The decision to make OneCare Vermont part of the University of Vermont Health Network raises again the need to improve transparency and oversight of OneCare, the accountable care organization that handles health care spending for over one-third of Vermonters.

As we supposedly get back to “normal” as the pandemic winds down, it seems we have been consumed with the topic of rights vs responsibilities. Some people argue they have a right to go maskless or to not get a COVID vaccination. Others argue this is a responsibility we all have. I would be o…

On the seventh hour of my long drive, with an hour remaining to reach my home, I heard the unwanted sound of thump, thump, thump. Yup, the tire was totally flat and I was going nowhere. I called AAA and waited. And waited some more.

Before COVID, the entire health care community faced a funding and workforce crisis. The pandemic exacerbated these challenges and highlighted the need for increased funding, especially for residential care homes like those run by the Living Well Group (LWG).

During the pandemic months, the GA (general assistance) Motel Program ensured every Vermonter in need of shelter got a hotel or motel room at no cost, providing stability and safety to the most vulnerable Vermonters during a crisis.

Everyone knows the phrase “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Well, that maxim was sorely tested this past Friday at Castleton University.

Despite having been outstanding in their field for centuries, cows are just now starting to receive much deserved respect from human beings.

No matter your politics, you’re seeing the harmful impacts of climate change and continued reliance on fossil fuels all around you. Just this summer, we’ve seen the surface of the ocean on fire in the Gulf of Mexico, record-setting deadly heat waves in the Pacific Northwest, forests burning …

We may be days away from finding ourselves between a rock and a hard place. We need nurses. And not just here. It’s a nationwide problem.

MitchMcConnell, GOP, Knee Deep in the Big Muddy, political cartoon

Youthful Poor Elijah was a Boy Scout. Scouting meant everything from dragging a sled in the Klondike Derby to wearing knee socks and garters. Both were less than complete successes, one owing to an open winter and a landscape of rocks, and the other due to the less than robust appearance of …

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made remarks at a rally with People’s Action at the headquarters of the pharmaceutical industry’s D.C. lobbying operation to protest the drug companies’ pursuit of profits. His remarks follow.

Here is something we never thought we’d have to have an opinion on: We are for unplugged toilets.

When we were small boys, during the war, we rarely failed to make it to the Washington Avenue armory in Albany when we heard there was to be a muster of fresh recruits. As the young men marched vigorously down past the state capitol, turned briefly right at Eagle Street, and then on down the…

Vermont, like much of our country, has a serious problem with affordable housing. This has recently been in the news in our state because with the end of COVID-related unemployment and federal supplemental checks, the gap between Vermont’s low wages (ability to pay) and the actual rental cos…

The Washington Post recently tackled the question a lot of people have been talking about. The headline read: “Why America has 8.4 million unemployed when there are 10 million job openings.”

Climate change is all around us and yet, at times, can be hard to see clearly. The Earth’s climate is a complex, noisy system and is influenced by many factors, including human activities. Because of this, changes in our climate can feel small, or far away, while other threats feel more imminent.

We needn’t look very far to find controversy over the American flag. Although raised triumphantly by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi; proudly flown over victory parades as Johnnies came marching home, (the original ANTIFA); and wondrously planted on the moon in 1969; where, when, …

Recent articles and letters published in this newspaper have defended the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our schools. CRT proponents argue that we must teach the next generation about America’s ugly history, alongside the noble. No critic of CRT who I know disagrees with this statement.…

In recent weeks, there have been several articles talking about the harsh effects the pandemic has had on Vermonters, especially when it comes to shifting incomes, feeding families and challenges facing the supply chain for products.

In recent weeks, there have been several articles talking about the harsh effects the pandemic has had on Vermonters, especially when it comes to shifting incomes, feeding families and challenges facing the supply chain for products.

