Just when you thought the all-payer model and ACO could not get any stranger, there is a new and shocking development. Recently, the Green Mountain Care Board released the 2020 financial and quality care results for OneCare Vermont. The results show OneCare “saved” almost $8 million in Medic…

The facts about Critical Race Theory (CRT) should end the conversations that have plagued the media and the commentary section of the Herald. CRT was developed by leading African American scholars in academic and legal fields during the 1990s.

COVID means loss. That was my simplified revelation during a recent sleep-disturbed night. The politicians can put whatever spin they want on it and they are wrong. Like others, I have grappled with, and struggled over, the destructive impact of COVID on our lives. Like some, I have tried to…

In a recent piece regarding global climate talks and COP26 UN negotiations in Scotland, I found myself inspired by the determination of climate activists around the world. In this piece, photos and backstories of climate talks and protests happening in various countries really stuck with me.

Joy is a word that seems to be lost to the past and not commonly heard today. Quiet, another quality has gone missing, having been drowned out by all the yelling of our times. I was able to find both when I visited a small group of women who were quietly knitting in the library of the Castle…

The Coalition for Vermont Student Equity (CVTSE) has been working to implement a corrected education funding formula to help children and schools in districts that have been harmed by education funding inequities over the past 20+ years. These corrections were recommended by the University o…

Senator Leahy’s retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2022 and Congressman Welch’s decision to run for his seat bring the opportunity for Vermonters to elect a woman to represent us in Congress for the first time. Three key elements must be present during the campaign season in order for that t…

The global climate negotiations in Glasgow just wrapped up, and the U.S. Congress is negotiating the Build Back Better Act — which currently includes the largest investment in climate action in United States history. Meanwhile, the Vermont Climate Council is working to deliver Vermont’s firs…

The overriding mission of the School Board since the onset of the pandemic has been to keep our kids safe and to keep them in school. Only from the extraordinary efforts of so many individuals, have we been successful in achieving these goals. We recognize all of our staff have taken on nume…

On May 1, 2003, George W. Bush stood aboard an aircraft carrier greeting troops returning home from the battlefield in Iraq, where the U.S. and allied military forces had conquered the entire country in only three weeks. Situating himself under a large banner declaring “Mission Accomplished,…

As COVID cases continue to rise alarmingly in Vermont, I wonder why it’s so hard for our governor to institute a simple statewide indoor mask mandate. He’s done it before, successfully, with many more restrictions. Far from being, as he calls it, “an abuse of (his) authority,” this is a simp…

After the March School Board election, I went online to congratulate the SOS trio for their win. A lot of people gladly gave these women their time and money because we believed that election would ensure a positive change in the culture of a School Soard that had gone dangerously woke.

For the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), land conservation has always been about more than simply protecting land. When Rick Carbin founded the organization in 1977, he was already thinking about housing and economic development, as well as the preservation of farm and forest land. The value of bui…

This week, COVID-19 case counts in Vermont reached their highest point since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. In response, both President Pro Tem Becca Balint and Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski released statements renewing their August calls for Governor Scott to implement a…

Let’s start off with this bit of wisdom: “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world … would do this, it would change the earth.” William Faulkner

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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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WDEV radio talk show host Dave Gram, of Montpelier, talks about the pandemic and how it has been affecting him and his life.

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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.