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Letter: Rod and Gun Club appreciates support

To the Editor,Thank you to the community of Manchester for approving Article 10 and continuing the great relationship between the Town and the Manchester Rod and Gun Club on Saturday, March 4. As the club President, I apologize that I did not get a …

Letter: Education equity for Pawlet, Rupert

To the Editor:Residents of Rupert and Pawlet have a dilemma. These towns offer public educational opportunities to children grades Pre-K through grade 6. But there is no public option for grades 7-12. Many years ago, nearby Salem and Granville, New …

Letter: Give President Trump a chance

To the editor,What is happening to our country? This is a country of democracy and freedom that we should all thank God for. The minority of the far left liberal Democrats are causing all the problems of trying to slow down and disrupt President …

Letter: BBA chair, headmaster support merger

To the Editor:The voters of Manchester are faced with a critical decision next week, namely, whether to form the Taconic & Green Consolidated School District with Dorset, the Mountain Towns RED, Sunderland, Danby, and Mt. Tabor. We believe a yes …

Letter: Vote for Nolan

To the Editor:Jan Nolan, who is currently running for a seat on the Manchester Select Board, is a hardworking and honest member of our community. She is open minded and will work for the benefit of the citizens of the Town of Manchester.We have …

Letter: Urging a yes vote on merger

To the Editor:Articles 8 and 9 on the town ballots of Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Londondery, Manchester, Mt. Tabor, Peru, Sunderland, and Weston, instruct you to vote Yes or No to form the Taconic and Green Regional School District and for members of …

Letter: Long Trail appreciates support

To the Editor:Thousands of lives have been positively affected by Long Trail School. For more than four decades, students and their families have been enriched by this educational community. In addition to the engaging and globally aware curriculum, …

Letter: In favor of school merger

To the Editor: I was initially skeptical of Act 46, the school district merger law passed in 2015. It is a state law, however, and we must take the appropriate steps to follow its requirements. The law asks our neighboring school districts to look …

Editorials
Our Opinion: Stand up to bullying

The arrest of three undocumented migrant workers last week in Vermont by federal immigration officials is cause for great concern. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, denied …

A solemn day in Courtroom No. 3

Bennington Superior Court on Thursday, March 9 was the center of attention for the north and south shires. But it wasn't a happy occasion. It was a sobering set of circumstances that brought the media, the police and family members to Courtroom No. …

Now the hard work begins

It's not an easy thing, in a part of the world where self-governance and self-reliance is an important source of identity and pride, to cede a measure of local control and join forces with your neighbors. That's the big step that the town meeting …

Don't let fear cast your merger vote

If you needed a reminder that Act 46 is a significantly flawed piece of legislation, a few minutes at the forum held Tuesday at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center on the proposed Taconic & Green Regional Education District merger served as a …

Strength in numbers

A few weeks ago, Linda Benway, the president of The Shires of Vermont Regional Marketing Organization, addressed the Manchester Select Board about her group's mission to The New York Times Travel Show, and about what the group has been doing lately. …

A sign of promise on school rules?

The State Board of Education has decided to put off a vote on rules governing independent schools that accept public tuition funds. And that suggests to us that talks between the SBE and schools such as Burr and Burton Academy and Long Trail School …

Columnists
Letter From The Editor: Getting it right on rent

When you're in the business of holding people accountable, as we are in the news business, accountability must start in the mirror. So we're setting the record straight on a mistake we made last week.

When the Shires come together, we all benefit

One of the benefits of living in Arlington is that it is, geographically, an equal distance between Bennington to the south and Manchester to the north - hence the terms Southshire and Northshire. Each shire has an abundance of attractions and …

Heavy lifting begins as session passes halfway point

Crossover day at the Statehouse coincided with St. Patrick's Day this year. While there exceptions to the rule, crossover is the day by which bills need to be passed out of committee in order to be eligible for floor consideration this session.I'm …

Budget reflects Trump's America, and it's not pretty

There is a man named Christo, who with his wife Jeanne Claude, created some of the most amazing displays of installation art in the history of the world. Their remarkable works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin; the Running Fence, a 24 …

Local democracy at work - or not

Town Meeting Day and its associated voting took place here in Manchester on March 4, 6 and 7. I earned myself a civic halo by attending the Town meeting on Saturday, the MEMS School Board meeting on Monday, and then by voting on Tuesday.Were they …

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