The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented public health and economic challenges for the people of Vermont. Vermonters have lost their lives, many have lost access to health care services, one in four are now unemployed and too many families are struggling with hunger because of food sh…

Vermont has received $1.25 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds through the federal CARES Act, which have time constraints and restricted uses. One of the allowable uses is providing for the needs of the unhoused as a response to the public-health emergency created by COVID-19, and another is…

Regarding the proposed emergency broadband action plan, I’ve heard some say "everyone wants wireless- everyone wants 5G." This Vermonter strongly disagrees with this statement and I know many who feel as I do. There are ample reasons why the wireless approach is a bad idea but perhaps the st…

I am writing to implore Gov. Phil Scott to make masks mandatory for customers in retail establishments during your emergency order. While we have met in my role as a state representative for Rutland City, this concern originates with my other job as the manager of a bookstore in downtown Rutland.

A major and depressing casualty of the COVID-19 economic lockdown is the calamitous effect it is having on small business, especially retail, entertainment and restaurant firms and the service market of electricians, plumbers and other skilled tradespeople. Massive federal aid spending, such…

The census mandated by the U.S. Constitution has been conducted nationwide every 10 years since 1790. The 2020 Census started April 1. And now we are seven weeks into the survey and Windham County has the second lowest county response rate in the whole state with a return rate of only 35% as…

Around this time last year as the legislative session was ending, I was reflecting on the meaning of politics and the politics of meaning. I wrote and published my thoughts and ended on this note, “If we pursue a legislative agenda committed to putting meaning at the center of our deliberati…

A week and a half ago, I sent the following email, regarding the recently released documentary “Planet of the Humans,” to our state representatives and senators. I sent a similar email to our congressional delegation, Representative Welch, and Sens. Leahy and Sanders. Not one of those seven …

By many accounts, the Scott administration’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been transparent, measured and reasonable. But in at least one respect, it has been none of those things, and that is the administration’s continued failure to ensure people who live and work in our prisons are …

There is no hiding from COVID-19. This virus has no borders and travels at will, menacing people and businesses in every sector of society. The pandemic threatens agriculture and with it, our food security, as farmers work to produce the food on our tables. Our farmers, producers and those m…

Seventy-five years ago, the United States, Great Britain, the USSR and Allies emerged victorious over fascism in Europe; Nazi Germany surrendered. While the price was high (hundreds of thousands of American soldiers dead, tens of millions more around the world), no one can rationally argue t…

As an educator of college business students and a consultant on strategic planning, I’m often asked for career advice — now more than ever. My bottom-line response: Regardless of how bleak the circumstances, don’t just sit there! Moving forward, despite difficult experiences in my life, has …

I certainly hope the gentleman complaining about not being able to get a haircut because of coronavirus restrictions isn’t expecting the rest of us to be willing to die so he’ll be better coiffed. He can play with statistics as much as he wants, but the fact is this virus is way more dangero…

Who would have thought the chronic financial status of Northern Vermont University (Lyndon and Johnson), exacerbated to a near fatal state by the COVID-19 virus, would have negative implications for Castleton University. But the forcing out of Karen Scolforo from the presidency of Castleton …

The Rutland region has so much to offer us, but in reading the Rutland Herald on April 23, I can’t help but think the biggest challenge holding us back continues to be outdated thinking, frozen in the past and not seeing the opportunities within our reach that can lead us to a more vibrant a…

Prompted by the article in Thursday’s Herald (April 23) about the draft Master Plan controversies, this column is offered to explain reasons the Planning Commission included language in support of a city bypass. Perhaps it would have been wiser to have called it a “limited access route to al…

This is the week when environmental activists around the world had planned huge actions in the streets, schools and lots of other creative ideas. While our well planned agenda of full expression of our sadness, rage and dreams about the future will need to be expressed in alternative words a…

I’ll listen to our governor as long as he continues his cautious approach to reopening the economy. At least, moderate Vermonters won’t threaten his life, as did the “protester” in Kentucky arrested for threatening the life of the Democratic governor on Facebook. (Anybody else notice all the…

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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.

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How are you handling self-isolation?I’m on Week 5 of isolation with my husband, 5-year-old, 3-year-old, dog and cat. I definitely won’t be winning any quarantine productivity awards, and I don’t have any motivational stories of how I’m using the time to make the world a better place. No one …