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I am writing this out of concern that there is a lack of understanding about the Best Management Practice process that was conducted in Vermont to evaluate the various restraining devices for capturing furbearers.

On Jan. 24, the Doomsday Clock moved forward 10 seconds, putting us just 90 seconds from midnight. I learned of this only through emails from organizations promoting peace, not from mainstream newspapers or broadcasts. Why wasn’t this considered news?

What is the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. doing with its money? It’s a question I find myself asking every month as I send my student loan payments.

I have been accused of being too attached to music from the 1970s. I admit, as the soundtrack of my adolescence, the songs from this era bring me comfort and hold a special place in my heart. Sometimes, when I am stressed or have too much on my mind, I retreat to a spot on the couch, and lis…

I was a teenager in the 1950s and came of age in the ’60s. Each decade had plenty of bad stuff. As a result, I don’t have any nostalgia for the “good old days.”

Many of our population have begun to take COVID -19 infections entirely too lightly, seemingly unaware of a continuing mini-surge of these infections, which is occurring despite Vermonters having done better than the national average in getting the most recent bivalent booster. Unfortunately…

Two months ago, I published a column titled “Return of the Johnstown Flood.” That was my metaphor for the flood of legislation that was certain to occur, once the Democratic Party commanded a veto-proof majority in the state House and Senate. It now does, and that flood is proceeding at alar…

With some of the strongest environmental justice and climate laws on the books, Vermonters have reason to be proud of the work our state has done to address the climate crisis in recent years. But this work has just begun. Now is not the time to ease up on the accelerator.

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Instrumart is a 34-year-old Vermont-based company that was recently voted one of the best places to work in Vermont. Happily calling ourselves an employee-focused company, we are keenly interested in the health and well-being of the families that make up our collective Instrumart family.

H.31 is a bill that has been introduced by Rep. Seth Bongartz, D-Manchester. The bill calls for a moratorium on the issuance of permits to spray our lakes with toxic chemicals to kill a plant known as Eurasian milfoil. Why is a moratorium needed? After spraying our lakes for almost two decad…

The times they are a’ changin’ — so sang Bob Dylan (and so wrote, spoke or sang many others in many other times). I might add a verse to that song: “The new piece by Jensen shall now be the last. The days of print newspapers soon shall be past. The future of news is website and podcast, and …

Shame on us. For every single day, we citizens, our students, their teachers and their families wonder whether someone stalking the school halls could force their days to end in tragedy. And yet we still sit on our hands.

I want to thank John Klimenok for responding to my recent letter. It is always good to know that at least one person has read it. Indeed, it is even more satisfying that the reader is a critic, willing to challenge my thoughts and actions. It is only when our ideas are challenged that we grow.

The Perfect Little Climate Conscious State now has its own Perfect Little Climate Action Plan. Although the Climate Action Plan won’t have any impact on climate, it will have an only too real impact on Vermonters’ wallets.

Leslie and I are retired and live on fixed incomes. Like everyone else, we’ve been hit by the rising cost of living. It has caused us to take hard looks at our spending and think about our priorities.

Last month, we lost another child Holocaust survivor, Erika Hecht, as that generation finds its final resting place. Erika recalls a story of her wartime experience in her memoir “Don’t Ask My Name” — “One night, (my mother) wakes me and asks me my name. ‘Erika Bleier,’ I say. ‘What did you …

A concerned citizen, who is a Montpelier resident, emailed me on Friday afternoon, saying they needed help understanding the “public restroom issue,” asking me what they were missing.

Imagine you are on a walk with your dog in a Vermont state forest. The woods are alive with the colors of fall and are seemingly harmless as you explore deeper. Your dog is ahead of you on the trail and within eyesight when you notice him stop for a few seconds and then let out a horrific sc…

Williamstown is going to be voting this March on the future of townwide, economic decision making. The question will be whether we take the town’s money issues away from the Town Meeting floor vote and move those issues to the Australian ballot. I support this change.

On Jan. 11, the Department of Children & Families presented their budget to the House Appropriations Committee. Its proposal would redirect $4.6 million that has been earmarked for “child development” to a fund that will be used to pay for building a temporary, architecturally secure str…

The Vermont Mayors Coalition recently announced a 2023 legislative agenda that supports the eight communities represented in the coalition, from Vermont’s largest, Burlington, to some of the smallest, Winooski and Vergennes. It’s exciting to see our elected officials coming together over a p…

Vermont lawmakers and the governor’s office are rightly focused on expanding access to paid family and medical leave to Vermonters statewide. Vermont is one of 14 states with a paid sick time law in place, guaranteeing up to five paid sick days to many workers. It is just one of the two stat…

Where, oh, where is one expected to go and what, oh, what is one supposed to do, particularly when there is nowhere (read: no place) located either centrally downtown or elsewhere within easy strolling distance, to go, most especially at night, on the weekend or on an official holiday when o…

Recent Times Argus editorials make clear the editors’ commitment to robust, varied and factual reader commentary and debate of current key issues. And, oh, how Vermonter opinions from politics, to religion, to abortion, to climate change, often support totally opposed points of view. Lurking…

OneCare is an Accountable Care Organization. We partner with health insurance companies, hospitals, independent medical practices, community health organizations and community collaborators to improve the quality of health care and make it more affordable for Vermonters. OneCare is an import…

My girlfriend Carol and I were running errands during last week’s mild weather when she suggested we get my car washed. It was undeniable that the vehicle was dirty. From November to April, cars in Vermont unite in a fleet of grunge. Regardless of the age, make or type of vehicle, by January…

Vermonters have mistakenly thought we are immune from the believers of The Big Lie and election deniers who have permeated national politics.

Ever since arriving in the Legislature in 1979, Rep. and Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Orleans, has pursued his one great legislative passion: to get dairy farmers more money. As chair of House Agriculture (16 Years) and Senate Agriculture (2013-present), Starr has pushed hard for a long series of sch…

Over the past several months, I have been very impressed with the diversity of candidates who have chosen to run for office in and around Barre City. Many of these individuals are first-time candidates who have never held office before, and I applaud those folks. It isn’t easy to run for off…

Legislative leadership has already laid out its agenda for this session. Despite the dire state of health care for the almost half of Vermonters younger than the age of 65 who are “underinsured,” it is clear they have no intention of doing anything meaningful to address the state’s health ca…

There were two threads running through Gov. Phil Scott’s fourth inaugural address. One was a clear, even refreshing, acknowledgement of the role government and money played in the last few years to protect Vermonters and improve their lives. The other was the governor’s vision of a future Ve…

This Jan. 22, we should have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade; instead, our country is confronting a stark reality in which younger generations have fewer rights than the last, and one in three Americans no longer have the right to safe, legal abortion in their home state.

In the weekend prior to MLK Day edition of the Rutland Herald, articles and editorials included a list of celebrations and anecdotes honoring Dr. King; the Vermont shortage of affordable housing; an essay about “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (with paragraphs on Simon Legree, noting the character was a …

The headline on the letter from Gregory Thayer in Tuesday’s Herald titled “Pro-Trump” should really say “Pro-stupidity.”