Think about this for a second: Allowing a demonstrably mentally unfit, dishonest reality TV host and real-life grifter to upset the equilibrium of the planet, threaten the foundations of democracy here and having the Republican Party’s unwavering support sounds like the plot of a bad science…

Vermont’s post-European settlement identity and cultural history is inextricably linked to the working landscape. However, the relevance of working lands to the state’s future economic and social fabric is at a tipping point. As fewer Vermonters work the land, more Vermonters lose appreciati…

Before they left the wilderness, Moses reminded the people that their faithful observance of the laws he’d taught them would mark them as a “great nation” and “a wise and understanding people.” He cautioned them to “be careful so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let t…

In the April 29 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Ari Lamm published an op-ed item. “The Prospects of Religion in America Have Never Been Higher,” with the subtitle “Brick-and-mortar religious communities are shrinking but digital worship is growing.” Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm is a Princeton-trai…

Noodling through the internet this past weekend, I couldn’t help but see the hundreds of tributes inspired by the observance of Mothers Day. Most were accompanied by photographs from decades ago, when the mothers were young and beautiful. The kids, full of promise, smiled uncertainly and squ…

Vermont state legislators have, for years, rallied behind and covered for the deceitful, incompetent, inept performance of the Public Service Department, even going so far as blaming themselves for under-resourcing the department, thereby forcing them to ignore and violate the law, to not co…

The unwanted, recorded phone calls were particularly irksome and intrusive today as I prepared to eat my lunch. In fact, it seems to have been some time since I was able to enjoy a meal without such interruption(s).

In a May 12 letter to the Herald, Skip Rinebolt says Joe Biden was in the Senate for 47 years. This is incorrect. Biden served from Jan. 3, 1973, to Jan. 15, 2009, a total of 36 years.

At a time when Rutland is struggling with its image as a community resisting clearly racist and inappropriate iconography, it is refreshing it could take a step toward honoring a person of color whose contributions defined education today.

Gaza fighting, Israel, Palestinians, bombs, rockets, mosaic law, eye for an eye, political cartoon

We all are witnessing the increase of gas prices at the pump right now.

If you’ve ever visited the Vermont State House during a legislative session, you know how it hums with activity. Legislators sit tucked away in small committee rooms discussing issues of importance to Vermonters, school groups listen to tour guides as they point to the history encompassed in…

Way back last August, I wrote an op-ed to this community regarding the start of school. I read that again now and can hear the pleading in my written voice: follow the guidance — stay home, masked, and apart for others so we can keep kids and staff safe in school. At that moment, I was terri…

I want to say thank to all of those who voted no on the BUUSD budget again. With this victory for the little guy, we send a message to the district that it is not a blank check and it’s time to make creative decisions to keep our costs low and reasonable. No more excuses.

You’ve probably heard a lot about the personal actions we can all take to help mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. Bike to work more. Stop eating meat. Turn off your lights. Sound familiar? I may be jaded, but in my experience, individual actions alone, however gratifying, will be in…

This is an important first step. The Justice Department has begun an internal review to determine how to remove any extremists from within federal law enforcement after the arrest of current and former police officers for their involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

cat at homework, Russians hacked laptop, excuses, political cartoon

May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All.

Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, now in its 47th year, has had its annual spring performance at the Barre Opera House since shortly after it reopened in 1982. In this topsy-turvy pandemic year, we were very grateful to be able to view our ballet at the Opera House at no charge, despite…

Liz Cheney is the only Republican in power who dares to call out Donald Trump's lies. Look what her fellow Republican representatives are doing to her in return; today, they will remove her from her leadership position in the House. The Republicans seem to believe they can win the next elect…

We have received some interesting calls and emails in recent days from readers who have been irritated by content appearing on these pages.

Thank you, Young Writer’s Project! I turn to this page to read about what young people are thinking and feeling, and the experience always leaves me hopeful for the future.

The United States is made up of citizens who are victimized by their own inability to stick to facts and a failure to tell the truth. Misinformation and myths that pervade false narratives have taken a hold of the nation. Not recognizing what is happening and causing so much tension and dist…

As we slowly return to our pre-COVID way of life, there are certain things I will miss. For example, I will miss the ability to talk to myself undetected while wearing a mask.

The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) was a centerpiece of the last legislative session. It was driven by very real concerns around Vermont’s changing climate and the magnitude of what must be done to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make our landscape more resilient.

"Closed because no one wants to work" — I've seen this sign multiple times in the past months. Let it be clear, its not that no one wants to work, it's not because of unemployment benefits, it's because your store is offering $10/hour with no benefits during a pandemic and workers are learni…

I want to respond to Jack Crowther's letter on fluoridation by repeating my main claim: Do your own research before taking the word of editorials that intentionally mislead.

Bruce Everett's commentary piece on climate modeling strikes me as a fossil fuel industry dodge. He criticizes climate modeling as inaccurate and projected too far into the future to be reliable.

This week, it is very likely that Liz Cheney, the #3 in the House Republican caucus, will be ousted from her position for her attacks on Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen from him, and for her defense of democracy and its basic principle of free and open elections. Across the coun…

Liz Cheney, everywhere, Trump, political cartoon

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.

Backpacking equipment wasn’t as rugged in those days, back when I was 21 and walking the Appalachian Trail 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine. In Pennsylvania, a little past the midpoint, my waistbelt — the crucial piece of gear that shifted the weight of my 35- to 40-pound pack from my shoul…

The United Nations is going after methane emissions in the effort to slow climate change. Vermont’s cows have nothing to worry about.

The Vermont Legislature is considering whether to tax the forgiven loan I received under the Paycheck Protection Program that offered my business, Sugarsnap Catering, the relief that kept us afloat during the past horrific year.

Spring is finally here. And for me, that means getting my hands dirty to prepare my small garden for the growing season ahead and daydreaming about that summer day when I can eat tomatoes off the vine. I’m still new to gardening, but I learned early on just how important healthy soils and cl…

Judging by the crestfallen look on her face, one of the worst days in my late mother’s life was her only son announcing with self-indulgent fanfare that he would no longer be consuming meat, since by abstaining he would heroically go above and beyond, ending world hunger while halting global…

As the first half of this legislative session winds down, the bill to prepare Act 250 for the next 50 years is still a work in progress, as House Bill 120. I was recently invited to give the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife my perspective on H 120.

I am a high school student, and while I wish I were able to focus on my classes and enjoy this time of my life as carefree as others my age, I can’t. I know too much about the threats to the future of my generation and the present injustices in the world to do so. That’s why, since I was you…

Thank you for your extensive coverage of the tragic loss of Congregational Church sanctuary of United Federated Church in Williamstown on Tuesday last week.

The forced remote learning fiasco imposed on Vermont public school students this past year highlighted the lack of common benefits available from the state’s education system.

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.

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

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.