This time of year can be very stressful. Last weekend, I decided to be proactive with my holiday anxiety and research the calming effects of meditation. On Saturday morning, I sat down with a newly purchased “Meditation for Dummies” book to learn how to meditate.

Winter came early this year. Between the snow and the frigid temperatures, November and December have felt uncharacteristically winter-like.

Vice Admiral Scott Stearney, the head of U.S. Navy operations in the Middle East, was found dead over the weekend in his residence in Bahrain, the Navy confirmed.

I am compelled to respond to Mr. McClaughry’s unfortunate attack on the recent U.S. Government Climate Assessment.

If the purpose of our Iran policy is to bring stability to the Middle East, it can’t work. Long-existing internal Muslim animosities guarantee continued instability. All we do is exacerbate those existing tensions.

In 1969, in a place far away, a young student in Mrs. Nelson’s sixth-grade class wandered the school library in search of a book. The assignment was to make a book report. Most of his classmates searched the current events section. The Vietnam War, race riots, the assassinations of Robert Ke…

Between Montpelier meetings a few weeks ago, I stopped to watch the dedication ceremony for the new statue of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, at the top of the State House. My new-to-Vermont companion was amazed to see that hundreds of people had gathered around the State House, taking se…

Have you ever noticed that the loudest voice in the room is — frequently enough — emerging from someone so convinced of their own intellect that it leaves you speculating that maybe they’re incapable of feeling embarrassment? Well, it turns out that they very well may not be, because they’re…

Front-page news last weekend was about some 60 groups signing a statement to counter a 36 percent increase in hate crimes reported in our state between 2016 and 2017. This increase is also evidenced in figures across the U.S. and in Europe, as well — up 40 percent in England and Wales as rep…

Thank you for your editorial regarding flawed holiday treasures. It provides a needed reminder that, especially around the holidays, people need to take a breath and use their common sense.

If we are to believe what we are told, we should not believe anything. Ever. The media claims the president lies. The president claims the media lies. The internet is constantly being misused and misinformation is coming at us from every direction.

Every year around this time, we seem to find ourselves embroiled in some variation of the same debate: Is a particular song, film or TV special too problematic to remain part of the holiday canon?

Peter Berger’s recent commentary on the subject of violence in this country touched briefly on the changes in our society that have coincided with the rise in these occurrences. I believe this country needs to have a serious discussion on the subject of culture.

What next? The recent news about several radio stations banning an old seasonal song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," ("Me Too" movement) is absolutely ludicrous.

Perusing the newspaper this week, I came across a letter praising Sen. Patrick Leahy's column that called attention to the dangers faced by journalists in today's world. As a former journalist, I was interested to see who would have come to bat for we "ink-stained wretches," as Charles Dicke…

One thing you can usually plan on here in our state of Vermont is that Murphy guy; you know, of “If anything can go wrong, it will” fame.

I am reading credible reports that Donald Trump is self-dealing from campaign funds, using campaign funds to pay personal legal expenses, and there are multiple admissions of his lawyer committing crimes at the direction of Donald Trump.

The holiday season has arrived and brings not only celebrations, presents and decorations but also concerns for pet safety. There are many dangers to be aware of as you begin to celebrate this year. These includes specific types of plants, certain foods and even decorations.

Any push by Vermont organizations backing the ESSEX plan may face an uphill battle if France’s protests are any sign of sentiment.

On Nov. 23, the U.S Government‘s Global Climate Research Program delivered a Congress-mandated “National Climate Assessment” report. “Grim” is too weak an adjective for the terrors that the report describes.

Vermont has a steep climb to meet its 2020 goal of insulating and air sealing 80,000 homes. It’s a worthy cause to make Vermont homes more affordable, more comfortable and more sustainable. But on our current trajectory, we’ll only meet about half of that goal; it’s clear we have a lot of wo…

A report issued last week by the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and the Vermont State Colleges System shows a trend toward better completion rates and college retention in our state.

