Although it might be pretentious for a white dude, in one of the whitest states in the union, weighing in on Black Lives Matter on the cusp of Black History Month, I think my concern is legitimate. I’m sure I’ll hear about it, in any case. My particular yank concerns Barre City’s questionabl…

In this fraught historical moment of reckoning with the events of the past week, questions are raised about how it is that so many people have been convinced to buy into alternate realities of untruths. To cry “Don’t Tread on Me” when health experts tell us wearing a mask will help prevent t…

Hopefully, soon-to-be former Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rationale for blocking $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks was an object of partisan beauty, trivializing the financial woes of typical American families, simply saying: “The Senate is not going to be bullied into rushing out more bo…

Today is the saddest day I can ever recall for American democracy. People who have refused to accept the results of November’s presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol. One woman has been shot to death. And sadly, the president of the United States is complicit in this day’s events.

Watching the Republican congressional leadership on Wednesday evening, rising triumphantly from the ashes to complete “the people’s business” in “the people’s house” after the horrifying breach of the Capitol by MAGA supporters, was a moving tribute to democracy’s strength, for the first few…

There have been incidents appearing in articles and police logs in recent weeks that would suggest that we’re not handling our stress very well. In fact, indications are that we need to take a chill pill.

Earlier this week, on our news pages we published submissions from local legislators outlining their priorities for the upcoming legislative session which begins Jan. 6. It is an exercise that we do at the start of every session, and definitely at the start of every biennium.

With lockdowns, political paralysis, physical separation from friends and family we want to hold, it’s hard to talk about much of good that has come out of these times. However, we are learning some big lessons — the most important of which are about our need to connect to other human beings…

Enumerating the 2020 events conspiring to make it the worst of years, we don’t need to begin all the way back in January. Nor do we have to categorize every soul-deadening corruption; each outrageous lie; or dredge up a Dead Sea Scroll of incriminating Tweets, illustrating the broad malfeasa…

While consolidating a number of moldy cardboard boxes of notebooks, journals and clippings into a more concise version of my often inarticulate, sometimes incomprehensible etchings during the past five decades, I discovered an archive of sorts. I knew the stuff existed but just how much of i…

If you look into the religious demographics of who voted for Trump in 2020, you’ll find that 75% to 80% of white Christian Protestant evangelicals voted for Trump and, something we hear less about, almost 50% of Catholics voted for Trump. As per the most recent figures, about 25% of adult Am…

The University of Vermont is an important part of many people’s story. It’s central to our family. My spouse and I are graduates of UVM, and our son just completed his first semester. Many of our closest friends are people we met while at UVM. My liberal arts degrees provided me with a firm …

The new snow is more like a coat of paint, not much beyond what you see — purely superficial — all of the inconvenience icy roads visit upon walking and driving and none of the benefits of a hefty dump: no XC skiing; no snowshoeing. My current version of yak tracks, which have lasted an inor…

This year is Exhibit A when it comes in the trial against critical thinking. As a nation, we are not engaging in meaningful ways; we are not listening to one another; and we are certainly not eager to accept points of view different from our own.

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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.