Saturday March 16, 2013

THORNS to the North Bennington Prudential Committee for unanimously voting to transfer another $10,000 from the Ethel "Babs" McCullough Scott trust fund to its general fund to pay for legal fees. The committee took a similar action in December, transferring $10,000 for attorney costs as well as designating $26,000 from the trust fund for the independent Village School of North Bennington Board of Trustees to pay its legal expenses. Scott created the trust fund "for the enhancement of the district" with the only stipulation being that it not be used for tax relief. We argue the fund would be better used for a more direct benefit to the children of the school district, not its attorneys.

ROSES to those who make area parades a success. We recognize that a lot of time and planning goes into organizing these processions. Last Sunday TJ Carmody's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bennington drew a fun-loving crowd to take in the procession of firetrucks and floats festively decorated in green by area organizations. If you missed that one, Hoosick, N.Y., will host its St. Pat's parade today beginning at 1. And on April 7 in Bennington, a parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and honoring all veterans will kick off at noon. THORNS to federal budget cuts that could shut down nearly 240 air traffic control towers at smaller U.S. airports.


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While pilots are trained to land without help by communicating among themselves on a common radio frequency, airport directors and pilots say the removal of a second pair of eyes on the ground increases risk.

ROSES to the Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball team for winning the semifinals of the Division IV girls basketball tournament vs. West Rutland in Barre on Tuesday night. With the 59-49 victory, Arlington reaches the final for the second time in three years.

THORNS to the board of the Cambridge Central School for its inability to work well internally and with others. The board this week accepted a request from school administrators to have building principals and the business administrator sit at a table apart from the board of education at meetings. The board also failed to come to an agreement about its own retreats intended to address conflict. We believe the board's time and the public's time at these meetings would be better spent if more attention was paid to issues that affect the students and less to internal posturing.

ROSES to Bennington's Congregation Beth El for making an effort to look for ways to get involved with and to serve the community. Congregation Beth El recently underwent an expansion of its synagogue and other facilities and is set to formally install its new rabbi, Rabbi Jarah Greenfield, at an April ceremony to which the community at large will be welcomed.

~Michelle Karas