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Vermonters shouldn't have to pay for access to their government's public records. Government transparency is far too important to be revoked by government agencies when they feel … more
Where I live, autumn typically starts in late August, when pockets of red maples start to turn scarlet around the marshes and lakes. Uh oh. As they say in Westeros, "winter is coming."But not before … more
The idea of aging gracefully at home or in the company of loved ones is an idea many older adults hold dear. Unfortunately, life sometimes has different plans. The challenge for caregivers is … more
People always say, "I'm a lover, not a fighter," but then many of them fight with the people they love. Sitcoms are filled with husbands and wives who don't even seem to enjoy each other's company, … more
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. — Mark TwainHere's the scene: You offer to drive to lunch, … more
At the age of 12 I had a crush on a local girl. We'd hang out with a group of Dorset kids all the time. Then, one day my mom pulled me aside to tell me that she could see I was very fond of this … more
The vast majority of Vermonters agree: we face a climate crisis.Our climate-dependent industries are threatened. Our water isn't clean. Flooding is harming crops and damaging roads. We have more … more
Whether it is farmers in fields, hills afire with fall foliage or families picking out the perfect pumpkin, most of us do not struggle to imagine our favorite autumn scene. For many who work at … more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects about 93.3 million of US adults. And obesity-related conditions are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature … more
Editor's note: This commentary is one in a series published by the Banner in connection with National Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4.By Ellis Baker     The town of Bennington has … more

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