Have you ever picked crisp apples fresh from an orchard, been surrounded by bright red and orange mountains, or hiked through a towering corn maze? In Vermont, you can do all that and more on an ordinary fall day. This year, visitors can enjoy the season in a distinctly Vermont way with acti…

Art Peterson has spent the past 18 months trying to end equity and inclusion work for Mill River district students by creating a false narrative about school curriculum and Black and LGBTQ community members. Peterson gathered supporters and had them attend MRU board meetings. He stated for m…

For over 20 years, the majority of school districts in Vermont have been denied their fair share of education funds, and their constitutional right to equitable educational opportunity. That’s because the formula the state uses to distribute education funds does not accurately calculate the …

Hello, central Vermont! I’m writing as the new Central Vermont Career Center (CVCC) director. As presented in the article by David Delcore on Aug, 12, regarding CVCC, we are currently in, and supervised by, the Barre Unified Union School District (BUUSD), and we have some exciting prospects …

In his Sept. 10 commentary, George Plumb notes that in 1950s Vermont “only one of two people a year died by gun violence from others.” But in 2020, there were 103 murders. Citing no evidence, Mr. Plumb connects this appalling rise in murder to Vermont’s support of the defense industry.

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Every clergy member spends much of their career conducting funerals and memorial services. Death, along with birth and marriage, is one of the important life stages that brings people to a recognition of being part of something bigger than themselves and draws them to seek out the support of…

In the weekend edition of the Rutland Herald, there was an article that described a recent ad hoc School Board committee meeting. An independent panel found that the previous School Board "acted properly" in the adoption of the Ravens as the new Rutland High School mascot. This only cost cit…

I’m amazed, and ironically happy, to report that on Labor Day I witnessed a “George Floyd-type incident” in Brattleboro. “Ironically happy” because, as far as I could tell, any injury to the suspect or police officer involved were minor. So why do I compare it to what happened to George Floyd?

In his commentary, titled “J.D. Vance, families, and us”, John Nassivera makes a number of assertions — some true, some false. “All societies that lean toward secularism and atheism have fertility rates that are below replacement level (2.1 births per woman).” True. “Without significant immi…

Cognitive Joe Biden has left Americans behind in Afghanistan. In the middle of August, he promised the American people that if the deadline of Aug. 31 came (and there were Americans still in Afghanistan), we wouldn’t leave. That is simply not the case. Countless Americans are now left behind…

Perhaps it was during the Former Guy’s macabre inauguration speech that we realized he wouldn’t be able to tie his own shoes without focused assistance; or maybe it was in the aftermath, as a glowering Sean Spicer memorably touted, “The biggest crowd in history … period,” despite photographi…

A year and a half after the onset of the pandemic, Vermont remains in the midst of ongoing recovery efforts. While there is so much uncertainty about the future, one thing we can be sure of is that our state is in a unique position to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.

I was deeply disturbed to see your commentary on Meg Hansen’s recent editorial. It is libelous and irresponsible to dismiss her as simply a partisan political candidate when she has medical training and is sourcing scientific papers. Furthermore, the responses to her resorted to “appeals to …

Despite the recent FDA approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is still a large percentage of our population who refuse to get the shot. Contrary to popular belief, all these holdouts are not people who distrust the government and tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists. There is a small segm…

The farm museum at the Vermont State Fair is a joint project between the Vermont State Fair and the Rutland Historical Society. It was established in 1974 to educate the public about the ingenuity of our forebears. Every year since 1974, the farm museum has had its yearly display except for …

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Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

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Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

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Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

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Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

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Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

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Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

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Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

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Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.

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Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

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Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.