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Regarding the plethora of statistics in the “Not Normal” editorial May 19, where is the statistic of those in the hospital and those dying of COVID currently who are not vaccinated or boosted? Isn’t that the most important statistic? That statistic never seems to make the rounds. Why not? Ma…

The May 18 Times Argus featured a photo of the red trillium wildflower with a caption noting it is also called wake robin. How elegant. Growing up, we always called them stinkin' Benjamins. I have no idea who Benjamin was or whether he stank, but believe those flowers deserved that moniker a…

Just need to take a moment to reply to the May 17 letter submitted by Nick Searles re: police body cameras. Well, Nick, from your letter, you seem to feel that the usage of body cameras is somehow racial. Can't for the life of me understand how you formed that opinion.

To respond to Nick Searles' letter asking why we are adding body cameras to police now, I believe I have the answer. He asks whether it is out of a hatred for those in uniform, but I honestly believe it comes from a position of respect for people both in and out of uniform. If we assume that…

Americans should acknowledge that the Declaration of Independence starts with a lie, that found its way into the Constitution: Despite its assertion, at that time, men were not born equal. White men were equal; Black slaves counted (per the later Constitution) as two-thirds a person, only fo…

I enjoyed Josephine Collins’s letter to the editor entitled "Harris-talk," in which she pointed out the vice-president’s penchant for rambling and sometimes cringe-worthy pronouncements. Well, Ms. Harris is at it again. Here are her remarks at a recent Association of Southeast Nations Summit…

I am responding to Mr. Matthews' column in Tuesday's paper, where he claims that the availability of abortion has not improved women's "marketplace success." He bases this on two points (I'm not sure where his data comes from.) First, that the number of abortions has fallen since 1990 and se…

I was born to a woman who did not abort me. Is anyone even thinking of what my life will be, brought into this world? Born out of lust, the man who provided the sperm and woman who provided the egg, lived a life totally on government subsidies. Chances are, I will continue that same cycle of life.

As always, it is those standing to lose their profitable gravy trains who call a single-payer health care system “a cure worse than the disease." This is what Janet Trautwein said of a universal health care system, such as Medicare should be, in her commentary “Trautwein: Single-payer health…

I’m concerned about the recent announcement about Rutland Police getting body cameras. Why now? Is it because of the massive hatred for the men and women of law enforcement? I’m sick of everyone destroying life based upon race. I have never in the nearly 36 years I’ve been on Earth met a cop…

Gwendolyn Hallsmith’s “Tribal Territorialism at UVM” grossly mischaracterizes the Vermont Eugenics Survey, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ denial of “Missisquoi Abenaki” petition for Federal Acknowledgment as an Indian tribe, and the recent “Beyond Borders” event at the University of Vermont.

Personally, I’m fed up with letters to the editor that do nothing but try to tear down our two-party system. Can anyone claiming to be a member of the Republican Party write a letter to the editor solely devoted to telling us how the GOP will help Americans, all Americans? A letter that outl…

If you are one of the "locals" who drives on Route 4 East, be on the lookout for "Mother Duck" and her ducklings who have been seen attempting to cross the road in the area of Carpet Warehouse. I witnessed the mother's attempt to get her "little charges" over to the north side of Woodstock A…

I applaud Gwen Hallsmith’s recent editorial piece calling out the University of Vermont for its sponsorship of the one-sided and biased “forum” of Odanak Abenaki from across the border in Quebec. However, she left out an important detail of the white invader colonial history of our region, w…

Intimidation. That's what parades and demonstrations in front of houses of judges and lawyers are, intimidation. Lawyers of all or no religions attend Red Masses. Priests and bishops process in with red vestments representing the colors of judicial robes in the late-Middle Ages. All fine and…

In a recent article, Times Argus religion columnist John Nassivera averred as how celibate Catholic clergy are not any more likely to be pedophiles than any other member of the clergy. That's probably true, Mr. Nassivera, but what about the members of the Catholic clergy who were and are not…

As the legislative session close, seeing so many fine issues to save our environment and help the poor are being left on the drawing board due to our governor's targeted vetoes. He seems only interested in protecting the wealthy from any taxation and additional burdens as poor residents are …

I loved Fred Bagley's "Let's secede" commentary today (May 11), and couldn't agree more. As for our 'problem' with New Hampshire, I've always thought it would be a good idea to grade it down to sea level so Vermont could have a beach.

May 8, I was walking along the Montpelier Bike Path on an absolutely gorgeous Mothers Day. Near Sarducci’s, I smelled smoke. Something was definitely burning. However, with Sarducci’s wood-fired pizza oven nearby, I assumed it was that. As I got closer, I noticed smoke coming from the ground…

Governor Phil Scott proclaimed the second week in May as Inclusion Week. This is an opportunity for everyone to take time to consider how we are all members of the same family no matter our similarities or differences. It means everyone reading this is included without regard to race, ethnic…

Thank you for finally showing some balance in the perspective of your editorial cartoons by publishing the works of Mr. Hitch. I loved his April 28 cartoon in which Democratic donkeys are shown lamenting that the Musk purchase of Twitter would break their parties’ monopoly of social media, c…

Parental rights in Vermont state government and education regarding their children’s “reproductive liberty” is not a Fox News or GOP exclusive. The national conversation surrounding minor “reproductive liberty” is about parent involvement. Is Superintendent Flanagan listening to parents? Is …

In response to William Gay’s “Capitalism is a Cancer,” pure capitalism as described by Adam Smith is healthy, the foundation of democracy. Inventions such as the limited liability company and the corporation, as well as systems that encourage oligarchies and monopolies, are the problem.

Gov. Phil Scott proclaimed the second week in May as Inclusion Week. This is an opportunity for everyone to take time to consider how we are all members of the same family, no matter our similarities or differences. It means everyone reading this is included without regard to race, ethnicity…

The Russian government understood the value of the disinformation pushed by Tucker Carlson. If you have cable, you’re helping to finance it. Carlson is making many of the same false claims about Ukraine and the United States as the Russian government. But Putin knows his claims are much more…

I found it very encouraging to read the first item in Gordon Dritschilo's "Writing on the Hall" column in this past Saturday-Sunday edition of the Rutland Herald. This first item spoke to Rep. Larry Cupoli's support for Rep. Taylor Small. It is so heartening and encouraging to see a local le…

Mike from Worcester, who likes to reply to opinions on the e-edition, claims he can’t find information on H.659, which I referenced in my recent letter. He then writes that he sees 10 co-signers on the bill and goes on to talk about 10-year-old girls getting pregnant. That is rare if not imp…

Louis Scotellaro’s April 12 commentary “Rutland Robinsons?” recounts how Doane Robinson came to be known as “The Father of Mount Rushmore” — and shares that the motivation behind the iconic South Dakota stone sculpture was not just patriotism, but rather to “draw people to the state from all…

Despite dwindling numbers of dairy farms, Vermont continues to be the largest dairy producer in New England and dairy is the most profitable sector of the state’s agricultural economy. Tourists flock to Vermont to savor its bucolic splendor, and we are grateful to the farmers who toil to pre…

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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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WDEV radio talk show host Dave Gram, of Montpelier, talks about the pandemic and how it has been affecting him and his life.

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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.