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To whoever selects the editorial cartoons for the Herald, a bit of counsel — It is praiseworthy to try to present both sides of a political divide on the editorial page, but better leave that to whoever writes your editorials. Political cartoons by their very nature are already a “side” freq…

Imagine being a college student who’s trying to get ahead but faces obstacles at every turn. Maybe it was a late phone bill, an unexpected closure of a child care center, or a failed vehicle inspection that prompted skipping class because there weren’t enough dollars for essentials. Would yo…

Eric Metaxas, author of “Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness,” in 2015, said, “Each era has the fatal hubris to believe that it has once and for all climbed to the top of the mountain and can see everything as it is, from the highest and most objective vantage point possible.”

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Re: “A Rutlandburg’s Address”: How does owning and operating one’s own, successful, quality restaurant in Rutland, Vermont, force one to endure daily “degradation and humiliation,” as commenter J. Alvin Wakefield, of Mendon, asserts in last week’s Herald opinion page?

One the many things I love about living in Vermont is how we take care of each other and value strong communities. As the days get shorter and darker, we are also entering a season of gratitude — a time when many of us reflect on our blessings and ways we can give back.

Eric Metaxas, author of “Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness,” in 2015, said, “Each era has the fatal hubris to believe that it has once and for all climbed to the top of the mountain and can see everything as it is, from the highest and most objective vantage point possible.”

A good many of us breathed a sigh of relief on the morning of Nov. 9 as we learned the results of the election. Most of the extreme candidates nationally were defeated. The predicted Red Wave was a pink ripple, and perhaps most important, there were no reports of violence at polling places. …

As autumn winds down and our Green Mountain fields and forests prepare to rest, we give thanks for the bounty of the seasons. In the coming weeks, Vermont food will be at the center of the table as many of us celebrate with family and friends. Maybe the meal will begin with an appetizer plat…

The GOP 2024 presidential hopefuls and other Republicans are turning on Trump, falling all over themselves calling him a loser. Trump is the perfect scapegoat for the failures of the party. The sad thing for our country is the only reason some in the party have turned on him is his 2020 loss…

I love to walk my neighborhood. Even though the sidewalks are not perfectly smooth or straight, they serve a great purpose. According to Vermont Statue, they are a right of way. “Sidewalk” means the portion of a street or highway right-of-way designated for primary or exclusive pedestrian us…

Whenever I have an opportunity to use idioms in a column, I’m as happy as a clam. After my friend, Scott, suggested I see how many animal expressions I could put in one essay, he didn’t have to badger me. I knew once I got started, I’d have a whale of a time, grinning like a Cheshire cat unt…

In Vermont and across the world, people are understandably anxious. Once-stable democracies are in peril; the tide of refugees fleeing unlivable homes continues rising; nuclear war with Russia is again a possibility; the corrosive effects of greed and tribalism are everywhere. While all of t…

On Nov. 19, 1863, four months after the Union Army’s defeat of the Confederate forces in the deadliest battle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, one of the best known and revered speeches in American history. With apologies to Abraham Lincoln, but with a sinc…

In Vermont’s midterms, with the exception of Gov. Phil Scott’s reelection, Republicans took a well-deserved shellacking. Their romance with the Trump wing of the GOP, and its emphasis on cultural warfare and conspiracy theories, dug them a deeper hole, and they lost statewide and local races…

At 4 a.m. the day before every election, my team and I set out on a 14-county tour, visiting all of Vermont’s 14 counties in one day. This 500+ mile tour has a way to put things into perspective. It reinforces how beautiful our state is and how much it has to offer. And it reminds us the dif…

According to the United Nations, the world will reach a population of 8 billion people on Nov. 15. The United States now has a population of 338 million. When I was born in 1937, the world population was 2 billion and the U.S. population was 129 million. What an incredible growth in such a s…

I would like to say, as election results are still being counted from around the country, I am grateful to live in Vermont. Yes, Vermont may have problems but we, the voters, seem to have rejected the Make America Great Again Republicans. This, in a state that was at one time a very bastion …

In recent elections for state office, Republicans flipped a seat in our Senate (congratulations to Sens.-elect Terry Williams and David Weeks). In the same elections, Democrats flipped a seat in the Vermont House (congratulations to the returning Robin Chesnut-Tangerman). These were the only…

On July 2, 1777, Vermont was the first colony to abolish slavery in it’s Constitution, as well as provide full voting rights for African American males. In 1777, Vermonters owned 25 slaves. In December of 1865, the United States Congress ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the …

As we approach the 20th annual Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive, during a period of divisiveness and ugliness nationally and at times even in Vermont, I’ve been reflecting on some of the people who’ve become synonymous with the GOLM and all it has meant to Rutland.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, (was) “the day after” for all of us. I won’t subscribe to the oft-repeated refrain that “this election is the most consequential” — even though there may be good, objective evidence that it is. Every election is consequential because a functioning democracy requires care, …

On Veterans Day, ask someone what U.S. military campaign began on Sept. 26, 1918, and what it achieved. The answer is the Meuse-Argonne offensive in France in which the United States led the Allies to victory over Germany in World War One. This was a big military mission. Over a million U.S.…

Recently, I was in a doctor’s office waiting room prior to an appointment. While killing time, I decided to look through a parenting magazine which was in a stack of periodicals between issues of “Button Collector Quarterly” and “Rhinoplasty and You.”

Five Questions With

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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.