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From the beginning, the Trump presidency posed a unique challenge to the American system of government and, indeed, to the political theory upon which it was built. By separating the legislative, executive and judicial powers among three coordinate … more
I am a Cub Scout leader and, more important, a dad. As a leader, I work, along with other parents, to try to teach boys many valuable lessons in Cub Scouts, lessons that reinforce the "Scout Law" that says, "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, … more
Saint-Gobain's agreement with the state to spend $20 million connecting North Bennington homes affected by PFOA contamination to the town water system is an important milestone, but it's not the end of the story. The $20 million will connect about … more
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
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