Editorials
Another view: What's not fake about the news
The next time someone jokes about "fake news," stop them in their tracks and remind them that a record number of journalists around the world sit behind bars today for the crime of seeking the truth. …
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Our View: More than skiing at stake in climate crisis
Along Route 30 in Dummerston, just outside of Brattleboro, the lift chairs of Maple Valley ski area have sat motionless above the slope for years, patiently waiting to carry skiers up the hill. If …
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Our View: Woodford wise to revote on Act 46
Now that Woodford has decided to reconsider its proposed Act 46 school district merger with Bennington, Shaftsbury and Pownal — a proposal its voters defeated by just two votes on Nov. 7 …
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Letter: Dogs suffer in the cold, too

To the Editor:The cold weather and snow are finally here. Please bring your dogs in from the cold. They suffer from the biting winter weather as much as we do. If you must keep your dog outside, …

Letter: Student-staff ratio ignores realities

To the Editor:Recently, Gov. Phil Scott announced that he would like to shift the student to staff ratio of 1:4 to 1:5 in Vermont as his solution to the gap in our education fund. What I would like …

Letter: Time for a tax on meat, eggs, dairy

To the Editor:With the annual tax filing date just around the corner, pundits are searching for ways to make our tax code fairer and more reflective of our social incentives and burdens. In this …

Letter: Tax bill would burden those with disabilities

To the Editor:The "Tax Cut & Jobs Act" winding its way through Congress will seriously burden those of us who have a disability. We're already twice as likely to experience poverty, and this bill …

Letter: It's time for women to tell their stories

To the Editor: Now that Time Magazine has awarded their Person of the Year to the "Silence Breakers" who spoke out as part of the #MeToo campaign, and as a result of the scandals of Harvey Weinstein, …

Letter: Thanks for support of student bazaar

To the Editor:We at Molly Stark School would like to thank the following for their generosity. Because of people like you we had a very successful first annual Holiday Bazaar!Grace Christian School, …

Letter: An opportunity to honor veterans

To the Editor:Fellow residents of Bennington and the surrounding area, we are asking you to join us on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 16 at noon at the Vermont Veterans' Home on …

Letter: DeVos and the problems of 'choice'

To the Editor:Few of President Trump's appointees have been as widely derided as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. From the announcement of her appointment through the Senate confirmation hearings …

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Columnists
John McClaughry: VPIRG's new appliance prohibition plan

A recent announcement from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) brought back vivid memories of a long-forgotten legislative episode of 25 years ago.The announcement came two weeks ago …

Bob Stannard: "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall" - Lewis Carroll

Nov. 8, 2016; a day we'll never forget. It's the day that Donald Trump won the presidential election with 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. It's the day that all of Russia's hard work to hack …

How Trump can win the GOP's great war of ideas

American conservatives are engaged in a generational struggle for the future. In the political press, with its preference for trivialization over ideas, this fight is portrayed as a mere clash of …

Get Outside: Snowflakes welcome

It snowed, it snowed! We won't be having a crusty, dried leaf Christmas after all.We all know that these winter holidays do not need to involve snow; it's just delightful to have it around, is it …

The Outside Story: Cluster Flies

So here's my movie concept: during a laboratory accident, a scientist exchanges his DNA with a fly. Over the next few weeks, our hero slowly shrinks in size and transforms into an insect with black …

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