There is plenty of blame to go around for the problems in this country. I don't believe we can blame these problems on any one person. Perhaps we have all played a part, and that includes our own elected officials.

I have a question about the insurrection last Wednesday. Why did the police officers on the top steps of the Capitol not draw and use their guns? Imagine the blood bath that would have occurred had the insurrectionists been Black and brown people. This was one of the most blatant examples of…

Like many other Rutland area residents, I, too, love the beauty and history of the current Rutland Free Library building. I have many fond memories there: Reading books with children while their parents participated in classes upstairs; insightful Vermont Humanities lectures; family-friendly…

A mob of rioters has stormed the U.S. Capitol. They did it because Trump incited them to do it. They did it because Trump lost the election. They did it to prohibit Mike Pence and members of Congress from certifying Joe Biden as our new president-elect, a mostly ceremonial act, and not requi…

I am saddened and disgusted that another police officer's family (also named Brian) has to go through the same amount of pain and suffering that my family went through about a year ago when my NYPD nephew, Brian, died in the line of duty.

The Rutland Free Public Library is mandated, by its very name, to provide citizens with the free use of the building, its public equipment and wide variety of books and other materials. For the service to be most effective, location plays a major role.

In light of Trump's attempted insurrection, it is imperative to take extra precautions with the inauguration plan. We've asked people to forego gathering at Thanksgiving and Christmas because of the coronavirus. We should do the same for the Jan. 20 Inauguration. Set the example for America …

Watching the recent horrifying events at the U.S. Capitol, I thought I was witnessing the end of our republic. Deranged Trump supporters breached the protective covering of our democracy and were threatening to tear it asunder. I was in tears – for the country, for the children who would gro…

On Wednesday night, I watched Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell condemn the violent insurrectionists who earlier had desecrated the Capitol building. Tellingly, though, they never even uttered the name of the man who orchestrated the insurrection: Donald Trump.

I only use the public handicapped doors when both hands are full, or when I had surgery and wasn't able to use heavy, manual doors for a time. Otherwise, it's manual doors only. "Why is this?" the average person might ask. The answer is because I'm not lazy like the average able-bodied folk.

To be consistent with previous years, the 2021 legislative constituent meetings for Dorset, Peru, Landgrove, Mount Tabor and Danby will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12, (with additional meetings added as nece…

I don’t live in Rutland, but I use the Rutland library at times when I am in town. That fact doesn’t make me an expert on what’s good for Rutland but I have a strong feeling that the effort to isolate the library in some remote location out of town just doesn’t make sense.

What, the library is moving out of downtown? Another wave of shock and awe hits my stormy sea of political upheaval and COVID-19-isolating uncertainty of this time — faith and trust in our foundational institutions tested, this time so close to home. Can we slow this down?

The Republican Party is about to be reduced to ashes. When several House and Senate Republicans challenge the Electoral College votes in Congress, they will be laughed out of the chamber as complete asses. It won't change anything and all they will succeed in doing is draw more attention to …

I have held off writing about the Rutland Free Library move because I don’t live in Rutland, although I often walk between the library and the downtown coffee shops, the bank, Phoenix Books and other downtown businesses. But then I got a parking ticket outside the Rutland Food Coop, and so d…

Walking to the College of St. Joseph campus, proposed site of the Rutland Free Library, from the end of River Street at Dorr Bridge to the campus, along a narrow and curvy thoroughfare, there is no sidewalk, only a narrow shoulder. If walkers want to take the long way, via West Street, there…

After reading the last two commentaries regarding the relocation of the library, I found it interesting and significant to note the differences in opinion between the longtime patrons of the library as opposed to those in control of the facility and our local politicians.

Over many years, the Rutland Free Library has stood central to my trips to and through Rutland. I’ve carried hundreds of pounds of art books out of its doors. Its location just off the main artery of Route 7 made the visit easy, even possible, as part of a long commute at the end of a day teaching.

Could someone close to, and trusted by, President-elect Biden please ask him to stop emulating Trump by always wearing a blue tie (for Democrat) as Trump always wore a red tie (for Republican). We’ve had enough Trumpisms. The world knows you’re a Democrat, Joe. Let Jill pick out a tie for yo…

As the Herald reported Dec. 19, the Gift-of-Life Marathon reached its 2020 goal of 495 pints, though the margin was even bigger than organizers thought. With partial data available as the Herald neared its deadline on Friday, we knew we surpassed the goal — we just didn’t know by how much.

BAYADA Hospice of Rutland would like to extend heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of generosity during this year’s Share the Warmth Blanket Drive. As always, when a request goes out to the people of Rutland, they respond with the generosity they are famous for. Thank you to the Rutland Hera…

The past two weekends, Burlington had outdoor artist and craft persons markets. The first drew over 700 people to downtown. They had a controlled environment letting a limited amount of shoppers at any one time with the vendors. Events bring people to downtowns.

As I gradually lost my sight over my lifetime, I realized how important work is. Obviously, it provides the income you need to live, but it also shapes identity, builds confidence and provides purpose and meaning. I benefited from all the preceding because I was able to remain employed as I …

While I empathize with the financial strain caused by upkeep of the grand old building the Rutland Free Library occupies, I am saddened by the prospect of the library moving to the outskirts of town. Residents of, or visitors to, Rutland City enjoy the option of pedestrian access to the city…

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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.