I am a Castleton student and Rutland City resident writing to convince you to cast a vote for Michael Talbott for Rutland City Board of Aldermen. As one of Michael’s students and advisees, I am confident in saying Michael will bring the same passion, dedication and investment he has for his …

What can a billionaire do with his time and money? He can run for president and get a heck of a lot of attention. That's Mike Bloomberg. He really has little to offer and has done nothing for anyone I know of. Contrast that with the rest. Bernie is Bernie and has always helped Vermonters. Bi…

My name is Cathy Solsaa, and I am running for a position on the Rutland School Board in the March 3 election. My experience as a parent with a passion for education, as a longtime member of our community and professionally, as a bookkeeper, make me an excellent candidate for the Rutland City…

Ray Pentkowski’s letter to the Herald dated Feb. 11 is critical of the Slate Valley Union School district seeking a $60,000,000 bond to fix the horrible conditions in the district’s schools. Mr. Pentkowski states, "I believe citizens should pay for making certain the schools are clean and he…

I am writing to show my support for Sharon Davis for alderman. Sharon has shown the leadership and the commitment our city needs. She knows the city’s issues, and her dedication to taxpayers is unwavering. Sharon has been labeled the workhorse of the board by past board members and continues…

As we approach Town Meeting Day elections, I ask you to celebrate the positive momentum that has helped Rutland stay above negativity in thought and discourse. I ask you to continue to recognize that a declining population is a serious problem for our region, particularly Rutland City where …

I would like Rutland City voters to support funding in the amount of $10,000 for the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) at our March 3 election. VCIL is a nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities. One of their services I have direct experience with is Meals on Whe…

I turned on 101.5 radio in Rutland last week and was momentarily confused. This was not the usual bland music of 101TheOne. Instead, I was hearing an amazing variety of daring and really interesting new music. Rutland will now have both a Starbucks and a great independent radio station! Than…

The U.S. Senate Republicans did not even give President Donald Trump a slap on the wrist for his misconduct while president of the United States. Trying to force a deal with the Ukrainian president to announce an investigation of the Bidens in exchange for military aid allocated to that frie…

I am writing in support of hiring from within. With the potential departure of the current fire chief, the powers that be should look to hire from within the fire department. Last couple years, we saw senior members leave the department under hazy conditions, at best. As a community, we can …

It’s been about four months since Dave Tibbs, known popularly as DJ “Uncle Dave,” went public with his plan to start a new radio station after Dec. 1 and return to his position as an on-air personality, but it wasn’t until last week the station went live.

Republicans have long pushed the idea that lots of people on Social Security Disability are “fakers and takers” who don’t deserve those benefits. That push intensified when the number of Social Security recipients increased significantly after the financial crash in 2008, prompting calls to …

I started reading your front page "bogus," I had to stop, your newspaper should be ashamed. The Americans are sick and tired of false media reporting; the Democratic Party and our three representatives have destroyed our state. It's the worst in America, number one.

I'm sure if you are like me, most times when I visit Burlington I make time for a walk up and down Church Street. There's always things going on and lots of people watching to do. This past summer, I spent some time in Ithaca, New York. They, too, have an area downtown blocked off to motor v…

I've been following the Trump presidency — the Republican rhetoric. If one studies the Nazi regime, Hitler's background, his "base" followers of hate, his rise to power — if a lie is told, then repeated often, the lie grows like a vine and can cover the truth. The Republicans want to believe…

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.