The climate has been changing since the beginning of time, yes, even before there were human inhabitants on the planet millions of years ago. In fact, there have been three ice ages that have been documented as happening, and the period we are in now is called "quaternary," which eventually …

We have a stove hearth at our house. On one side sits a three-legged milking stool and on the other side is a 40-quart jug or milk can, with my grandfather's brass name label on it, assigned by the Bellows Falls, Vermont, Co-op Creamery, dated about 1920-something. These sit in their place a…

Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families —including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able…

The unfunded pension liabilities facing the Vermont State Employee and Teacher Retirement systems are crippling Vermont. As Vermont stares down the triple tsunami of affordability, demographics and a falling credit rating, it just doesn’t have enough revenue to generate the billions required…

The term “crickets” is often used when someone asks a question and gets no response. Crickets has come to mean absolute silence; no communication. This expression was derived from the cinematic metaphor of chirping crickets at night, signally (otherwise) complete silence.

Brad Denny’s commentary (“Second Amendment reality,” Sept. 5) in Thursday’s Herald made a number of claims. Chief among these was his premise that the sole reason for the Second Amendment is to “quickly assemble an army if one is needed.” He then adds, “But that need no longer exists.” And w…

My mother’s family comes from the hills of western Pennsylvania. As a young boy, our family summer vacation inevitably meant my being stuffed into the back of our station wagon for a trip to Johnstown. Other than seeing my cousins, there were two things I loved about that town. We would ride…

The Sept. 1 New York Times report of another random act of gun terrorism (this time in Texas killing seven people and wounded 22 ranging in age from 17 months to 57 years) is a brief but profound summary of our failure as a nation.

Mark Mix did his fiduciary duty to say what the National Right to Work Committee expected him to say. John McClaughry, Mr. Roper, the heads of the Chamber of Commerce, Scientology, any diocese, Right to Life, Right to Choose, you name it, all say what their boards expect them to say. Debate …

My fly swirls once and is gone. The reel is emitting a high pitched scream. The hefty fish is a blur, just below the surface. Shimmering in the midday, Big Sky sunshine, the rainbow thrashes across the surface as if auditioning for a Field and Stream cover, vibrant against the jagged peaks o…

The Perspective piece by Mark Mix of the National Right To Work Committee in the weekend edition of the Argus pretty much served to confirm what I’ve known all along, that they are owned, bag and baggage, by conservative interests bent on making sure U.S. labor is paid cheaply and used thoroughly.

It’s back-to-school time again, that season of hope when legions of well-intentioned parents descend on discount outlets to invest in two-pouch folders and “devices.” Unfortunately, the best-laid plans of parents and students, and teachers, often go astray before the first leaves hit the pla…

As chief financial officer of Vermont Electric Cooperative, my primary job is to manage the cooperative’s financial well-being. As an electric cooperative, our members are also our owners. We work for the interests of our members without the pressure from investors to be more profitable.

The headline last week and this week [as of Friday, Aug. 16] was designed to catch your attention, but it is only true in the eyes of those on the left who cannot accept that [President Donald Trump] was elected by the will of the American voter or that he has done an amazing job in his thre…

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines recently to change long-standing guidelines related to cable franchising fees. The modifications detrimentally affect one of educational media’s great unsung heroes, Public, Educational and Government, or PEG, access televisio…

Our thanks to the many organizations and community members who participated in the Pittsford Village Farm’s first Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, July 20. It was a brutally hot day but the children and parents very much appreciated the hands-on experience. They enjoyed interacting with prof…

We've always looked to morality plays for guidance. The ones we love are reassuring, the forces of good trouncing evil and its underlings. In the Westerns I loved as a child, we booed the corrupt boss and his rough-riding ruffians and cheered the hero on his beautiful horse. And we booed the…

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Blissfully gliding across the open range of western Colorado on motorcycles with my wife and several good friends, we stopped for a break at a small town gas station. A television was on and a story appeared about President Donald Trump’s recent tweet about four certain congresswomen. It was…

American psychologist Kenneth J. Gergen describes civil discourse as “the language of dispassionate objectivity” and suggests it requires respect of the other participants, such as the reader. It neither diminishes the other’s moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostili…

News that the St. Albans Co-op, the largest dairy cooperative in Vermont, is considering merging with the giant Kansas-based Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) should not come as a shock. Rumors of change have swirled around the farm community for months. Dairy is important to Vermont. it contri…

Chairman Anthony Roisman, of the Public Utility Commission, has made it official. Vermont is facing a “Pearl Harbor moment.” We in Vermont must launch a “wartime effort” like the United States did in 1942, to establish dominance over the lurking menace of “climate change.”

Nationally, the economy (Republican in the making) is booming, millions of new jobs are being created — oppressive regulations on businesses are being repealed — the stock market keeps reaching new highs and Republican tax cuts have put more money in our pockets. Many businesses, even in Ver…

Immigration policy based on the detention and inhumane treatment of migrants is cruel and ineffective. Families do not flee their homes and venture into the unknown to seek safety without extraordinary fear and desperation driving them. One’s own home is where one feels safest, despite all e…