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Letter: Thanks for making holiday special

To the Editor:Londonderry's July 4th celebration was great, we had excellent weather and a wonderful day. We would like to thank all those who donated their time and money to make it possible. …

Letter: Right-leaning Journal?

To the Editor:Regards the editorial in the Manchester Journal, "On election letters and editorials," it states "we reserve the right to edit letters for length and clarity as we always do." This may …

Letter: Donovan backing Marthage for State Atty.

To the Editor:I write to support Erica Marthage for her reelection as Bennington County State's Attorney.As Attorney General for the State of Vermont, I am dedicated to developing and implementing …

Letter: Responsibility rests with employers, too

To the Editor:This letter is in response to Donald Keelan's commentary in the Manchester Journal on July 27 that focused on the "personal responsibility" of those Vermonters who need to supplement …

Letter: Marthage puts public safety first

To the Editor:I am writing in support of Erica Marthage's bid for re-election as Bennington County State's Attorney. A few years ago, my family and I were victims of ongoing crime at our home. Our …

Letter: Browning makes case for re-election

To the Editor:I am running for re-election as one of the two state representatives for the Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate, and Sunderland district. I have the expertise and experience to develop …

Letter: In support of Zupan

To the Editor:This letter is in support of Lawrence Zupan's possibly Quixotic run for the U.S. Senate seat now partially occupied by Bernie Sanders. I say 'partially occupied' because Senator Sanders …

Letter: Gottlieb for State's Attorney

To the Editor:I am writing in support of Arnie Gottlieb for Bennington County State's Attorney. The attitude and perspective of the State's Attorney has a tremendous influence on our county's justice …

Editorials
Our opinion: Press freedom is a Vermont value

How essential is a free press to Vermont? So essential that when Vermont's founding fathers convened upstairs at Elijah West's Windsor Tavern in July of 1777 to agree to a Constitution for the …

Our opinion: A wise choice on education

When the news broke last week that former Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union Superintendent and Manchester resident Dan French had been appointed secretary of education, local educators and school …

Our opinion: Vermont Dems' hardball tactics not a good look

Dr. Dan Freilich stopped by the Manchester Journal's offices on Friday, as he and a small army of campaign interns were in town, going door-to-door to talk up his bid for the Democratic nomination …

Our opinion: Plastic ban a talk worth having

Plastic is one of the most useful and game-changing industrial and consumer product innovations of the 20th century. But we're well on our way to drowning in the stuff. It's filling landfills, …

Our opinion: Domestic violence deserves our contempt

This being an election year, we hear about all sorts of worrisome trends in Vermont — its aging and shrinking population, its lack of affordable housing, and the way those factors are dragging …

Our Opinion: Covering the news in troubled times

Last Thursday's massacre of five journalists in the Annapolis Capital Gazette newsroom was most likely committed by a person with a specific grievance against that newspaper. Nevertheless, the …

Columnists
Bob Stannard: Follow the leader? I don't think so

In 1919, Germany spawned a charismatic man who would rise to level of national leader. He was a powerful orator who had the ability to convince the downtrodden to either commit some of the worst …

Don Keelan: A more lucrative career

Over the years, I have pointed out that it can be quite lucrative to be an embezzler in Vermont. All too often, deferred or suspended sentences have been given to those convicted, little or no …

Card deNiord: Democracy and poetry

Readers: The following address was delivered Saturday at the 4 Freedoms Festival event at Manchester's Factory Point Town Green by Chard deNiord, the Poet Laureate of Vermont. It is reprinted here …

Tira Colakovic: Thankful for Manchester's trail angels

For the first time when I went section hiking on my own along the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail, covering the vast delicate flawless Green Mountains from Bennington to Rutland, it was impressive to me …

Bob Stannard: Have we become 'too big to fail?'

Gen. John Burgoyne was Britain's hope to quell the rebellion occurring in "The Grants" (as Vermont was once known) in what would one day become the United States of America. He was a seasoned general …

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