In a week’s time, a lot has changed. COVID-19 has sickened more than 482,800 people, according to official counts on Thursday morning. At least 21,896 people have died, and the virus has been detected in at least 171 countries. Nationwide, more than 1,000 deaths have been reported. As of Thu…

In the last week, we have witnessed the volatile effects COVID-19 has had on the financial markets and the business community. For the world markets, it has been a wild ride, with the lowest lows since 1987, and bold attempts at rebounds that feel more like one step forward, three steps back.

Across the state, we are seeing Vermonters responding to the threat of the potential spread of the coronavirus. Every organization, institution and business is working on a response plan should the pandemic worsen here in the coming weeks.

There is an entire generation that is receiving information in a way that is foreign to the generations that preceded it. It has created an ongoing struggle between young users and generations that long for “the way it used to be.”

Since our last episode of “As The Election Cycle Turns,” Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar took themselves out of the running. At least Buttigieg and Klobuchar have indicated they will be throwing their support to Vice President Joe Biden.

Vermont artist D.J. Barry has put cows on the map again. Or vice versa. The Middlesex artist has taken his World Cow mural artwork worldwide. Barry’s characteristic black-and-white Holstein has black areas that resemble a world map. The theme of his campaign is to promote peace and kindness …

We love our Vermont. We appreciate its working landscape. And we have been mindful for 50 years now that Act 250 has done well by the state in its attempts to regulate the state in such a way that we have had a balance between development and protecting our natural resources.

We want to believe that when our children are in school, they feel safe. But the truth is, kids today are feeling pressure when it comes to their personal safety. According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, kids are often subjected to fights and bullying. In turn, the report states, st…

This latest snowstorm had some pretty good snowball snow. You know the stuff — fluffy but just wet enough that it packs well. Not too wet (which is great for making a snow sculpture) and not too dry, fine and slippery (which is best for sledding).

We were glad to see Elizabeth Warren make a forceful case for a female president during Tuesday night’s debate. It seems idiotic that, as a nation in 2020, we would need a female candidate for the presidency to defend such a thing. It should be a given.

Most people who read their local newspaper are grateful for the coverage. Sometimes, it is quaint and folksy. Other times it is gritty. Only on occasion does our local news coverage border on scary, which is a blessing.

The president has seemingly backed off from escalating a war with Iran. The impeachment trial lingers in the wings, while the presidential election rages on. Around here, lawmakers are back in session, debating the issues of the day. It’s all so daunting.

The Vermont Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the second half of the 2019-2020 biennium, and hand-wringing will recommence over whether we dare, in Vermont, raise additional revenue for necessary funding programs by increasing taxes on the wealthy.

As 2020 comes in on little cat feet — as poet Carl Sandburg said of fog — Vermonters have something to feel good about. We have made progress, and will make further progress, on two issues of importance to our environment.

Tonight is Christmas Eve, where across this country and in many parts of the world families will gather around a tree festooned with decorations and lights, and children will hope they’ve been good enough. The stockings will be hung, and gifts arrayed under the tree, ready to be opened. Fami…

As long as the United States shuns public financing of our presidential elections, there will be billionaires using the advantages of their wealth and connections to outspend their rivals — chiefly in the party primaries — to try to win for themselves the plum of the U.S. presidency.

The Burlington girls soccer team made national news this year when they wore T-shirts during a game indicating their support for equal pay. After a goal, the team lifted their jerseys up to reveal the hashtag #equalpay. The gesture, which almost ran afoul of high school sports officials who …

There have been too many occasions where businesses that alienate the LGBTQ community are only at risk of hurting sales. That such discrimination still occurs across the nation demonstrates just how intolerance we continue to be in society. Same-sex couples make up a growing demographic globally.