What happens on the global stage certainly has implications for us all. But it’s the things happening in our communities that matter most. It is that localism that shapes many of our day-to-day decisions. It is what happens in our schools and town halls, at our chambers of commerce and churc…

In Montpelier, Extinction Rebellion Vermont and nearly two dozen partner organizations from around the Northeast are occupying the State House grounds through Saturday afternoon in an unpermitted action called “Climate Encampment: Youth, Migration and Agriculture.”

For many years, Vermonters and Americans elsewhere have been recalibrating the way we live with our household pets — not so much those fringy ferrets and potbelly pigs, but, more specifically, our longtime favorites, the dog and cat. On the farm, of course, they were free to roam; farm famil…

Last Tuesday morning dawned cool and misty, with the fall colors coming into focus on the middle slopes of the Green Mountains around Rutland. The leaf peeping season was approaching its peak, and fall events were on tap for the coming weekend. And that day we experienced a tragedy that hit …

Once again, headlines from across Vermont have highlighted recent overdoses as a result of the opioid crisis. In a few cases, the individual’s addiction has become a signal to others.

The debate over the impeachment inquiry has renewed concerns over fact and fiction. While lawmakers in the House are trying to keep the focus on whether President Trump committed a high crime by enlisting a foreign power to interfere in a U.S. election, the facts keep changing with the presi…

A courtroom, in the course of a murder trial, is a confined space filled with people cast in specific roles: defendant; attorneys on both sides practicing their profession; jury members charged with listening to testimony and preparing to evaluate it later in group discussion; the judge, con…

For much of the state, yesterday marked the first morning this autumn that there was frost on the windshield. It was just the reminder we all needed that winter is imminent.

Obesity continues to be a growing epidemic nationwide. Currently, about one in three Americans of all ages — or more than 100 million people — are obese. The most recent National Health and Nutrition Survey indicates that between 1994 and 2016 there has been a dramatic increase in the adult …

Believe it or not, we are only a handful of weeks away from needing to be thinking about bird feeders. Vermonters seem to love watching birds; many homes are stocked with various incarnations of “Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds of North America.”

The U.S. government — currently presided over by a person who owns a glittery, 58-story skyscraper with an indoor waterfall on Fifth Avenue, a half-dozen other so-called “towers” here and there around the world, an exclusive private-membership resort by the sea in Florida, and perhaps 16 gol…

Recent citations issued by local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Vermont State Police, would suggest that drivers around Vermont are ignoring the law that states they should not be operating a vehicle and texting or using a phone.

It’s downright disorienting when good news comes out of the Trump administration. More typical are policies that steadfastly take us back toward the 1950s — negating air-protection requirements at coal-burning power plants, easing mileage requirements for auto manufacturers, tossing out Obam…

When Boris Johnson won election as head of Britain’s Conservative Party, also known as the Tories, and thereby succeeded Theresa May as the nation’s prime minister in July, British journalist James Butler published a commentary in The New York Times titled, “Boris Johnson Is How Britain Ends.”

We commend Attorney General T.J. Donovan for adding Vermont to a coalition of states and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit opposing the Trump administration’s new rule circumventing the Flores Settlement Agreement, which has governed the treatment of children in immigration custod…

If the kerfuffle over the president’s abrupt cancellation of a visit to Denmark recently were just another case of ruffled feathers — his and, to a lesser extent, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s — it would be relatively harmless. The list of people not offended or victimized by his…

The report released this week by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington names 40 priests accused of sexually abusing children in Vermont since 1950. Many of them were long-serving and notable within their communities.

The year 1850 was good for the Pleasant Hill Plantation in Amite County, Mississippi. Overseer Eli J. Capell, a diligent and responsible employee, kept meticulous financial records of production, revenues, expenses, investments, etc. At year’s end, he itemized the plantation’s holdings of “N…

What we are seeing is revisionist history. It is deeply disturbing when people in power do and say what they please, and then either deny it was stated, or the facts — many of them historical — are marginalized or twisted to benefit the speaker.

We long for change. We are uneasy in the prickles of our dissatisfaction. We are confused by the wild complexity of this world around us. We live in chaos and in chaotic times. We strive for simple moments of comfort and understanding.

Grover Norquist’s rather unpleasant concept of “the bathtub” remains a central tenet of the national Republican Party. And the consequences of employing it (the bathtub) as Norquist famously fantasized in an interview on National Public Radio in 2001 are demonstrated with each effort in that…

In 2008, PBS broadcast a four-part program on its long-running American Experience series titled, simply, FDR. It was a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from his birth in 1882, through his youth as the only child in a privileged family in Hyde Park, New York, his marriage – which beca…

Around the same time that teenagers were bringing traffic to a standstill at the main intersection in Vermont’s capital city last week, urging swift and decisive action on climate change and a focus in their education to prepare them for the hardships they will endure in an altered world, Et…

We flipped the page on the calendar to August this week. That means school starts again in a month, and practice for fall sports will begin in just a matter or weeks.

While it’s still unclear how consumers will see the benefits, the Trump administration plan that would allow Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada is a welcome change in policy.

The world must depend on Britain, France, Germany, China and yes, even Russia and Iran, to negotiate a path forward that treats all parties with respect and maintains the nuclear and humanitarian equilibrium that was obtained with the limited, but effective, deal signed in 2015 by those part…

Secretary of State Jim Condos last week took a hard line on interference in the upcoming 2020 election by urging a congressional investigation following the findings of the Mueller report: “(T)he Russians executed a sweeping and orchestrated campaign to attack U.S. state election systems, wa…

As if we didn’t have enough to be worrying about these days, there are people in the medical and scientific communities who say the U.S. military created and spread Lyme disease.

News yesterday that the Justice Department plans to resume executing prisoners awaiting the death penalty is an ominous sign of what we’ve become as a nation.