Editorials
Yes to an open government ombudsman
We agree with Secretary of State Jim Condos that Vermont needs an open government ombudsman. An ombudsman is a government official designated to investigate complaints by citizens against public officials. In a recent column, Condos called for …
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If you can't beat 'em, call them something else
The medical director for the Bennington Free Clinic said something interesting recently at a health care forum hosted by Rights and Democracy of Bennington."What we need to do is eliminate insurance companies," said Dr. Richard Dundas. "They're a …
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This isn't tax reform
The purpose of tax reform is to raise revenue more efficiently - with fewer loopholes and special breaks that distort economic incentives and necessitate higher marginal rates. In discussing tax reform since President Donald Trump's election, …
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Letter: Post editorial confusing, inconstant

To the editor: The Washington Post editorial "The high cost of single-payer health care," which the Banner reprinted on June 19., struck me as both confusing and, in part, logically inconsistent.First, the amount of tax dollars required to fund …

Letter: McClaughry is tone deaf

To the editor:I thought the GOP was the party of the businessperson, but Mr. McClaughry has written another tone deaf assault on health care economics 101. What part of "the bigger the pool, the smaller the risk" doesn't work for you, sir?— …

Letter: Town manager explains water rates

To the editor:At the (Bennington) Select Board meeting on (Monday), the board voted to adopt the Water Fund and Sewer Fund budgets for FY18. The board reviewed the budgets in a publicly warned work session on June 19 at the Bennington Free Library. …

Letter: School to Work program grateful to participants

To the editor:On behalf of Mt. Anthony Union High School's "School to Work Program," I would like to thank the following community members for another remarkable semester of experiential learning. This program provides an integral educational …

Letter: Bennington Select Board's bad habits

To the editor:Isn't it bizarre that the Select Board may be starting a new bad habit of keeping the public in the dark. More important information was given at a workshop meeting at the library on June 19 than at any regularly scheduled meeting the …

Letter: Mr. Stannard, here are all the Christians

To the editor:I am writing in response to Bob Stannard's commentary "What happened to the Christians?" (June 17). There are in fact millions of Christians — and Jews, Muslims and many other faiths — who stand against and are outraged by …

Letter: Supervisory union thanks supporters

To the editor:On behalf of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU) I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to some of the organizations that have offered support to our students and families throughout the 2016-2017 school …

Letter: More justification needed

To the editor:The Banner (June 15) reported that Hoosick Falls officials have hired the law firm of Nolan & Heller to represent the Village in PFOA settlement talks with Saint Gobain and Honeywell, relative to presently incurred and future …

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Columnists
For the Fourth of July, let's have some common sense

In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to renew our commitment to the principles and practices that made our country great in the first place.Our country has always held what the Declaration of Independence says about certain …

The facts about ticks and tick-borne diseases

New England states are experiencing a high prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses. In 2015, Vermont experienced the highest incidence of Lyme disease per population (CDC, 2015 and 2016). This year the anticipated rate of tick …

Vermont needs an ombudsman

I take my role in state government seriously. I am honored to have been elected by Vermonters to serve as Secretary of State. Since taking office in 2011, I have worked hard to improve how our government serves the public by increasing transparency, …

The presidency in a minor key

A lot has been said about a special election in the 6th Congressional District in Georgia. When progressives in this country have to start looking to the South for hope and encouragement, we really are in trouble.The GOP win in Georgia election was …

The presidency in a minor key

A lot has been said about a special election in the 6th Congressional District in Georgia. When progressives in this country have to start looking to the South for hope and encouragement, we really are in trouble.The GOP win in Georgia election was …

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