Vermont has received $1.25 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds through the federal CARES Act, which have time constraints and restricted uses. One of the allowable uses is providing for the needs of the unhoused as a response to the public-health emergency created by COVID-19, and another is…

The late, beloved baseball catcher, Yogi Berra, wasn’t a scholar, but he was a master of malaprop. Think of him as an Archie Bunker in Yankees pinstripes. Yet when it comes to capturing the current dilemma facing Vermont higher education, his line “It’s déjà vu all over again” is as much on …

Thousands of Americans lining up for food in 2020 boggles the mind of the observer and creates unfathomable stress for families trying to get by on meager government assistance as the COVID-19 pandemic migrates through the heartland. Here in central Vermont, we saw a day-long gridlock of veh…

Marlboro College held its annual meeting May 16 in which they overrode term limits and ignored a petition with more than 800 signatures calling on leadership in favor of closure, to resign. Their plan to give away millions of dollars to Emerson College, while taking on new debt, $1M in Paych…

All of us at Northern Vermont University are greatly relieved that the immense value NVU and Vermont Tech-Randolph bring to Vermont has been recognized and that the former Vermont State Colleges Chancellor took his proposal to close NVU and Vermont Tech-Randolph off the table. However, we al…

In 1966, Vermont’s U.S. Sen. George Aiken offered President Lyndon Johnson a way out of the long and divisive war in Vietnam. Although it is not exactly what Aiken said, the advice has assumed a life of its own in the aphorism, “Declare victory and get out.”

I’ve probably traveled more than 20,000 miles on foot the last several decades without having gotten anywhere, other than where I already was, which — for some reason — was satisfying anyway. I did it to drop some weight, which I haven’t; I did it to ease my generalized anxiety, which it gen…

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently voted into effect by Congress is amazingly close to a Universal Basic Income (UBI) system, or an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) system, although it is only temporary. I think it is safe to say the CARES Act has met with …

Last year, several colleges in Southern Vermont shuttered their doors — one of which was Green Mountain College in Poultney. Poultney happens to be where I grew up. Since the college was the biggest employer in my small hometown, many of my friends and family members were directly impacted b…

Watching Jared Kushner proclaim the “success story” of his father-in-law’s COVID-19 catastrophe, as infections passed the million mark, the death toll topped 60,000 and over 30 million Americans sought unemployment benefits (now, these numbers have substantially increased), was enough to gag…

In Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the COVID-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and even don…

Just when we were about to relegate the phrase “You can’t make this stuff up” to the dust bin of history, perhaps replacing it with something more user friendly, like: “His lips are moving — run,” a gigantic speed bump in the person of one Donald J. Trump, is forcing us to dredge up the old …

Our apologies to the governor for making him the protagonist in a full-page reader engagement exercise on the cover of this section. But we felt that he was the perfect subject for a story that required levity. Besides, how many states have race car drivers who double as governors?

As we continue to grapple with the fear and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, and come to the realization things will never be the same for us and for our global community, we might find ourselves asking questions usually reserved for philosophy and religion, questions about meaning. For…

The latest translation of the Bible, “Bible 2020,” has just been published by the Danish Bible Society. It has caused considerable controversy on account of the way this translation has handled the word “Israel” in the Old and New Testaments. For example, of the 60 instances in the New Testa…

The house vibrates slightly as a truck drives by, and Jameson, our colorful coonhound, leaps off the couch and heads toward the door. He knows what happens next. The truck, operated by Casella Waste Systems, stops just above our house and then backs carefully down a long dirt driveway beside…

You wouldn’t be surprised that a late night television meat salesman’s ignorance was nearly unrivaled in magnitude — in all ways and of all things. He himself would probably characterize his vacuousness as “The best ignorance in history” ... “Nobody’s ever seen anything like it.” Superlative…

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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.

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How are you handling self-isolation?I’m on Week 5 of isolation with my husband, 5-year-old, 3-year-old, dog and cat. I definitely won’t be winning any quarantine productivity awards, and I don’t have any motivational stories of how I’m using the time to make the world a better place. No one …