Editorials
Our View: Bad pick for Health and Human Services

President-elect Donald Trump is giving daily indications that despite his rhetoric during the campaign he will try to be a good president for the very rich and not so good for the working class - and everyone else, for that matter. During the …

Our Opinion: Voter fraud claims are an attack on democracy

Donald Trump created a stir at the last presidential debate when he wouldn't promise to accept the results of the election. Now, even as president-elect, he won't accept the results of the election. That Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won …

Our View: Many paths open for Dems, none easy

So, what now for the down and out Democrats? After losing the presidency - if not the popular vote - and still in the minority in both the U.S. House and Senate, and in two-thirds of the state legislatures, Democrats have done a lot of soul …

Sad story repeated

To the editor: "Trail of Tears" (1838), "Wounded Knee" (1890) and now "The Dakota Pipeline" (2016). Making America great again at the cost of Native American displacement. "When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?" …

Help lay Wreaths Across America

Fellow residents of Bennington and the surrounding area, we are asking you to join us on National Wreaths Across America Day; Dec. 17 at noon at the Vermont Veterans' Home at 325 North Street in Bennington. Each December, on National Wreaths Across …

A tale of two cities

Visitors to Vermont often confuse Brattleboro and Bennington. Very often travelers end up at the wrong destination. Locals know there is a big difference between Brattleboro and Bennington. Brattleboro has many thriving downtown retail …

The roof is raised!

The fund raising campaign to build the bandstand/pavilion in Factory Point Town Green was initiated about 18 months ago culminating in the recent completion of this beautiful structure. Many of you may have seen the construction progress throughout …

Local wood for local good

Recent news coverage has detailed how our forestry sector is struggling due to a collapsing market for low-grade wood. Maintaining a working forestry economy should be a concern to all Vermonters, whether or not you or a family member works directly …

The Electoral College works. Keep it.

The Electoral College keeps bigger cities from taking power from small states. When I read, or see, someone wanting to change theElectoral College system for electing our president I realize they have not studied it as I have. Because critics …

Letter: Tough choices for parents

Lack of high-quality, affordable child care forces tough choices for parents. My husband and I are full-time working parents because we need two incomes to support our family. We have a five-year-old son and twenty- month old twin girls and …

A favor that could save millions of lives

I am writing to ask a favor of your readers that could help save millions of lives. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Despite being the #1 cancer killer of men and women in the United States, awareness about lung cancer remains …

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Columnists
Chamber of Commerce: Home for the holidays

By Matt Harrington The Bennington Area Chamber is excited to invite the whole community to "Bennington's Home for the Holiday Celebration." On Dec. 7, the Bennington Area Chamber, in partnership with the Vermont Veterans' Home, will host …

Speaking of Religion: Blessed are those who mourn

When my mother died, I was desperate to see my brothers, and not be alone with my grief. Mom had been living in Maine, and my brothers were in Connecticut, New York City, and North Carolina. Over the nine days before her funeral Mass, we made all …

The Truth of the Matter: The other college

California's Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have much in common with Vermont's Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders. The four are long-serving members of the U.S. Senate. All are members of the Democratic Party. Also, in the U.S Senate, they each …

The Outside Story: House Sparrows in Winter

House sparrows - those little brown and gray birds that flash mob the bird feeder - are common and easy to see. They're quarrelsome, noisy, and when they're on the ground, they move in vigorous hops that remind me of popcorn popping out of a pan. …

From the Chamber: Home for the holidays

The Bennington Area Chamber is excited to invite the whole community to "Bennington's Home for the Holiday Celebration." On Dec. 7, the Bennington Area Chamber, in partnership with the Vermont Veterans' Home, will host the annual lighting of …

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