In reference to the proposal to reduce the size of signage in the city, we are regulating the size of signage and the ban on roadside billboards but solar panel eyesores that are in view everywhere, are not? Talk about hypocrisy.

I am no fan of Bernie Sanders, but I suspect that the alleged sexual misbehavior of some of his campaign staff is not unique to his campaign. Presidential campaigns are intense and exhausting and people spend long periods of time in close contact. This does not excuse bad behavior, but in a …

This letter goes out to a stranger who attempted to give me a hat about a month ago. Sir, I've tried to find you since then. I don't know your name, so it's been unsuccessful. The next best thing is this letter.

Mr. Weseman made a brilliant suggestion in his Jan. 4 letter on page A4 (Open letter to delegates). I have said for many years that all it would take to solve many of our local and national issues is to hold our elected officials to the same standards we must face. This is true for health ca…

In 2017, one of President Trump’s key advisors, Steve Bannon, said the administration’s goal was to “destroy the administrative state.” Years earlier, Republican theorist Grover Norquist said we should “shrink the size of government so we can drown it in a bathtub.”

I am disappointed at the continuing failure of the Rutland Herald coverage of mosquito control to address, or even mention, the issue of mosquito-borne diseases. Have you forgotten that some years back, two persons died of Eastern Equine Encephelitis in Salisbury? We are also exposed to West…

On New Year's Eve, I was on the bus riding home. I didn't notice this, for I was in a spot I couldn't see out the window. With a couple others looking on, someone yelled out a rude comment about someone not being able to stand because he was either "sick or drunk or something."

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) would like to thank the many individuals and organizations throughout our service area who, in recent months, have generously coordinated and contributed to a range of charitable initiatives benefiting the clients of SVCOA.

I agree with the Marijuana Commission (pot panel) that road side testing of drug abusers and others is needed. I recommend road side testing for driver impairment for all persons under age 21 to make sure they are not using pot or alcohol. That goes for cigarettes too. Gotta be 21! In additi…

On behalf of the hundreds of moms, dads, children and seniors who received something from the WSYB Christmas Fund this year, we wish to thank the thousands of kind and generous souls who made donations. This year’s total was the largest in recent memory and continues a nearly 50-year traditi…

In honor of Dick Lloyd and to grant his wishes, there were no calling hours or services after his untimely death. Because of his love for Rutland Town, we decided to have a gathering and potluck supper at the firehouse with his friends and family to honor the life of this caring, humble, ded…

Many, many thanks to Home Depot for presenting the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. The display was beautiful. Santa and Mrs. Claus were overwhelmingly friendly and encouraged those shy youngsters to share what was on their lists. Beautiful job, thank you so much.

Perry Green, Manchester GOP chairman, should know that none of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in America, since the process to create the U.S. did not even begin until they had signed. Many signers were born in English colonies.

I rode on the rotten sidewalks from the Stewart's on the corner of Strongs Avenue all the way through town to the Stewart's on State Street. I counted 13 empty storefronts. Why? Well, the high tax rate makes the rent high and small businesses can't afford it; so, they close. What do our city…

This is in response to Mr. Perry Green's complaint that our Harvard-educated "former first lady" ought to have known that several of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in America and thus, were "born American."

Perry Green, the Manchester GOP chairman, in the Dec. 11 Rutland Herald, takes a cheap shot at Michelle Obama without naming her. He criticizes statements she made more than four years ago at a naturalization ceremony for 50 new citizens.

John McClaughry's opinion piece in the Rutland Herald questions the recent climate report's "highly speculative projections." His role and that of the Ethan Allen Institute has long been to muddy the waters about how we view climate change and its impacts on our environment and us. As a mout…

This letter is in response to Mr. Perry Green's recent letter seeming to chide our former first lady for pointing out (in 2014 at a naturalization ceremony) that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not born in America. Mr. Green points out that “only 8 of the 56 signers were …

I am reading credible reports that Donald Trump is self-dealing from campaign funds, using campaign funds to pay personal legal expenses, and there are multiple admissions of his lawyer committing crimes at the direction of Donald Trump.

I want to thank the voters of Rutland Town for supporting me once again for re-election to the Vermont State Legislature. It is an honor and a bit humbling to represent the good people of Rutland Town in Montpelier. Each time I enter the General Assembly, I always remember who sent me here a…

It’s that wonderful time of year when most, if not all, of us seem to be at our best. Shifting our interests away [from] ourselves to doing for others. For many, the inspiration comes from the celebration of Jesus’ birth. For some, it is a "festival of lights" celebrating the rededication of…

Over the years, the important question has been asked, "What can people do to make the world a better place?" How about "If we didn't live in a world of 'What's in it for me?' the world will finally be beautiful." Enough said.