In the banner last weekend one of our local columnists referred to Christmas as a "Holiday-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named." What a pathetic way to describe the celebration of the greatest gift from our Creator , the incarnation of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Far too many in our society have deigned to divorce the birth of Jesus from Christmas. It is sad that so much effort is made to take God out of our culture. Pope Benedict XVI once said "At the heart of every culture whether perceived or not, is the consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing. In America, that consensus, as enshrined in your nation’s founding documents, was grounded in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical priniciples deriving from nature and nature’s God. Today that consensus has eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents which are not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such". I only have this to say, "it is what it is." The celebration on the 25th of December is CHRISTMAS, the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world, whether we believe it or not.

HUGH E. GALVIN III

Bennington

Reminder to select board

After watching and reading the backlash of the controversy between Ron Conroy (citizen) and Mr. Joseph Krawczyk (Select Board Chair) at the October 28th meeting, I feel strongly that we need to remind our board chair that this is a service position to the citizens of Bennington.

Not only was the comment made to Mr. Conroy inappropriate (on OR off the record), but also seems to show citizen’s Mr. Krawczyk’s true nature. To think that we should ignore this statement because it was made in front of a camera and on record -- yet be asked to accept that these types of comments can be made by our representative off camera and off record with no negative effect gives me the impression he just pulls the wool over our eyes when needed. Is this the best we can ask for or expect of our representatives? I don’t think so.

RICHARD HALL

North Bennington