Editorials
Fuel truck crash could have been worse
On Monday, a truck hauling several thousand gallons of fuel overturned on Route 7 between Arlington and Manchester. The emergency response was swift with state police, multiple fire departments, and a hazardous materials team all arriving in short …
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Speak up on the Putnam Block
On May 4, the community will get the chance to weigh in on the Putnam Block project, which, one way or another, will likely shape the Bennington's fortunes for decades to come. We hope it's an opportunity the public doesn't miss.The meeting will be …
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Our Opinion: Radio Shack's demise a sign of a burst bubble?
We reported last week that the Radio Shack in Bennington is closing. The employees there weren't allowed to comment on the matter, but the large "store closing" signs hung out front made the gist of the local situation pretty clear.
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Letter: Hold economic group's feet to the fire

To the editor:(Monday's) Select Board discussion about the Town hiring (Bennington County Industrial Corporation) BCIC for economic development services turned into another sloppy episode of "Alphabet Soup City Presents" before the board OKed a …

Letter: Voice support for Dollar General

To the editor:As everyone knows you cannot please everyone and with that being said: I've been listening to and reading comments about the proposed Dollar General for Salem. People say the proposed location is not good, people don't like Dollar …

Letter: Women deserve better

To the editor: As the saying goes "Another day another dollar." Not for working women. It's another day another 78 cents to a man's dollar. That loss of 22 cents is a chunk of change that could be helping families with groceries, rent, child care …

Letter: A new perspective for Pownal

To the editor:It's time to take a different look at the needs of Pownal.As I see it, Pownal is in need of a new Town Office. But that is not the only need in Pownal. What do we have for a Community Center where people can gather? What do we have for …

Letter: Schools editorial was off the mark

To the editor: I was disappointed to read the Banner's editorial on private school rules, because it perpetuates the myth that Vermont's independent schools are for the rich. Though I appreciate the Banner's attempt to handle the topic equitably, …

Letter: Stop spraying herbicides

To the editor: I was alarmed when a (Green Mountain Power) worker knocked on my door a while back, and informed me that they were going to spray the plants under the power line with an herbicide. After all that Bennington has been through with the …

Letter: The tweeter-in-chief

To the editor: Though the time and context were different, in reflecting on our "Tweeter-in-Chief," we are reminded of Macbeth, who spoke of "...a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told …

Letter: Thank you Bennington and Woodford

To the editor:On behalf of the Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse — Bennington County Child Advocacy Center — we would like to thank the voters of Woodford and Bennington for supporting our non-profit on Town Meeting Day. …

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Columnists
What to expect at your colonoscopy

What is the somewhat uncomfortable event your spouse will insist you go to about every 10 years? Here's a hint: It's not your high school reunion. It's way more important than that. It's your colonoscopy.According to the American Society for …

The Head of Trump University Got Schooled

It has been assailed as the end of democracy. Vilified as a form of slavery. Denigrated, denounced and disparaged. But like a blind, three-legged dog named "Lucky," against all odds, the Affordable Care Act has survived and remains the law of the …

The seven-year ditch

"They're counting on you being a delusional dupe who didn't even know what was in the bill because you're sitting around in a bathrobe getting your information from wackadoodles on Fox News." - Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist It's …

Time Travel in a Peat Bog

Gutter pipes full of soggy peat show up on the bench by my office each March. This means one thing: my colleague Peter Hope's Saint Michael's College students are about to experience time travel. You might reasonably ask how pipes filled with peat …

Who Are We?

There is a man named Christo, who with his wife Jeanne Claude, created some of the most amazing displays of installation art in the history of the world. Their remarkable works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin; the Running Fence …

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