There have been incidents appearing in articles and police logs in recent weeks that would suggest that we’re not handling our stress very well. In fact, indications are that we need to take a chill pill.

Earlier this week, on our news pages we published submissions from local legislators outlining their priorities for the upcoming legislative session which begins Jan. 6. It is an exercise that we do at the start of every session, and definitely at the start of every biennium.

Walt Amses made some enemies this year — he, and a few other regular writers to these pages. They let it be known, in no uncertain verbosity, they were not fans of President Trump. They drew plenty of ire in the form of commentaries and letters to the editor in response.

There is a quote: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” It hails from a tribe unknown. It speaks volumes about about incorporating ideas and wisdom into all conversation. It speaks of a trust in knowledge and an eye toward progress. It e…

This year is Exhibit A when it comes in the trial against critical thinking. As a nation, we are not engaging in meaningful ways; we are not listening to one another; and we are certainly not eager to accept points of view different from our own.

Rutland is finding itself stuck between a rock and a hard place. While we have come out previously in support of a name change, our concerns have shifted as the community-wide discussion has turned personal and is revealing a certain fragility that seems out of step with our times.

It was not “the season” for the Red Sox or the Yankees. And it was an odd baseball season overall. But there was a season, and now there is, in our COVID-19 era, something to celebrate. This is what The Los Angeles Times had to say recently about the Dodgers’ World Series win:

In 1998, British journalist Simon Reeve wrote a book titled “The New Jackals.” It was critically acclaimed for its level of research. It was the first look into the new age of apocalyptic terrorism, because it detailed the impetus, rise and methodology behind Ramzi Yousef, the young British-…

What did we see Tuesday night? It wasn't a debate by any stretch of the imagination. No one really learned anything during that 90-minute playground fight. It did not sway anyone who was undecided, except maybe away from the polls. And if it signaled anything, it's that another sacred cow (t…

Anyone who spends any time on social media quickly comes to grips with three things: First, facts get in the way of agendas; second, that most people are actually incapable of a meaningful discussion (notice we did not say debate) about what’s going on in the nation and world; and third, mor…

President Trump may believe that breaking rules is a way to show how broken our political system has become. However, the blatant disregard for laws and rules by which other presidents have had to follow raises fresh concerns about the longer view.

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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.