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Over the last 18 months every aspect of Act 46 and how it could affect the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union and its students has been debated ad nauseam. But whether or not you believe consolidation will benefit the region or not, one thing is … more
We recently ran a column authored by a local hunter and TV host, Kevin Hoyt, who argued that hunter safety courses be taught in schools. Some of the details might need finagling, but on the whole it's not a bad idea. His column got us to thinking, … more
Some Pownal residents are highly suspicious of the intent of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Model Communities Program, which launched here in May as the first such initiative in the state.In general, the program brings … more
Last week, Bennington Select Board members chose which residents will review and recommend changes to the town charter. Think of the charter as being the town's Constitution. It lays out, among other important things, the fundamental structure of … more
An administration uninterested in staffing federal agencies, at war with facts and eager to help Congress cut the budget is further endangering a cornerstone of American democracy: the duty to count all who live here.Every decade since 1790, as … more
There's a heated debate in certain circles with potentially profound implications for the future of humanity — or, potentially, with as little import as those medieval considerations of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.It … more
After we learned that Donald Trump Jr. said he would "love" to receive campaign help from the Russian government, it was pointed out that Russia is a hostile power. This is true, but what does it mean? It's worth revisiting the question, because the … more
The debate held Tuesday in Manchester by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning on whether the media is doing its job raised many questions, all of them good ones. The proposition up for discussion was "If the health of a democracy depends … more
There can now be no doubt: The Russia meddling story is not just smoke but fire. Donald Trump Jr.'s interactions with Russians during last year's presidential campaign were abnormal and alarming. An incriminating email chain has made it impossible … more
"I read them the riot act." That is how an antiquities law expert characterized her warning to Hobby Lobby executives that artifacts the company was planning to buy might have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq, and that importing them … more
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