Editorials
Physically unhealthy, fiscally unhealthy
Senate Republican leaders released on Thursday a draft health-care bill, supposedly designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It includes a range of mostly unwise and ungenerous changes to the nation's health-care system, but it might, …
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Common sense interrupted
Once again the House has failed to end marijuana prohibition, thereby extending the life of the black market and delaying further reform on state-level drug policy.The House had reconvened Wednesday for a special veto session scheduled mainly to …
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Wind noise should be overseen by state, not developer
Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and …
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Letter: Mr. Stannard, here are all the Christians

To the editor:I am writing in response to Bob Stannard's commentary "What happened to the Christians?" (June 17). There are in fact millions of Christians — and Jews, Muslims and many other faiths — who stand against and are outraged by …

Letter: Supervisory union thanks supporters

To the editor:On behalf of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU) I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to some of the organizations that have offered support to our students and families throughout the 2016-2017 school …

Letter: More justification needed

To the editor:The Banner (June 15) reported that Hoosick Falls officials have hired the law firm of Nolan & Heller to represent the Village in PFOA settlement talks with Saint Gobain and Honeywell, relative to presently incurred and future …

Letter: Scott's veto a self-inflicted wound

To the editor:Vermont has been living with a self-inflicted wound for the last several weeks after Governor Scott decided late in the game that he wanted to move health care negotiations for teachers to the state level. Despite claiming that he had …

Letter: Trump-style politics in Vermont

To the editor:Governor Phil Scott has seemed to be an anti-Trump Republican in this blue state, but now he is playing a brand of politics that's taking a page from his GOP colleagues around the nation.He is proposing to veto the state budget that …

Letter: Blah, blah, $26 million, blah blah

To the editor:Whoever is in charge of sound bites in the Scott administration gets a gold star. That $26 million is a whopper. After hearing that it's very difficult to hear anything else.It's very similar to what dogs hear. I've heard that when you …

Letter: PFOA testing and garage siting

To the editor: The most important PFOA site has not yet been tested in Shaftsbury. Shaftsbury has agreed to test the water for for the new town garage off North Road for PFOA with the state but would not test the two former drinking wells for PFOA …

Letter: Shaftsbury softball champions

To the editor: We did it, Shaftsbury! We're the champions!On a 90-degree afternoon, we persevered and outlasted a terrific Bear Construction team 15-13 to win the Bennington Young Women's Softball crown. We won it in the most Shaftsbury way possible …

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Columnists
It just keeps getting worse

I have written extensively about how embezzlement and nonprofit and municipal board negligence has caused the loss of millions of dollars — and based upon recent news reports, losses still continue.In a May 26 publication of VTDigger, it was …

Wintergreen

I give a lot of tours at my 80-acre homestead, and have found that most visitors are delighted for the opportunity to connect nature with real life. Those of us who spend much time rubbing elbows with nature might say that it is real life, but for …

Protect your Social Securityand Medicare cards

By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual; I want to trust people at their word and be agreeable to reasonable requests. I also tend to comply with requests made of me by individuals I perceive as knowledgeable or persons of …

For me and my son, Medicaid cuts mean life or death

My son Kaden was born with a bigger list of obstacles to overcome than most kids.When he was a little over two months old, we discovered Kaden has a congenital heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot with an absent pulmonary valve. He also has …

The push for national single payer healthcare

As the Republican Congress struggles to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, the political landscape is steadily shiftingSince the Democratic Congress enacted Obamacare in 2010 without a single Republican vote, Democrats have increasingly been on the …

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