Editorials
Pownal program not something to fear
Some Pownal residents are highly suspicious of the intent of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Model Communities Program, which launched here in May as the first such initiative in the state.In general, the program brings …
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Don't forget the outsiders
Last week, Bennington Select Board members chose which residents will review and recommend changes to the town charter. Think of the charter as being the town's Constitution. It lays out, among other important things, the fundamental structure of …
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Save the Census
An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here.Every decade since 1790, as …
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Letter: Sports calendar scam

To the editor:Please be aware that a sports calendar company out of Towson, Md. has been contacting local businesses about purchasing advertising space on the 2017 Mount Anthony Union High School Fall Sports Poster. This company has no connection …

Letter: Hypocrisy lives

To the editor:How can we criticize Russian involvement in our elections when we do the same meddling in foreign elections. A most recent example is as follows: Obama's State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer grants to the …

Letter: Apple Hill/Chelsea solar a bad deal

To the editor:I am not a resident of Apple Hill, but I am deeply concerned about the proposed Chelsea Solar/Apple Hill solar projects. Let me start by saying that I am a strong supporter of renewable energy, and admire the community solar projects …

Letter: Thanks to those who helped

To the editor:Bennington Beledi Tribal Bellydance would like to thank the many people who helped to make Spice Routes, our annual fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Bennington County, possible. Our sponsor, The Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable …

Letter: Health care and insurance

To the editor:What is the relationship between health care in Vermont and the insurance industry?At the statehouse in Montpelier there are a total of 180 Senators and Representatives. At last count there were 389 registered lobbyists.Our Vermont …

Letter: Don't remove Fisher's name

To the editor: I am writing this letter in response to Cherise Madigan's fine article on the front page of the June 30 Banner entitled "Fisher under scrutiny for ties to eugenics." The question at the heart of the article is, should Arlington author …

Letter: Thanks for making golf fundraiser a success

To the editor:Bennington Project Independence, Adult Day Service would like to thank all of our very generous sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers for making our recent "Swing in to Summer" sixth annual BPI Golf Tournament a wonderful success.We …

Letter: Apologies for reckless biker

To the editor:First, I wish to thank all of the people in the Bennington County who are so courteous and patient with us motorcycle riders. I have been helped by passing motorist, and been shown so much courtesy by alert drivers of cars and …

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Columnists
Putting the Shires in the palm of your hand

We all can get more involved in celebrating and promoting what's great about living here, if we want to keep it that way. The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal are releasing a new mobile app for the region called GoShires. It's free to use, …

American goldfinch: a common bird with uncommon habits

I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched …

Don Keelan: It's only a game

A number of years ago, attending Sunday Mass at our parish church, several of our five children were assigned to the "bull pen," a glass enclosed room at the back of the church. The room had but one purpose and that was to prevent the parishioners …

Jeff Sessions and others: Don't quit!

In an extraordinary interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump was inappropriately critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It is stunning that a president would so publicly criticize one of his most loyal senior supporters. …

Greg Sargent: Trump's deeply worrisome New York Times interview reveals a lawless president

President Donald Trump's extended, rambling new interview with the New York Times provides perhaps the clearest picture yet of his conviction that he is above the law - a conviction, crucially, that appears to be deeply felt on an instinctual level …

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