The COVID-19 pandemic affecting us here in Vermont and internationally is one more indicator that we are now dealing in a broader perspective with the collapse of the industrial/capitalistic/military economy.

“I want to live alone in the desert, I want to be like Georgia O’Keefe, I want to live on the Upper East Side and never go down to the street” — Warren Zevon

These are difficult and scary times, but Vermonters are resilient, innovative, and community oriented which is why we have stepped up and taken on COVID-19 as an opportunity to improve our system and strengthen our communities.

As our lives are upended by the global coronavirus pandemic, it feels as if we’re watching a slow-moving train barrel toward us. We’re watching reports from Italy, New York and elsewhere, and know our health care system may soon be overwhelmed, and our health care providers will potentially …

Goodness knows, there are many advantages to having English as one’s first language, but there are also some disadvantages. An example of a disadvantage is the word for the religious period of time we are in right now: Lent. English speaking Christians use “Lent” for the period of time betwe…

Parents are used to being criticized, but now when schools are closed and parents are confronted with children’s days at home, they should be praised for the influence they have on their children’s educational achievement. Studies indicate that students whose parents read to them regularly i…

Your pastor needs prayer right now. He is facing significant stressors, making decisions that may have far-reaching consequences and handling questions from concerned parishioners for which he may not have answers.

In this stressful time, we all need enough food at home to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. Hunger Free Vermont wants you to know that there are a number of food resources available to help you and your neighbors — we’re all in this together as part of a caring, responsive Vermont …

The cascade of death from COVID-19 is going to get worse - much worse. Currently, experts predict the death toll could reach 240,000.

Vermonters have always stepped up to do their part during hard times. We lend a helping hand, take care of neighbors and look out for one another. The COVID-19 pandemic that’s testing our state and nation is an unprecedented challenge. As leaders of the legislative branch of government, we s…

In the face of a surging COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Justice has asked Congress for the ability to detain people indefinitely without trial, to extend the statute of limitations in criminal cases and limit the constitutional right to confrontation.

Organizers of Green Up Day made the decision this weekend to postpone the annual event until May 30. Originally, it was scheduled for May 2.

My name is Jasmine Little. My sister Kaitlyn Little, my friend Sydney Adreon and I have been quarantining together, and are hoping to create unity across the state this coming week, March 30 to April 3.

Couple of things about the thought that Amazon is the answer to buying: Amazon has widely touted their effort to stop third-party providers from price gouging during COVID-19. Now Amazon itself has been found to have raised prices on some of its own products during this time. Amazon is owned…

I'm sure many people wondered where the dad was when they read Jeff Danziger's "Non-digital Things Kids Could Do When Cooped Up" on Saturday. Well, dad has decided, now that he has time, to start his novel.

I suggest our illustrious President Trump divert our money for "his wall" back to the American people in this time of the COVERT-19 crisis - the wall he said "Mexico will pay for."

I am trying, like most of us, to stay positive in this situation that is significant in the least and potentially game changing at the most.

I fear this virus may be setting the stage for the end of our democracy. I am not just thinking of the hoarding of resources, the increase in gun purchases and keeping six feet away that increases our fear of each other. More importantly, the government's intrusion into our personal data fro…

Gov. Phil Scott issued a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order effective until April 15. Some residents are intimidated by the idea of being cooped up in their homes for an extended period of time. The governor’s directive is all the more difficult for these folks to imagine having just got…

I write to disagree with your recent editorial headlined “Time to concede” in which you stated that Bernie Sanders should quit, and we should endorse Joe Biden.

Agriculture has quietly gone about its business for decades. Stores shelves have always been stocked with an endless supply of milk, meat, produce and so much more.

Only a few short weeks ago, none of us could have predicted the impacts to our personal and professional lives that COVID-19 would wreak. During times of crisis or tragedy we are often compelled to gather with one another and find community, but in this time of social distancing and self-iso…

As the nation endures a bitter learning experience that is nowhere near being over, we are also finally answering the question many of us have been asking since Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017: What will happen when the country is facing a “real” crisis? We’re just now, while co…

In a week’s time, a lot has changed. COVID-19 has sickened more than 482,800 people, according to official counts on Thursday morning. At least 21,896 people have died, and the virus has been detected in at least 171 countries. Nationwide, more than 1,000 deaths have been reported. As of Thu…

I’m a baby boomer. My mother and father were members of the Greatest Generation. They earned that laurel by rising to the consecutive challenges of the Great Depression and World War II.

