Editorials
This isn't tax reform
The purpose of tax reform is to raise revenue more efficiently - with fewer loopholes and special breaks that distort economic incentives and necessitate higher marginal rates. In discussing tax reform since President Donald Trump's election, …
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Physically unhealthy, fiscally unhealthy
Senate Republican leaders released on Thursday a draft health-care bill, supposedly designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It includes a range of mostly unwise and ungenerous changes to the nation's health-care system, but it might, …
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Common sense interrupted
Once again the House has failed to end marijuana prohibition, thereby extending the life of the black market and delaying further reform on state-level drug policy.The House had reconvened Wednesday for a special veto session scheduled mainly to …
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Letter: School to Work program grateful to participants

To the editor:On behalf of Mt. Anthony Union High School's "School to Work Program," I would like to thank the following community members for another remarkable semester of experiential learning. This program provides an integral educational …

Letter: Bennington Select Board's bad habits

To the editor:Isn't it bizarre that the Select Board may be starting a new bad habit of keeping the public in the dark. More important information was given at a workshop meeting at the library on June 19 than at any regularly scheduled meeting the …

Letter: Mr. Stannard, here are all the Christians

To the editor:I am writing in response to Bob Stannard's commentary "What happened to the Christians?" (June 17). There are in fact millions of Christians — and Jews, Muslims and many other faiths — who stand against and are outraged by …

Letter: Supervisory union thanks supporters

To the editor:On behalf of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU) I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to some of the organizations that have offered support to our students and families throughout the 2016-2017 school …

Letter: More justification needed

To the editor:The Banner (June 15) reported that Hoosick Falls officials have hired the law firm of Nolan & Heller to represent the Village in PFOA settlement talks with Saint Gobain and Honeywell, relative to presently incurred and future …

Letter: Scott's veto a self-inflicted wound

To the editor:Vermont has been living with a self-inflicted wound for the last several weeks after Governor Scott decided late in the game that he wanted to move health care negotiations for teachers to the state level. Despite claiming that he had …

Letter: Trump-style politics in Vermont

To the editor:Governor Phil Scott has seemed to be an anti-Trump Republican in this blue state, but now he is playing a brand of politics that's taking a page from his GOP colleagues around the nation.He is proposing to veto the state budget that …

Letter: Blah, blah, $26 million, blah blah

To the editor:Whoever is in charge of sound bites in the Scott administration gets a gold star. That $26 million is a whopper. After hearing that it's very difficult to hear anything else.It's very similar to what dogs hear. I've heard that when you …

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Columnists
I guess Donald Trump was right

At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're going to get tired of winning."No one ever gets tired of winning, especially a rookie politician that everyone in the …

Chasing the Vermont unicorn

Let's develop some understanding around the term "unicorn." A unicorn is that thing that you can't catch, be it a girl, guy, lifestyle, object of affection, customer, etc. Everything about it is perfect — divine, if you will. Bumping into a …

It just keeps getting worse

I have written extensively about how embezzlement and nonprofit and municipal board negligence has caused the loss of millions of dollars — and based upon recent news reports, losses still continue.In a May 26 publication of VTDigger, it was …

Wintergreen

I give a lot of tours at my 80-acre homestead, and have found that most visitors are delighted for the opportunity to connect nature with real life. Those of us who spend much time rubbing elbows with nature might say that it is real life, but for …

Protect your Social Securityand Medicare cards

By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual; I want to trust people at their word and be agreeable to reasonable requests. I also tend to comply with requests made of me by individuals I perceive as knowledgeable or persons of …

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