Yes, the tirade on the nation's capital was wrong but not entirely. First of all, we know the Washington bureaucrats don't listen to the people. They go where the money is. That is why they are all millionaires.
There is plenty of blame to go around for the problems in this country. I don't believe we can blame these problems on any one person. Perhaps we have all played a part, and that includes our own elected officials.
I have a question about the insurrection last Wednesday. Why did the police officers on the top steps of the Capitol not draw and use their guns? Imagine the blood bath that would have occurred had the insurrectionists been Black and brown people. This was one of the most blatant examples of…
Conservatives often have a hard time distinguishing between bleeding heart liberals and anyone who is not a conservative. Now is a good time for them to learn the difference.
Like many other Rutland area residents, I, too, love the beauty and history of the current Rutland Free Library building. I have many fond memories there: Reading books with children while their parents participated in classes upstairs; insightful Vermont Humanities lectures; family-friendly…
When is a brag just an undisguised lie? How about always (with expert deployment). We have in the White House a masterful guy who dispenses true fictions with gleeful enjoyment.
The events at the Capitol once again have led me to beg the questions: Where is the outrage? What are the consequences?
A mob of rioters has stormed the U.S. Capitol. They did it because Trump incited them to do it. They did it because Trump lost the election. They did it to prohibit Mike Pence and members of Congress from certifying Joe Biden as our new president-elect, a mostly ceremonial act, and not requi…
After retweeting the patently false claim antifa took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection, Alderman Clifford now says, "I acknowledge there were Trump supporters there."
An open letter to Rutland Alderman Paul Clifford:
The only way to move out of this darkness is to acknowledge we are all traumatized by the recent events. We are all in pain no matter what our viewpoints or affiliations.
If you want saving, then save yourself.
I am saddened and disgusted that another police officer's family (also named Brian) has to go through the same amount of pain and suffering that my family went through about a year ago when my NYPD nephew, Brian, died in the line of duty.
As I look out my window at the U.S. Capitol dome, tears in my eyes, I’m as homesick as I’ve been.
The Rutland Free Public Library is mandated, by its very name, to provide citizens with the free use of the building, its public equipment and wide variety of books and other materials. For the service to be most effective, location plays a major role.
In light of Trump's attempted insurrection, it is imperative to take extra precautions with the inauguration plan. We've asked people to forego gathering at Thanksgiving and Christmas because of the coronavirus. We should do the same for the Jan. 20 Inauguration. Set the example for America …
Watching the recent horrifying events at the U.S. Capitol, I thought I was witnessing the end of our republic. Deranged Trump supporters breached the protective covering of our democracy and were threatening to tear it asunder. I was in tears – for the country, for the children who would gro…
On Wednesday night, I watched Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell condemn the violent insurrectionists who earlier had desecrated the Capitol building. Tellingly, though, they never even uttered the name of the man who orchestrated the insurrection: Donald Trump.
Unadulterated evil descended upon the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. The soul of our democracy was, to its core, rocked.
If the Georgia tapes say anything to the American people, it is to express the lengths to which some politicians in this country have proven they will go to get what they want. No level of government is immune.
High crimes and misdemeanors are keywords to invoke Articles of Impeachment of a president. Treason is the highest crime a citizen can commit against her or his country.
I only use the public handicapped doors when both hands are full, or when I had surgery and wasn't able to use heavy, manual doors for a time. Otherwise, it's manual doors only. "Why is this?" the average person might ask. The answer is because I'm not lazy like the average able-bodied folk.
To be consistent with previous years, the 2021 legislative constituent meetings for Dorset, Peru, Landgrove, Mount Tabor and Danby will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12, (with additional meetings added as nece…
I don’t live in Rutland, but I use the Rutland library at times when I am in town. That fact doesn’t make me an expert on what’s good for Rutland but I have a strong feeling that the effort to isolate the library in some remote location out of town just doesn’t make sense.
I am an ardent admirer of the artists and crafts people who have worked diligently to bring art to downtown Rutland.
What, the library is moving out of downtown? Another wave of shock and awe hits my stormy sea of political upheaval and COVID-19-isolating uncertainty of this time — faith and trust in our foundational institutions tested, this time so close to home. Can we slow this down?
In this new year, we have another corner to turn beside the danger and threat of COVID-19. First, that we must not continue to hollow out our city.
