Residents and visitors to Rutland may have noticed “Rutland Art Ramble” signs on windows along the downtown streets of our familiar city beginning in August. These signs point to art exhibitions designed to enliven, challenge and entertain. Those exhibitions ran through September. October la…

A person means well when he or she says, "You're an inspiration for me!" Though, the reality is, if someone is looking for another for inspiration, this type of belief is not being "adult." This goes for minors, as well. People need to be their own inspiration, hero, whatever description is …

A friend of mine went to Price Chopper a few days ago. When it was time to check out, she found herself in a hazardous situation. The man in front of her in line wore no mask. The woman checking out in front of him wore her mask around her neck. Both customers were presenting a hazard to the…

Robert grew up in Harlem, New York. Born about 1944, I met him at my first job in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the wastewater plant in 1984. His twin sons were 16 years old at the time. He told me while growing up he listened to classical music and studied hard in school. After graduating …

I wish I had written the following but I didn’t. It came from the Sept. 1 New York Times Editorial Board and deals with the state of our nation under Donald Trump in the wake of his "debate" with Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. The Times said:

With all the divisive rhetoric about what flags to fly, there should be one non-controversial solution: just fly the U.S. flag. Consider all the flags in contention: POW/MIA, Black Lives and Gay Pride. Last month, a letter to the editor mentioned two more: suicide prevention and abortion rig…

How serious Joe Biden is about actually being U.S. president is still a mystery. Yes, he did well at the debate with Trump and he looked presidential and allowing for a few gaffes and misstatements, he won the barroom brawl "debate."

Having just received my “Vote by Mail" package today, and going through the instructions carefully, some questions arose. If anyone knows the answer to any of these, please post in your local paper, or perhaps call in to your local radio or TV station. It is easy to imagine that others have …

On behalf of the Castleton Community Center members and its board of directors, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many individuals and businesses that helped make our 16th annual Castleton Community Center Golf Outing a success. Proceeds from the Golf Outing support our el…

My mother and I had a rocky relationship. But I’ll never forget the time she stepped in front of a speeding sports car that was headed right for us in the dead of night. After the sports car veered off, and I had a chance to realize what had just happened, I asked my mother why she would do …

The grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case decided the policeman who negligently shot several bullets through the white walls of an apartment, endangering nonthreatening humanity within those white walls, should be charged with negligence.

Reading the editorial page of the Herald reminds me why I subscribe to this paper. The diverse op-eds and letters — from Ray Peterson and Christine Smith to Norman Cohen and Art Krueger, and many others — give a sense of what this community is thinking in these troubled times.

You know what I don’t like? Vermonters who celebrate “Six Months and a Day.” Those who clearly have plenty of money to own a second home in usually some warm but god-forsaken southern state to avoid paying taxes here in Vermont.

A Sept. 24 New York Times article addressed President Trump's questioning the legitimacy of the upcoming election and the peaceful transfer of power should he lose. The newspaper requested comments from the nation's 26 Republican governors. Only one responded, and it was not Vermont's.

Donald Trump thinks that the federal government should be run as a business; that its purpose is to facilitate making money. He has stripped federal departments of funding, reversed regulations and reduced taxes for the wealthy, to his own financial benefit and for major corporations.

McConnell, Trump and William Barr: Triumvirate is what they are. Unlawful governance (so dark) is how they choose to leave their mark (like boys who write their names in snow). This loathsome threesome has to go.

I respect Project VISION for attempting to take a stance on racism in our community but feel it was a safe response. Project VISION grew because of a dangerous crisis — the opioid epidemic — in our community. People wanted change, came together to make it happen, and this effort grew into Pr…

My opponent for Rutland Town’s House of Representatives seat doth protest too much. He missed the point regarding my concerns over the abrupt closure of Thomas Dairy, a 99-year-old Rutland Town family business that employed 30 people.

No one should have to live in their home in fear. No one should have to leave their home in fear. Home is a physical space, but it also should be the place where we go for respite and shelter, to replenish ourselves from the onslaught of life in the outside world.

After watching this Chuck E. Cheese commercial with children wearing masks, a woman as a voice-over chimes that "kids can get back to being kids." Come on, really? I'll believe it when they can remove the masks permanently.

For all the struggles that went into reopening schools this summer, Nature did smile on Vermont's teachers and learners this week as our kids returned to school: conditions have been perfect for outdoor activity. Going in circles around my hay fields, I had a lot of time to think and feel a …

I think most of us are furious at our leadership, especially as obfuscation seems ready to kill as many Americans as World War II did. But I am most disturbed for our children, who see the president cultivating hatred with nasty bigotry, unseemly language, urging illegal actions and the unbe…

A president deliberately lied to the nation he is legally and morally bound to defend, about a national health crisis. The lies induced many people to take unnecessary risks that have cost lives. We will never know precisely how many lives were unnecessarily lost, which doesn’t at all dimini…

As I read Danziger’s explanation of the intent of his “Uncle Tim’s Cabin” cartoon, I could not get beyond my curiosity: Is Jeff Danziger a white guy from Vermont who expresses criticism of accomplished Blacks who are not liberal, but would vote for those who would put in place barriers to in…

For the last two decades, every other legislative session has given birth to a “reform Act 250” bill. The current bill to gut Act 250 is H.926. It is not that Act 250 needs “reform.” It is just that the developers want to make more money and the easiest way to get it is to gut environmental …

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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.