According to a 2019 United Nations report, 1 million species are currently threatened with extinction, primarily due to these human-driven activities: Changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; invasive species.
Vermont needs Castleton University School of Nursing. Castleton University School of Nursing needs you.
Vermont Public Radio reported the University of Vermont received $50 million in COVID-19 relief funds and is now asking for $98 million more to update ventilation and to stabilize salaries. How is this COVID-19 related? ... $98 million in a state with population of 623,989?
The state has let the state employee pension build to the point where we are now in a crisis. To fix this crisis, they want me to pay more, expect less and get it later than I planned. Sounds like my first marriage …
As an alumna, I was so heartened when the students of Rutland City Public Schools chose the Ravens as their new mascot.
I challenge The Times Argus to research and ask the tough questions conncerning vaccines for COVID-19. Start out with — What is the absolute risk reduction that the vaccine trials showed?
I am responding to Abigail Faulkner’s letter to the editor published in the April 8 Times Argus
Vermont as a model
How not to encourage people to compost kitchen scraps: Take a composting bin that last year cost $45, jack the price up to $60, then add a "permit" fee of $15 to boot.
In his April 3 commentary (“Psychosis and salvation”), John Nassivera blames belief in the sinfulness of all humans, believer’s baptism and salvation by God’s grace alone, as key motivators of the recent Atlanta killer, hate crimes, anti-Asian bigotry, bad and psychotic religion. While const…
A recent oped in this paper by Suzanna Jones stated the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is advocating for a provision in S.101 (a bill promoting housing choice and opportunity in smart growth areas) that would put our waterways at risk at the expense of development. We are not a pro…
Thinking outside a box, I assume it is the reporter's opinion that the new firetruck is a COVID-19 unrelated expenditure in the article titled "City to get $4.4M in COVID relief."
All financial advisers say: Save for retirement and do not use that savings to spend on annual living expenses. Why didn’t the state do the same thing with state employees’ retirement (pension) contributions? If I recklessly spent my retirement savings before retirement, I’d be in a financia…
There is so much I don’t understand. Black holes, for instance. Aliens living here on Earth, is another.
If any of you would like to see an example of new life, try watching a White House press conference online. In the White House Press Room, you will then be treated to a real press secretary handling real questions from reporters in a straightforward, factual manner. No more bobbing and weavi…
April 1, I received my second Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at about 1:30 p.m.; but much earlier in the day, I had read the Rutland Herald’s April 1 editorial.
Old vs New — I sincerely thought the pseudo apology must also surely be a joke. Come on, people, lighten up! The "Junker Tax" editorial was so very creative, ever so cleverly written, hysterically funny, and an award-winning April 1 "gotcha."
I am writing to urge the Vermont Legislature to approve Prop 5, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment to the Vermont Constitution, and to pass this incredibly important measure on to the voters of Vermont. An amendment to our state Constitution is necessary and essential to protect the ability …
In the present day U.S. Senate, the filibuster rule allows a senator to block a vote on proposed legislation unless three-fifths of the Senate decide to let it proceed.
Am I the only one who has noticed the outrageous gas prices, especially diesel? Diesel is almost $3 a gallon and gas is $2.80 a gallon. This is ridiculous.
As someone who has championed and worked for women’s economic equality in Vermont for two decades, I have learned that a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproduction is essential to her success in all aspects of her life. That’s why I am supporting Prop 5, the Reproductive Libe…
Acronym alert, Acronym alert! Why do they do it?
I find the headline in the March 31 paper appalling. It states BIPOC, caregivers, eligible then goes on to state that people of color and those who care for children with high risk health conditions will soon be eligible for the vaccine.
Your April Fool's Day editorial regarding "Junker Tax" gave us much to think about.
When my dad had Alzheimer’s disease near the end of his life, I would update him on current events. Upon hearing about the Columbia space shuttle disaster, he, like most of us, reacted with silence as he processed what I had just described.
“John Weatherhogg and I will not communicate with you further. Do not bother to attempt to reach us.” This was Stuart Mills, the head of Heartland Communities of America’s response to staff reporter Gordon Dritschilo as reported in his March 27 column.