I was talking to a friend about the holidays, and he commented that this time of year makes him think of two things: lots of food and an uncle who can’t resist telling painful puns at family gatherings. “I’ll bet you could write a column about food and bad puns,” he suggested. “In fact, I ch…

On Oct. 23, Moody’s Investors Service announced that it was downgrading Vermont’s general obligation bond rating from Aaa to Aa1, citing demographic concerns along with the state’s unfunded pension obligations.

Vermont is the only U.S. state to have mandatory labeling of food produced using genetic engineering.

In a new book published last week in Italy, Pope Francis declared that homosexuals have no place among the Catholic clergy.

I was thrilled to stand in the midst of hundreds of fans cheering our Goddess of Agriculture, as she was blessed and elevated to her third term atop the Golden Dome of the Vermont State House. Ceres was first placed on the dome in the mid-1800s, and is Vermont’s third wooden sculptural inter…

In his article titled “Dems, get some religion,” in the Dec. 1 Times Argus & Rutland Herald, John Nassivera reproaches the Democratic Party for, in his view, embracing secularism and in effect ceding the votes of committed Christians to the GOP. He cites statistics published by the (aptl…

The statue of the Roman Goddess Ceres was hoisted up on to the top of the capital building in Montpelier after a new creation of the old one was replaced.

Most Vermonters would agree that the varied seasons are an essential backdrop to the quality of life in Vermont: the breathtaking colors of our forests in the fall, the winter snows that let us ski, sled and warm up in front of the fire, maple syrup and muddy roads in the spring and cooling …

When George H.W. Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency, in October 1987, Newsweek ran its cover story titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’” The clear implication of the story was that Bush (the youngest American combat pilot in WWII, a war hero, diplomat and CIA director, who served…

Just a note in response to David MacMartin's letter published in the Nov. 30 edition of The Times Argus. He takes issue with my use, in my letter you published recently, of a politician using a hate word, who happens to be on the left, Sen. Sanders. He would have had me use examples from bot…

Vermont is known as a progressive safe haven. However, some of our citizens struggle to connect personal experience to this sentiment.

Vermont is known as a progressive safe haven. However, some of our citizens struggle to connect personal experience to this sentiment.

Out of fairness, we feel we need to talk a bit about fairness.

Money. Moolah. Cash. Dough. Scratch. Dinero. Benjamins. Greenbacks. Cabbage. Lettuce. Gravy. Whatever you call it, nobody ever has enough of it: you, me, poor people, rich people and even, apparently, America.

Many of us in the lower tiers of punditry — minor prophets, editors, pedestrian preachers and habitués of the internet — like to quote authority to bolster our claims and arguments. Some of us employ the Pentateuch as a torch to blister the behinds of LGBTQ folks and consign them to perditio…

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Since the industrial revolution, the rich nations have exploited the Earth’s resources and its people. But the end-game is coming.

Legislative forecasts are a crap shoot at best, so rather than attempt to predict outcomes I will preview a few of the topics I expect the House Energy and Technology Committee to discuss in the coming term. This list is only on the energy front and does not include paramount topics like bro…

Our cherished small town way of life is going to pot and ironically, pot might be able to save it. There are a number of meetings across the state asking for input on what to do with revenues from the legal taxation of cannabis.

It was a good week if you like science.

On Monday, Dictionary.com announced that it had selected “misinformation” as 2018’s word of the year.

Rick Santorum has apparently emerged for the holidays, just in time to shame the greedy scientists he claims are making money on their estimated 97-percent agreement that climate change is not just real but an exponentially growing danger to the environment, our health and the long range pro…

A few weeks ago, Montpelier Parks Director Geoff Beyer noticed many maples still holding onto green-yellow leaves. These were not red maples, whose vibrant red foliage already littered the ground, nor sugar maples, which also dropped their leaves weeks earlier. The culprit? A monotypic stand…