Vermont’s attorney general, as it relates to the negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in death, has determined a human life is worth a mere $110, or $220 for two. Think about that for a moment. That’s what the attorney general has settled on in the case involving Isabel Jennifer …

To the voters of the City of Rutland. I wanted to share with you how my office will conduct the March 2 election. So far, we have held three elections during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each one has brought new challenges, yet we have set new standards and record voter turnouts. You may have hear…

I am reminded of a movie line said by the Jack Nicholson character in the movie “A Few Good Men,” to paraphrase: Trump supporters can’t handle the truth. Why is this? Well, to be blunt, for the last four years, they have been fed a daily diet of lies told by President Donald Trump and his en…

I truly hope in the days ahead there is no further violence, that cooler heads prevail and we realize we are a nation of diversity, that change is needed in this country but the needed change will not be achieved by violence. I hope those who believe violence is the only answer left, underst…

There’s an activity occurring right now in Vermont, on both private and public lands, that many are unaware of: hounding. Hounding is akin to “dog” fighting; it is lawless and unregulated and those who participate in it have no regard for hunting ethics.

The proposed relocation of the Rutland Free Library from 10 Court St. to the former College of St. Joseph property has generated a good deal of opposition. The arguments in favor of the move focus on the financial and programmatic benefits of the “new” facility, which will offer library patr…

Your poignant editorial Tuesday prompts me to augment your advice to readers with an important reminder to people older than 50, of the personal health benefits of accepting other points of view, and — as you urged — to act with compassion and empathy to right the wrongs we see, hear and feel.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all we needed to do to “Make America Great Again” would be to throw Donald Trump out of the White House and into an insane asylum? He does need throwing out of the White House before he does any more harm, and he does need treatment for his emotional problems, but…

For weeks now, there has been spirited and constructive dialogue on these oped pages about the fate of the Rutland Free Library at Court and Center Streets. Like others in our community, I was stunned by the news there were plans to move the library. Given this could be a fateful change for …

The awakened and contrite follower — whether Nazi, Communist, Khmer Rouge or Republican — sometimes attempts expiation and proposes future courses of action that he thinks will redeem his party. But, of course, he fails because he does not understand the actions that grieve him spring from d…

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights consists of 30 rights and freedoms that belong to every human being. In 1948, after the horror of World War II and the nearly 17 million people mass-murdered by the National Socialist Party (Nazis), concerned world leaders were guided by the est…

It’s that time of year when trappers post images of their animal victims on social media with cruel, taunting comments attached. A recent video posted on social media shows a coyote hopping on two legs in Rutland County. The comments under the post were jeering, e.g. “I would call him Skip,”…

In retrospect, I thought we may have a problem when we found out the Russians were paying a bounty to the Taliban on our sons but the greatest problem the president could perceive was that his shower faucet was not putting out enough water – thought that spoke volumes.

This letter is in response to Joe Benning’s commentary published on Jan. 8 regarding the current state of Republican politics. I went back in public records to see if I could build a picture of Joe’s politics over the last few years. He appears to tow the Republican Party line on most issues…

On Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, the Vermont General Assembly officially opened the 2021-22 Legislative Biennium. For some, it seemed we had barely left the 2020 session because members of the House and Senate have been working since we vacated the State House on Friday, March 13, due to COVID-…

Any aware person knows Donald Trump is a lawless miscreant: an authoritarian who can’t see beyond himself, a sociopath incapable of empathy, and a pathological liar. Since his presidential defeat, he has toyed with a coup d’etat by encouraging his followers to invade and occupy the U.S. Capi…

Those who invaded the Capitol on Wednesday don’t see that they live in a great democratic country. They want a populist “strong” leader and even a dictatorship to feel safer. They are threatened by change. This is reflecting a mental health and transformational crises collision.

Today I saw a picture of a busload of Vermonters on their way to Washington, D.C. They were Donald Trump supporters who remain convinced his election was stolen. I want to believe that all of them on that bus were heading down for a peaceful protest. But after witnessing several different ne…

After reading several articles and individuals claiming the Rutland Raiders “arrowhead” was racist, I began to do my own research. Arrowheads are among the most easily recognized artifact in the world and often the subject of a number of misconceptions. They are commonly associated with Nati…

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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.