Bernie Sanders is running for president again.

In his commentary, “Inside information on the soul,” John Nassivera tries to provide evidence that souls exist. He points out that the “idea of the soul predates Christianity by a long shot.” Having read a great deal about the lives of our ancestors, it is clear to me that they did not under…

In the real world, global ocean temperatures set a new record in 2018, beating the previous record set in 2017. New studies show that both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are melting faster than ever, so that sea-level rise is accelerating. In the third week of January, the weakening …

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act was, and still is, one of the most contested acts of health-care reform (in) the United States. Along with expanding coverage and access to health care, reducing costs was a main focus of this law. The ACA has helped to reduce the rate at which natio…

Mexico Will Pay, Trump, Pence, Border Wall, political cartoon

An effort aimed at keeping tobacco products and electronic cigarettes out of the hands of young people is under consideration at the State House.

Trump, GOP, Republican senators, national emergency, shelter, political cartoon

Raising children means having difficult conversations. At various points in their development, we must sit children down to talk about serious and, at times, uncomfortable topics like sex, drugs and death. In these conversations, we are challenged to push through the discomfort, be open, fra…

I voted 'yes' on the garage. It was not an easy or a quick decision. I spent a lot of time last fall reviewing publicly-available information about the project and asking questions of city officials. An important factor for me was the city’s responsiveness to public comment, and the efforts …

There has been some recent commentary about Vermont imposing a carbon tax, some of which has been biased, inflammatory and downright inaccurate. After doing some research into the issue, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about carbon pricing. You decide for yourself whether or not it deser…

As a local school board member, I have watched the twists and turns of Act 46 closely, and the process has run its course. Delaying implementation of the forced mergers by another year would be harmful to our students and our communities.

“You forget your youth, that which, reckless, rises up to betray you. It’s your youth, forgotten these years, that you ultimately regret.” — William Styron, “Lie Down in Darkness.”

There is a truism in the energy-efficiency world that the cheapest watt or Btu is the one you don’t need to generate. The same holds true with transportation. We primarily focus on miles per gallon, mass transit or electric vehicles, but like electricity, the cheapest and cleanest mile is th…

I was one of the 47 million earthlings who watched last week’s State of the Union show. Most of us in the audience understandably were Americans, as the show was staged mostly for us. People in the rest of the world have enough of their own problems, although the antic behavior consuming the…

We seem to have forgotten our filters. We all have biases and opinions. But that adage of “think before you speak” seems to have been lost. Now, in this world of social media and instant gratification and rapid response, we are more likely to shoot first.

The legislature’s Next Generation Commission was asked to “develop a plan to encourage Vermonters to live and work in Vermont.” Six months later, it reported that “Vermont faces critical demographic shifts” and we must “implement bold strategies immediately if it is to retain its economic vi…

Last summer, the Joint Fiscal Office awarded a legislatively mandated contract to Resources for the Future, a Washington consulting firm, “to analyze the costs and benefits for Vermont of adopting and implementing policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by Vermont’s consumpt…

As the vice chair of the Elmore-Morristown School Board, I have seen the various ways in which Act 46 has impacted our communities. Even before the law was passed, the school boards in our supervisory union — Elmore, Morristown and Stowe — analyzed whether a merger of our districts would be …

There is an escalating crisis in higher education. The perception that a college education is too expensive is discouraging students from pursuing their dreams. Student debt is an issue, but it is important for students to understand that a college degree remains the single best investment i…

Before getting all warm and fuzzy over Donald Trump’s lame stab at bipartisanship in his State of the Union speech last week, a look at his remarks during the luncheon preceding the annual address to Congress might provide a more accurate assessment of just how seriously the nation should ta…

Two weeks ago, something happened in Abu Dhabi, something important that deserves our attention. On Feb. 4, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (Egypt) and Pope Francis signed a joint statement titled “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” during their meeting in the city of Abu Dhabi…

Growing up in Barre, we knew we were a little melting pot of humanity. In school, we listened to the story of the Statue of Liberty, and it seemed like it was our story. It made us proud to be part of the American experience.

The week of Feb. 4, multiple places in Burlington — Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, the Pride Center of Vermont and Outright Vermont — were hit by flyers and stickers from a national white supremacist group named Patriot Front. The stickers and flyers read “Better Dead Than Red” and “America First.” …

According to published reports this week, former vice president Joe Biden is almost certainly going to enter the 2020 presidential race.

After the battle of Dunkirk and Europe had been overrun, Britain stood alone facing an undefeated army. Winston Churchill addressed his citizens to calm them and stiffen their resolve. We’ve all heard and remember his inspiring words. There were many underlying messages contained in his spee…

It’s not every day the Catholic Church actively seeks public input. Yet, here in Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne has been making it an increasingly regular occurrence. In recent weeks, Coyne has been crisscrossing the state, holding a series of town hall meetings in which local Catholics a…

This morning, my dog, Fern, and I had a good discussion about toast and jam. Y’want something deeper? C’mon, she’s a dog. I was luxuriating in my lounge chair, about to partake in a toasted slice of pumpernickel slathered with butter and raspberry jam, when Fern, our elderly Black Lab, amble…

One of Vermont’s great success stories over the past decade has been the growth of local foods. Recently, I had the opportunity to testify for the House Agriculture Committee regarding food co-ops and how we support our state’s local food system. They wanted to hear from a co-op, I believe, …

It is easy to want to keep things the way they have been. The developments being built and planned in downtown Montpelier — transportation terminal, new housing, hotel, parking structure — are not exactly what I wanted. In the past dozen years, I’ve attended hundreds of hours of meeting rega…

I want to thank Republican Sen. Joe Benning for his support for Roe v. Wade (“The Abortion Debate,” Feb. 9) in his commentary on the abortion bills H.57 and S.25. As a member of the non-partisan League of Women Voters, I appreciate the bipartisanship on access to abortion that has been a hal…

This latest storm has provided Vermont with another ample snowfall. Winter enthusiasts are grateful to have a fresh blanket on which to play and compete.

I have read many articles and listened to many reports lately in regard to abortion. I now feel compelled to respond. Those who are pro-life believe that abortion should be outlawed. Their reason or belief is that abortion is the murder of an unborn child.

Gov. Phil Scott delivered his 2019 Inaugural Address on Jan. 10 and his budget address on Jan. 23, pleading for population growth. On the intervening Thursday, Jan. 17, George Plumb, perhaps foremost among our citizen guardians of what’s left of Vermont’s incomparable natural landscape and u…

As debate was ending in the Vermont State House last March and the Legislature was nearing final approval of laws that would impose the first serious restrictions on gun ownership in the state, Democratic State Sen. John Rodgers, of Glover, famously lamented, “I think maybe if we pass this b…

Do you act one way around people and have an alter ego online?