The op-ed column, "Transforming transportation," submitted by the state director of the Nature Conservancy of Vermont and published in last Wednesday's Rutland Herald, presents plenty of information for consideration regarding the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). To further the c…
As to your article on Page 1 of Jan. 15, citing pending legislation in the House proposed by Representative McCullough, I feel a response is required.
To Representative Helm of Fair Haven: Your remark that one of the climate protesters who interrupted Governor Scott's speech should be "smacked," shows your ignorance of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States that guarantees the right to freedom of speech and peaceful a…
Some "things" need a leap of faith. As I look back, I have to wonder do other Democratic voters realize the Democrats win with their heart and not their head? So the Democrats can choose Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders because they "can" win. However, if "past is prologue," they won't win.
Rutland Herald, I know as local paper you naturally focus more on local news. However, given the fact U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, socialist from Vermont, is running for president, there is very little, if any, coverage about him or his campaign.
I like Joe Biden and John Kerry for my ticket to the White House in 2020. Both are statesmanlike and professional. It's time for a change in DC. Biden carries himself like a real man and has no issues in his closet. He is both competent and a nice guy. John Kerry has proven his love for Amer…
As a lifelong Vermont independent voter, I am giving my full endorsement to Meghan Hansen to become the next lieutenant governor of the State of Vermont in 2020.
The Propane Gas Association of New England’s initial claim that propane is not a fossil fuel is, as the news media says these days, “an inaccurate or misleading statement.” I prefer to call it a lie.
The U.S. House of Representatives has one and only one means by which it can curb the actions of a rogue chief executive. But it is an effective one. It is the power of the purse.
Recently, a friend dropped by while she was out campaigning for a local candidate. She was bundled for the cold and wore a small dove pin on her sweater. When I asked about it, she said it had been made in Cambodia in an area that had been bombed. People who live there collect pieces of shra…
Casey Jennings’ column (Jan. 3) seriously misrepresents my letter and viewpoint. I did not say, nor do I believe, that ordinary gun-owners are responsible for mass-shootings.
On U.S. Route 7 in Danby, a very tattered U.S. flag hangs from a utility pole. Some of the stripes are missing, and some have separated from each other. Maybe someone hung it to show patriotism and then either forgot about it or couldn't take the time to remove the remnant. Meanwhile, becaus…
Watching a new episode of Dr. Who, "Resolution," in the early morning of New Year's Day, one can understand good art reflects life and thus, truth.
How great it must have been to be a member of the Rev. Ballou's Boy Scout Troop. He instilled a love of Vermont history and lore in his charges. He not only stimulated their interest in the legend of the catamount but, with them, discovered the burial site of an unknown soldier of the Revolu…
On New Year’s Day, I was able to watch the Mister Chris and Friends series on Vermont Public Television and boy, did his show lift my spirits. I already have tickets for his performance at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland on Sunday, Jan. 19, at noon. I hope my grandchildren can go but if the…
Brandon downtown road improvements are not what they are pontificating about. Who are they kidding?
A recent column on gun rights by Eddie Garcia deserves an answer, although it is easy to understand why it has received none: his advocacy of violent response would give any reader second thoughts.
As I write this, news is breaking about a deadly attack on a synagogue in New York state, but I’ve been thinking about it since Thursday when I saw someone carrying a sign on a rural road in New York. The sign read, “Jews want your guns.” Now, why should this fellow American be so timid in e…
When it comes to holiday stress, it's in the average human head — which includes arguing about which holidays to celebrate. Erase the myth, and let's fill our heads with love, peace and joy instead.
Trump finally has his wall
Mercy for refugees
While I appreciate Enid Reiman’s desire to bring attention to the issue of health care, I want to address two points she raises in her Dec. 13 commentary.
The recent death of Paul Volcker was the end of a great economist whose fearless financial work is felt positively even today. As chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979 through 1987, he wrung out the high inflation of the 1970s by forcing interest rates to rise to levels never seen before…
In response to Dr. Leffler’s Dec. 12 commentary on health care consolidation, here are some facts:
There are many subcultures within America. We have punk, hip-hop, classic rock, Yankee, southerner, socialist, capitalist, etc. However, we all enjoy our subcultures because we all believe in American culture – the rule of law or fair play.
