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Dear Readers, "Democracy requires citizenship, and citizenship requires a town square." This sentence set in motion the process that led my colleagues and me to buy the company that publishes this newspaper and return it to local ownership.The purchase was one … 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
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
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
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
A warm welcome to all Senior Citizens in the Northshire.I know that many of you are not online, may not own a computer, are reluctant to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the Manchester Community Library and have no intention … 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
For all the really impressive work that's been going on this session, Montpelier's actions sometimes carry a sense of frustration. There are times when people just refuse to say what they really mean. Other times people say loudly that they really … more
As I've written here before, I've introduced two bills this year and with only a couple weeks left in the session, I thought I'd provide an update.H. 326, introduced on February 21, had 20 original cosponsors that included Democrats, Republicans, … more
It's spring, a great time of the year as we all enjoy the arrival of warmer weather and for most a more active lifestyle. Spring also signals a new start for many as college graduates take their first steps into the "real" world and others feel that … more
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