Editorials
A quiet year in the Legislature?
Depending on who you ask, it's been a relatively quiet year in the Legislature. "It almost like even before the session started we all kind of got this grim reality, we don't know what kind of federal cuts are going to come down," said House Rep. …
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Stand up and fight for your national monuments
National monuments might not seem like a local issue, but to quote a great American songwriter — "This land is your land, this land is my land."On Wednesday, the president signed off an executive order requiring the Secretary of the Interior …
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New painkiller prescription rules a good start
The opioid addiction epidemic spreading through Vermont and across the nation can seem overwhelming — a complex, multi-layered problem that is rife with disheartening, tragic stories of fatal overdose victims and family and friends left …
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Letter: Get ready for letter carrier food drive

To the editor:May 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive. Letter carriers, rural carriers and post offices will collect food donations in order to provide assistance to the millions …

Letter: Off-season trapping doesn't help

To the editor: Some of you may be familiar with official trapping season each year, but did you know that trapping occurs all year long under the guise of "nuisance" wildlife control? This unregulated, year-round trapping and killing occurs at …

Letter: Protect our roads from driving while high

To the editor: From CNN, Feb. 25, 2016, there was a report that in Colorado from 2011 to 2013 there was a 57 percent increase in marijuana-related Emergency Room visits.From 2012 to 2014 ER visits rose from 70 per 10,000 in 2012 to 101 per 10,000 in …

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 …

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Columnists
Patience is a (political) virtue

As a kid my mother was always saying to me, "Patience, patience, patience." Today my wife Colleen is always saying the same thing,"Mike. Patience, patience."It's no use.For example, when I go to a movie I hate standing in line. It's always just …

A southern Vermont of tomorrow part II

Some of the aforementioned ideas in part I of this column series — Check out last week's Monday column in the Bennington Banner for part I — are somewhat long range and will take a great deal of strategic investment and careful …

Wild leeks

The white bulbs of wild leeks, also called ramps — especially in the south — can be eaten year round, but it's the early leaves that are most appreciated. In pre-freezer days, ramps were the first greens available after five or so months …

A moratorium on Trump reporting

After reading Vermont newspapers, I have concluded that there are no news stories to report other than what President Trump, his family, his administration, and his Mar-a-Lago estate have been up to.Choose any daily and there are a half dozen or …

With significant savings on the table, we must act now

We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year - up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation - in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the Legislature must act now.The …

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