Editorials
Our view: Take scanner chatter with extra salt
Monday in Bennington began with a bit of excitement. An active shooter was reported at the State Office Complex, prompting police to place the facility under lockdown. No one was allowed in or out while Bennington Police searched the area. As it …
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Our view: Look to each other for safety
Back in January, the Arlington community was shocked to learn that one of its own, Helen Jones, 81, had been stabbed to death in her own home. Following the news came weeks of apprehension and uncertainty. It wasn't until March that an arrest was …
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Another view: The Cassini mission embodies the best of humanity
The Cassini spacecraft embarked on its cosmic journey across our solar system two decades ago. After 4.9 billion miles of travel, the mission came to an end early Friday morning in a bittersweet finale as the orbiter ran out of fuel and crashed into …
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Letter: Whatever we're having, it's not "a rousing debate about healthcare"

To the editor:If you believed television commentators and print pundits, you would think that Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) have produced a rousing debate between Americans about the best way to reform American …

Letter: Big Pharma, interesting and infuriating

To the editor:I just attended a screening of a very interesting and infuriating movie called "Big Pharma — Market Failure." Made by a successful American businessman who sees out of control drug prices killing his business, the movie …

Letter: Wake up to dangers of fake news

To the editor:We have become a nation of "false news" junkies. In a recent Bennington Banner article detailing the presentation of award winning journalist, Ann Galloway, founder of VTDigger, we discovered that, "two thirds of Americans now get …

Letter: Vermonters oppose the wasteful killing of wildlife

To the editor: UVM's Center for Rural Studies included the following question in its 2017 Vermonter Poll: "Vermont wildlife policies allow certain species, including coyotes, crows, porcupines, skunks and weasels to be killed without limit even when …

Letter: Putnam Block should involve solar

To the editor:Thanks to the Banner I was able to find the website showing the artist's drawings of proposed Putnam Block. They are very impressive, but I found that there was one thing, something I hoped to see, that was missing. There are all those …

Letter: Susan Stamper Brown was right on immigration

To the editor:I don't very often submit a letter to the Editor but I felt I had to make this one. The commentary article by Susan Stamper Brown titled, "Returning to the rule of law is cruel?" was spot on. Her points were well defined and outlined …

Letter: Town manager urges a yes vote on sewer bond

To the editor:I write today seeking voter support for the upcoming Oct. 10 bond vote. This $9.85 million bond will pay for major upgrades throughout the Waste Water Treatment Facility. What is it we're doing and why so costly?One can't easily …

Letter: Corporate greed

To the editor:We have recently been privileged to read in the Banner an excellent series on the PFOA toxicity in North Bennington. For me, the most important part of the series was the one entitled "State Response to ChemFab Complaints Was Mixed." I …

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Columnists
Tom Purcell: 20 trillion reasons to address national debt right now

"Extremely deep. Last week, our country passed a regrettable milestone when we exceeded $20 trillion in debt.""How the heck did we get ourselves into such a hole?""According to The Hill, last week's debt-limit increase and stopgap government funding …

Joe Guzzardi: Unscrupulous employers fake out White House

For months now, Americans have listened to President Donald Trump's self-congratulatory bravado about how swimmingly his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order is doing. If only the swamp didn't keep getting in President Trump's way.The swamp …

Dick Polman: Hillary is right about the mainstream media

Hillary Clinton's new cri de coeur discomfits the many Democrats who yearn to put 2016 in the rear-view mirror. She dwells at length on all the factors that constituted the perfect storm — including her own weaknesses as a candidate — …

Rick Jensen: Ban cars because they're too fast?

Imagine getting a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation saying your car is banned from public roadways because it's too fast. That's exactly what the editors at Automotive News magazine would like to see happen.Wait, what?Earlier this …

Alden Graves: Hillary Clinton's thanks for nothing note

I'm sure you remember that awful moment in the elections last year. It was sort of like the second when the shower curtain was flung open and Janet Leigh was face to face with a strange looking, knife wielding old woman. All it needed was those …

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