Editorials
Kicking the pot down the road
Governor Phil Scott held off on ending some of Vermont's failed marijuana prohibition laws Wednesday, but said if the Legislature can make a few tweaks to S. 22 there may be a "path forward" in June during the veto session. The legalization would …
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Left out again, no Bennington County reps on opioid council
Governor Phil Scott announced Tuesday the membership list for a council created to address the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, he didn't name anyone from Bennington County. The Opioid Coordination Council, created by Scott through executive order, …
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Police checkpoints, fair or fascist?
It's that time of year again when police anticipate people's poor decisions and step up highway patrols in order to curb drunk driving crashes.Police usually increase their patrols around major drinking holidays. Memorial Day, which is Monday, is …
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Letter: Book sale a success

To the editor: The Board and staff of the Bennington Free Library are pleased to declare the Bennington Free Library's 2017 Book Sale a success. The second largestfundraising event we hold each year, it is truly a community event; with individuals …

Letter: Thanks to VNA and Hospice staff

To the editor:In early May, the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) celebrated VNA Week. As President of the Board of Directors, I am proud of the work of the not-for-profit VNA's in the State of Vermont who are steadfast in their …

Letter: A great First Wednesdays season

To the editor:(This past year) was an extraordinary First Wednesdays season. As the host of FW Manchester, Manchester Community Library is most grateful to the Vermont Humanities Council for providing this first-rate humanities lecture series …

Letter: A wonderful night out in Bennington

To the editor:My wife Nancy and I just returned from the premier of Oldcastle Theatre's "Shipwrecked." This a wonderful tale of the life and times of a young Englishman striking out on his own. The cast is but three, but with costume changes, turns …

Letter: Downtown Bennington Alliance wants you!

To the editor: Two years ago, I hosted a downtown business community meeting. My hope was to start a dialogue about improving downtown and making the most of our resources. Over 60 people showed up, but few spoke. However, once the meeting ended, …

Letter: Litterers among humanity's worst

To the editor:I want to thank the Vermont Department of Transportation for the great job they have done and are doing in cleaning up the state highways. Sadly workers have picked up literally tons of trash along roadways in Bennington County. There …

Letter: Yes, play the "Bernie Card"

To the editor: Before I read the article I thought that someone in Vermont tourism had latched onto a brilliant scheme: Hype the Bernie/Vermont connection and get busloads of Berniecrats to the Green Mountain State.I do not know what Mr. (Don) …

Letter: GMP rate hike more like rate heist

To the editor: So Green Mountain Power wants yet another rate hike? The Public Service Board should make it a condition of approving the rate increase, that GMP President Mary Powell disclose her levels of annual and deferred compensation, and her …

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Columnists
'How To Complain'

If you don't believe me, think of the annoying friend you have that is always complaining about minor things, from whom you hear nothing but an endless stream of tedious whining. Now think about Waldorf and Statler from the Muppet Show, complaining …

Seizing the Teacher Health Insurance Opportunity

John McClaughryThe sudden political struggle over health insurance for unionized teachers isn't over but some useful lessons are emerging.This struggle was triggered by a provision of ObamaCare called "the Cadillac tax". Starting in 2018, plans with …

Was Trump Bitten by a Radioactive Spider?

Donald John Trump is keeping people busy. He's got staffers, lawyers, streaming news alert editors, impeachment historians, ethics investigators, hair spray manufacturers, Putin watchers and real-estate interpreters, who all frantically flapping and …

Should you use complementary therapies?

When diagnosed with a serious condition, many people turn to complementary or integrative medicine. The word "complementary" means "in addition to." In the case of medicine, it refers to a variety of practices that may be used along with standard …

A win for press freedom in Vermont

Editor's Note: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed the "Shield Law for Journalists" bill at the Statehouse last Wednesday. The law protects journalists from having to reveal confidential sources and information received. Paul Heintz, a member of the …

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