I really miss reading Dear Abby and have to say substituting Heloise is a daily disappointment. So many of her tips are just being repeated over and over again. Bring back Dear Abby, where relevant questions are answered every day!

The following note was under the windshield wiper of my truck when I came out of Staples in the Green Mountain Shopping Plaza yesterday (Nov. 14). The truck happens to have a couple of signs and bumper stickers calling for an end to fluoridation of the Rutland City water supply.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott is a man without a country, or to be more specific, a man without a political party. According to the VTDigger article, "Margolis: Gadflies have taken over the state GOP reins," Scott does not see eye to eye with the Vermont Republican Party. This is no surprise to…

At the Bennington Free Clinic, we recently have had a number of patients who had serious medical problems, no health insurance and very little income. They qualified for Vermont Medicaid, and we got them onto this program immediately. One might think this would be the solution to their probl…

The Trump administration and the "Republicrat" Party told the American people the phone call at the center of the Trump's criminal act in and of itself did not matter unless there was outside evidence of wrong doing.

In only five paragraphs, Kimberly Cheney’s “Carbon tax needed” letter-to-the-editor on Nov. 5 eviscerates Rob Roper’s 12-paragraph anti-carbon tax commentary on Nov. 1 and, coincidentally, John McClaughry’s similar 16-paragraph commentary on Nov. 5.

In the next election, the center must hold so that our house is not divided. For sure, I believe a center-left center would be best for all Americans. So, I hope politicians and the electorate temper their ambitions and move the country deliberately. We need long-run governance to work on ma…

Over the past few years under the governance of Phil Scott, I and many other supporters of his have felt betrayed by our governor. His compliance has contributed to the progressive bastardization of Vermont.

OK, here it is and I wonder if anyone cares. You begin the season with a 17-39 record and basically stink. Then, by the fifth month of a seven-month season, you win; and then in the playoffs, you knock off the best teams and win the Series. That's the Washington Nationals in a nutshell. How …

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 15th annual Wheels for Warmth tire collection and sale event last weekend. More than 1,000 people turned out over the three-day event. Hundreds of people recycled or donated their old tires, and safe tires were then sold at affordable prices so peop…

I heard the Eagles' song, "Already Gone," the other day and it reminded me of the Washington Nats, who look like D.C. history. This team is choking and their fans are booing. Of course it's President Trump that was booed, but nonetheless, the Nats are looking sick.

I wholly agree with Jim Sabataso that board member Tommola's decision "to refuse to hold a meeting on the issue of bias training" is disappointing. The training is free through the Human Rights Commission and although some city staff and public servants have been through the training, there …

I am distraught. I am a longtime fan of your paper, and a home delivery subscriber. I very much admire the quality of the commentary you publish from Vermont writers; I know more about Rutland than about Brattleboro. Your state government coverage and arts reporting are indispensable.

Trapping season in Vermont begins on Oct. 26. Residents and visitors who enjoy use of public lands in the state should be aware that trappers can legally set traps on many public lands and are not required to post signage warning of hidden traps.

The Bombers from Bronx are on the brink of elimination and looking forward to a quiet, although painful, winter. It hurts to get beat by a team from Texas and thrown into a dumpster in San Antonio at the Alamo. If the Mex Army ran into a buzz saw there, the Yanks are just about to feel some pain.

The New York Yanks are in deep trouble now after losing to a team with a salary of $44 million less, with none of their big time sluggers doing anything and now it is all over. The winter will be very sad for these "savage" players.

Americans today frequently talk about the aggression of Iran, and worry what Iran can do to hurt the U.S. Usually missing from these discussions is any mention of how the relationship between the U.S. and Iran came to this. That discussion has to start with the fact that, in 1953, the U.S. o…

In abandoning the Kurds in Syria, Donald Trump has committed a crime against humanity, and should be put on trial before the World Court. Apart from the catastrophic geopolitical ramifications, his action is the moral equivalent of sending Jews to the gas chambers.

I am hearing plenty of great talk regarding Community Care Network and Rutland. I have heard that there is indeed a plan in place for the rejuvenation of our dear big "little" city. I wonder, what will Christmas be like? Starbucks, Chipotle and Five Guys?

Multiple sources have reported that 10,000 of our friends, the Kurds, have died fighting ISIS. Clearly, we could not have had the current level of success in this fight without them. It is also reported the Kurds have in excess of 12,000 captured ISIS fighters in their prisons.

Throughout the weekend of Sept. 20-22, the staff and volunteers of Black River Good Neighbor Services conducted their semi-annual rummage sale at Fletcher Farm in Ludlow. The sale has come to be a well-recognized and eagerly anticipated event for the Black River Valley. This fall, the weathe…

I would like to know where a single father could go to get financial help. I'm a single dad and I tried calling the Lund Home; they told me they couldn't help me because I'm a male. I went down to the state offices and I got told I make too much. They have all this help for single mothers. W…

There’s parental concern that public education outcomes are declining and that diversity, inclusion and climate change are the focus rather than core subjects. One parental option to reset basic academic emphasis is homeschooling.

Every time I am forced by news networks to listen to the Father of Lies spread more of his excrement from the swampy Oval Office now become a colossal manure pile, I wish I had enough money to buy a 30-second replay of the handsome black man giving a warm and heartfelt hug to the lady cop wh…

Another small bright blue bag, neatly tied and full of dog poop left by the bridge on Grove Street. Many of them down the bank — some not even tied off — to be carried away by East Creek. A yellow one left on Nickerson Street for weeks, split open and providing a feast for vermin. Tossed int…