If anyone spoke or wrote about a particular race of people or people of any given religion the way Alfred Blakey or Walt Amses do or Jeff Danziger does in his cartoons about President Trump, the hue and cry of "hate speech" or "hate crime" would be deafening.

I remember the Barre City School Board spending several hours discussing a flag. the room was packed and almost every citizen in attendance spoke. The subject was the flag of the United States of America. The business of a school board is education and all of its components, not just the bud…

If there is any doubt about the moral decline of our culture, a story published in the Feb. 7 edition of The Times Argus titled “Legislature takes a look at prostitution” should convince any last doubter. Three women legislators want to set up a committee to modernize Vermont's prostitution …

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is a business association representing over 730 members in every industry and every county across the state, united in our shared mission to advance an ethic that protects the natural, human and economic environments of Vermont.

An article circulated by Kaiser Health News this week shows just how hard the battle to fight opioids really is. Even when you do away with them altogether and offer viable, natural, cost-effective, nonaddictive alternatives.

With city elections less than two weeks away, I write in support of Jake Hemmerick, a candidate for City Council in Ward 1. Jake works at the Department of Commerce for the State of Vermont. Along with other qualifications, his experience with economic development will be beneficial for Barr…

Montpelier renters, beware. Out of 7,701 registered voters, only 1,844 actually voted last year on Town Meeting Day. An important issue on that ballot created by the city council, supported wanting to dictate to residential owners to make expensive, energy upgrades. It just took 32 more 'yes…

From the mid-1860s to the early-1990s, Vermont was largely a Republican majority. The post Civil-War Republican Party that supported Lincoln and fought against the immoral and abusive institution of slavery was the default option for Vermonters. The Republican Party kept the loyalty of gener…

Vermont artist D.J. Barry has put cows on the map again. Or vice versa. The Middlesex artist has taken his World Cow mural artwork worldwide. Barry’s characteristic black-and-white Holstein has black areas that resemble a world map. The theme of his campaign is to promote peace and kindness …

Later this spring, Gov. Phil Scott will have the opportunity to strengthen the economy, promote equity and protect the environment by joining the Transportation and Climate Initiative. If the governor refuses to join our regional neighbors in the fight against climate pollution, it is very l…

I had to do a lot of driving this week. One of the beautiful things about being behind the wheel so much is that it gives me time to do other things, like finish my taxes, practice the French horn and catch up on my reading. It also gives me a chance to think of column ideas.

In reference to the commentary of Feb. 13: “The battle lines have been drawn,” I immediately thought of a recent show on VPR. The researcher was questioned about changes in the electorate since 2016. It appears that, thanks to the “tea party” right wing of what used to be the GOP, we now hav…

It's February. Time to make use of the lengthening daylight to visit and enjoy the striking exhibits in Barre's Studio Place Arts (SPA) as it continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Wander through the historic building, enjoy its 'Botanical Blizzard' exhibit decorated and alive with won…

Now that the Democrat primary is heating up, there is a lot of talk about the Democrat nominee for president. Warren supporters, Sanders supporters, Buttigieg supporters and others are out canvassing, writing letters to the editor and getting the word out about their candidates. This is all …

Perhaps the most important thing we need to know about Act 250 right now is, it is working exactly as it has been designed to do. Vermont’s seminal land use law was established back in 1970 to create a democratic process by which individuals, community groups and municipalities could partici…

We love our Vermont. We appreciate its working landscape. And we have been mindful for 50 years now that Act 250 has done well by the state in its attempts to regulate the state in such a way that we have had a balance between development and protecting our natural resources.

It is with increasing — and unfortunate — frequency that the news becomes part of the news.

For more than 20 years, Vermont’s smaller towns have been overtaxed and their schools underfunded, according to the Pupil Weighting Factors Report, a $300,000 study of current school funding legislation recently issued by the secretary of education. Hurry, and you may be able to save your school.

It is my observation that some environmental, social-justice, religious and political organizations, as well as news media, are addressing many of the current problems society and the earth are struggling to deal with, including racism, immigration, income inequality and climate catastrophe.…

Vermont’s beauty, character and relatively unspoiled condition are cherished by those who are glad our beloved state has not yet been turned into New Jersey. That it hasn’t is at least partly thanks to Vermont’s Act 250. This unique and widely respected environmental protection law was enact…

Town Meeting Day has always been a very special time for me. As a child in the 1940s, I used to attend our meeting in Waitsfield at the old I.O.O.F. hall, with a crackling wood stove keeping us warm.

