Although “As Alabama Goes, so Goes the Nation” has never been a thing, nor should it be, it turns out that it’s precisely what will happen if Christian conservatives have their way, and at this point, it seems as though they very well might. The state’s recent criminalizing of abortion, whic…

Two months ago, I told Vermont legislators the story of how I lost my job, my life savings and my apartment after I lost access to child care.

There is a free college tuition program that still is one of the best-kept secrets in Vermont. Did you know that Vermont students interested in STEM careers can go to college AND finish their high school degree at the same time? Tuition free?

An expert in farming has put forth a bold idea to save the dairy industry: Get out of it.

This spring, a settlement was reached between the state of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont’s Toxics Action Center office, and the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District, where I live.

Not all dads are created equal. Some of them become fathers by virtue of the relationships they are in. As blended families become more common, the definition of fathering extends well beyond men’s own biological or adopted children.

We are growing more concerned about civic discourse and the democratic process in Montpelier.

A lot of grumbling and criticism has greeted the end of this session of the state Legislature, both how it ended and what it accomplished.

“Russia, if you’re listening …” started it. “I think I’d take it …”, “You don’t call the FBI…”, “The FBI director is wrong,” “you might want to listen. There's nothing wrong with listening …”

So how close are we getting to giving up our rights and privacy?

Words cannot begin to express my sincere level of gratitude to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. The level of compassionate, exceptional care given to my mom, Sheila Bell, by far exceeded all standards ever imagined.

On a weekly basis, one can count on hate letters to the editor from the Socialist Left against President Donald J. Trump, guaranteed. A president that has done more for the economy than any of the past presidents have done in the past 24-plus years. Yeah, so he tweets stuff that to some folk…

The foothold and conibear traps are the tools of choice for wildlife control professionals and are legal in 44 states and Canada. Airports have a wildlife control specialist assisting in the removal of problem animals. Vermont towns remove beavers to reduce flooding of roadways, basements an…

On Saturday, June 15, a benefit concert titled "Welcoming the Stranger" will be held at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier at 7 p.m.

Until now, I’ve resisted the urge to jump into the discussion about the appeal to the Vermont Superior Court on the proposed Montpelier parking garage. But I’ve decided to speak out now, as costs to our citizens rise and the appellants make unsupportable demands.

Vermont may prove to be a leader in the nation once again.

I want to thank Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas for writing “Food for thought,” an editorial published in the May 15 edition of this newspaper. Pappas discussed hunger in Vermont and the nation — especially as it affects our youth.

Thinking about the Montpelier parking garage, I think this would be a good time to rethink the proposal and maybe divert the $10 million to upgrade the failing infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, water and wastewater systems.

I’m writing with deep concern regarding The Times Argus’ recent article on the drag queen story hour at Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Vermont Republican Gov. "Veto" Scott did it again. This time he killed the hand gun waiting period for the purchase of this deadly weapon.

Thank you, Gov. Phil Scott, for vetoing the proposed "waiting period" gun law, a piece of legislation that could be viewed either as insidious or merely stupid. Insidious because it is just the latest attempt by the gun-ban lobby to void the Second Amendment by degrees. Stupid because it dem…

Your editorial of June 4 (“Then and now”) recapping the mess that was the 2016 election has merit in its plea to not allow the same thing to happen in 2020. But I take issue with your lumping Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump together as “candidates whom the majority of citizens distrusted.” …

Hot. Finally hot in Vermont. It comes after what Steinbeck didn’t but might have called the “spring of our discontent,” a plodding, reluctant spring that seemed to be spring in name only — an April and May, and early June, when the weather gods seemed too dull-witted to pair warmth with clea…

The other day I was shopping and I saw a mother struggling to separate her three young children, who were engaged in a hearty brawl. Employing the parental technique of instantaneously developing a second set of arms, she was able to pry the imps apart and put some distance between their fla…

It is thought-provoking when, in the course of offering advice to graduates, speakers have to continually add tolerance and civility to the list.

The “Peacham carve-out” in the state’s budget (it’s Sec. E. 505 of the 117-page bill) is a telling insight on the wind-down of the state’s effort to consolidate Vermont’s schools. The town name “Peacham” is nowhere to be found in what legislators term “the Big Bill,” but the carve-out is all…

The election season of 2020, already starting, is going to bring a number of vexing issues to the surface in the not-so-united United States. One of these issues will definitely be the separation of church and state. The proverbial writing is on the wall. The religious extreme right, many of…

We’ve talked about the polluting effects of too much CO2 in the atmosphere since the mid 1960s, when Lyndon Johnson was president. Bill McKibben, in 1989, introduced us to the “End of Nature.” And the IPCC, in 2019, gave us a decade to stop burning fossil fuel, or else … Or else we will have…

Vermont has an opportunity to be the first in the nation to enact a constitutional amendment that will enshrine in our constitution equal educational opportunity for Vermont’s kids. The Vermont General Assembly this year has passed a constitutional amendment which provides a model for the Ki…

Summer is a magical season for kids — a time when they finally get to make many of their own decisions. Except when it comes to reading. This summer, millions of children will be slogging through a school-assigned reading list. And that may not be such a good thing.

It’s a safe bet that no matter where one finds themselves in Vermont, they’re not too far away from a Vermont food co-op. Boasting the highest number of stores per capita, Vermont’s 15 food co-ops have established themselves as pillars of their communities, along with being drivers of the st…

My son, Will, and I were rolling north on an Arkansas highway in his silver Silverado. “Wow!” I said. “Look how black the sky is up ahead there.”

An article in the New York Times this week raises an interesting conundrum about people — across all ages — using devices for information and entertainment.

In these times, it is impossible to gauge how deep cynical positions can be maintained in order to support the continued profit of the elites. Last weekend’s commentary by Rob Roper, of the oil-funded Ethan Allen Institute, reaches a new low. He is blaming the epidemic of youth suicides on t…

The 2019 legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative.

I heartily thank our state senate for passing S.R.5, the resolution to keep Vermont free of nuclear bombers. The Senate’s 22-7 vote affirmed our state’s opposition to having vehicles used to wage nuclear war based in Vermont’s most populous county.

I don't get it. The Vermont Legislature didn't pass pot or a minimum wage increase — what did they do? Pot would increase the state's coffers and (a higher) minimum wage would increase the workers' coffers — oh, no, we wouldn't want to do that ...

The Vermont Legislature did it again. Even in their sleep, these politicians can muck up their cause. The legislative "adjournment" ended any hope of fixing a needed bill. The story "Delay of anti racism bills OK with advocates," (VTDigger, May 31) is an example of this.

Since at least 2015, Trump has been insulting and inciting hatred against immigrants, especially people of color. Among his many claims are illegal immigration costs jobs, lowers wages, increases crime, undermines public safety, overburdens schools and hospitals, and depletes the social safety net.

I’m back on the road, walking faster than I could the last seven months. Ice and snow are long gone; the temperature is above 50; and even the relentless showers have abated, at least for the afternoon. Repaired quadricep is responding pretty well after 10 months and I’m thinking of hedging …

Part of the joy of having a dog is taking them with us on walks — we all benefit from the exercise, time together and viewing nature. We also love to go walking in nature preserves and conservation areas to do the same.

The 2016 presidential election campaign was an unpleasant, repugnant experience for millions of Americans, including, one suspects, many of those who in the end voted for Donald Trump because he was the last Republican standing.