Editorials
Our Opinion: The $340,000 question
The time has come for full and transparent disclosure from the Town of Bennington and its Select Board about the decision to proceed without a state permit in building the new salt shed on Bowen …
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Our Opinion: Time to Green Up Vermont's public access laws
If you've ever had the feeling that obtaining information about your government is hard to come by in Vermont, you're not alone. There are more than 260 exemptions carved into the state's public …
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Our View: Uncertainty follows Act 46 vote
So now we know for certain: There will be no 11th hour rescue of the proposed Act 46 merger that would have created a school district in Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford along the lines …
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Letter: More details offered on grant rejection

To the Editor:I am writing to address the Banner editorial from Saturday about the VTrans Mitigation Grant. Although town staff previously provided the Banner with information about that grant and …

Letter: Chairman of Select Board responds to critics

To the Editor:After five years on the Select Board, I have become pretty much immune to the continual pontifications emitting from a few members of our community who fancy themselves as activists and …

Letter: Books provide insight into dangers of Trump

To the Editor:Two things of national political import occurred last week: Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury," about Donald Trump's campaign and, now, White House administration, was published; and …

Letter: GOP poll numbers provide little comfort

To the Editor:Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin thinks that the declining popularity of the president and his policies, as illustrated in the Quinnipiac University National Poll that was released …

Letter: 'A Green Mountain Christmas' thank-you

To the Editor:On Dec. 15 and 16, 2017, Green Mountain Christian Center conducted our ninth annual "A Green Mountain Christmas." The congregation, with the support of local businesses, service clubs …

Letter: Strong mayor government would improve town's future

To the Editor: After reading this weekend's article in the Banner, I can only conclude it's a sad "state of affairs" when the town manager and members of the Select Board are trying to lead the …

Letter: Salt shed episode points up need for change

To the Editor:I, like others, watched the Select Board meeting the other night. Even though I believe Stu Hurd's heart was in the right place, his mind was certainly somewhere else. He did not …

Letter: Reclaiming democracy through the living wage

To the Editor: Out-of-control money breeds power, which breeds money, which breeds more power. This increase in power and wealth for America's richest intensifies income inequality and transmutes our …

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Columnists
Seth Brown | The Pun Also Rises: Alone with my thoughts

What do Marcus Aurelius, Rene Descartes, and John Coltrane have in common?They've all shared their Meditations.It therefore follows that meditations can include reflections on personal morality, …

Regulatory fatigue has arrived

Steve Eder's New York Times article was recently published in the Dec. 30, 2017 Rutland Herald. The piece described how regulatory fatigue has overcome the operations at Indian Ladder Farms, in …

A woodburning life

At about 9 a.m. on an overcast November Saturday, a group gathered at the edge of the Hopkinton/Webster Transfer Station (hereafter referred to as the dump, since that's its real name and will never …

Speaking of Religion: No Perfect People Allowed

What do you think of when you see a church building on the street corner or up on a hill? Perhaps it's just part of the scenery of our beautiful state. You probably have a mental image of a tall …

Antibiotic resistance, and what you can do about it

The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for …

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