As a first-time candidate for the House of Representatives, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the primary. My thanks also go out to the town clerks and election officials of each town in the Rutland-Bennington District for holding safe elections in this very complicated worl…

I am writing to express my appreciation for what I perceive to be a change in the content of your editorial page. Factual, nonagenda-driven commentary and accurate reporting of the news is important. Recent editorial pieces taken from The Wall Street Journal have reinforced my belief that yo…

The National Park dedicated to the war heroes of Gettysburg would be an odd place for the acceptance speech by this “Commander-in-Chief," a shameless, pusillanimous, impeached grifter who, after shirking military service, went on to a career of unprincipled self-promotion and, tragically, to…

As I drive down Center Street, I get a welcoming feeling. The changes made to the sidewalk areas allowing seating in front of several businesses, look great. Flowerpots, trees, some artificial, even palm trees, umbrellas and chairs beckon me to stop, get out and wander up and down. I envisio…

For all the Black Lives Matter supporters, you are awfully silent about their violent riots and rampaging through America’s cities. Is it because it’s not happening in your neighborhood that you stay silent? Or have you lost your sense of what is right and moral?

In response to Bob Smith’s commentary in Rutland Herald, Friday, Aug. 7, if he came to the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Depot Park, he would see all of our vendors are wearing masks in complete compliance with the Vermont Department of Health mandate.

On behalf of Killington Resort, I would like to publicly acknowledge our support for the REDC/Rutland Chamber merger. Combining these two nonprofits means expanded services to better meet the economic and community development needs of businesses and residents in our community.During the pas…

Has anyone bothered to listen to Democrat Joe Biden when he is answering questions from the media? He can't answer a simple softball question from a journalist without stumbling all over himself. And this is the best man the Democrats have to offer this country? And Bernie Sanders and Nancy …

Well, Isaias was upon us here in Vermont, and the forecast for this Aug. 4 afternoon was wind gusts as high as 50 mph. We were told there might be isolated power outages. That's a frequent occurrence in our rural communities: thunderstorms in the summer, snow and ice storms in the winter — j…

In response to Virginia Duffy's comment on RRMC flying the BLM flag: If standing up against police brutality and for racial equality is "Marxist," then I guess I'm a Marxist. But seriously, throwing labels around adds nothing to civil debate and discourse; in fact, it discourages civil debat…

I would submit that the final gift John Lewis has given the nation, in a lifetime of service to its ideals and opposition to the practices that betrayed those ideals, is a very simple and straightforward measure of our values: on which side would you have stood on the Edmund Pettus bridge in…

Polls appear to show President Trump’s re-election chances are slipping. His reaction was to play the worn-out race card which he dealt so frequently during his campaign — he refused to go to the Capital Rotunda to honor the passing of civil rights legend and 17-term Congressman John Lewis, …

Dear Governor Scott: I am writing to inform you I will not vote for you and will encourage all voters I can to do the same unless you rescind the addition of the Excess Spending Threshold to Act 68. This has decimated our local schools for years as we have tried to provide a quality educatio…

Here in Vermont, we are fortunate to have open primaries. This means registered voters need not be a member of a particular political party to vote in that party’s primary. Indeed, Vermonters who participate in the primaries receive three ballots — those of the Republican, Democratic and Pro…

OK, I admit it. I’m an oversimplifier. I don’t get the school opening/not opening mess we’re currently engaged in. I remember sometime in the late-’40s or early-’50s, probably as a consequence of the post-war baby boom, there were more kids than schoolrooms. So cities and towns split the sch…

Here we are seeing Joe Biden at his best: first thing he wants to do is raise income taxes. Does that include him, Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders paying more when they are millionaires? The question is once again how do they become millionaires and billionaires on the wages we pay them — by…

OK, essential grocery store employees — let me get this straight: You make mask-wearing mandatory for the safety of colleagues and customers so they won't catch a respiratory illness. How kind. However, co-workers are permitted to smoke during their breaks on the job site and get the risk of…

There's only one way not to disrespect America and our national anthem: When playing the anthem at sports events, etc., if you are in civilian clothes, stand facing the flag of the USA and place your right hand over your heart, hats off. If you are in a military uniform of the USA, stand at …

The leaders in charge of the Rutland Sculpture Trail are going to create a sculpture of Redfield Proctor, founder of Vermont Marble Co. UVM professor Kevin Thornton revealed quite clearly, for those who didn’t already know, Proctor’s legacy of selfish grasping for power was so great that he …

Thanks for your editorial July 23 on Trump's use of federal forces in U.S. cities. I just want to point out the Border Patrol (CPB), an arm of Homeland Security, has been following this script in Vermont for a number of years: operating checkpoints on our roadways, staking out courthouses in…

So Amazon will no longer sell Redskins merchandise. That move is calculated, disingenuous and an empty gesture. Want a typical Confederate flag? Amazon — $13.99, free shipping. Plenty of variants of the "stainless banner" and the less recognizable "stars and bars" available. Not your thing? …

Are we going to quietly accept the presence of unknown military-type personnel on the streets of American cities in ful-dress combat fatigues, whisking protesters off the streets in unmarked cars to unknown locations, with no words of explanation to anyone, including the elected officials of…

It is insulting for RRMC to say they are not political and don't support the BLM organization, the fact is you caved to mob pressure and group think. You are now flying their flag, which means you value what it represents and, therefore, the denials that you don't align with their core belie…

I never realized just how fast cars were going on Killington Avenue until the police put the speed checker out. The lack of respect for our neighborhood that I see is sad. I would say three-quarters of the cars are going over the posted speed limit. During peak traffic times between 7:30 to …

Five Questions With

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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…

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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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.

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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.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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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.

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Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

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Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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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.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

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Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

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Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

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Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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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.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

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Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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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.

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Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

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Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.