We appreciate your sincere and honest editorial in Tuesday's paper concerning the challenges you are facing in printing and delivering The Times Argus in a timely way day after day. We understand the difficulties presented by the unique circumstances of this time. We are very willing to wait…

In response to Matt Andrews: I drive home in the dark every night. There are people wearing dark clothes, walking dark-colored dogs. I have complained about this for years. Use a flashlight. Get reflection tape for your clothes. I resent that you think all people driving at night are impaired.

Mr. Andrews: Responsibility goes beyond just the drivers. You surely cannot expect drivers to be looking at each and every dark intersection they come across. That would be the logical thing to do but nobody pays that close attention. Kudos to you if you do. When it is dark, wear clothing th…

A letter to the editor in Thursday’s Herald by Lynn James Edmunds bemoans Rutland Town’s new mask mandate. Mr. Edmunds states that "compliance measures have failed us during the last 21 months" as a reason that mask mandates are a waste of time.

Rutland Town requires masks in public indoor settings. Apparently, there is no such thing as compensation for compliance measures that have failed us during the past 21 months. Thus, we are left only with buyer's remorse resulting from disappointing solutions. 

On Feb. 4 this year, President Biden committed to ending support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, which he called a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.” But on Nov. 4, he announced a $650 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. This proposed sale makes no sense, flies in the face of Bid…

Seems some Republican candidates can dish it out but are having trouble taking it. Whining and complaining may get a sympathetic ear from soft-hearted local folk but ask this person what he intends to do for the people of Barre City, and he has no answer.

“It Can’t Happen Here” is a novel by Sinclair Lewis. The novel describes a demagogue who is elected president of the United States after fomenting fear while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. The country soon turns it back on democracy and slides into authoritarianism.

The leadership of GunSense Vermont joins thoughtful people everywhere who are appalled by the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two men and injured a third during a protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin in 2020.

Vermonters have good reason to applaud Sen. Patrick Leahy’s 47 years of service, during which he has channeled billions of dollars of federal funds to benefit Vermont. However, I balk at your applause for Senator Leahy for “fiercely” advocating for civil liberties.

Your editorial is correct that it is very difficult for working people to serve in Vermont’s Legislature. The sessions are far too long — twice as long as much more populous states with bigger budgets. It would help if legislators had access to legislative aides who could help them understan…

Regarding Scott Garren's Nov. 17 letter to the Herald about my voting record, the reader needs to know that Mr. Garren is a local Democrat party official and an unsuccessful Democrat candidate for statewide office. He has an agenda. I had to chuckle at his comment about me using people for m…

The Lake Bomoseen Association (LBA) would like to share our thanks during this season for the successful Greeter Program run at Lake Bomoseen this summer. This program was supported by a grant from the Vermont Aquatic Nuisance Control Grant-in-Aid Program. The work was performed by local hig…

Between documentaries i have viewed, internet info and reading, it seems as though many centuries ago, there was a warming period in the Earth's history with extremely high temperatures from carbon dioxide emissions from volcanoes, that resulted in fern plants growing as big as palm trees fo…

It sometimes feels like no one wants to agree on anything these days — from national politics to the most local of issues. So, I’m writing to offer your readers an antidote to some of the negativity, divisiveness, anger and suspicion that may seem so pervasive: The opportunity to participate…

When Scott Frye provided no proof for his allegations in “Opinions vs. Facts” (Nov. 16), that “Critical Race Theory (CRT) has really opened the floodgates of unfounded statements and tirades,” he actually opened the floodgates of divisiveness in Springfield.

Please don't ruin the one consistent, traditional, iconic feature of our beautiful park. A bathroom? Parking? It's a park. Having the gazebo at the center allows the community to gather all around as a group. It gives many more people a front row seat at concerts and allows children to play …

In response to Kathleen Krevetski’s Nov. 18 letter about turning the CSJ campus into an economic development and enterprise zone, music incubator, etc., my question is, what data do you have to support this idea? Specifically, because you are asking the public to put the kibosh on the Heartl…

I think there was a typo in Butch Paul’s letter to the editor on Wednesday. When he wrote, “the March election was a one issue election” it was missing the words, “to me.” For those of us with children in the school, it was the last thing on our minds.

Rutland Herald photographer Hannah Dicton consistently provides interesting photos of Rutland and the surrounding area. Her picture on the front page of the Nov. 18 edition, is exceptional as it captures the rays of the sun at sunrise. Her work is a joy to those of us who are homebound or li…

I grew up in the early 1950s when everybody got to see the effects of polio on people of all ages: Kids in heavy metal leg braces, adults who could no longer take care of their families. When the vaccine was ready for kids, there was very little pushback, unlike there is today. We lined up i…

In a world overflowing with many problems, my complaint is not a big one. But neither is the solution. Please find a place other than on a living tree to hang holiday lights. It was unfortunate to see the photo of Ira Moser, a good arborist, hanging lights on one of the crabapples at the Sta…

Regarding Mr. Paul’s commentary. That horse was corralled, roped and loaded on a truck, taken to the slaughterhouse, killed, and then transported to the butcher, where it was cut up and packaged. It was then put on the shelf, purchased, taken home, roasted on the gas grill, consumed and is n…

Demands for “law and order” are as common as the common cold. Poke any candidate for office and “law and order” reflexively pops out. But law and order for whom? Which lawbreakers will be held to account and which allowed to slip away unpunished?

It's high time the Rutland City Board of School Commissioners got around to the business of cementing the Raider name and logo as a permanent fixture in Rutland City. Outside of a few, very vocal, "cancel culture" malcontents, there are very few people in this city who wish to see, or pay fo…

Rep. Arthur Peterson is using children, families and vulnerable people in his district as pawns for his political game. As someone who claims to be a man of faith, he should be reminded of Ephesians 4:31: “Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, a…

This holiday season, more than ever, families experiencing financial hardship need the support of members of our community. Many families this year will not be able to purchase a Christmas tree. Basic needs like food, shelter and warm clothes are critical. It is also important to connect fam…

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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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WDEV radio talk show host Dave Gram, of Montpelier, talks about the pandemic and how it has been affecting him and his life.

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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.