It is clear to me we need to keep the new mascot, the Rutland Ravens. There has been so much discussion here in Rutland since last summer around the mascot. This conflict first came to my attention last July, when an RHS parent called me and asked me not to be in favor of changing the mascot…

The recent op-ed in this paper by Suzanna Jones characterized the Vermont Natural Resources Council very accurately (as did her commentary last legislative session regarding H.926, another attempt to repeal the heart of Act 250). It is because “VNRC has been engaged in public policy since 19…

Doomscrolling — Merriam-Webster is “watching” this term. I wish they would cease this behavior immediately. It can lead to acknowledging and then to trouble. The fact they are watching it at all alarms me. At the rate things are going, I fear the future.

I’ve been watching the work of the Legislature closely this year as a business owner concerned with the economic toll the pandemic has taken on our state. The majority of the Legislature’s work this year has revolved around the pandemic and offering economic relief to Vermonters. There is re…

“Pit of despair” was an unfortunate headline for a recent Rutland Herald editorial about the federal deficits and debt. The editorial quotes an economist from the “right-leaning” American Enterprise Institute who says, “the political parties will continue to do their cyclical thing: Your def…

Before I ran for office, I studied and taught history. The stories of the people who fought to amend the U.S. Constitution are some of the most compelling stories I shared with my students over the years. From the first 10 amendments to our national Constitution — that powerful Bill of Right…

President Joe Biden’s long-awaited American Jobs Plan has finally arrived, weighing in at $2.3 trillion in spending over 8 years. In today’s dollars, this is almost five times the new funding provided in President Obama’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. And yet, as many have bee…

Two seemingly unrelated announcements made news the same morning: a Vermont House proposal to overhaul the pension systems for teachers and state employees was shelved, and the Hilton Corp. backed out of a controversial plan for a Hampton Inn in downtown Montpelier, ending a project that wou…

Mental health has been having a moment. During the pandemic, all of us, whether we are patients or counselors, have at times felt overwhelmed. We’ve faced new stressors, but we’ve made ourselves available to each other in new ways and faced challenges with creativity and resilience. At The H…

Since moving to Rutland last year, I’ve been asked countless times “Why Rutland?” often with the added implication Rutland is a “dying town” and “there’s nothing to do here.” However, my perception has been quite the contrary. My partner and I absolutely love the local restaurants, farmers’ …

Many of us are celebrating the fact “science-based” is no longer a banned phrase in our new national administration. Not surprisingly, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has an impressive background in her science-based profession…

In the last week, many major corporations have suddenly started to develop a conscience. I don’t believe for a second that it’s a real conscience. It’s more like money or bottom-line kind of conscience. Like a fighter exhibits a weakness in the ring for his opponent to exploit, so are these …

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating more than 80 years since the onset of the mass annihilation of Europe’s Jews. In addition to 6 million Jews, Roma, Catholics, political dissidents and others were genocidal targets as well. The Holocaust, a most powerful example of terror dir…

I’m an Eagle Scout, Dartmouth graduate, former EMT, husband to a maternity nurse and father of two. I write to you today concerning a current standing order for the Vermont State Guard as relayed to me through the adjutant general’s office as well as the commanding officer, Colonel Gilhooly …

Saturday, the day before Easter, April 3, I lost my only grandson. My son lost his only son. My daughters lost their only nephew. His circle of friends, classmates and teachers are now grieving with us over his tragic and senseless death. All due to a careless moment involving a loaded gun i…

We’ve done this before. In 2008, the Legislature passed a plan that, if it had been followed, would have eliminated our unfunded pension liability by 2035. But the plan relied on, among other things, the good faith and discipline of the Legislature in the years in-between to reverse what had…

I was glad to see the letter in the Herald Wednesday from my former CSJ marketing colleague and fellow professor, Russell B. Lennon, objecting to Stuart Mills and John Weatherhogg’s rude dismissal (excoriation) of Gordon Dritschilo for doing his job. Mr. Dritschilo’s questions regarding Hear…

Last week, the Vermont Senate voted to support S.101, a bill meant to encourage more downtown development, in part by eliminating the state-issued permits for projects that need new wastewater hookups. It’s no surprise that developers heavily back this bill, even though it puts our waterways…

The Vermont General Assembly is dominated by Democrats. And now it is the Democrats and the House leadership (with Republican support) that are seemingly hell bent on radically diminishing the retirement pensions relied upon by unionized state workers and teachers. The Democratic Party leade…

I read poetry on my own year-round, but in April, poets read to me. In celebration of Poetry Month, libraries and other organizations sponsor special events, and readings are my favorites. Hearing a poet read their work aloud is like watching a play on stage instead of reading it on the page…

For many decades, there has been significant distrust of government. The 1960s and ’70s, and the Vietnam War and Watergate turned the tide of public sentiment from which it has never regained its footing. There is no point in placing blame, said events are too far in the rear-view mirror and…

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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.