The Republican Party is about to be reduced to ashes. When several House and Senate Republicans challenge the Electoral College votes in Congress, they will be laughed out of the chamber as complete asses. It won't change anything and all they will succeed in doing is draw more attention to …
Trump reportedly intends to keep pushing the baseless claim that massive fraud of unbelievable scope robbed him of reelection even after Congress accepts the results because “Why should I ever let this go? … How would that benefit me?”
Good that Abigail Adams inoculated her children in 1776, as said by Ryan Young in this paper on Dec. 31. Rev. Cotton Mather did that 55 years earlier, during the smallpox epidemic in Boston.
I have held off writing about the Rutland Free Library move because I don’t live in Rutland, although I often walk between the library and the downtown coffee shops, the bank, Phoenix Books and other downtown businesses. But then I got a parking ticket outside the Rutland Food Coop, and so d…
Walking to the College of St. Joseph campus, proposed site of the Rutland Free Library, from the end of River Street at Dorr Bridge to the campus, along a narrow and curvy thoroughfare, there is no sidewalk, only a narrow shoulder. If walkers want to take the long way, via West Street, there…
After reading the last two commentaries regarding the relocation of the library, I found it interesting and significant to note the differences in opinion between the longtime patrons of the library as opposed to those in control of the facility and our local politicians.
During the holiday season this year (this terrible year of COVID-19), we read a release meant to comfort and cheer us regarding the president's time on the green:
Over many years, the Rutland Free Library has stood central to my trips to and through Rutland. I’ve carried hundreds of pounds of art books out of its doors. Its location just off the main artery of Route 7 made the visit easy, even possible, as part of a long commute at the end of a day teaching.
Could someone close to, and trusted by, President-elect Biden please ask him to stop emulating Trump by always wearing a blue tie (for Democrat) as Trump always wore a red tie (for Republican). We’ve had enough Trumpisms. The world knows you’re a Democrat, Joe. Let Jill pick out a tie for yo…
I read the headline “Disparaging cartoon,” in the Wednesday, Dec. 23 issue of the Rutland Herald, and it caught my attention; my thought was “A lot of them are, what’s got someone’s attention?”
It was a shock to read the decision has been made to move our wonderful historic library, which is within walking distance to many, to a non-centrally located building.
I wanted to reach out and thank our generous community on behalf of the Rotary Club of Rutland.
As the Herald reported Dec. 19, the Gift-of-Life Marathon reached its 2020 goal of 495 pints, though the margin was even bigger than organizers thought. With partial data available as the Herald neared its deadline on Friday, we knew we surpassed the goal — we just didn’t know by how much.
In lockstep, in tandem, the like-minded maestros rain chaos and terror on all they constrain. Affronting, offending, the dastardly duo cast their blind eyes o'er their countrymen's pain.
I noted in your op-ed on Thursday that Trump said he needed 15% to get to herd immunity. It made me wonder what percent was attained to get herd immunity for the bubonic plague. Let me know.
BAYADA Hospice of Rutland would like to extend heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of generosity during this year’s Share the Warmth Blanket Drive. As always, when a request goes out to the people of Rutland, they respond with the generosity they are famous for. Thank you to the Rutland Hera…
Actions have consequences. As you know, over 120 of your colleagues joined in a seditious attempt to overthrow the will of the people. They should be denied their seats in the people's House.
The past two weekends, Burlington had outdoor artist and craft persons markets. The first drew over 700 people to downtown. They had a controlled environment letting a limited amount of shoppers at any one time with the vendors. Events bring people to downtowns.
As I gradually lost my sight over my lifetime, I realized how important work is. Obviously, it provides the income you need to live, but it also shapes identity, builds confidence and provides purpose and meaning. I benefited from all the preceding because I was able to remain employed as I …
Living in Rutland is great. My husband, dog and I have lived here for nine years and love it. There are many attractions in the city and the Rutland library is right up there.
Now that time has passed and sides have formed it has become apparent what’s behind the attack on the Rutland Raiders.
Your well-placed article regarding Turner in the Sports section Dec. 8, is so well-written, I find it a pleasure to read and re-read, and re-read.
While I empathize with the financial strain caused by upkeep of the grand old building the Rutland Free Library occupies, I am saddened by the prospect of the library moving to the outskirts of town. Residents of, or visitors to, Rutland City enjoy the option of pedestrian access to the city…
Five Questions With
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…
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.
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.
Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
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.
Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.
Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.
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.
Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.
Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.
Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.
Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.
Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.
Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.
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.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.
Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.
Stay-at-home mom and low-income advocate Roni Lynn Shrout, of Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected her family.
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.
Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.
Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.
Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.
Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.
Danziger: Five Questions With