State of Texas, laws, resistance, cold weather, political cartoon

Sarah Galbraith has a story in this week’s Magazine about a local farm changing hands from one generation to the next. It is an inspiring story of young people stepping up.

It is particularly noteworthy (and problematic) that Vermont, with a low gross state product, allocates a high proportion of its wealth to education. Yet regardless of how and who is doing the measuring, we can take pride in consistently scoring in the top 10 in educational quality. Realizin…

With our national appetite whetted by the 1908 discovery of petroleum in what is now Iran, our interest and involvement in Middle Eastern affairs has grown exponentially through the decades.

Do you suppose anybody boarding RMS Titanic in 1912 took the trouble to count the lifeboats, calculate their capacity, and measure that against the number of people on board? It’s very unlikely, and would have been unnecessary, since the ship was deemed unsinkable. But when, in spite of warn…

All indications are that spring is on the way, in fact, in a mere three weeks according to the calendar. I got a late start on this afternoon walk, but with February’s blazing sun bouncing off the still pristine snow cover, the distinct message I’m getting is this winter winding down deliver…

Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has indicated he’s newly committed to a USDA that prioritizes sustainable, regenerative and climate-resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as USDA secretary…

Last week, Texas officials blamed their state’s winter storm debacle on the “Green New Deal,” which doesn’t exist, the failure of renewable sources, which provide only 10% of energy in Texas, and unexpected weather, even though analysts had warned crippling winter storms were increasingly li…

After losing the election, the outgoing president continued to deny he lost — as he said he would. He even staged an attack on Congress itself to try to prevent the transition of power to his successor. Using lies to incite violence is a threat to democracy. The former president’s lies and d…

Imagine a smelly landfill bourgeoning with trash. Take a closer look and notice the food debris mixed into the other trash. Some food scraps, like a banana peel, represent the remnants of food well enjoyed. However, whole foods that escaped consumption poke through as well revealing the ugly…

Between ongoing heating bills, Town Meeting Day doldrums, a national pandemic, Trump’s millions of pages of tax returns, and news cycles that often feel relentless, we needed an out-of-this-world boost.

Hollywood, escaping the pandemic, political cartoon

I grew up in a small village, in more innocent times, and had the good fortune to be able to explore the countryside and develop a bond, I should say a love affair, with nature, our Mother Earth. I talked to the trees and they talked to me. I was free to play outdoors with my friends and we …

Because of the restrictions required by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Plainfield will be having its Town Meeting later than usual, and the meeting will not be held in person. Therefore, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library has canceled its annual Primrose Sale, which usually takes pla…

It’s time to vaccinate our teachers and correctional officers who wish to be vaccinated. These two critically important, frontline working groups deserve the opportunity to sign up for the shot. We are starting to see an increase in the number of vaccines Vermont receives on a weekly basis. …

Most people don’t believe there’s any kind of politics in the Bible, since churches teach that the Bible is a book about religion. However, the Judeo-Christian scripture presents perhaps the first sophisticated history of political science in the western world.

After reading UVM President Garimella’s column, “Vermont by Degrees: Developing tomorrow’s students,” I felt compelled to respond. Primarily, I wish to point out the falsehood President Garimella can show by "following the numbers," that his vision is aligned with student interest.

Texas Winter, Don Quixote, Greg Abbott, windmills, political cartoon

It’s sad to see how low the Republican Party has crept. After years of betraying its values while subservient to a would-be strongman, the party’s leaders voted not to hold him responsible for his violent, failed attempt at stealing the last presidential election — ironically, but predictabl…

The truth: Voting "yes," means we only fly the city, state, federal (including MIA/POW) flags.

I see where home mortgage rates can run below 2.5%. Savings accounts pay a half-percent. Of course, under current laws, credit cards can charge 15%-20%-25% plus.

