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By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual, 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 authority. … more
As I write this it's Memorial Day. President John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old today. The first thing I see is an AP story: "Has Memorial Day Lost it Meaning?" Boy, I sure hope not. Growing up in South Dorset, Vermont, in the 1950's and … more
Two years ago, I wrote an op-ed that opened: "The Legislature can work with local communities to improve education, or it can push them around."This is the fundamental choice that the governor and lawmakers continue to wrestle with this session.In … more
Picture this: Sit on the floor with your knees pulled up halfway to your chest wearing nothing more than your underwear. You can't sit up straight because the space is only 3 feet, 3 inches high. How long can you sit like this? Five minutes; 10 … more
The end of this year's legislative term was just exhausting. Several sessions in the last few weeks went well into the late evening, and most days were marked by long delays and uncertainty while three-ring negotiations were going on between the … more
In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, through Juliet asks,"What's in a name? What we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." In the case of The Dorset Playhouse, the similarity of the names of its two major production companies has … more
Matt Harrington is the energetic, visionary, and capable executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. He often writes a column on Chamber affairs for the Bennington Banner. His most recent column, "A southern Vermont of Tomorrow … more
In Bob Stannard's recent column, "Stand Up — Or Wish You Had" [Manchester Journal, May 5], he makes outstanding points about the importance of standing up to racism and intolerance in response to viewing a new locally produced documentary, … more
I have taught in the public schools; I was until very recently licensed to teach in two states and in fact taught in middle school, high school and developmental disability programs. I fully appreciate the contributions of our teachers, the value … more
After reading Vermont newspapers, I have concluded that there are no news stories to report other than what President Trump, his family, his administration, and his Mar-a-Lago estate have been up to.Choose any daily and there are a half dozen or … more
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