Facts are in short supply these days, so we were disappointed to read Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser’s commentary published April 17 where he said his intention was to “clarified the facts” surrounding the controversy over the proposed municipal parking garage.

Now that we have the 448-page Mueller report in hand, one thing is abundantly clear: There may not be fire, but there is plenty of smoke choking the truth.

Driving through Montpelier, the car keeps going bumpity-bumpity and that makes one feel a bit grumpity ...

Over the past 28 years as a practitioner and teacher of primary care pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, and as a member of Vermont’s Child Fatality Review Team, I have had the opportunity to learn much about suicide and gun violence prevention. I have seen more than I wish I had…

More than a quarter, or 28.3%, of Vermont households spent 35% or more of their income on housing costs in 2016, according to a new report from the Vermont State Data Center. That is a very scary statistic.

I grew up in a small town outside Vienna, Austria, where there is a generous paid family and leave benefit available to all workers to allow them time to care for their children and loved ones, no matter where they work.

There has been much discussion in local newspapers and electronic forums about the city of Montpelier’s proposed parking garage/hotel project, as well as the related permit appeal. City and hotel officials have refrained from making public comments while potential settlement negotiations hav…

The world had its heart broken this week.

Picture to yourself, as a resident of downtown Montpelier, that the Onion River is an international border. You need a passport to go across to the rest of the city — as well, of course, to Berlin and Barre — and, on any of these crossings, your car might be searched, you questioned and that…

In the weeks following Easter, after all the eggs have been collected, Easter baskets have been emptied and chocolate rabbits have long since been eaten, thousands of real live bunnies flood into animal shelters across the country. What’s up with that?

Right whales aren’t exactly pretty. They are among the largest whales in the ocean, adults reaching 45 feet to 55 feet in length, and weighing some 70 tons, and their size alone makes them majestic, awe-inspiring creatures of the planet. But they’re baleen whales, not toothed whales; when th…

The robin I’m watching looks fat enough to have spent the winter on a Carnival cruise but his facial expression — if robin’s have facial expressions — appears distraught. He’s up to his knees — if robin’s have knees — in a couple of inches of newly fallen snow, gently resting on the almost t…

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, my family lived in a fourth-floor walkup a few blocks from the Capitol in Albany. I remember there was a gap of maybe a quarter of an inch between the linoleum flooring and the bottom of the wooden baseboards in the kitchen. I went in there one night to…

It is amazing that in the same week, it was science — not necessarily politics — that stole headlines: We took a photo (so to speak) of a black hole; and we found some distant human relatives.

In 2018, Seven Days ran a series of articles regarding nonprofit organizations. They did a great service explaining to Vermonters how large the Vermont nonprofit sector has become, their CEO salaries, etc. Unfortunately, I believe they may have missed an important story. They could have focu…

The Vermont Legislature is right to consider amending the state’s provision that ended slavery. Our Constitution should clarify that Vermont prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude in all its forms. But we should be careful precisely how we do it. The current proposals threaten to obscur…

This column is being written (and read) in New England, the least religious area of the United States, as per various recent studies. And Vermont is usually tied with Massachusetts or New Hampshire for first place. Not necessarily unrelated to this distinction is the fact that Vermont, New H…

If one hangs around motorcyclists for any length of time, you will eventually see one wearing a T-shirt that says: “If I have to explain, you’ll never understand.” This rather snarky expression embodies the frustration of a motorcyclist confronted by those who don’t ride and have little tole…

On Friday, March 15, images and video flowed in from around the world, Australia, the Pacific, Asia, Europe and Africa, as more than a million students in 120 countries walked out of school to strike for the climate. Thousands of scientists supported them, but the real driver was their reali…

Many thanks to the 35 people who endured the cold weather, walked all or part of the way from Middlebury to Montpelier and the 300 more who gathered at the State House to request the Legislature to take strong action on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. I had hoped to go on part of it, …

Gov. Phil Scott signed a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 2. I appreciate the ceremony at the State House and the attention that it draws to the need that every child has, to be loved and safely nurtured. Every child, every day, requires at least one adult who provides …

The debate over gun legislation is missing two key points. First, no constitutional right is absolute. For example, freedom of speech does not mean that one can endanger the public welfare by yelling “fire” in a crowded building when there is no fire. Nor can one intimidate a witness in a cr…

This particular shoulder season can be taxing on us Vermonters: not a lot of green, too many relentless snowstorms, mud (and dog poop) and the ever-present slow start from the Red Sox.

Israel, Netanyahu win, War guy, war threat, political cartoon

In Vermont and around the country, we have a major crisis in primary health care. Far too many people are unable to see a doctor or a dentist when they need one. Some people lack health insurance and can’t afford the care. For others, especially in rural areas like Vermont, there are simply …

Jenga is a maddening game. It requires a steady hand and steady nerves. You really want to believe it takes strategy to pull one rectangular, wooden block out at a time and not have the tall stack of blocks collapse into a dramatic heap. But there really isn’t much strategy involved; it come…

Talk show hosts are often asked who they feel would be the ultimate interview. Personally, if I could sit down with anyone, I would love to chat with Mickey Mouse on the eve of Disney World’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Cue up the dream sequence special effects; it might go something like this:

While more young Vermonters are finding their voices when it comes to social justice issues around the state, they also have an opportunity to offer key input when it comes to substance abuse policies that affect them as well.

With the abject lunacy of the Trump administration permeating every newscast, comedy show and countless discussions, one positive news item seems to have slipped by without much notice. It seems the formerly all-powerful paranoia factory, The National Rifle Association, finds itself panhandl…

It was good to hear what a valuable service the owner of Central Market on Summer Street, Mickey Kevin, offered Barre and sad to hear of its demise. However, we have a chance to re-create a great neighborhood grocery store experience with none other than Granite City Grocery. Surely, with a …

The “post-Mueller” political world is well underway, and Congress in many forms will predictably waste time and money trying to determine if POTUS is in the legal clear. We voters, for the most part, already know that no criminal conspiracy with Russia existed, and that is a good thing for o…

Despite Gov. Scott’s $8 million commitment to restoring Vermont’s waterways and funding clean water initiatives in his recent budget proposal, the Vermont Legislature has so far failed to live up to their responsibilities to help ensure we all have clean water.

The full-page April 4 Times Argus ad for Juul raises serious health and ethical issues. While Juul claims to be promoting smoking cessation with their nicotine vaping device, they are, in fact, substituting one form of nicotine addiction for another. According to Wikipedia’s article, “Juul's…

Ten years into offering agritourism at Green Mountain Girls Farm, I see a future within which Vermont persists as a global geotourism leader and as a place where farms succeed by working with natural cycles, providing healthy food and creating stronger rural communities.

Thanks to Ben Joseph for pointing out the inevitable increase in highway deaths following the deplorable legalization and advertising of recreational marijuana in several states, now to include Vermont. But there's more bad news to come.

On a cold winter night in March each year, several hundred people in the Burlington area get a taste of what homelessness feels like. It’s brief — just one night (this year the event was held twice) — and they’re not really on the streets. They’re participants in a fundraising event called “…

It’s hard to know what to make of Pete Buttigieg.

I have had many conversations with hundreds of people, including local school leadership, in regard to the current state of education in Vermont. I have written many commentaries that have been published in newspapers throughout the state, have met with the governor in his office, and engage…

There is growing consensus that paid family and medical leave is a valuable program that benefits individuals, families and businesses alike. Generally, paid FML provides an individual with income replacement while away from work to bond with a new child, recover from a serious medical condi…