Trees provide shade, color, prevent erosion, use carbon dioxide and wildlife habitats, to name a few benefits. Trees also can blind intersections, fall on electric lines, overrun sidewalks and get into underground pipes with their roots.

I was extremely disappointed that your paper did not bother to lead with your 9/11 remembrance on page 1. You put some of it on page 6, but the bulk on page 10. Your Friday paper never mentioned 9/11 at all.

I'm paraphrasing, but a point will be made. Outside one of the businesses in downtown Rutland — you know who you are — the employees wrote a sign saying to wear a mask and if you won't be an A-- about it, it would be appreciated. Regardless if the profanity is fully written or not — you migh…

In July, Castleton’s Recreation Commission concluded its third two-week-long youth Sailing Camp on Lake Bomoseen. Enthusiastic and intrepid middle-schoolers started the week paddling and intentionally capsizing six donated Sunfish. Within a few days, they were capably navigating a triangular…

In these trying times, I want to give a shoutout to our local police department for their heroic efforts to keep us safe. In the best of times, a staffing shortage would be challenging with officers having to pick up extra overtime shifts in order to protect the city. With COVID and a number…

Twenty years ago, this country was rocked by multiple terrorist attacks — 20 years ago. That's a long time to never forget. Now, 20 years later, Afghanistan is rocked and the Taliban took over. The answer: Let's move them into the United States. Give them free money "for housing," of course.

It would seem that Biden has taken a kinder, gentler approach to the terrorist government in Afghanistan as evidenced by his description of the killers as “business like” and “focused.” Hmmm.

To all in the Mill River district who have worked so hard to keep political and divisive flags off the flag poles at our schools, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and praise. Beginning in June 2020 when the initial flag request was made, you worked tirelessly to get petitions signed, to a…

The Barstow School District School Board is asking for input on the question of whether to use public education dollars specifically in support of our public schools. Public education is part of the foundation of democracy, and our public schools are mandated to serve every child.

With his trivial and obstructionist line of questioning at the Board of Alderman’s meeting of Sept. 7, Tom DePoy has once again demonstrated that he is Tom DePoy. In his belaboring of the subtle distinction between integration and assimilation, he seems to imply that Afghan refugees should n…

In response to Rep. Thomas Terenzini's conspiracy theory from the Sept. 8 Herald: I hope he clarifies how he believes that Democrats "see open borders as a way to invest in more votes on Election Day." Is he trying to promote the lie that millions of undocumented immigrants illegally vote in…

People won’t wear a mask or get the vaccine because it is their personal freedom not to. They say that it is their bodies and their choice, and it doesn’t matter how many people die from an easily spreadable fatal disease. But when it comes to women’s constitutional right to choose whether t…

More than 117,000 people were airlifted from Kabul in two weeks’ time, under absolutely atrocious conditions by the U.S. military under Joe Biden — over 122,000 if you count back a couple more weeks. Nothing this amazingly coordinated has been carried out since the Dunkirk armada took 340,00…

The Commonwealth Fund, a philanthropic foundation, has recently published another report on our health care system, and it doesn't look good. The United States ranked dead last when compared with 10 other high income countries. The study looked at access to care, care process, administrative…

Ridiculous to continue to publish COVID-19 misinformation under the guise of "opinion." Meg Hansen has continued to make outrageous claims that are not backed by any reality. The CDC has multiple studies cited on their website that support the effectiveness of masks, in direct contradiction …

In response to Mr. Schneider's "Children's fate," I agree how sad (and horrifying) to see and try to contemplate the desperation of mothers and other citizens in Kabul, Afghanistan. It is truly terrifying, the danger posed by a group of religiously fanatic men bent on controlling the bodies …

On Saturday, Aug. 28, the Rutland Moose Club 1122 and Cub Scout Troop 120 arrived at the gate of the historic Rutland West Street Cemetery at 8 a.m. They brought a four-wheeler, a trailer, wheelbarrows, pry bars, shovels, weed trimmers and most importantly, over 40 volunteers to help in the …

At the current rate of the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout, low-income countries may not receive the vaccine for years to come. Sharing excess vaccine doses and providing additional resources with countries in the greatest need is vital to limit the spread of more COVID-19 variants and the e…

With the attack on the people at the gate and 13 service members dead and others wounded, the quandary begins: if the Taliban hold true in their promise. Any enemy of yours is a friend of mine. The ISIS-K movement opposes the Taliban seeking to take power away from them and ruling Afghanista…

This was inspired by the letter of Karen Marino. Sometimes, neurological symptoms aren't noticed right offhand. Unfortunately, so-called adult bus passengers have stared at and made fun of me for wearing a seat belt on the small buses. If I don't wear one, I'm in danger of falling, especiall…

I’m tired of reading about how “exorbitant” the proposed $3.5 trillion social infrastructure bill is. Where were these same voices of doom when the Trump Congress passed tax cuts for the wealthy in 2017-18 which ended up costing at least as much? Or where were they when minimum wages were so…

Imagine my surprise. Here I was, enjoying my morning coffee and reading the latest commentary from Don Chioffi. I got about two-thirds of the way through the column thinking Don was going to make some astute big-picture comparisons between Vietnam and Afghanistan. I really didn’t see that ‘B…

In his Aug. 24 commentary James Hall urges his readers to get their news online, noting that, among other things, it is available "free of charge." If Mr. Hall's own "contributions" to the public discourse are any indication of the quality of the information he is garnering from the internet…

The latest figures show the COVID-19 childhood case fatality rate is 0.01%, that is, around 520 children have died since the pandemic began. Let’s put this statistic into context. During the 2018-19 influenza season, over 46,000 children were hospitalized and 480 children died. The Centers f…

I don't often read the Rutland Herald anymore. Tabloids don't hold my interest, as the continual printing of opinion as truth is tiresome at best and detrimental to the livelihoods of hardworking people at worst. Call me an idealist to expect to read facts in a newspaper, and I'll keep hopin…

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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.