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Keelan: When perseverance prevailed

The leaders of the church came to the conclusion that Friends of Hildene was the only buyer and, ultimately, they had to work with them. Once they obtained the property, Friends of Hildene  were going to carry out the wishes of Peggy Lincoln Beckwith — something that was impracticable for the church to do.

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Keelan: Requiem for democracy

The town of Bennington, one of Vermont’s oldest and most historic places, deserves better than to have only 6 percent of its registered voters come out to vote. I hope that we are not ready to have the pallbearers of the casket of democracy be the lobbyists, bureaucrats and politicians.

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Keelan: Relevancy of the doctrine of laches

When it comes to folks who wish to disparage the reputation of well-known and historic figures, they may want to study a long-term concept in law known as the “doctrine of laches.” What comes to mind are the publications debasing the reputations of Norman Rockwell, the decedents of Robert Todd Lincoln, and Dr. Dorothy Canfield Fisher.