A new “health” product will soon be on the market, actually, two such products sold separately or as a package. Contact your local plumber.
General Mark Milley, Xi Jinping, warns Chinese, Trump crazy, political cartoon
Something not considered in the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) story — the homeowner. This piece will create a pile of opposition, but I am sorry, it needs to be said.
Vermont businesses are always worth celebrating, but even more so this year.
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…
Gavin Newsom, recall, California, French Laundry, political cartoon
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 …
This summer, I was once again able to avoid voluntarily setting up a tent in the woods and spending a sleepless night on the ground. While I’m not a huge fan of camping, I admit that some of my past overnight excursions in the great outdoors have had positive outcomes.
Approximately two months ago, a tenant of mine applied for funds from the Vermont Emergency Rental Program, well before her August rent was due.
We all like fairy tales especially the ones where an individual triumphs against great odds. Here are three fairy tales for your enjoyment.
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.
We need to invest in organic processing and a Vermont brand.
Vaccine shots, tattoos, antu-vaccers, political cartoon
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…
This week, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce held a virtual annual Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit. The conference focused on “opportunities for suppliers in advanced manufacturing for aerospace defense, government, ship building and space”
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?
The Springfield School Board has joined the fray.
Lloyd Austin, secretary of defense, General Mark Milley, Biden, foxhole, defense, political cartoon
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…
A large insurance company has been flooding the television channels with an advertising slogan “Only Pay for What You Need”. It’s an interesting exercise to apply that idea to various public spending issues.
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…
Marikje Shelmandine was running her small business, parenting a toddler, and pregnant when the pandemic first surged in the spring of 2020. Raising a family and running a business was a juggling act in the best of times but after her second child was born it became impossible for Marikje and…
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.
Taliban, US Weapons, Afghan pullout, political cartoon
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 …
The quality of the education and skills that Northern Vermont University (NVU) provides the Northeast Kingdom and the northern region are vital to the economic success of the area. From the quality job force NVU produces for local employers, to the multi-million-dollar economic benefits the …
School curriculum, sex education, behavior, gender identification, political cartoon
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…
On Aug. 24, the Rutland Herald published two commentaries that seem to point to some potential common ground across the political spectrum, at least here in Vermont.
As a former history teacher, I was struck by Derby Rep. Brian Smith’s statements in a supposed “critical race theory” forum the other day in Brighton. Smith, when asked how race should be discussed in schools, responded, “I don’t think they (the teachers) need to talk about race in the class…
Steve Klein, chief fiscal officer for the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office, recently made a presentation to the Pension Reform Task Force. The Task Force is charged with coming up with a plan to fix the state’s public pension crisis, the result of decades of underfunding and financial misma…
As we near the 2021 Vermont AFL-CIO annual Convention on Sept. 18-29 at Jay Peak, I again ask our union members to support the full United! slate in our internal elections, including Ron Schneiderman (UFCW) for VP at-large, Danielle Bombardier (IBEW) for secretary-treasurer, Dwight Brown (AF…
Young Marine killed, baby at 911, political cartoon
Lindsey Graham, Canary in Coal Mine, Trump, GOP, political cartoon
On Aug. 24, rural Vermont was shocked by the news that Danone, the giant multinational agribusiness, was canceling its contract to purchase milk from more than two dozen small- to medium-sized dairy farms in Vermont, effective August 2022. It couldn’t happen at a worse time for the farms inv…
Imagine, for a moment, you are a developer living in Phoenix, Arizona. Let’s say you want to build a complex with 100 rental apartment units to accommodate the city’s growing workforce, targeted to those making less than the area’s median income.
It is easy to laugh at Don Chioffi. I would ignore him completely if he were not an elected official in my hometown.
Army recruiting, after Kabul, political cartoon
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 …
Five Questions With
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…
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.
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.
Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
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.
Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.
Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.
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.
Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.
Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.
Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.
Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.
Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.
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.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.
Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.
Stay-at-home mom and low-income advocate Roni Lynn Shrout, of Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected her family.
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.
Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.
Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.
Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.
Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.
Danziger: Five Questions With