To our readers: We are sorry
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Dear Reader,

On Tuesday, the Banner published a cartoon that many people, including me, found to be insulting and in bad taste. We regret and apologize for publishing the cartoon.

The decision to publish was made in haste. We are addressing the matter internally.

The gravity of our error in judgment was magnified by the fact that one of victims of the unspeakable horror was a native of Dorset, whose family and friends must have been particularly offended by this cartoon.

As the president of the company, the responsibility for the grievous error is mine, and I apologize to the entire Bennington community that the Banner was so insensitive.


Fredric D. Rutberg

Fredric D. Rutberg, president of New England Newspapers Inc., will be at the Banner office Wednesday morning at 8:30 prepared to talk with readers. 


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