As we approached Rutland on the train recently, a young (white) man shouted, “This car is full of a--holes!” There were a number of excited and happy folks with large bags who appeared to be speaking Spanish. Except for their speech, they appeared to be the same as every other person on the …
Where's John McCain when you need him? He alone brought some semblance of sanity to the Republican Party in Washington. I'm sure he's rolling around in his grave. Look what's happened to Lindsey Graham's conscience since John left.
On Dec. 13, Moscow-Mitch McConnell's vow, publicly, of "total coordination" with the White House on Senate impeachment trial, clearly defines the corruption this republic faces. "No chance Trump will be removed from office."
Here in Vermont, where pot is legal to possess and grow, the Vermont Legislature is planning another pot fiasco during the upcoming session.
Last week, Rep. Pattie McCoy, R-Poultney, wrote an op-ed about a carbon tax (Nov. 30 – "McCoy: The Carbon Tax is Back — Again").
The small town is slowly becoming an endangered species. If we want it to survive, we need to ensure that our small communities are self sufficient and financially viable.
I am writing on behalf of Rutland County Audubon in response to the last paragraph of a good letter, dated Dec. 4, 2019, which was submitted by Justin Lindholm.
I was not aware that the purchase and sale of real estate in Vermont required a trial in the court of public opinion. Yet, when I read Justin Lindholm’s commentary titled “Public land in jeopardy,” (Dec. 4) I find it difficult to arrive at another conclusion.
On behalf of the Friends of Helaine committee, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the following: Rutland Country Club, Baxter Restaurant, events coordinator Kristen Johnson, and restaurant manager Greg Calvin, Taso on Center, Audrey and Jay Sabataso, Sugar and Spice restaurant and Jo…
The impeachment of President Trump is, no doubt, headed to the U.S. Senate for a "trial." With Republican Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader and a plan to "shut out" the Democrats from the trial and call witnesses like "the whistleblower," Hunter Biden, Democrats on the impeachment co…
For some yet undisclosed reason, President Trump acts like he is a puppet of Russian President Putin.
It saddens me to read the town of Proctor is considering the sale of 1,600 acres of Proctor watershed land in Chittenden to a real estate investment expert from Florida who may no longer allow public use of the land, when the Green Mountain National Forest has offered to pay fair market valu…
I was thrilled with the drama and excitement of witnessing Mikaela Shiffrin’s two slalom runs in the Women’s World Cup at Killington on Sunday, which she won by more than two seconds. This followed her close third place finish behind two racers from Italy in the Giant Slalom on Saturday.
John McClaughry had a point in his recent op-ed (“Can’t be done,” Nov. 30-Dec. 2). It will, indeed, be exceedingly difficult, perhaps even impossible, for the world to reduce carbon emissions to net zero anytime soon — even by 2050.
President Trump recently signed the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act directing the Treasury Department to create currency honoring women who led the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, which provided women with the right to vote after it was ratified in 1920. After showing of…
Regardless of income or background, a home is a basic necessity that allows everyone to pursue and achieve their goals. When we can’t afford to live where we work and have family, we have to make difficult choices: to move away from our communities and take on a long commute, or cut back on …
It's either black or white with the impeachment of President Trump.
It appears the Trump administration and the USDA are determined to make the working class and the poor suffer more.
I listened to a cassette tape many years ago that posed this question: What's wrong with people today? "People simply don't think," was the answer.
This month marks the American Cancer Society’s 44th annual Great American Smokeout, a day dedicated to helping people quit tobacco. To mark this important occasion, our lawmakers should work to address one of the most disturbing ways tobacco is impacting our communities: youth tobacco use.
I’m glad to see you cover the Vermont Supreme Court ruling in favor of the patient who was forcibly drugged at the Brattleboro Retreat ("High court overturns involuntary medication order," Nov. 15). This is a story about our legal rights to determine our own medical care — an important victory.
This is about Leonard Forte, charged with the rape of a then 12-year-old girl, and the joke he made of the Vermont judicial system.
Polls clearly show Vermonters love wildlife, but many of us don’t stop to consider who makes decisions about our wildlife.
On the Thursday, Nov. 7, Rutland Herald A Section back page, was the "Young Writers Project," which contains several great presentations.
I really miss reading Dear Abby and have to say substituting Heloise is a daily disappointment. So many of her tips are just being repeated over and over again. Bring back Dear Abby, where relevant questions are answered every day!