As things wind down from the COVID restrictions and emergency measures come to an end, we are returning to normal, but that’s not the same good news for everyone. At the governor’s news conferences, we are told most homeless people will no longer be able to remain in paid temporary housing. …

Two-and-a-half years ago, Montpelier overwhelmingly voted in favor of permitting people who are not citizens of the U.S. and who have visas, to vote in local elections and on local questions. These are people who live in Montpelier, pay taxes in Montpelier, send their children to Montpelier …

Many legislators and school officials are eager to adjust Vermont’s education finance system to provide more money for school districts with kids from low-income families and those for whom English is not their first language. We agree these resources are necessary and should be provided as …

One night in February 2020, a homeless man in Bennington went to sleep under a bridge. He had a voucher to spend the night in a motel 6 miles down the road, but he didn’t have a ride to get there, so he chose to sleep under the bridge again. It was 4 degrees outside. Thierry Heuga died that …

The Rutland Herald recently featured three community leaders — Lyle Jepson, Paul Costello and Will Notte — who not only possess influence but energize their engagement for the greater good. Nonprofit leaders refer to this as “building bridges, not moats.” Exemplary leaders from various backg…

Early in my life, I was given the gift of a stepbrother who happened to be gay. We used to sing and dance in our living room for hours and belly laugh until we cried. We talked about everything and I always knew he never judged me. By the time I was 16, I began to see judgment from family an…

I am beyond upset at the school system and especially, Otter Valley. Yesterday, there was a parade to celebrate Pride Month which I don’t have a problem with. What I do have a problem with is at school we are always told we should be taught to think for ourselves and not be influenced by oth…

If anyone has the right to hold a soft spot in their heart for the Raiders, it is the extended family of Roger Laird. In the 1920s, as a Raider, Roger suffered a traumatic brain injury on the football field behind the high school on Library Avenue, one that would take his life just 7 years l…

The Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment on its recreational hunting and fishing plan in the Nulhegan Basin Division and the Putney Mountain Unit. Protect Our Wildlife, a Vermont-based advocacy group, initiated a petition to ban hounding from the refuge. Public …

Rep. Ilhan Omar, in trouble again, has accused not only Hamas and the Taliban but also the U.S. and Israel of “unthinkable atrocities.” Some Republicans in Congress want her sanctioned, and some Democrats insisted she apologize for not distinguishing between democracies that act according to…

I read with interest Rebecca Mattis’ analysis of Critical Race Theory and if her description is accurate (and I have no reason to doubt it is), it is damning. But, to me, it is a side issue. The real issue is, who owns history? A comparison between the way we treat our history and the way Ge…

What an extraordinary legislative session 2021 has been. It was historic — the first Vermont legislative Session to be conducted completely remotely during an international pandemic. And, despite those challenges, we were incredibly productive — managing to accomplish a great deal to improve…

The recently adjourned Vermont Legislature will be heading back to a virtual session on June 23 to take up a couple of bills vetoed by Governor Scott. These bills would allow non-citizens to vote in Montpelier and Winooski. House and Senate leaders have indicated they planned to move forward…

After an 18-month hiatus from racing, I saw an opportunity to pin a number on my chest and enjoy some self-inflicted pain in the form of running a long distance for a “free” T-shirt. When I read the announcement for a post-COVID half-marathon in Shelburne, I was excited to register.

Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes of the Montpelier and Winooski non-U.S. citizen voting charter changes are both mean and hypocritical. Not four months ago, Scott wrote the U.S. State Department asking to triple the number of refugees sent to Vermont. “Refugees are an integral part of our efforts to…

Horses wear blinders so they will not get spooked when they go into high density areas or traffic. When people wear blinders and claim there are no issues of racism or other forms of discrimination that need to be addressed in their community, it does not mean problems do not exist. They are…

eff Danziger’s cartoon May 25 is based on a faulty and dangerous parallel. A large, grimacing Jew in an armband with a Star of David kneeling on the head of an unarmed Palestinian who lies there helpless. The reference couldn’t be clearer, although there is no parallel between police brutali…

All armed forces, including those of the State of Israel, are bound by international law to refrain from indiscriminate and disproportional attacks. Israel has a further obligation, as the occupying power of Gaza and the West Bank, to protect the civilian population from violence.

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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.