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A number of local towns are asking voters to approve funding for new or upgraded municipal facilities. All of these projects are not only needed, but long overdue.In Bennington, voters will be asked to bond $3.2 million for a new Department of … more
While the state of a community's schools plays a major role in the health and vibrancy of that community, convincing people to run for school board can be a next-to-impossible task. Most races go uncontested and sometimes boards are even unable to … more
Southwestern Vermont Health Care is spearheading a unique program that goes directly to what it means to promote a healthy community.No, it's not a health care-related medical program, something we might expect of the parent corporation of … more
The recent decision by our current president to reverse guidance protecting the rights of transgender students from discrimination is just another example of how the far right is attempting to turn back the clock on progress in the United … more
The Bennington Select Board has announced plans to form a charter review commission to consider amendments to the town charter document.That's a good thing. Every government charter — in fact, every organizational charter — should be … more
Donald Trump's latest harsh immigration orders leave little doubt about how he and his administration view outsiders who have come to the U.S. illegally. His views on high-skilled, legal immigrants are more complicated. He's vowed to punish … more
Headlines across Vermont are currently all about President Donald Trump's immigration orders and how the state government plans to fight against them. There's a bill in the Senate now that would make it harder for state law enforcement and the … more
The public had a good chance Monday night to tell the government where to go and how to get there, but sadly most residents passed on it.The Bennington Select Board cleared its regular agenda to allow citizens to come in and discuss the comments on … more
Governor Phil Scott announced Friday several strategies aimed at improving the amount of affordable housing in Vermont. With the exception of the provision that would remove Act 250 oversight from rental properties, we agree with him.Scott's plan … more
It's difficult to imagine how the latest recount in the Orange-1 House race could prove anything but an embarrassment for the majority Democrats and Progressives, and perhaps for the state.After hours of debate in committee and on the floor, Vermont … more
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