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Letter: Second-hand smoke in Arlington

To the Editor:About a month ago, I approached the Town of Arlington's Select Board in regards to adults smoking cigarettes on and around the Arlington Recreational children's playground. I stated that on just about every occasion that my family and …

Letter: Great Shows at SVAC

To the Editor: Many thanks to the Ihasz family who have brought to SVAC and the Manchester and the Mountains community five stellar (dancing in the aisles, toe-tapping, finger-snapping, walk-down-memory-lane) concerts this summer, selected to …

Letter: Robert Davi responds

To the Editor:I would like to respond to an article you wrote about a documentary called "Davi's Way" of which I am the subject. I wish to clarify a few statements made by the director Tom Donahue that do not accurately reflect my motivation and …

Letter: Getting old test

To the Editor: I just turned 82, the perfect time to test my growing old acumen. I ask the following questions:1. You're a member of a large political party in America. Over the previous eight years while one of your members sat in the White House, …

Letter to the Editor

Presentation on civic literacyOn Thursday, Aug. 17, a panel of local teachers will discuss what they teach about civic literacy in our schools. The panel discussion will take place in The Spiral Press Caf at the Northshire Bookstore from 7 to …

Letter to the Editor

Grandson enjoyed family concertOur grandson, Jack, age nine, is a sports enthusiast — soccer, hockey, you name it. So it was with some trepidation that we took him to MMF's Family Concert last Sunday. After all, chamber music is hardly every …

Letter: Pawlet-Rupert school merger forum set

To the Editor,The Pawlet Rupert Merger Study Committee has been working since May 2017 on a merger study for the Pawlet, Rupert, and Mettawee school boards. The committee is in the final stages of completing a Draft Merger Study Report with Articles …

Letter: In favor of compromise in Pawlet, Rupert

To the Editor: The Pawlet-Rupert school district merger process has been divisive, but there is a real desire in our communities to find a way forward that heals rifts and also provides all students in the area, regardless of means, with access to …

Editorials
Editorial: Which side are you on?

Vermont in general and Manchester in particular pride themselves on being tolerant and welcoming places. But we know there is racism in our state, because this is the United States and it's part of our history, as uncomfortable as that legacy might …

Policy restricts your right to know

The Vermont State Police have a difficult job, and we respect the work they do. But the state police public affairs officers should not be the sole arbiters of what information you should or should not have when it comes to crimes, motor vehicle …

Safe at home

A trained, qualified, properly equipped ambulance service is not a luxury. It's a necessity of modern life, particularly in rural hilltowns where emergency rooms are at least half an hour's drive away. So we are glad that the Manchester Rescue Squad …

The real victory: Learning from defeat

The Journal and our sister publication, the Bennington Banner, threw a gala for some deserving student-athletes and their coaches on Tuesday night in Bennington. To our relief and delight, a full house of family and friends crowded into Bennington …

Facing history, and ourselves

Essex artist and educator Judy Dow has urged Vermonters to confront the less savory aspects of our history in her quest to have Dorothy Canfield Fisher's name removed from the annual children's book award presented by the Vermont Department of …

The art of creating a new economy

This is shaping up as a blockbuster arts and culture summer for the Northshire. Please forgive us if we left anyone out, because it's a long list: Dorset Theatre Festival and Weston Playhouse Theater Company both have promising seasons lined up …

Columnists
Commentary: A flawed policy at Public Safety Department

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has earned two reputations of late — one good and the other bad.First, the good reputation: The department recruits and employs dedicated public servants who are willing to put themselves in harm's way …

Celebrating clean water every day at Hildene

Hildene applauds the State of Vermont for calling attention to the importance of clean water by celebrating "Clean Water Week," August 20 - 26. Vermonters andvisitors alike are invited by Governor Scott to join in, "Celebrating Vermont's waters, and …

When a deal is too good to be true, it usually is

Are you prepared for the solar eclipse? Well I am, and the special binoculars were a steal for only $19.95 on line. They came with free shipping and a second pair since I ordered them as soon as I saw the promotion. Good deal? Well it just may be …

We're all superheroes in the fight against fraud

Fraud Busters: Crusaders for "truth, justice, and the American Way!" Who are these relentless superheroes? Surprise - all of us! We are the front line in combatting fraud and scams; we need to constantly educate ourselves as well as friends, family, …

A constructive suggestion to the state library board

The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal recently reported that The Vermont Board of Libraries, on July 11, 2017, postponed making a decision to rename The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award. The reason the board was meeting in the first place …

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