Many have questioned me about the comments Chris Viens made during a candidates forum last week. As municipal manager, it is not my place to defend or criticize the personal public statements of public officials with whom I work. They, like we all, “own” their beliefs, philosophies and opini…

Liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, progressive, independent, city folk, rural folk, people of faith, secular humanists, Black, white, Latinx, Native American, ancestors from all over the world, at the end of the day, we are all Americans, and we care deeply about our democracy. We …

Voting, groups, veterans, unemployed, single mother, social security, political cartoon

We are in the middle of the most devastating public health crisis in modern history, and the American people are paying a terrible price. Nearly 220,000 people have died in just 10 months. That is significantly more than the number of Americans who died in the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afgha…

Baby Trump Balloon, US, Uncle Sam, political cartoon

Sen. Patrick Leahy and five of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee have repeatedly stoked fears that a conservative Supreme Court, including Justice-to-be Amy Coney Barrett, will destroy the Obama Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. That, they say, would leave 20 milli…

The falling of leaves and shortening of days always mark a busy time for my industry — the ski resort industry. We are once again busily preparing for the ski season ahead. A critical part of preparation is the hiring of seasonal workers. We are rapidly approaching the time of year when our …

The comparative isolation imposed by the pandemic is forcing a lot of us to look at our immediate surroundings more carefully. Many people stuck at home for longer periods at a time are finding themselves not quite satisfied with things as they are. Do-it-yourself building projects are thriv…

A few weeks ago, we learned the truth about the child abuse that took place at Kurn Hattin during the past 80 years. I want to applaud VTDigger’s thorough and unflinching investigative reporting on this matter. Kurn Hattin, no doubt, was a haven for some children, but for others, it was hell…

Vermont is the only state seeing no need for election safeguards. By avoiding best practices in a vote-by-mail effort practiced in other states, our Secretary of State Jim Condos is opening Vermont up to questions of electoral fraud.

The legal trapping season in Vermont starts on Oct. 24 this year and lasts through the end of March. Many Vermonters are surprised to learn that steel-jawed leghold, body-crushing "kill" traps and drowning traps remain legal in Vermont. Thanks to the work of local wildlife protection groups,…

Judge Amy Coney Barrett seems like a very nice person, very committed to her family, her professions (law and teaching), her students and her church. She has accomplished a great deal in her 48 years. Still, from news stories about her, she has much to learn about people, about social develo…

White House, punkins, jack o lanterns, Trump, Halloween, political cartoon

Five years ago, I wrote that fashion guru Pablo Valdivia announced the demise of men’s cargo shorts. I am happy to report rumors of the death of this beloved piece of clothing were greatly exaggerated. Today, cargo shorts are as popular as ever, and they continue to serve a very important ro…

Regardless of party affiliation, there is general agreement the 2020 presidential election may be the most important election in our lifetime. Beyond and above any specific issue is the extreme polarization of the country — a polarization that borders on, and sometimes breaks into, destructi…

As we all are stressed out by what is going on in our country — the politics, the environmental disasters, COVID-19, personal health and financial disasters — there is yet another concern that no one is talking about: Medicare Advantage.

I have served in the Senate for 46 years, a span that includes 20 Supreme Court nominations and 16 confirmation hearings. None — not one — looked anything like this one.

I have served in the Senate for 46 years, a span that includes 20 Supreme Court nominations and 16 confirmation hearings. None — not one — looked anything like this one.

Trump, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Gold Star Falimies, vets, COVID, political cartoon

On Nov. 3, the Berlin Town voters will be asked to give up their right/obligation to approve any changes to the town plan. Article One on the ballot asks to give the Select Board authority to unilaterally change the town plan and any bylaws. The reasoning for this seems to be that the Planni…

I want to express my gratitude to Italian-Americans of Barre. Your rich and painful legacy as quarry workers and monument makers was chronicled through many exhibits at the Granite Museum, which I visited for the first time last week.

It’s easy to think of democracy as a “thing” that we “have.” That exists independently of us. That’s still “there” even if we don’t inform ourselves about what’s happening in our communities or in the world, even if we don’t vote. It will be “there” if we really need it. It’s written in the …

For the past three years, Gov. Phil Scott and others have expressed a concern about Vermont’s stagnant population. Last year, the Legislature even created a New Worker Relocation Program to pay people to move to Vermont, conduct their businesses online, help revitalize small communities and,…

We are all living In this aberration that is the Age of Unreason, brought about by the stupidest person to ever enter the Oval Office.

Why does the city of Barre need to waste money on speed bumps? I can’t think of a street in town that doesn’t have enough potholes in it to slow speeds to 10 mph. I think someone simply needs a job, and they’ve decided installing speed bumps is the only job they are going to get.

Majesty of the Law, Amy Barrett, USSC, Trump, McConnell, political cartoon

Oct. 5, 2019, was proclaimed Raoul Wallenberg Day in Vermont by Gov. Phil Scott. Given the increasing flood of news in recent years, the significance of that announcement may have escaped notice. Likewise, not many Americans made note when President Ronald Reagan made Mr. Wallenberg an honor…

Proud Boys, stand by, stand back, Trump. Mein Trumpf, following orders, political cartoon

Much as I admire the coolness and humility with which Gov. Phil Scott has handled the COVID-19 crisis, and grateful as I am that he has put so much space between himself and Donald Trump, I won’t vote for him in November. I won’t vote for any Republican.

The pandemic has given us ample time for self-reflection. I have used the opportunity to think about all of the changes my body has undergone in recent years.

Live ballots for the Vermont General Election are in the mail and on their way to every active voter on the statewide checklist. Since coming up with this vote-by-mail scheme in response to COVID-19, Secretary of State Jim Condos has argued that it will work because other states have been op…

Everyone knows someone with asthma, or diabetes, or COPD, heart disease or another chronic health condition. Who do you know? Your grandson, sister, neighbor or co-worker? About 67,000 Vermonters have asthma, and more than 55,000 have been diagnosed with diabetes. So, chances are you know so…

The first step is complete. Yes, the veto of the Global Warming “Solutions” Act (H.688) by Gov. Phil Scott has been overridden by the Democratic “supermajority” of the Vermont Legislature. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the plethora of lobbyists on staff at Vermont Natural Resource Counci…

Lindsey Graham, butterfly, Trump, political cartoon

Today I found some time to start the cleanup of my mini, pitiful garden and plant some bulbs for next year. I am a poor gardener, but it usually relaxes me, not so much now since my back doesn’t like it, but I do what I can. I mull over things that bother me a lot while gardening, hoping to …

RBG replacement, riunning with scissors, Trump, political cartoon

Mitt Romney, Trump, USSC vote, political cartoon

Ms. Olivia Campbell-Andersen is the executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont, an organization of more than a hundred businesses, law firms and lobbyists peddling subsidies for wind and solar electricity. It should come as no surprise that she is quick to try to dispel the idea Californ…

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.