Editorials
Our Opinion: King's proud legacy is now in jeopardy
It is impossible to look at the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day since the November elections outside the context of the man who will be sworn in as president of the United States on Friday.Donald Trump exploited and inflamed America's racism …
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Our Opinion | Not sour grapes: An official investigation is warranted
Prior to Tuesday's release of a virtually unverifiable report of activities conducted by the president-elect during a trip to Russia, every Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives had called for Congress to set up an independent and bipartisan …
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Our Opinion: Repeal ACA bind gets tighter for GOP
This week, congressional Republicans are supposed to begin — or at least begin to begin — the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the reality of repeal votes with genuine consequences as opposed to years of …
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Local radio host's comments were inappropriate

The other day, a morning show host on a local AM radio station, during some on-air jabber about it being his birthday, responded to a comment about his special day by saying: "Yeah, I'm special. Special Ed." He then snickered about riding the "short …

Letter to the editor: New, upscale hotel not needed

I'm writing in response to Mr. Lentzner's letter about the benefits of a proposed hotel for downtown. When we purchased our business in Bennington 18 years ago most of the people living here were employed; if there was a drug problem it wasn't on …

Thank you for a successful fundraiser

The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) would like to thank our corporate sponsors, silent auction donors, and guests that attended the successful Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Fundraiser. Thank you to the following corporate sponsors, …

Letter to the editor: Citizen survey had a fair sample size

While the town survey was completed by about 3.3 percent of the town's residents, 530 represents the equivalent of 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 town elections. It is only a survey, but it is useful information.— Charles R. …

Letter: Board member and anti-hotel study group is wrong

Got word yesterday that the defining piece of Pinnacle's downtown hotel study is positive and strong and will please anyone who believes in the future of Bennington.It's terrific news after what happened at the end of Monday's Select Board meeting …

Solar, not windmills, are the way to go

Windmills destroy mountaintop environments. Solar is the way to go. Windmills are simply trading one problem — fossil fuels/nuclear for energy sources — and replacing it with another problem. It doesn't make any sense. There is no logic …

St. Mary's Academy is a special place

I have recently retired after 37 years of teaching. This was a wonderful vocation and where I retired from is truly noteworthy. For the past 5 and 1/2 years I had the pleasure and privilege to teach at St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. I've …

Bernie would have won it

Fellow Vermonters who made Bernie Sanders' political career possible, did you watch him during his national MSNBC town hall (Dec. 12) at a United Automobile Workers union hall in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and international CNN town hall (Jan. 9) at George …

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Columnists
Making Sense: Obama's lost legacy

The president and first lady have made their rounds on the late-night shows. President Obama delivered his farewell speech the other night on national TV. It was one of his best. The man knows how to write and deliver a speech. No one can ever deny …

Reagan: Making Sense: Obama's lost legacy

The president and first lady have made their rounds on the late-night shows. President Obama delivered his farewell speech the other night on national TV. It was one of his best. The man knows how to write and deliver a speech. No one can ever deny …

Stannard: The View from My Place: One way or another

Congratulations planet Earth. You made it through 2016; not without some trials and tribulations. The numbers for 2016 aren't in yet, but Greenland has lost 1 trillion tons of ice in the past four years and about 270 billion tons/year. But hey, that …

The Outside Story: Boisterous blue jays flock in winter

"Jay, jay, jay!" Every morning last winter I awoke to the loud cries of a flock of 17 blue jays dancing around my feeder. They gorged on sunflower seeds and suet, scaring away smaller birds, then left, only to return in the afternoon. I ended up …

Stuart A. Hurd | All about town: Hotel study and a new DPW

The Jan. 9 Select Board meeting was one of the most exciting meetings in terms of new initiatives. It was also the unveiling of the results of the Citizen Survey. A second meeting is being planned by the board in February to discuss the written …

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