Hardly a day goes by without a story in the news media on the unsettled state of higher education this fall. The importance of opening our campuses is not in dispute. The question is: Can we do it safely?

What if people were told to run from the police because those who did not in the past stories were jailed without cause?

For families and staff to feel comfortable this school year, Montpelier schools plan to accommodate in-person and virtual instruction options (“Montpelier expecting hybrid teaching for full school year,” Aug. 7). Until we have a COVID-19 vaccine, feeling secure with reopening schools must in…

If they are not going to reopen the schools 5 days per week, they need to immediately start up day cares for ages 5-12. They have less than a month to get these up and running and staffed and funded.

This September, the Sustain3will announce the winners of its writing contest. Some $2,500 in prize money will be awarded to talented local writers. The contest “What Comes Next?” was designed to encourage creative and innovative thinking about what might otherwise be a foreboding future. We …

In his Aug. 5 letter to the editor, William Royce states he is “sick and tired” of seeing “Black Lives Matter” flags and signs, and he asks whether we should “try Every Life Matters.”

If I had a school-age child or if I were a teacher, I’d be extremely worried about exposure to this plague while it is still raging. All of us need to support our students, teachers and parents in any way we can; it takes a village, and we who have any kind of expertise that can help, are th…

In response to the letter from William Royce, Aug. 5: Every life only matters when Black lives matter.

COVID-19 - and Trump said:

Mr. Royce writes that he is “sick and tired of all the Black Lives Matter we see on flags, signs, even painted on our streets.” Well, I am sorry that he is so tired.

When I was growing up, my father, a World War II veteran, often said, “Don’t ever become complacent. It can happen here.” He was, of course, referring to Hitler’s rise to power and the subsequent fascist Nazi government that took control of Germany. At the same time, in school, I was learnin…

The Republicans were against Social Security from the beginning. If they had had their way, it never would have been adopted, and old people in the United States would still be condemned to a lifetime of poverty. Fortunately, FDR and the Democrats passed it, expanded it, and continue to support it.

It seems as though whenever the topic of banning trapping comes up, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (Vt. F&W) quickly points to Massachusetts as some cautionary tale of doom of what happens when a state bans or severely restricts trapping. This was witnessed during a June 2020…

I recently wrote about change coming because of the murder by police of George Floyd, an innocent African-American man. The backlash is in full-throated bloom.

Vermont remains the lowest among all states for COVID-19 cases. That is a comforting fact given what is happening throughout much of the nation. It is also true that this is not the time for complacency. As of today, Aug. 1, it is required to wear masks when in public places and indoor businesses.

One of our reporters has been covering an ongoing issue in a community that has proven to be increasingly divisive. Several community members have reached out to us to tell us how grateful they have been for the coverage. But a small minority of individuals have become a larger minority in a…

The stirring tributes delivered by former presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis, a near mythic figure of the Civil Rights Movement, were heartbreaking reminders of the attributes we’ve come to expect from America’s leaders.

The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution begins with the ringing declaration: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Libe…

Currently, Vermont is in the envious position of having the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in the United States, if not the world, so let’s not mess with it by opening our schools.

The month of July put one of the world’s greatest pieces of architecture back in the news again. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is now a functioning mosque once more. This huge building was originally built by the Roman Emperor Justinian I between 532-537 of the Current Era, when the city was …

In 1970, when Gov. Deane Davis signed Act 250 into law, he advanced a vision shared by Vermonters who wanted to protect Vermont’s unique cultural and historic ties to the land by addressing the environmental impacts of development, while allowing for economic prosperity. Fifty years later, m…

Roughly five months ago, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic was sinking in. Since then, our nation’s response has been scattered, at best. Here in Vermont we nervously enjoy what seems to be a bit of relative safety. Our mountains and dense forests have protected us thus far. There are no …

I worked for Vermont state government for more than 30 years, in five different communities and from my home. Much of state government, its departments and agencies, are largely based in a few Vermont locales. I have come to believe there are real advantages, potential savings, efficiencies …

I am a teacher at Thatcher Brook Primary School and I have two children in a different school district. I don’t know if I should send my own kids back to school. Right now I’m looking at three different schedules. My mom has leukemia. I am wondering whether it’s OK to still see her if I go b…

I have an idea that could help with the challenges facing public schools and reopenings. It is no secret that not only do our public schools educate our kids, but for working parents, school is a form of day care, as well. Many public schools in Vermont are proposing partial schedules with m…

In response to Claire Duke's letter, I have realized a lot of people seem to think the unemployed are getting $600 per week and that is it, and they are going to lose that. That is incorrect — they are getting their unemployment plus $600 per week. Now they will still get their unemployment …

While there are no jaw-dropping results out of the latest Vermont Public Radio/Vermont PBS poll, there is plenty for Vermonters to talk about and digest.

I am sick and tired of all the Black Lives Matter we see on flags, signs, even painted on our streets. Why don't we try Every Life Matters?

There are at least 30 million Americans who have had their federal unemployment support cut off by the Republican Party — a political party not only completely shut off from the reality those 30 million are facing, but have also lost, in their quest for personal wealth, any degree of empathy…

This quarantine is wearing me down. I just want to get out of the house and get away. It has gotten to the point where I’ve become obsessed with thinking of any location other than where I have been for the past four months. I’ve even resorted to reading the world atlas for kicks. I’m so pre…

A number of public school teachers and administrators have recently raised serious concerns about reopening schools this fall. Harwood Union Superintendent Brigid Nease just penned a 2,225-word letter sounding the alarm about the overwhelming challenges facing the system. Then on July 30, th…

As we begin the campaign season for this year’s elections, I would suggest we review our beliefs before we vote. I list here a set of principles many of us would agree are American ideals, as well as ideals for all great nations. A few might not be for some people, but that is alright. We ar…

In the last week, there have been two references to Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.”

Earlier this summer, my team set a goal for our state: If our positive health trends continue, let’s return to in-person instruction for our kids in the fall.

A lot of parents are deciding to home-school their children this fall. Where I live in Vermont, home-school applications have gone up by 75% from last year, according to the Agency of Education. Obviously, staying safe during a pandemic is the priority. Until we have a vaccine, home-schoolin…

All I know is that with current issues what they are in this country, for the Senate to offer $200 a week (vs. the previous $600 federal unemployment), it's like giving someone a half a car and saying "Have a good ride!" Talk about out of touch , there isn't a one of them who is worried abou…

Although being deeply grateful to have a smartphone the last couple or few years (along with federal government-funded monthly phone, text and data service through the Lifeline program), and currently being able to afford high-speed wireless internet and at least having online access in that…

Five Questions With

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…

Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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.

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.

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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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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.

Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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.

Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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

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