Editorials
The new March on Washington
Friday, the National Mall filled with thousands of Americans cheering the inauguration of a president. Saturday, it filled even fuller, this time as thousands protested the same man and what they fear his presidency will bring.The Women's March on …
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Another View: A strongman rising
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, who imposed martial law in the 1970s and built a personalized dictatorship, vowed in 1980 not to lift military rule after a terrorist attack. Martial law was for the good of the country, he declared, …
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President Trump: stop tweeting and start listening
New U.S. President Donald J. Trump's inauguration address clearly was carefully crafted. He early struck a populist note, emphasizing the supremacy of the American people in our democratic form of government.As prepared, this address was more than …
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Cheaper shopping options needed in Manchester

Yes, Manchester does have a lot of nice things, but it's all very upscale and pricey. The arts are very good, but life isn't all art oriented.Manchester has little of interest to the lower end of the scale. Stores with practical pricing and products …

Letter to the editor: Seniors deserve better from town

Seniors, we have to let the Select Board know how much the Senior Center on Pleasant Street means to us.At a Select Board meeting last fall, the town manager stated that the tax payers of Bennington should not have to support the Senior Center when …

Letter to the editor: Vermont needs Adopt a Highway program

Many people's experience while visiting Vermont begins on the " Historic Route 7A." Many of these people have preconceived notions about Vermont being a state that prides itself on the responsible stewardship of its environment. Contrary to this …

Letter to the editor: Someone always pays

I have been watching our Senator Sanders on the news. He wants to expand Obamacare and free college. When I see reports where health care premiums went up at an average cost of 25 percent, let me ask where is the money to come from. The same can be …

Letter to the editor: Stuff the bus a huge success

The Staff at Green Mountain RSVP gives a hearty thank-you on behalf of the Arlington Food Shelf, BROC Food Shelf, HIS Pantry, Kitchen Cupboard, Pownal Food Pantry, Green Mountain Christian Ministries, and The Carpenter's Shop in Shaftsbury - to the …

Thank you to Veterans' Home dietary department

I had the opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, and New Year's dinner with the veterans at the Vermont Veterans' Home. The food was delicious and was as good, if not better, than home-cooked. The kitchen staff did an excellent …

Letter to the editor: Democrats should be as cooperative with Trump as Republicans were with Obama

Perry Green is right. The election is over and the Democrats in Congress should be as cooperative with the Trump administration as the Republican Congress was with President Obama.— Richard WrightBennington

Letter to the editor: Mixing public and private money makes no sense

The last Bennington Select Board meeting was very interesting. Three topics came up that I would like to comment on.The first is the Bennington Rescue Squad's need for financial help from the town of Bennington. The squad has circulated a petition …

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Columnists
Benning: Guns again?

Recently a constituent said she couldn't understand why I was against universal background checks for gun transfers. It seemed like an ideal opening to demonstrate how I respond to proposed legislation.All legislators take an oath to uphold our …

A case for change, a vision and the first steps

This past Friday night, at (The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce) annual meeting, we unveiled our 2020 Vision for the future to a room packed with members and supporters. Today, I'd like to share with you what that vision entails.A Case for …

The Outside Story: Mink in the middle

If the river otter is the most aquatic member of the mustelid family, and weasels represent the terrestrial branch of the clan, the American mink is the adept middle child, taking advantage of its adaptations both in the water and on land to make a …

The Truth of the Matter: Casualties of the Shumlin Administration

Dale E. Percy, Inc., Mike's Electric, and VHC Company, Inc., are not recognizable business names throughout Vermont. Nor are they in businesses that garner a great deal of attention - notably, ski resorts, maple sugaring, dairy and organic farming, …

Brown: The Pun Also Rises: Hey Food, don't make it bad

It's always difficult to keep up with modern research on nutrition. My older readers will probably remember being taught about the four major food groups: Grains, Dairy, Hufflepuff, and Ringo. But kids today have been given a variety of confusing …

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