Funding is now available through the Samara Fund, a community-directed fund that helps to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) Vermonters are connected, healthy, appreciated, safe and empowered.
Reviewing the Perspective section of the March 27-28 Times Argus, my eyes came across another diatribe from Walt Amses pointed at former President Trump and also Republicans in Washington. The title of his attack, “Legacy of hatred,” was laced with hatred. Some of the hate language he used w…
In November, the people elected Joe Biden (7 million more votes went to Joe than for Trump), but those who championed beleaguered Donald branded Joe Biden a fraudulent chump.
Please do not change the bottle-deposit system we now have in Vermont. The bottle-deposit system of today is working. The recycling of other bottles is working. Please leave things alone.
Thank you, James Hall, for your outspoken and unwavering stance on the truth. The 75 million of us who believe this election was fraudulent and corrupt stand without fear with you.
To be or not to be, that is the question.
I can’t help myself trying to state feelings I have, and wonder why so many other people don’t. I don’t understand why, when we all want to be happy and we are all connected (yes, all), why then isn’t universal health care a no-brainer?
Don Reuther‘s “ACOs make sense” lauds the value of coordinated health care and the role of OneCare, Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization in that coordination effort. Nobody is against coordinated care, of course, but an ACO is not the only way to achieve that coordination.
Reviewing the Perspective section of the March 27-28 Rutland Herald, my eyes came across another diatribe from Walt Amses pointed at former President Trump and also Republicans in Washington. The title of his attack, “Legacy of hatred,” was laced with hatred. Some of the hate language he use…
With few exceptions, I've noticed, as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, pictures of people appearing on the front pages and elsewhere in your paper show no one wearing a mask.
George Parry is a former federal prosecutor from Philadelphia who, for years, prosecuted police for violating civil rights of individuals who were arrested under harsh circumstances. I was co-counsel with him in a complex case, and I can assure you he is the “real deal.”
Once again, Mr. James Hall regales us with his fantasies.
In his commentary of March 24, James Hall continues to question the legitimacy of the recent presidential election and suggest there was widespread voter fraud.
Thank you for putting names and stories to the remarkable work in Rutland County which has organized the delivery of vaccines to our residents so we can return to normalcy. Our people, our businesses, our economy and our future are strong thanks to the astonishingly hard work and leadership …
I want to congratulate Trish O'Connor, Stephanie Stoodley and Charlene Seward for earning their seats on the Rutland City School Board.
I would like to express my gratitude to the voters of Rutland Town who voted for me. I look forward to working with the other school board members. I pledge to work diligently to help make our school a wonderful place for children to learn and staff to work.
Watching a bit of Bill Maher discussing "equality of outcomes" rather than "equality of opportunities," I marvel at his lack of nuance and understanding.
Global Recycling Day
David Mook's commentary is superb and important. We need desperately to find ways to recover the community and values of our programs, processes in education, health care and life in general.
It’s no surprise the tribute to Peter Hall in Friday’s Herald so completely and thoroughly captures the essence of the very special man. It is written by Mike Donoghue, a longtime topflight journalist. Suffice here to say I and other readers are pleased that Mike is a Herald correspondent.
There is a debate as to whether the Senate filibuster rule should be put aside for the Democrats to do the people's business. Joe Biden's plan is for the Democrats to win future elections by providing the people with good governance. However, in order to provide good governance, the Democrat…
Well, you lucky taxpayers are having to support over 8,000 new people who Biden allowed.
Despite the fact I am only a visitor over the past few months, I follow area news closely and hope you will consider my brief thoughts and observation worthy of print.
Great news! Looks like the Rutland Free Library will remain where it belongs — in the heart of Rutland, within walking distance of the public.
Five Questions With
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…
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.
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.
Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
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.
Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.
Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.
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.
Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.
Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.
Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.
Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.
Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.
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.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.
Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.
Stay-at-home mom and low-income advocate Roni Lynn Shrout, of Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected her family.
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.
Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.
Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.
Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.
Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.
Danziger: Five Questions With