The report released this week by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington names 40 priests accused of sexually abusing children in Vermont since 1950. Many of them were long-serving and notable within their communities.

I would like to address the editorial presented the other day by Vermont GOP Party chairperson Deb Billado. With all due respect, Ms. Billado, are you nuts? What color is the sky in your world?

I was very disappointed in the headline story in The Times Argus on Aug. 16. To start with, the headline was misleading and inflammatory.

Are buses becoming obsolete? Fixed route bus ridership has been on the decline for years but customized service requiring 24-hour reservation is increasing but costly. With taxpayers subsidizing 80-90 cents for every operating dollar spent and 100 percent of the capital costs, more innovatio…

I salute Vermont's Scott administration for turning down Title X funding and supporting Planned Parenthood with state money. It was a choice of principle over money and rejected the vile Trump administration's "gag rule." Good work, Governor Scott.

By delaying the garage project, the Friends of Montpelier (I’m not a member) are giving the capital a chance to reclaim its better self.

A recent editorial noted the state's desire to have 50,000 to 60,000 EVs on the road by 2025. That's a great, if ambitious, goal. The editorial also noted John McClaughry's opinion that non-EV owners should not be subsidizing those who want to buy one.

American exceptionalism is a statement that is often misunderstood. It refers to the founding of the country. Prior to the United States, all countries were founded on top-down dictatorial leadership, such as monarchy’s dictatorships, etc. America was founded on bottom-up leadership: of the …

On Aug. 1, a section of the Texas Eastern System gas pipeline exploded in Kentucky. One person was killed and others hospitalized. The explosion burned homes and destroyed railroad tracks. In January, another part of the same gas pipeline exploded in Ohio, creating a fireball visible 10 mile…

Woodstock, the multi-day concert in 1969, is not remembered with a 50th anniversary concert this year, and although it is an American icon, it's true meaning is often confused with other things.

The year 1850 was good for the Pleasant Hill Plantation in Amite County, Mississippi. Overseer Eli J. Capell, a diligent and responsible employee, kept meticulous financial records of production, revenues, expenses, investments, etc. At year’s end, he itemized the plantation’s holdings of “N…

The year 1850 was good for the Pleasant Hill Plantation in Amite County, Mississippi. Overseer Eli J. Capell, a diligent and responsible employee, kept meticulous financial records of production, revenues, expenses, investments, etc. At year’s end, he itemized the plantation’s holdings of “N…

Our nation is prospering under the leadership of President Donald Trump. He works to strengthen our military for deterrence. He works to strengthen our economy creating jobs and wealth for our citizens. He ends bad deals and renegotiates them with America’s interests considered first. He has…

Last week when the president made his trip to Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of the mass shooting there, he was met by chanting protesters. Their demands he “Do Something” are a cry for real change, for concrete steps to stop the killing, beyond sending thoughts and prayers.

Most of us grew up associating special events with patron characters — Christmas and Santa Claus — loose change under our pillows and the Tooth Fairy, or a dysfunctional Senate and Mitch McConnell. The new school term belongs to public education’s patron, the Emperor.

The NRA is half right about one thing. Guns don’t kill people. But the NRA leaves out the second half of the truism, which is: Young men with guns kill people. The brute fact is that 99% of the mass shootings in the United States are perpetrated by young men. Yes, we have a gun problem, and …

Change, it has been said, is the only constant. Certainly, it’s been around since before one-celled organisms began the long process whose current results we see all around us. I use “current” because we humanoids — let alone giraffes, salmon and poison ivy — are hardly the culmination of th…

In the wake of horrendous mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, leading political figures are once again demanding sweeping measures of gun control.

A report earlier this summer by the Public Utility Commission makes an aggressive push toward the ownership and use of electric vehicles around Vermont.

As September approaches and summer comes to its inevitable end, think about becoming a mentor with Girls/Boyz First Mentoring. We are a 22-year-old community based mentoring program in central Vermont. Our mission is to provide our mentees with high-quality, long-term mentoring relationships…

For those of you who don't believe that the elite democrats are "screwing" Bernie again in this 2020 primary, just take a look at the write up on page A2 of the Aug. 13 Times Argus newspaper.

I am appalled and heartbroken that Montpelier has experienced yet another "officer-involved shooting" resulting in the death of a city resident who did not deserve such a violent end to his troubled life.

My heart broke when I saw the picture of Donald Trump with a stupid grin and thumbs up, beside him Melania Trump grinning, holding two-month-old baby Paul. The child had suffered broken bones when his mother fell on him to shield him from further bullets in the mass shooting in El Paso. She …

During the first Democratic presidential debate, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the candidates about a “No First Use” policy on nuclear weapons; Tapper described this policy as “tying the president’s hands.”

It’s that time of year when co-op members have the opportunity to run for a seat on our governing council. If you love Hunger Mountain Co-op and are looking for ways to be more involved, the council might be a great fit for you.

On Aug. 8, the Green Mountain Care Board approved rate increases of 12.4 and 10.1 percent for next year's Blue Cross and MVP plans on Vermont Health Connect. With its decision, the Board has now allowed Blue Cross premiums to rise 58 percent in just six years — an astonishing rise in cost at…

We long for change. We are uneasy in the prickles of our dissatisfaction. We are confused by the wild complexity of this world around us. We live in chaos and in chaotic times. We strive for simple moments of comfort and understanding.

The police shooting in Montpelier of a man deemed mentally ill by his neighbors and friends is a stark reminder of the crisis so many of us face in such tumultuous times.

As you’ve probably noticed, President Donald Trump and his GOP accomplices have taken to referring to lawmakers on the other side of the aisle as members of the “Democrat” party, which sounds cumbersome and weird probably because it’s grammatically incorrect, using a noun to modify another n…

My name is Amy Lester and I am a small business owner after spending the last 15 years in public service. I recently attended a public forum the Green Mountain Care Board hosted reviewing Blue Cross and MVP’s requests to raise their rates for next year’s Vermont Health Connect plans.

Donald Trump’s presidency has begun to feel like someone has defecated on America. I know that sounds harsh but, at times, reality should not be denied.

Everyone praises attempts by individual citizens to reduce their carbon footprints by reducing their consumption of goods and thus, the production of goods. I know that from personal experience. No one objects even though those attempts reduce our city’s, state’s, nation’s and world’s GDP.

Grover Norquist’s rather unpleasant concept of “the bathtub” remains a central tenet of the national Republican Party. And the consequences of employing it (the bathtub) as Norquist famously fantasized in an interview on National Public Radio in 2001 are demonstrated with each effort in that…

Vermonters recognize that one of our most important public responsibilities is the education of our children. Not only is it a moral and legal imperative, but it is also critical for the economic future of our state. Providing a high-quality education for Vermont children means that we must …

Social Security is committed to protecting your personal information. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security number (SSN) or bank account information to unknown people over the phone or internet.

For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. Here in Vermont the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58% between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Vermonters increased only 11.5%. Prescription drugs don’t work if patients can’t af…

In 2008, PBS broadcast a four-part program on its long-running American Experience series titled, simply, FDR. It was a biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from his birth in 1882, through his youth as the only child in a privileged family in Hyde Park, New York, his marriage – which beca…

Reckless inaction — and even backward movement — to tackle climate change at the federal level spurred states in our region to step up and show what success looks like. Such action is needed now more than ever. As a result of our forward progress, many in our region will breathe cleaner air …

There is a big difference between salaried work and hourly, on-the-clock work. If Bernie supporters are working more than 40 hours, it should be their choice. I know, I have been there.