An alternately preening and raging Donald Trump spent the weeks since his Senate acquittal laying waste to the stated belief of several GOP senators that the president had “learned his lesson,” emerging from his impeachment ordeal chastened and humbled. Of course, POTUS acquiring humility is…

I always tell my students the Constitution is a work of special genius. Madison explained the rationale undergirding the design for our new government by comparing us to angels. If men were angels, he reasoned, we wouldn’t need any government at all. If we were governed directly by angels, w…

Reprisals, tweeting, interfering in active prosecutions, tweeting, resignations, tweeting, deleting tweets and he is still actively seeking foreign interference in an effort to flush the value of your vote 10-15 times in November. The stage is set.

As I see it, the difference between Mayor Pete's and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's health care positions, unlike Bernie's, are analogous to the difference in perspective between those who support school privatization and those of us who trust in taxpayer-supported public education.

Town Meeting Day, local, state and national elections will be here soon - March 3. Local elections are important to us all. This is where we vote on budgets affecting streets, schools, emergency and safety, library, senior programs and all the social service agencies that are the fabric of o…

Did you know that patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease? Cancer patients use nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply. In fact, five units of blood are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment. Yet, only 3% of peopl…

I am running for one of the vacancies on the Montpelier Roxbury School District Board and am requesting the support of my fellow Montpelier residents on Town Meeting Day.

On March 3, Town Meeting Day, I encourage Ward 1 voters to support Jake Hemmerick for a seat on Barre’s City Council. Jake understands the importance of the city’s heritage and will not take Barre’s historic resources for granted. He supports policies to reinvest in Barre’s older downtown bu…

“There’s nothing like 40-plus degrees and raining to say Happy Holidays in New England!” Sadly, it has been a recurring family greeting of late. As someone who loves the outdoors in all seasons, with a special affinity (some say, obsession) to snow and skiing, this weather makes me cringe an…

We live in an age where meanness and aggression dominate the news cycle. The quiet voices of those who do the real work of caring for our community go unheard. It is difficult for the public to know about Fred Wilber delivering meals to elderly people who haven’t spoken with anyone since his…

After hearing the Senate "trial" of Donald Trump with its predictable verdict and Trump's remarks afterward, I was reminded of the tale of the woman who took in the injured snake and nursed it back to health. As she was preparing to release it back to the wild, it bit her. "Why?" she asked. …

I want to thank the United States House of Representatives' Democrats, especially Adam Schiff, and the House managers for once again proving that, in a democracy, it is the people's choice, through their vote, that determines who should be the president of these United States.

This letter is in response to an article about Gov. Phil Scott that was in the Feb. 8-9 weekend edition.

Once again, it’s “where does the money go” time of year.

The impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump is over and he was acquitted. His fate is now where it should be, in the hands of the American voters. And in a month’s time, Vermont voters will have an opportunity to express their disapproval of his performance by voting for Bill Weld in …

In the wake of the Iowa Caucus, two things seem obvious: There are concerns about the election process; and the large turnout could have a very interesting impact on Vermont.

When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility — Green Mountain Power (GMP) — launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from …

“Everything I do during this (trial) I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this.” Sen. Mitch McConnell, Dec. 12, 2019

Last week, President Trump, with the aid of his senior adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner, put forth a peace plan to settle the long-standing differences between the state of Israel and the Palestinians. There was only one surprise: it does actually call for a two-state solution, of sorts. Jus…

If you look carefully and objectively at the world today, you may be able to perceive we are approaching a crossroad. Some will even say we are already in it. And just what is that? The people of this nation and the world are faced at this moment with a decision on what they want for the fut…

As the 18-year majority owner of Sugarbush Ski Resort and now its current president, as well as the incoming board chair for The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Energy and Technology Committee regarding the impact of climate change in our stat…

Politicians historically do not like answering questions from the press, which, of course, is a necessity — or was until recently — if for no other reason than to provide a mechanism preventing those politicians from suggesting unchallenged, whatever they want. Concerns are more than valid, …