For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in Vermont and New York. It is essential that all of us now move …

I have the privilege of serving with the group of eight known as the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Rules Committee. That committee oversees the workings of our Legislature. Its work is especially critical as we Vermonters react to the virus known as COVID-19. After deciding to make the unprece…

In this time of sickness and insanity, we, the people of this great nation, have forgotten what it was that made us great. It wasn’t bloviating politicians and wealthy corporations, as they did not exist, and our wealth was in the strength and determination of its citizens.

This weekend, the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Vermont. This was expected, and the only question was where it might pop up. I anticipate this number to jump substantially in the near future. Two weeks from now, there will likely be hundreds of identified cases in our communities.…

Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. government has had a constitutional (Article 1, Section 2) responsibility to count heads; we call it the Census. It’s an easy, safe and important way for us to understand where our population growth and decline is occurring across the country. 2020 is one …

First, Haviland Smith’s assertion that “Bernie Sanders is not a (real) Democrat” is bogus. Senator Sanders has signed a pledge to serve as a Democrat should he be the party nominee and be elected president. I was not inclined to vote for Clinton in 2016, but did so primarily because Bernie a…

Apparently, my dishwasher didn’t like the working conditions and decided to quit. I feel like I was a pretty good boss. Sure, occasionally I would comment on the quality of the cleaning; but this usually resulted in a mild reprimand and change of soap. To be fair, my dishwasher worked for me…

Since becoming chief of the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital 25 years ago, I, along with the pediatricians and staff at our hospital, have dedicated our professional lives to keeping children healthy. Doing so means not just providing the highest quality, state-of-the-art, evidence-…

This is in response to a letter offered by Julia Purdy in the Rutland Herald Feb. 26 edition titled “Bernie is not the answer.” She begins her letter by speaking to the recent Russian threat to our elections but then moves on to other reasons she feels Bernie would not be an effective candid…

As a proud Rutland City native who, along with my entire family, benefited greatly from the wise tutelage of talented and caring educators and support staff during our school years in Rutland, I have been delighted to return to my hometown to serve as superintendent from last September until…

To the Bernie faithful — cool your jets and come down to Earth! If you back Bernie for president to save the nation, it’s time to think again before it’s too late. If there was ever a reason to nominate anyone other than Bernie, it is this: Russia is backing both Bernie and Trump, and it doe…

While all elections are important, this election for Rutland City is critical. Rutland faces significant chalenges related to its economy, infrastructure and safety. This is why I support Matt Whitcomb for Rutland City alderman. Matt has demonstrated incredible depth and engagement during hi…

I read, with great amazement and surprise, the commentary submitted recently by Mr. James B. Hall of Center Rutland. My amazement stems from the fact that Mr. Hall, a man whom I have never had the pleasure of meeting, but I deduce to be a fine gentleman of good character, but I disagree with…

In response to the letter written by Ray Pentkowski regarding the proposed bond issue facing the Slate Valley Union, I believe Ray is on target with his caution about this bond. We know that Ray is now, and always has been, on the side of students. He wants the best for our kids, as we all d…

Having been absent from these pages for some years now for many reasons, but mainly due to my heavy involvement as president of Kiwanis of Rutland and my club’s efforts to serve the children of this community, it took a severe concern for my community of Rutland Town to bring this endorsemen…

Recently, there have been letters supporting the opposition party’s discretions which most of us on the other side consider to be out of place and downright disrespectful. I do not argue that anyone should be denied the right, as that is basic in freedom of speech concepts, but discretion, o…

On Thursday, Feb. 6, James Hall had a letter in the Rutland Herald discussing Nancy Pelosi’s childish, provocative comments about Trump’s Tuesday-night campaign speech. Hall further indicates the Democratic Party, under her, is withering away. Hall further states her “disrespectful arrogance…

On Thursday, Feb. 6, James Hall had a letter in the Rutland Herald discussing Nancy Pelosi’s childish, provocative comments about Trump’s Tuesday-night campaign speech. Hall further indicates the Democratic Party, under her, is withering away. Hall further states her “disrespectful arrogance…

Please consider voting “no” on Bond Article 1. Mayor Allaire’s cogent argument to vote “yes” for Bond Article 1 is extremely enticing and finally sounds like relief, for sure. Would construction begin this spring? Please read on and hear a tiny bit of background and let your mind weigh which…

Matt Whitcomb says what he means, and he does what he says. As I watch Democrats and Republicans continue to reach new heights of dysfunction at all levels of politics, this sort of candor and dependability seems like a rare commodity in a public servant these days. They are qualities that a…

This week, I heard these words, “I brought you the softest towel I could find.” It is only in the context of these words that they have power. I have spent the past four days at my mother’s bedside, at Bromley Manor in Manchester, while she received Hospice care. I asked the young woman who …

How in the world did we get here? When did it happen? When and where did we go so wrong? Was it my generation, the next, the next or today’s? Or are we all to blame? We have moved forward as a country in so many positives ways, the list is long. Yet here we sit today in the midst of fear, ha…