Perry Green, Manchester GOP chairman, should know that none of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in America, since the process to create the U.S. did not even begin until they had signed. Many signers were born in English colonies.

This is in response to Mr. Perry Green's complaint that our Harvard-educated "former first lady" ought to have known that several of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in America and thus, were "born American."

Perry Green, the Manchester GOP chairman, in the Dec. 11 Rutland Herald, takes a cheap shot at Michelle Obama without naming her. He criticizes statements she made more than four years ago at a naturalization ceremony for 50 new citizens.

John McClaughry's opinion piece in the Rutland Herald questions the recent climate report's "highly speculative projections." His role and that of the Ethan Allen Institute has long been to muddy the waters about how we view climate change and its impacts on our environment and us. As a mout…

This letter is in response to Mr. Perry Green's recent letter seeming to chide our former first lady for pointing out (in 2014 at a naturalization ceremony) that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not born in America. Mr. Green points out that “only 8 of the 56 signers were …

I am reading credible reports that Donald Trump is self-dealing from campaign funds, using campaign funds to pay personal legal expenses, and there are multiple admissions of his lawyer committing crimes at the direction of Donald Trump.

I want to thank the voters of Rutland Town for supporting me once again for re-election to the Vermont State Legislature. It is an honor and a bit humbling to represent the good people of Rutland Town in Montpelier. Each time I enter the General Assembly, I always remember who sent me here a…

It’s that wonderful time of year when most, if not all, of us seem to be at our best. Shifting our interests away [from] ourselves to doing for others. For many, the inspiration comes from the celebration of Jesus’ birth. For some, it is a "festival of lights" celebrating the rededication of…

Over the years, the important question has been asked, "What can people do to make the world a better place?" How about "If we didn't live in a world of 'What's in it for me?' the world will finally be beautiful." Enough said.

When George H.W. Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency, in October 1987, Newsweek ran its cover story titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’” The clear implication of the story was that Bush (the youngest American combat pilot in WWII, a war hero, diplomat and CIA director, who served…

Back when America was Great, the three legs of the milk stool of Vermont democracy were town government, the fire department and the schools, And we all came together in common cause at town meeting to decide how best to utilize them. Cut off one of those legs and that milk stool will no lon…

Magicians and con men count on distraction to survive. One current national example: our president and his political friends keep you focused on migrants and refugees, so you won’t notice things like the fact that the U.S. health care “system” is a far greater danger to your long-term well-b…

We wanted to take a moment out of our busy holiday schedules to thank the Rutland community for coming out on a snowy #GivingTuesday and giving generously to the CSJ Provider Program’s Share the Warmth clothing drive. Our students processed 516 items of clothing, which are being distributed …

In writing letters to the editor of various newspapers, I have found that while some of them are leaning to the left (liberal), others lean to the right (conservative).

Our former first lady reminded 50 newly-made citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., that the Founding Fathers were not born in America. In her speech, referring to the Declaration of Independence, she stated: "It's amazing that just a few feet fro…

The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates 0.25 percent and more is expected, despite President Trump’s request to “back off.” He’s concerned that higher rates will harm the economy and he would rather pay down the debt with increased revenue expected from a strong economy. President…

Some Vermonters, but not all, believe that the full state legalization of marijuana is inevitable with a few years. The rationale is that Vermonters will pay a premium in taxes and fees in order to not purchase through the black market for varying reasons. Maybe yes, maybe no.

Recently, I received a funding appeal letter from the Wounded Warrior Project where, according to them, only "80 percent of their money is spent on programs for veterans." Also, they do not help veterans from the Vietnam Era or earlier.

As I mentioned in an earlier commentary, it is clear that President Trump lives in Walt’s head 24 hours a day, even when he is “half a world away.” Walt’s hatred is so visceral, I am sure it is not good for his health.

The problem of the dairy farmers getting a cost of production plus a reasonable profit has not been solved. As a result, solar farms are being built on these former hay fields. I would think that a steering committee of processors, farmers and regulators could talk and solve this problem.

Burlington lawyer Brady Toensing's comment to Jane Rathke about the closing of the investigation of his allegations against Jane O'Meara Sanders ("No charges for Bernie Sanders' wife in land deal") reveals him to be the soul of the new Vermont Republican Party. His closing sentence begins, "…

Stuart Lindberg’s article (Thursday, Nov. 15) seems to suggest that Vermont Democratic candidates did not have a "laser-sharp focus on addressing (the) issues and bringing (the) message to the voters.” Robin Chesnut-Tangerman won his district (Pawlet, West Pawlet, Wells, Rupert and Tinmouth)…

Donald J. Trump will stop at nothing to prevent the American people from finding out the truth about his treasonous collaboration with the highest levels of the Russian government to "win" a fixed election.

Black River Good Neighbor Services thanks all of our friends and neighbors who recently donated to and attended the annual Stick Season Social. We held the event at Sam’s Steakhouse in Ludlow on a Saturday evening and the outpouring of support was tremendous.