When you read this the elections will be just three days away. It may seem as though our elections have been going on for years, but like everything else, they too, will come to an end.

As we approach Election Day, it is increasingly likely hundreds of thousands of legitimately cast ballots will go uncounted — discarded by an unprecedented series of partisan decisions by a hand-picked, right-leaning, Supreme Court, bolstered earlier this week by the confirmation of Amy Cone…

One of my favorite things to do during three out of four seasons is to bicycle into the beautiful countryside surrounding Rutland, including Tinmouth, Chippenhook, Chittenden Reservoir, Wheelerville Road, Shrewsbury and all of the little gravel roads that hook them together. Something I’ve n…

It might be a cliché to say that elections have consequences, but I believe the consequences for our nation of Tuesday’s election are more significant than any election in more than 150 years. The consequences will partially hinge on how the election itself is handled: which votes are counte…

My son reminded me recently of the encouragement I sometimes offered when we were climbing through woods toward a summit or a ridge. Keep your eye on the line between the land and the sky, I told him. That’s where you’ve got to get to be over this. When you see that line beginning to descend…

Sorry, but I have to bring up Pope Francis again. He was very much in the news last week when he was shown in a new documentary, “Francesco,” saying: “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made …

So should we be concerned?

Editor’s note: The following commentary is in response to a direct complaint made against H. Brooke Paige, a candidate for Secretary of State and Attorney General, on this page.

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Every day there is a new announcement from the Vermont Secretary of State’s office proudly proclaiming how many people have cast their ballots weeks before Election Day on Nov. 3. As I’m writing this opening paragraph, that number is about 150,000. By the time I reach the end, the number wil…

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, of this year is the date I mark as the beginning of my family quarantining in response to the coronavirus. We have been careful to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the CDC and medical experts regarding wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing. For t…

I was just reading on Front Porch Forum an ad looking for preschool teachers from all over the state. As I was reading it, I realized that, ironically, it's easier (and better pay) to get a job as a para or sub – you only need 48 credits (in anything) to get those jobs.

In the last year or two, more people have been writing about the rise of fascism around the world, including here in the United States. People in some other countries are suffering tremendously because of inability to meet physical and social needs and some people are being killed as a resul…

Many have questioned me about the comments Chris Viens made during a candidates forum last week. As municipal manager, it is not my place to defend or criticize the personal public statements of public officials with whom I work. They, like we all, “own” their beliefs, philosophies and opini…

One trait people have in common is the desire to possess stuff. Some of us have more stuff than others; some of us have nicer stuff than others; but we all possess items and articles we have picked up on our journey through life.

Opeyemi Parham's Oct. 16 commentary Honoring Legacies is itself worthy of honor. It is the most original and poignant expression of the true meaning of Black Lives Matter to come out of the farrago of opinions generated by recent racial violence and the killing of George Floyd.

“Oil, Guns and God” sounds like a country-western song. But that phrase is a quote out of the mouth of Trump that he put forth at one of his most recent election rallies.

If we are to learn anything from the calamitous global pandemic and Western wildfire events of the past few months, it’s this: Pay attention to what the scientists are saying. Better said, and to be fair, listen to what learned people in any field of interest have to say.

The mainstream media seems to have created an extremely attractive and, need I say, profitable, fictional character in its continual quest to blend news and theater. That character, the "undecided voter," has proven to attract huge audiences to presidential-candidate debates on TV and to ral…

Liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, progressive, independent, city folk, rural folk, people of faith, secular humanists, Black, white, Latinx, Native American, ancestors from all over the world, at the end of the day, we are all Americans, and we care deeply about our democracy. We …

In an unprecedented year, perhaps it’s only natural we have an unprecedented election — the first in our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an astounding number of votes will be cast after being mailed to voters. While many of us are used to staying up late to lear…

In his Oct. 23 commentary in The Times Argus, Patrick Leahy felt the need to justify to Vermonters, why he is against supporting the latest proposal from the Senate Majority Leader, known as a “skinny bill,” or as Leahy calls, a “piecemeal” bill.

Last week, reporter Gordon Dritschilo wrote an article examining firearms and ammunition sales in the days leading up to hunting season. What he found was not surprising: Across the state, demand far exceeds supply.

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There’s a creature living under my back porch. I presume it’s a rodent, although rabbit, fox or possum would be all right, too. Skunk, porcupine or raccoon would not.

At first glance, it seemed impossible. On Aug. 18, Gov. Phil Scott issued an executive order to increase Vermont’s child care capacity as public schools announced reopening plans to provide some or all education remotely. The state dedicated $12 million in federal coronavirus relief funding …

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…

I’m often one of those “undecided” voters. It’s not that I don’t care or don’t have a point of view. It’s just that much of the time when I listen to a candidate, I instantly want to vote for the other guy. One campaign a few years back left me wondering if maybe we could rent a governor fro…

We are in the middle of the most devastating public health crisis in modern history, and the American people are paying a terrible price. Nearly 220,000 people have died in just 10 months. That is significantly more than the number of Americans who died in the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afgha…

The paid political advertisement on the front page of the paper this morning is misleading: H. Brooke Paige would have us believe ballots are being harvested by nefarious political operatives. This is simply not backed up by facts.

May I suggest this possible solution to the current logjam regarding another stimulus bill in the Congress: That someone set up in the sanctimonious United States Senate and the irrational White House (on the biggest screen known to man) the 24-hour live streaming of a recent news piece in w…

An important part of what we do each day is to hold elected bodies accountable. To that end, a lot of what we do depends on transparency.

Baby Trump Balloon, US, Uncle Sam, political cartoon

Just a few comments concerning your commentary by Concerned Catholics of Vermont published in the Oct. 14 edition of The Times Argus.

The extremists’ white rats started to come out of their nests in droves when Obama was elected president. For me, his election was a refreshing relief. I have been pretty disgusted with the human evolution thus far of seeing only white males in top positions, including Santa Claus, popes, su…

The president says he is a pro-lifer, yet out of inaction and his denial then and now, he has killed over 219,000-plus - grandfathers, grandmothers, parents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, doctors and nurses - and he doesn’t care about even one of them. So many died not able to have famil…

Sen. Patrick Leahy and five of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee have repeatedly stoked fears that a conservative Supreme Court, including Justice-to-be Amy Coney Barrett, will destroy the Obama Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. That, they say, would leave 20 milli…

The falling of leaves and shortening of days always mark a busy time for my industry — the ski resort industry. We are once again busily preparing for the ski season ahead. A critical part of preparation is the hiring of seasonal workers. We are rapidly approaching the time of year when our …

The comparative isolation imposed by the pandemic is forcing a lot of us to look at our immediate surroundings more carefully. Many people stuck at home for longer periods at a time are finding themselves not quite satisfied with things as they are. Do-it-yourself building projects are thriv…

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.