Having been absent from these pages for some years now for many reasons, but mainly due to my heavy involvement as president of Kiwanis of Rutland and my club’s efforts to serve the children of this community, it took a severe concern for my community of Rutland Town to bring this endorsemen…

Recently, there have been letters supporting the opposition party’s discretions which most of us on the other side consider to be out of place and downright disrespectful. I do not argue that anyone should be denied the right, as that is basic in freedom of speech concepts, but discretion, o…

On Thursday, Feb. 6, James Hall had a letter in the Rutland Herald discussing Nancy Pelosi’s childish, provocative comments about Trump’s Tuesday-night campaign speech. Hall further indicates the Democratic Party, under her, is withering away. Hall further states her “disrespectful arrogance…

On Thursday, Feb. 6, James Hall had a letter in the Rutland Herald discussing Nancy Pelosi’s childish, provocative comments about Trump’s Tuesday-night campaign speech. Hall further indicates the Democratic Party, under her, is withering away. Hall further states her “disrespectful arrogance…

Please consider voting “no” on Bond Article 1. Mayor Allaire’s cogent argument to vote “yes” for Bond Article 1 is extremely enticing and finally sounds like relief, for sure. Would construction begin this spring? Please read on and hear a tiny bit of background and let your mind weigh which…

Matt Whitcomb says what he means, and he does what he says. As I watch Democrats and Republicans continue to reach new heights of dysfunction at all levels of politics, this sort of candor and dependability seems like a rare commodity in a public servant these days. They are qualities that a…

This week, I heard these words, “I brought you the softest towel I could find.” It is only in the context of these words that they have power. I have spent the past four days at my mother’s bedside, at Bromley Manor in Manchester, while she received Hospice care. I asked the young woman who …

How in the world did we get here? When did it happen? When and where did we go so wrong? Was it my generation, the next, the next or today’s? Or are we all to blame? We have moved forward as a country in so many positives ways, the list is long. Yet here we sit today in the midst of fear, ha…

Congress is locked in a championship battle over who is the more corrupt party. Our state legislators are debating which emojis should be allowed on license plates. People are bursting down the State House doors to protest climate change. Yet, there are thousands of every-day people, losing …

The “What’s the big idea?” recent editorial listed a number of ways state government can “improve the lives of Vermonters.” On the list are child care, mental health care, affordable housing, suicide prevention, infrastructure, small town revitalization, clean energy and job creation. All ar…

For 26 years, I’ve called this glorious little town home — I was born and raised here, stayed in the area throughout college, and bought my first home right in the village where I reside today. For 26 years, I’ve loved this town, but this past week, I fell in love with it all over again.

I am a civil engineer, a matter of considerable personal pride. And when I think about some of the significant challenges Vermonters have met and overcome, many of the most impressive that come to mind (or at least the mind of a civil engineer) are feats in which engineering had a central ro…

On Thursday morning, hours before senators were sworn in to serve on President Trump’s impeachment trial, an independent, nonpartisan government watchdog confirmed what I have long suspected: When Trump froze congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to compel…

As Vermont’s primary land development law turns 50 years old, it is time for a major modernization of how it works. To improve both Act 250’s effectiveness and efficiency, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has agreed on a package of reforms with Governor Scott’s administration. No…