Joe Biden is a national security risk. His cognitive decline is apparent to anyone who has a family member who suffers from dementia. The signs are all there: lack of focus, outbursts of anger, poor memory, shuffling gait, slack jaw and vacant eyes. This is why the campaign won’t allow him t…

In 1811 on the “German Coast” of the Mississippi River just north of New Orleans, there was a slave revolt lead by Charles De Laund, Kook and Qumana on a quest to seize their freedom and kill their slave masters. As plantations burned and their masters died, panicked plantation families caus…

My letter is addressed to my Vermont friends who are ATV, snowmobile and motorcycle enthusiasts and who do not vote. I have heard from many of you that you do not vote because it doesn’t matter. “My vote doesn’t count,” you insist. Sadly, I have heard these sentiments from gun owners and hun…

A few weeks ago, we learned the truth about the child abuse that took place at Kurn Hattin during the past 80 years. I want to applaud VTDigger’s thorough and unflinching investigative reporting on this matter. Kurn Hattin, no doubt, was a haven for some children, but for others, it was hell…

However long-lived a democracy — as in the U.S.A. — there always seems to be a segment of the populace prone to authoritarian rule. That this segment is highly religious is no accident, since religion is by definition, hierarchal: God reigns on high and we, his subjects, worship and obey fro…

In difficult times like these, it is important to listen, to stay informed, to understand the issues revolving around us. To my friends who live out of state, I tell them that here in Vermont when we agree to disagree, we are civil about it. I like to think that, in times of crisis, Vermonte…

This election, to be held Nov. 3, is one of the most important in my lifetime. At the state and federal levels, we are at a crossroads: Do we continue governing with the constitutions in place that serve as roadmaps to a finished product which embodies and guarantees participation from the p…

The Rutland City School Board has a complicated decision in choosing whether or not to keep the name and symbols associated with the “Raiders.” On one hand, generations of kids have come of age under the name, learning crucial life lessons of teamwork and persistence, as well as building fri…

Donald Trump is a desperate man. He is running scared. He is terrified of losing the presidential election. We can only imagine the reason why: Will it shatter his monstrous ego? Will it prove him less than infallible in the eyes of his supporters? We can only guess.

As I understand the situation, there is a push for a nonbinding referendum in Rutland City on the matter of whether or not to change the Rutland Raiders mascot. As all of you have the option to vote concerning this decision, I feel it is very important that I share my perspective on this mat…

The election of Donald J. Trump as president was not supposed to happen; even he was shocked by the outcome. What Americans were looking for in this man was that business-savvy guy he portrays himself to be — the guy who could run the country more like a business, because “that’s what we nee…

As many of you know by now, I’ve been a pretty harsh critic of the lack of progress in the development of downtown Rutland into a vibrant place people will go out of their way to visit and shop. Even after reading the Sept. 17 article in the Herald titled Gung Ho, I was finally just going to…

I was really moved by Al Wakefield’s article, “Getting to All Lives Matter,” published in the Rutland Herald/Times Argus Sept. 26–27. Al tells a poignant story about how his life has been impacted and yet survived racism. It still lingers in his life today here in Vermont. He said he continu…

“State Lawmakers Pass Funding Package in Support of VSCS” is the title of a recent press release. “This is a significant moment,” said Sophie Zdatny, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System. “These actions reinforce the state’s educational and economic promise to the students, famili…

Research shows that in 1546, John Heywood wrote thusly: “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” This writing resembles the Biblical passage, “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding, which have eyes and see not, which have ears and hear not.”

My nursing friends, we have a public health crisis that we need to acknowledge. We recently became aware that a Black mother and leader in our community, Tabitha Moore, will be forced to move from her house because of racially motivated violence against her and her children.

Recently, a letter to the editor commented on a Chuck E. Cheese commercial basically saying mask wearing was not necessary in Vermont. Seriously, with more than 200,000 dead in the United States of America due to the coronavirus and you are saying we should all stop doing what has been prove…

Ms. Olivia Campbell-Andersen is the executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont, an organization of more than a hundred businesses, law firms and lobbyists peddling subsidies for wind and solar electricity. It should come as no surprise that she is quick to try to dispel the idea Californ…

The Legislature’s Global Warming Solutions Act has been a centerpiece of the legislative session. It has become something of a rallying cry, an outlet even, for our collective concern and well-founded worry about our changing climate. Legislators have presented this bill as solving the clima…

In summer 2012, a large and diverse group of citizens gathered to ask what could be done about the growing opioid crisis affecting our community. That group ultimately became known as Project VISION, an eclectic coalition of virtually every agency and organization dedicated to the welfare of…

On social media, my opponent disappointingly has made disparaging comments about me and what I “should have done,” or what I “didn’t do to help save” Thomas Dairy from closing. I want to point out that I was never contacted by anyone in regard to this situation. From my understanding, neithe…

My God, what has happened to us? A Black family forced to move out of their Wallingford home as a consequence of unrelenting racial harassment, and their young daughter being cyberbullied and “bitch bullied” in the Mill River school? Where is law enforcement? Where are the student resource p…

The wildfires of California, Oregon and Washington have been increasingly destructive and horrifying: more than 4 million acres burned, air quality the worst of the whole Earth, thousands of homes lost and people displaced and many dead. The loss of wildlife and insects, fungi and all other …

In no way do I compare my writing to the literary stature of Emile Zola. However, I believe I can use the title of his essay which he wrote in the defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army, who was accused of the crime of treason, which he did not commit. Zola accused the correct pe…

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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.