I hadn’t thought about the dancing chicken in years. Back in college, we spent an inordinate number of the wee small hours across the river in Chinatown, sating our munchies with copious, steaming plates of clams in black bean sauce or shrimp with Sichuan hot peppers at one of the joints tha…

The last several weeks have seen an uptick in Republican accusations that a Joe Biden presidency would be an invitation to “court packing,” including expanding the Supreme Court in order to counterbalance the GOP’s years of stonewalling Barack Obama’s judicial appointments while accelerating…

What a zoo! With a critical presidential election now only three weeks away, the brickbats are flying everywhere. It’s like that critical moment when two warring groups of kids come swarming out from behind their snow forts, laden with ammunition, and charge recklessly at each other. The dif…

I live in Vermont: Manchester, to be more precise. My wife and I voted a couple of days after receiving our ballot in the mail from our secretary of state’s office. We opened the envelope that was sent to us and then opened our ballot. Before filling out our respective ballots, we very caref…

As Vermont fights back against our triple crises – COVID-19, freshly exposed institutional racism, and an economy already being torn apart by growing inequality – we must not return to the old “normal.” That “normal” was failing our children, our working families and our communities. Measure…

Late last month, the Vermont Senate cleared the final hurdle to ensuring the Global Warming Solutions Act becomes law with the upper chamber’s 22-8 override of Governor Phil Scott’s veto. I am thrilled to see the Solutions Act pass, with both chambers of the General Assembly upholding overwh…

The leaves underfoot are spectacular. What isn’t so spectacular is that they’re underfoot, rather than still on the trees, in anticipation of “Indigenous Peoples Day” replacing Columbus Day somewhat like the District of Columbia NFL franchise transformed into the “Washington Football Team.” …

In 1980, historian Howard Zinn released “A People’s History of the United States,” a reader that became wildly popular in high schools across the country and sparked a revolution in the way that history is taught. Rather than putting students to sleep with factoids and timelines, teachers be…

On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump provided the nation with an exhausting, 90-minute barrage, outlining the damage electing him to a second term would do. In the first presidential debate with Joe Biden, the president’s unhinged bluster prompted the former vice president to say: “Shut up, man.” rep…

The central government of the United States is still crumbling in the face of COVID-19, white racism, capitalist exploitation of both the poor and the Earth, political bribery and corruption, and the endless denial of science and climate change. The web of lies continues as the White House t…

There are two political advisers in play in this 2020 election, although their contributions will rarely, if ever, be officially recognized: Friedrich Nietzsche and Adolph Hitler. Nietzsche created the idea of the “Super-man” (“Ubermensch”) whose morality is to be “beyond good and evil,” and…

One cannot argue against the basic human thesis that “All Lives Matter.” Most — if not all — believe that, for as long as humans have existed, virtually all advanced civilizations have supported and defended that proposition, many with their lives. In fact, that precept has never been in dou…

As if we needed another shadow obscuring the dwindling light of early autumn, we learned last weekend that within two hours of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — circling like a vulture — pledged that he, Donald Trump and their GOP Senate colleagues, woul…

As a university professor who has worked for educators in the U.S. Congress and was raised by high school teachers, I’m constantly thinking about the education system and how best to equip the next generation of leaders. I’ve also been interviewing educators throughout Vermont, as schools ca…

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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.