My wife, Lynn, and I were able to see the Comet Neowise this past Monday and Tuesday nights after total darkness fell about 10 p.m. The comet appeared as a white haze to the naked eye below the Big Dipper. With the aid of binoculars, we could see the comet pretty well and we noted its traili…

As a cheerleader for the Red Raiders, I was a proud and loyal participant in Raiders sports. We cheered and sang, and in one song we used the word Redmen, as well. A few days ago, someone posted on Facebook that her kids are excited to grow up and be Raiders. I commented, “A rose by any othe…

Vermont doesn't need the foolishness. Vermont outlawed slavery before for anyone else, and wasn't a state at the time; fought under the flag of the Grand Armies of the Republic; lost more people and spent more money per capita than anyone else; built 20% of the Underground Railroad to help g…

I know we’ve all been following the efforts to change – and the efforts to save – the Rutland Raiders name and mascot. As a proud Rutlander, I’m writing from a position dedicated to making our community the most welcoming and supportive place it can be. I’ve lived here for most of my life, a…

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“I had such a moment of clarity. I really needed that,” declared a Proctor High School junior with relief evident in her voice. We had just concluded a skills assessment to identify students’ strengths and interests as part of a new career exploration program. It can be difficult as a high s…

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The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) pumped $1.19 billion into the Vermont economy in April, May and June to help employers hang onto nearly 114,000 jobs during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To put that in perspective, in normal times, Vermont has about 315,000 non-farm p…

Historically, the Republican Party had an ideology: It was a staunch supporter of laissez faire capitalism, opposing any government interference into - or control of - the private sector. Whatever you think of this, it was at least a political stance that no longer seems to surface.

As a student of history, it seems to me that Vermont has a habit of taking a step forward and then taking a step backward, at least in terms of social progress. What exactly do I mean by this statement? We have a nasty habit of forgetting who or what has come before, so that we are constantl…

Today, I will be celebrating my 25th year as an employee of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority. My position has evolved over those 25 years, and I currently hold the title of grant administrator; however, that doesn’t cover the many tasks for which I am responsible and enjoy.

On occasion, people approach me and ask how I come up with the silly ideas for this column. The fact is the concepts are all in my head, stored in the dark recesses of my gray matter. The challenge is bringing these ideas to the surface and committing them to words on a page.

The recent killing of George Floyd has led to wide-ranging responses throughout the country. People have taken to the streets to protest injustice in unprecedented numbers. There have been demonstrations in our state, too—from Montpelier to Middlebury to Rutland. Rutland is not an exception …

On June 12, Poultney High School bid farewell to 29 special seniors who had the most unorthodox senior year. However, unlike many of their peers across the country, we were able to have a ceremony where they were able to march into the graduation to Pomp and Circumstance and walk across the …

At our southern borders, Donald Trump separates little children from their parents, and confines them to subpar facilities where several die. He ignores, dismisses and refuses to take the remedial national action needed – such as shutting down businesses – in order to confine the national CO…

I was born the day President Franklin Roosevelt died. Since then, I have never experienced a national or worldwide crisis. My 98-year-old West Townshend, Vermont, neighbor, Dick Jackson, who walks a mile up and down Windham Hill Road every day in all seasons — he’s the guy with the red jacke…

I think the time has come to require that all people wear face masks in public and maintain 6 feet of separation. I applaud the administration's frequent admonitions to the public to practice safer public hygiene, and I agree that, all else being equal, friendly persuasion is better than a l…

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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.