The final chapter in the coronavirus pandemic story won’t be written for a distressingly long time, but it’s worth leaping ahead in time and looking back at what Americans and Vermonters will hopefully have learned.

I’ve often thought, over the years, that what humankind needs in order to realize its potential for cooperation is an extraterrestrial — or at least a single worldwide — threat. Actually, over the years, I’ve thought all sorts of stupid things. We haven’t progressed, essentially, since we mi…

During his three plus years in office, Donald Trump has waged an unrelenting war on the existing nonphysical American infrastructure. This has proven, under today’s realities, not to be to America’s advantage. It is far more favorable to Russia since that country’s primary goal is to see Ame…

It’s no surprise to Vermonters that our agricultural economy has been in free-fall for more than 30 years. There’ve been some times during that fall that our rate of speed has been reduced because of assistance by the market or state and federal government. But there’s no denying that the da…

Parents are among those on the front line during this pandemic crisis. The role they play may not be as noted or heralded as the medical professionals and other caretakers now called to duty but are no less significant.

Parents are among those on the front line during this pandemic crisis. The role they play may not be as noted or heralded as the medical professionals and other caretakers now called to duty but are no less significant.

I am a Montpelier resident, in the process of relocating to the Village of Adamant in Calais. I have been aware of you and followed your rise in politics since I worked at the Chittenden County Superior Court as a judicial law clerk in the early 1980s. I watched as you took on the Board of A…

The COVID-19 crisis makes clear that our current food system is dangerously brittle. More than ever before, we need to invest in a food system that is resilient, local and strongly interwoven. As shoppers encounter empty shelves, we suddenly realize the full extent of reliance on corporate g…

We are living through an unprecedented time. Vermont is just beginning to feel the effects of the pandemic and its overwhelming economic impacts. Fear and uncertainty are rippling throughout our state as small businesses are suddenly grappling with this new reality with which they are faced.…

As people in the United States become even more fixated on public health matters, our continental neighbors to the north — those other North Americans — are providing instructive lessons on how best to address another kind of disorder.

As people in the United States become even more fixated on public health matters, our continental neighbors to the north — those other North Americans — are providing instructive lessons on how best to address another kind of disorder.

In 2016, long before the advent of COVID-19, The New York Times ran a piece by a Dr. Dhruv Khullar titled, “How Social Isolation Is Killing Us.” “Social isolation,” Dr. Khullar wrote, “is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional co…

In 2016, long before the advent of COVID-19, The New York Times ran a piece by a Dr. Dhruv Khullar titled, “How Social Isolation Is Killing Us.” “Social isolation,” Dr. Khullar wrote, “is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional co…

Having time on our hands during the current health emergency allows us widowers and widows to muse about the past. I have found this rewarding with my single daughter, an educator forced to stay home during our the crisis.

In response to the article "Volunteers offering deliveries for those isolated in Marshfield and Plainfield" in the March 20 edition, I wanted to send a thank you to all those offering services like this in this terribly uncertain and foreboding time. If we can preserve strong community ties …

As historian John M. Barry wrote in his 2004 book, "The Great Influenza," chronicling the 1918 flu pandemic which killed almost 50 million people around the world: the main lesson from that catastrophe is that “those in authority must retain the public’s trust”, and “the way to do that is to…

Double speak: The new way to say nothing but make it like you are saying something that has meaning and substance.

The Small Business Administration has declared a statewide disaster in Vermont making loans available for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans offer up to $2 million with an interest rate of 3.75% per business. These loans might be helpful for some but what is a small busi…

There's nothing like a guaranteed income to guarantee a disconnect from ordinary people. Imagine if everyone woke up everyday knowing the money is continuing and there's nothing to worry about with regard to having enough money on which to live, imagine.

 I co-own Post Office Café, a very small food and coffee establishment in the very small town of Worcester (under 1,000 residents).