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This is what the Brattleboro Reformer had to say about Vermont strengthening child care and mental health systems:

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This country continues to supply weapons and military support to Saudi Arabia in their assault and blockade of Yemen. Grassroots, congressional and worldwide efforts were made in 2021 to end nearly seven years of U.S. participation in that humanitarian disaster, which Congress never authorized.

At some undetermined date, the U.S. Senate will return to debate and perhaps pass the Build Back Better bill.

The other day, I was showing my farmer friend, Alan LePage, the garden soil analysis I had received from UVM. It puzzled him and led to a long discussion of the right way for improving chemical balances in my garden. Before Alan spoke with me, I thought I had a great organic garden in my fro…

Are you aware that the Montpelier City Council is asking taxpayers to purchase the property of the former Elks Club for $2 million? It will be on the ballot in March.

Sen. Sinema and the majority of Americans support expanded voting rights. Ironically, in the name of supporting bipartisanship, the senator has helped to scuttle the very bills that might have redressed imbalances of voting power which stem from, create and perpetuate, the hyperpartisanship,…

Whatever the surplus is, it should be returned to taxpaying citizens of Barre City, not to people who are not paying taxes.

Montpelier City Hall announced Jan. 14 they “so very generously” offered our building as a warming shelter, but only until 4:30, when the temperature will begin dropping precipitously to deadly low temperatures! How generous this appears, yet appallingly disingenuous at the same time. Where …

I moved to Rutland two months before the pandemic lockdown thus, have never shouted “Go, Raiders!” from the bleachers. I can see the reason for emotion on both sides.

I am not sure if it is a result of the pandemic or not, but there is a movement afoot where people take on household projects normally reserved for professionals. The “do it yourself” (DIY) crowd derives pleasure in learning how to fix things and then making the repairs on their own. When it…

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Two weeks into the legislative session, state leaders have been outlining their priorities for the next few months, taking aim at certain issues and posturing against others. It would appear the mechanization of Vermont politics is well-oiled and ready for business as usual.

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In early 2019, when news of the spreading coronavirus was beginning to circulate, few people beyond the global community of epidemiologists suspected that we were in for such a long haul. Most of us wishfully hoped COVID-19 would, in a year or so, take its place in history alongside previous…

COVID-19 came back after Christmas, stalking schools with renewed vigor, and administrators are again resorting to remote learning and expanding the role of education technology. My dictionary defines technology as “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes.” For many te…

You’d think Democrats — who, by any measure, should be the last party standing — would catch a break once in a while simply by existing in objective reality. Instead, they somehow wind up repeatedly gifting the GOP powerful talking points, easily translated into bite-sized slogans. Teacher’s…

As a feminist writer, I often view the world through “the lens of gender,” a term that means looking through metaphorical glasses in order to see people and explore events with a special filter. That filter reveals women’s experiences, needs and perceptions while also recognizing the realiti…

From Mexico, I have just finished watching and reading the U.S. commemoration/discussion of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Having this distance provides a certain perspective. One thing noticeable by its absence is any mention at all of the role religion played in the Jan. 6 events, and le…

In his State of the State address Jan. 5, Gov. Phil Scott highlighted the need for more trades training — specifically, to encourage more Vermont youth to pursue trades training through Career and Technical Education programs. As he said, these programs provide an on-ramp to well-paying care…

Over the last seven months, I spent a day per week in a different county in our state listening to the needs of Vermonters. I visited more than 29 communities, meeting with hundreds of Vermonters from more than 60 different organizations, businesses and nonprofits. I heard hundreds of storie…

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We think most people would agree that the best way to know who the best candidate for public office might be is to hear their answers to the pressing issues of interest.

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To all those people who are adamant about declining the COVID vaccine. Have you not observed the consequences of not getting the vaccine? I don’t mean to just yourself, I mean to society.

It's pretty obvious Anthony Fauci was an adviser of former president Donald Trump. They can't get enough insulting their fellow human beings. A match made in the underworld.

I apologize to Mr. Papeika who lambasted me for using stereotypes of the poor people of West Virginia (woman smoking pipe, man drinking from moonshine jug), but my point was that West Virginia is a very poor state represented by Senator Manchin who drives a Maserati and lives on his yacht in…

Barre City voters approved several charter changes on Town Meeting Day 2021, including to allow the city of Barre to fly only the American, Vermont, City of Barre, and POW/MIA flags on city-owned flagpoles, on a 927-549 vote.

I recently completed visiting the 251 towns in Vermont. My travels around this state make me proud to have lived here for more than 60 years. I’ve lived in many states, and my love of Vermont always brought me back here. Yes, we have problems and disagreements, but most of us have civil disc…

Seventy-five or so years ago, at my childhood home on Long Island, I sat anxiously on the edge of my seat waiting for my dad to cut into a birthday cake that someone in attendance had laced with pennies — probably with my mother’s help — as a joke on my father. As a 5-year-old, I didn’t pay …

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We would like to say that we were surprised that the Rutland City School Commissioners voted to reinstate the high school nickname Raiders after retiring it.

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A recent commentary by David Searles has me writing today. If anyone makes a statement in response to what should be discussed that isn't liked, Mr. DePoy responds.

During the recent Supreme Court hearing on vaccine mandates, one Supreme Court justice decided to use an analogy based on a hypothetical to make a point:

Thank you all for a lovely New Year’s Eve in downtown Montpelier! We had a lovely time. Thank you, Montpelier Alive, Heney and other sponsors for the fireworks! What a treat to have them again. We watched the show from the State House steps, then encountered friends and had a lovely stroll b…

Democracy has certainly been under attack recently. Last Jan. 6, a violent mob invaded the U.S. Capitol, and multiple states are creating gerrymandered reapportionment plans and passing laws making it harder to vote.

“Gloves Off at School Board Meetings” (Jim Sabataso, Dec. 30, 2021) portrayed recent challenges faced by local school boards and the negative outcomes and deleterious effects the behavior of members of school boards and the public have had on our students. This has been exhaustively covered …

Before the new year, the Vermont Climate Council hastily approved its “Initial Climate Action Plan” (CAP). There is undoubtedly a sense of relief that Act 153 — the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) — is being taken seriously. The urgency is highlighted by a University of Vermont report na…

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On Monday, schools around the state were closed due to the uptick in COVID positive cases. Several schools also have reported a staffing shortage coupled with the inability to maintain a pool of substitutes has also been a contributing reason.

Back when chalk was considered high-tech and we were younger men, Poor Elijah and I attended a conference for English teachers. The highlight was the imported keynote speaker. He captivated us — or more accurately, held us captive — while he shared his allegedly student-appropriate technique…

We’ve grown fond of saying “It’s not rocket science” while chiding a confused someone into divining their own solution to what they mistakenly perceive as a particularly challenging problem. Since we’re inundated with a near constant buzz of technology reinventing itself every 30 seconds or …

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Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, of the Chittenden District, has indicated she intends to introduce a ranked-choice voting bill this session that will allow voters to rank the candidates on their ballot in order of preference.

If I were a historian, I would try to compare American behavior during other lengthy crises in history. Since I’m not, I am left trying to understand the world I suddenly live in.

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.

Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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.

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.

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.

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.