Border Patrol, horses, horsesback, asylum seekers, political cartoon

Police Chief Tim ‘Bomber’ Bombadier has earned a long leave of absence from a policing career spanning decades. I do wish he would stick around a bit to participate in the worthy discussion of “So what do you want from your PD?” Since it may well be that minds are changing, and open to new, …

Back-to-school season is in full swing and that means nearly 60 million K-12 students and over 3 million teachers will have returned to school. Foremost on the minds of parents and teachers is keeping children safe and healthy. Attention on classroom indoor air quality remains critical as hi…

This is what The Miami Herald had to say on COVID-19 booster shots and confusion:

Trump Mob, Washington Demonstration, Sep 18 2021, In Mob We Trust, political cartoon

To Commissioner Sean Brown, Department for Children and Families:

Forty years of pretend fiscal austerity philosophy brought to us by the Republican Party combined with 40 years of Democratic Party obsequiousness have brought us to a truly strange and horrifying point.

When somebody talks about mindfulness, they are usually talking about the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something, as in “their mindfulness of the wider picture.”

Thank you to the Legislature's Social Equity Caucus for releasing the statement regarding the teaching of a true and accurate history of the United States. Equity work in the schools is so important, especially right now. The history taught in most schools glosses over or outright ignores "u…

The unprecedented budget proposal by the Biden administration is like the movie title “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” The good is the increase in funding for veterans programs. The bad is the zero increase in operating funds for the Defense and Homeland Security departments, while all oth…

The Chinese are out to destroy our sovereignty. President Biden has the same objective with his cradle-to-grave agenda. Speaker Pelosi’s proposed congressional actions are motivated by her belief “Capitalism isn’t working” and more government is the answer.

Time and again, Vermonters amaze and inspire with their kindness and generosity — from our communities’ strength seen throughout Vermont during the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene just last month, to the seemingly endless acts of kindness that have connected and sustained so many du…

For a moment, let’s set aside a long list of national problems — crime, drugs, racism, election laws, epidemics, vaccinations, climate and a perilous international situation — to focus on a truly critical issue lurking beyond the purview of the nightly news.

I am writing to bring attention to the campaign for Universal School Meals. I strongly support the campaign, which seeks to provide every student with free breakfast and lunch every day, regardless of their family’s income.

On or about April 2021, the character of human immunity changed. It is when the prestigious Mayo Clinic decided the immunity acquired after COVID-19 infection is inconsequential. Before this paradigm shift, scientists believed exposure to infections resulted in powerful and enduring protecti…

The lead article in “The Weekender” by Jim Sabataso reports on a group seeking honesty in the teaching of history. I couldn’t agree more. And honesty demands that we include slavery and race as central themes in our history.

Currently, under consideration by the U.S. Congress and Biden administration is legislation that would expand the Medicare health insurance program to include hearing aid coverage. Included as a provision in the $3.5 trillion federal budget proposal, this action not only would modernize Medi…

Re: The most recent fail of the Montpelier Homelessness Task Force, the permits issued last week to relocate Guertin Park Shelter merit some context.

Three years ago, lawmakers and the governor asked us to spend two years studying Vermont’s tax system as a whole, and make recommendations for the system to be more sustainable, fairer and simpler. Lawmakers asked us to incorporate the demographic, climatic and technological changes Vermont …

I am a student at Bennington College. I want to detail the efforts Vermont has taken to mitigate plastic pollution. Despite some states reversing bans on plastic bags during the pandemic, Vermont passed a ban on stores providing plastic bags at check-out.

In regards to Commissioner Porter leaving Fish and Wildlife Department: 

What is going on at our southern border is a disgrace! We are allowing people to flock to our borders with no regard to what they are doing to our great nation, nor how many suffer horrible abuse and/or die on the way here. If the border were closed, coyotes could not prey on those trying to…

Today, one in seven children in Vermont face hunger in the wake of the COVID pandemic. But congressional action during this crisis has significantly blunted hardship and hunger for many families. Soon that may change. Without action from Congress, new and enhanced policies that are helping t…

This is what the Hartford Courant had to say about he divisiveness of the nation:

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.

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

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.