Editorials
Number one in ticks, but probably not for long
Bennington County was the number one place in America to contract Lyme Disease in 2015. That's according to our own Department of Health, which says Vermont as a whole leads the country in tick-related illnesses. "There is a very high burden of …
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There will never be a perfect pot bill
Friday, hoping to spur the House into some sort of action, the Senate voted to pass an amendment that would legalize marijuana and create a market for its regulation, sale, and taxation. The House will likely do nothing of the sort, preferring to …
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The Trump administration may be deporting 'the good ones'
Having declared that "the shackles [are] off" deportation agents, the Trump administration has made clear it intends to accelerate arrests and removals of undocumented immigrants.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says agents will focus …
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Letter: Upset over community garden

To the editor: I wonder how Stuart Hurd sleeps at night knowing he blatantly lies to his constituents. I am appalled at how the residence of Bradford Street are treated, with little or no respect at all, by our town management.Believe it or not …

Letter: Honored by Second Chance

To the editor: Recently I had the honor of being named "Volunteer of the Year" at Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury. It has been extremely rewarding to be a part of the team of managers, staff, board members, volunteers, fosters, donors and …

Letter: Don't miss "The Glass Menagerie"

To the editor: If anyone is wondering whether to see Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie" one more time, the answer is yes, at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, N.Y. This production, directed by Roger Danforth, refreshes one's memories of past …

Letter: Bennington Rescue thankful for support

To the editor:On behalf of the professional staff and leadership of the Bennington Rescue Squad, thank you for your support in our most recent budget requests. Your votes demonstrated your desire for and support of high quality, professional …

Letter: Shop local this Saturday

To the editor: I've heard people bemoan the loss of businesses from downtown while doing the bulk of their shopping at box stores or online just to save a couple bucks. When you shop local, you keep the tax dollars in the community and support those …

Letter: Democracy under attack, Trump not worried

To the editor: Democracy is under attack in many parts of the world but our President isn't worried.Last Sunday in Turkey a referendum approved by a narrow vote, after a campaign of intimidation, gives long-term President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan the …

Letter: Proposed wind noise limits too low

To the editor:As someone active with my Town Energy Committee for about eight years, I have closely followed and supported Vermont's efforts to use less energy make what we use clean, renewable energy. The state energy goal of getting 90 percent of …

Letter: Thanks to local history students

To the editor: I would like to personally congratulate the Mount Anthony Union High School students who participated in Vermont History Day.Two students, Raven Realmuto and Hanna Sanderson, finished second and third respectively in the state contest …

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Treating sprains and strains

Treatment of a sprains and strains is often accomplished with the "RICE" method. If you are unsure of the severity of your sprain or strain, talk to your doctor before beginning any treatment or rehab. "RICE" stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and …

School daze

As Vermonters slowly adjust to the school governance models dictated by Act 46, it was inevitable that some are dazed and frustrated by the idea of forced change to the familiar. We Vermonters, after all, are naturally suspicious of activity under …

Four new bills to levy a carbon tax

Not so long ago - 2015 - the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.Their argument was straightforward. …

Alden Graves: Battlefield Earth

As I get older, I tend to simplify things. I'm not so adept at remembering as I used to be so simplifying is, perhaps, more a matter of necessity than evidence of any acquired wisdom. For instance, I think that there are really only two kinds of …

A southern Vermont of tomorrow - Part I

When we look at the future of Southern Vermont and specifically, how the next few years will have enormous impact on that future, there are vast amounts of perspectives and ideas that one could suggest.For the purpose of adding one concept or …

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