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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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."

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…

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…

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…

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.