Last week, the graduation at Rutland High School capped off the school year wonderfully as it always does. The weather on that day was exceptional, complementing a gorgeous, outdoor celebration of the achievements of our students, staff and families in reaching another milestone in life.

Regarding the letter "Culture war" by Charles Kader, I'm lost as to what he is trying to say about the "mascot" of Rutland High School, the "Red Raiders." It sounds like he is saying that, as a Native American himself, he thinks the Red Raiders logo is not a problem.

I read with interest Jim Sabataso’s account of a rally held at the fairgrounds. The rally put together people who fear Critical Race Theory (CRT). Their opinion, which I disagree with wholeheartedly, should be heard if for no other reason than to strenuously debunk it. I will leave it to mor…

This past spring, the Rutland High School Girls’ Varsity Tennis team amassed a record of 13-1 in the regular season, making them No. 2 in the state and earning the title of “Southern Vermont League Champions.” To honor this, T-shirts proclaiming this accomplishment were made for the players.…

As a Native American journalist of Mohawk (Kanienkehaka Turtle Clan) descent, I was surprised to read Rutland resident Gregory Thayer's commentary in these Opinion section pages on the Rutland Raider school athletic mascot subject. It would seem we have reached a point in American genealogy …

It was implied in commentary by Nick Parker that Otter Valley students were recently threatened with expulsion merely for wearing Don't Tread on Me or Trump flags, and not because of misbehavior. I know people on the outside of these things from time to time may make such statements without …

I was disheartened to read the opinion of John McClaughry on the Vermont Proposition. Enormous outreach and participation went into that process. Did he participate? What particularly concerns me with John and other conservatives is they often criticize the democratic process without offerin…

I would like to commend Gordon Dritschilo for correcting the difference relating to bears (June 12-13 issue). While I am somewhat familiar with bear behavior due to my lifelong pursuit of game animals as a source of recreation and organic meat consumption, I have never thought or considered …

This morning I woke up, had my coffee, read the daily newspapers and realized I didn’t have to dread reading the news about our president as he met with G7 world leaders in Great Britain. For four years during the past administration, I frequently had to cringe at what the previous White Hou…

I just read a good book. It’s called "White Fragility." It’s about how white people in our white bubble have a hard time discussing racism or acknowledging racism exists, and our failure to discuss it or acknowledge it simply perpetuates it and actually hurts us all.

I wish to thank Tom Koch for his very eloquent commentary on Wednesday, June 9. He explains all of the reasons that only citizens should be allowed to vote. It is beyond my comprehension why anyone believes it is OK, or legal, to betray the state Constitution in any way. I do not believe the…

I write to strongly endorse Ron Hemenway’s defense of vaccination records. I, too, possess a WHO shot record (two booklets, actually; one got filled up) going back to the 1960s (my father was a Foreign Service officer, and much of my youth was spent in Africa). My COVID vaccination card is n…

Congratulations to Lyle Jepson navigating the difficult path of combining two organizations. In a world where more bureaucracy is the norm, making one organization out of two that were replicating each other, is at least noteworthy.

My favorite (now retired) Rutland High School teacher, John Peterson, wore a pin to my 2002 graduation ceremony with a quote from The Wizard of Oz: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” This is appropriate given Mr. Peterson had spent the previous year teaching us to always look…

I saw a Vermont GOP ad calling for military pensions to be exempt from Vermont income tax. How about really doing something and get behind a move to repeal the Reagan tax on Social Security pensions? Which do you think would better serve veterans of military service and their families, the v…

Many industries are consolidating. Large mergers and acquisitions are increasing as big companies buy out small rivals before they can become competitive. Exclusionary practices by dominant companies — refusals to deal with rivals, restrictive contracting and predatory pricing — stifle compe…

Are the fractures and divisions in America worse today than they were in the 1960s? In the 1960s, no one questioned whether Vietnam existed or claimed the military casualties were really crisis actors. No one claimed China and Venezuela had manipulated the presidential election. No one claim…

Vermont is being suckered by people claiming homelessness: drug addicts, hookers and lowlifes taking advantage of free room and cable TV. I was homeless, living in the woods a few years ago, winter and 14 below zero. They would not get me a room. These motels get what they deserve for taking…

Jim Sabataso’s article (Schools consider equity plans, June 3) mentions Rutland School Board member Tricia O’Conner’s concerns about where all of this is headed. Ms. O’Conner is quoted as preferring hiring decisions based upon merit, as opposed to race, gender or some other characteristic un…

I recently learned the Bennington Housing Authority no longer provides housing for people with a disability if they are younger than the age of 62 in their existing subsidized apartments. While ‘seniors’ who no longer can age in place because of the architecture of our current homes will fac…

Regards the letter written to the Rutland Herald objecting to the cartoon by Danziger, the images he created and op-ed are not appropriate for print in the paper as it resembles an anti-Semitic image with Nazi-Holocaust overtones.

I was very disappointed this morning to see our Rutland Town officials could not bring themselves to endorse a proactive statement of inclusion. It should have been unanimously approved. And Don Chioffi should be ashamed to parade his failing memory in this way. I very clearly remember him c…

A huge shout-out to the cast and crew of Rutland Youth Theatre recent adaption of Aladdin — what a phenomenal performance by all. This type of creative outlet and ability to have kids working together and mastering new types of information has been sorely missed for the last year. It was a t…

Gov. Phil Scott has done a remarkably good job in guiding Vermont through the COVID-19 pandemic and in many other policy areas. Why then does he seem to avoid talking about OneCare, the state health care system which is massively expensive and is failing in nearly every measured outcome?

Congratulations to cartoonist Danziger. Relentlessly and viciously anti-Israel, he outdid himself by portraying Israel as a man wearing a star of David on his suit jacket, cynically echoing what Jews were forced to do by the Nazis. And what a brilliant, apt comparison he makes between Derek …

It’s no secret Vermonters have struggled during the pandemic. From layoffs to business closures, everyone knows someone who’s hurting. However, with Vermonters doing their part to get vaccinated, we now have an opportunity to help our state recover and get people back on their feet.

I’m confused as to why it’s so important to be more concerned about the name of a high school mascot than it is to be concerned about a worldwide pandemic? Since when does that take higher precedence to hundreds of thousands of people dead? Let’s focus on more important things.

As a fully vaccinated individual for the COVID virus, I can only say I am overjoyed the CDC has lifted the mask restrictions for myself and others who have been vaccinated. But my feelings of relief are somewhat clouded by the anxiety I will experience when I pass by others while not wearing…

We feel it’s always good to start with the positive. Celebrating and memorializing the life and works of Rutland native Martin Henry Freeman, the first African American college president, reflects the positive, dare we say, “progressive,” streak in Rutland.

The unwanted, recorded phone calls were particularly irksome and intrusive today as I prepared to eat my lunch. In fact, it seems to have been some time since I was able to enjoy a meal without such interruption(s).

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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.