Editorials
Four Corners compass shows us the way
Oftentimes it's not the art itself that's important, it's what lies behind it. Bennington's iconic Four Corners now sports in its center a North Star compass with a piano key motif. It was put there Tuesday night, the culmination of several months …
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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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Letter: To pot or not to pot?

To the editor: My thoughts and remarks regarding the marijuana legalization controversy.First, I must congratulate Governor Scott for taking a stand on this bill. He could have taken the easy way out and simply let it be passed into law, as some …

Letter: Bike Nite expands, benefits Vermont Veterans Home

To the editor:I'm Ernie Thompson, president of the Bennington International Motorcycle Club (BIMC). We are sponsoring Bennington Bike Nite again this year but at a new venue, the Vermont Veterans Home on Saturday, July 8. this year we are adding a …

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 …

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Columnists
The birthplace of innovation is vulnerability

This past week I attended both the Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit organized by the Bennington County Regional Commission at Stratton Mountain and the Vermont Chamber's Business Expo up in Burlington. The main topic of conversation, as …

American tourist feed Castro's human zoo

Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba. American Airlines is flying American tourists from Miami to Havana. For more than a year American-owned cruise lines have been hauling U.S. citizens by the thousands to the Castro Brothers' beautiful socialist …

Building a cultural economy

Those of us who make a living in the cultural economy are neck deep in work getting ready for the summer season. Those of us who don't work in the arts should be taking note, as it's going to be a heck of a season. As robust as our winter scene has …

Twilight singer: The hermit thrush

If you take a walk in the woods on a summer evening, you may be treated to the ethereal, flute- like song of the hermit thrush, often the only bird still singing at dusk (and the first bird to sing in the morning). In 1882, naturalist Montague …

Today's challenges and those of 75 years ago

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, the graduating class at St. Michael's College in Colchester had the distinct pleasure of hearing the commencement address delivered by alum Joseph Dunford, Marine Corps General, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of …

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