People who raise safety concerns regarding public infrastructure are often seen as alarmists. Ed Hirs, a University of Houston Energy Fellow, pointed out in 2013 that self-regulation was bound to fail. The state of Texas allowed a group of self-interested parties — energy companies — to shap…

President Biden spoke to us commemorating the 500,000 in this country who have died from the pandemic. He addressed the nation, but he spoke to us, each of us, as we try to fathom the loss of so many and so much. We are grieving, and the president, who has experienced grief on a scale few in…

Burton Snowboards was born in a barn in southern Vermont more than 40 years ago, and we proudly remain a Vermont-based business. The climate crisis is a direct threat to the sport we love, the mountain lifestyle that we and our community lead, and our long-term business success. In today’s w…

Be prepared for a parade of elitists across the main stream media stage. For example: Bill Gates’ recent “infomercial” promoting his new book on climate change featured on CBS with Nora O’Donnell and with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” Each host was more than accommodating with the embe…

I was glad to see that Eric Blaisdell, staff writer at The Times Argus, responded so quickly to complaints of “Mailbox issues reported in Plainfield” (Feb. 19).

I just got the email. Lowered our flag halfway down the pole. In honor of the half-million dead from COVID-19.

There are many questions still abounding with reference to things happening at the time of the election, before and since.

Trump did not rise to the presidency without the cooperation from longtime helpers for many years. Who in New York City helped him cheat on his property taxes? So I am wondering who helped Trump appraise his property at a low price while he gave a much higher figure to the insurance company?

For weeks, we have been espousing the importance of being involved in the local municipal and school budget processes. The decisions being made today are very much going to dictate how communities fare in the days and months to come. The pandemic has shifted priorities, and put fresh emphasi…

I read the hit piece on Rush Limbaugh that you ran in your Feb. 18 paper. It was one of the most disgusting articles you have ever printed. To vilify someone you do not like after their death is cowardly and sick.

When you take leadership in a city or town, you don’t always get to pick and choose which issues you must make decisions about. But sometimes, when there is an issue you are personally interested in or there is a moral or practical imperative, you bring it up and discuss it and, if not come …

Once again this year, I will be voting against passage of the proposed budget for Montpelier schools. I have voted against the budget for many years now, not because I believe we have a bad school system, or that it has treated me, or my family, badly. I have voted against the budget because…

I am compelled to write this letter because last week was “Sunshine Week,” a time to recognize the importance of open meetings and transparency, which are hallmarks of Vermont’s political system.

As a former resident of Waterbury, I read the article in the Feb. 17 Times Argus about the name change to Thatcher Brook Primary School, with great interest. I came away with two observations.

The 19-year-old chair of the Burlington Republican Party, Kelly LaMarche, has resigned from his position and left the GOP, declaring the Vermont Republican Party has been "hijacked by far-right extremists" who, “rather than doing the hard and necessary work of improving Vermonters’ lives and…

A recent letter to the editor claims the Biden administration and the Democrats have it all wrong. There is one portion of the letter that has really angered me. This point is on the Biden administration increasing immigration. The letter writer insinuated newcomers to our country will be a …

Isn’t it a terrible thing Big Tech has gone so far astray: to censor? To curtail violence? To take away our freedoms?

Last month, the three-member Vermont Tax Structure Commission delivered a well-written, informative and conscientious report. The Legislature will now need to come to grips with some very large taxation change proposals.

Ted Ceruz, NASA, JPL, Mars Rover, Perseverance, political cartoon

During the murderous insurrection last month, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy unequivocally learned that, in the traffic pattern of his favorite deposed despot, unwavering loyalty is a one-way street. On a call with Individual #1 as the sound of breaking glass permeated the background, …

Cardinal Wolsey was a successful politician. He rose through years of faithful, clever service to become Henry VIII’s lord chancellor. He enjoyed his power and the king’s favor until he failed to secure the Pope’s permission for Henry to divorce his first wife, a crime for which Wolsey was s…

These words Taliban and ISIS are forever etched onto our American brains as foreign, Islamic terrorist movements and organizations — threats originating outside our country, but experienced by many as real, looming threats to our safety. However, as our own FBI is now telling us, the threat …

Next month marks the first anniversary of our worlds contracting — many of us into our homes, families or ourselves. During this great contraction, many were drawn to the outdoors as a place to escape — the trails, gardens and forests buzzed with life and activity. In the early days of the p…

Editor’s note: Vermont By Degrees is a series of columns written by representatives of colleges and universities from around the state about the challenges facing higher education at this time.

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.

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

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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.