in 1829, the Arlington Community House was the homestead of the Canfield family and was deeded to a Board of Directors in 1948 by author, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, to serve the communities of …

Letter: Democracy is not to be feared

To the editor:In response to the Bennington Banner's editorial ("Pownal Program Not Something to Fear), I have been a participant in the process from the first steering committee meeting.The concerns coming from Pownal citizens — at least the …

Letter: National debt growing

To the editor:Tax filers — You — owe $135,000 because of the federal $20 trillion debt and that increases yearly with government overspending. Taxpayers are oblivious to this shortfall and the payroll withholding tax further shields them …

Letter: Don't fear democracy

To the editor:Don't fear democracy; embrace it! Instead of addressing the concerns of many Pownal residents, there are increasing efforts to marginalize those with concerns, throw out more program marketing material about what is intended, and even …

Letter: Open letter to Sens. Leahy, Sanders and Rep. Welch on North Korea

To the editor:We, your undersigned constituents, are greatly alarmed by the statement made by Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, on the May 28 CBS program "Face the Nation." During the program Mr. Mattis stated: " the [North Korea] have been very …

Letter: Term limits for good ol' boys

To the editor: Thank you for another great editorial in (Wednesday's) paper. All "Outsiders" applaud you. There is an easy way to avoid problems like this. We need a rule that would disqualify anyone from appointment to a board or commission if they …

Letter: Sports calendar scam

To the editor:Please be aware that a sports calendar company out of Towson, Md. has been contacting local businesses about purchasing advertising space on the 2017 Mount Anthony Union High School Fall Sports Poster. This company has no connection …

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Columnists
Charles Schumer's shot at Hillary Clinton?

A quote caught my eye (and others' eyes) over the weekend. It was from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, and it was about how Democrats move forward with a new slogan — "A Better Deal" — and new policies."When you lose to somebody …

Allowing illegal votes is voter suppression

We can all agree that baring someone who is eligible to vote from doing so is a grave injustice. It robs a citizen in our representative republic of their voice in the process of governance. This is unacceptable.However, allowing somebody to vote …

Pownal's opportunity to lead

Rural economies across America are struggling to recover from the Great Recession, with economic progress stalling, populations declining, and families questioning whether their children have a future in their communities. I for one believe rural …

Putting the Shires in the palm of your hand

We all can get more involved in celebrating and promoting what's great about living here, if we want to keep it that way. The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal are releasing a new mobile app for the region called GoShires. It's free to use, …

American goldfinch: a common bird with uncommon habits

I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched …

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