MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Lev Parnas, political cartoon

Small businesses face a critical list of legislative proposals this session that would raise costs and impose burdensome mandates that hinder their ability to operate. Vermont’s demographics have continued to erode over the past decade, aging population, declining enrollment, stagnant revenu…

Despite a strong economy at the national level, many Vermonters feel left behind. Across our state, thousands struggle to pay their bills and make ends meet. From burdensome taxes to sky-high insurance premiums, many individuals, families and small businesses are stuck in a persistent econom…

We are feeling a sense of déjà vu right now. A Republican administration is lying to the American people about the “imminent threat” posed by a Middle Eastern country. The vice president is falsely claiming the government in question is linked to the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks. Haw…

The Montpelier Homelessness Task Force recently put forth a budget request proposal to the Montpelier City Council to consider funding four specific items in the 2021 budget (in addition, two of these requests are included for the current 2020 budget, as well, i.e., for the initial setting u…

As Vermont’s primary land development law turns 50 years old, it is time for a major modernization of how it works. To improve both Act 250’s effectiveness and efficiency, the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) has agreed on a package of reforms with Governor Scott’s administration. No…

Queen Elizabeth, royal family, Meghan, Harry, QE2, political cartoono

Against the back wall of my UVM office sits an antique wooden desk. Its surface is bare of books and paper because it serves no mere utilitarian purpose. As the desk that once belonged to Vermont Sen. Justin Morrill, author of the Morrill Act of 1862 establishing the country’s first land gra…

Many letters have been written to support or oppose the impeachment of President Trump. None have been written on some issues that have arisen as a result of the impeachment hearings that should unite all Americans of all political parties. This letter does that.

Health care is again moving to center stage in this election year. A year ago, the Trump administration released a respectable report (“Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition”) but neither Democrats nor Republicans have shown much interest in it since no major l…

There are few issues people care more about than transportation. How easily we may move about in the world — from home to job to school to the grocery store — has a significant impact on our well-being and on our family budgets. This is true whether you live in an urban area, a small town or…

More than 200 members of Congress have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that has protected abortion rights in America since 1973. Reproductive rights we have taken for granted for decades, are now squarely under attack. Our constitutional right…

The Editorial Board of The Times Argus laments the irony of protesters interrupting Gov. Phil Scott's State of State address just at the time he was calling for better listening among diverse groups. The Board cautions that such interruption may lead to added security at the State House, inc…

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Humira, Lyrica, Xeljanz, Trulicity, Xarelto, Otezia, Eliquis, Keytruda, Ibrance, Biktarvy, Jardiance: Any of these words sound familiar? They should, as companies have worked hard to come up with words that make absolutely no sense to anyone, and have spent nearly $1.7 billion on TV ads alon…

This was the question I and a fellow Veteran For Peace asked folks as they entered and exited the Montpelier post office Saturday morning; we tallied up the results on a flip chart covered with plastic to keep off the melting snow. The whole point of our being out there was to respond to the…

As our Legislature prepares to undertake the paid family leave question again, I’d like to offer a perspective that was never publicly articulated during last year's debate. As often happens in public policy, it changes in increments and not leaps. This has to do with the conservative nature…

With the Legislature back in session and the governor putting the finishing touches on his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, it is a good time to remind ourselves why Vermonters deserve meaningful increases in funding for the Vermont State Colleges System.

The start of the new year provides an opportunity to reflect and set out our intentions for the months ahead.This year, I am asking all legislators to join me in committing to protect and expand access for Vermonters who are seeking public records.

My friend, Bill, and I got into a discussion concerning which one of us knew more about Vermont geography. When we saw a mutual buddy, Pat, approaching, I made an impromptu bet with Bill. “I’ll bet you $5 I can work the names of at least 40 Vermont towns into a conversation with Pat,” I said…

The Vermont Legislature returns in January with a long list of daunting challenges, all with potentially astronomical price tags for Vermonters, who are already some of the most highly taxed people in the United States.

While people are forming their resolutions for the New Year, our Connecticut River could use a few well-intentioned pledges. In that spirit, river users could make the following resolutions:

The turn of the New Year always shines bright with new opportunities. It’s a chance to reflect on where we’ve been and look ahead to where we need to go. When it comes to climate action from this past year, I’m inspired by a young woman from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, and by the tremendous oppo…

John McClaughry has challenged the proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) as unnecessary and harmful. I do not share Mr. McClaughry’s views on climate change and have worked for years under former Gov. Douglas and as a consultant to promote adoption of sound climate policies ac…

I was disappointed to see the letter in The Times Argus that indicated St. Augustine Parish had canceled both the Christmas and New Years warming shelter. I have been told the participants last Wednesday, Christmas, enjoyed their roast pork and turkey dinner and will be welcomed again on New…

Happy New Year, Barre. I’m Jake Hemmerick, and I’m thrilled to announce a run for the two-year Ward 1 seat on Barre’s City Council this Town Meeting Day, Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

I heard about the couple and puppy who were attacked by bear “hound” hunting dogs this past October on public land. I hope the Legislature will take up the hounding issue this session.

Funding from OneCare Vermont — the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called Support and Services at Home operating in all corners of Vermont.

On Dec. 17 the Georgetown Law Center revealed its long-awaited Transportation and Climate Initiative draft Memorandum Of Understanding. It will be open for on-line comments until Feb. 28. At some point after that Gov. Scott will be asked to sign Vermont into TCI. Presumably the legislature w…

Christmas, 1914. The First World War had started only months before on July 28, 1914. The proximate cause of the war was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife by a teenage Serbian nationalist. But the origins of the war had deeper roots.

Really? It’s too cold for Christmas caroling this past Friday night, but it’s not too cold for humans to still be sleeping outside at minus 4 degrees?

I saw a buddy last week and wished him a happy holiday. He was taken aback. “Please, Mark, save the political correctness for someone else,” he said. The fact is I wasn’t being politically correct; I was merely expressing the sentiment that the individual holidays seem to have evolved into o…

We need a progressively funded, union based, green new deal – not workers paying more to get to work.

A response to the commentary by John McClaughry on socialism. In my lifetime, the right has always had the knack of labeling and defining the ideas they dislike. Unfortunately, with the rise of Fox and social media, this practice now finds a free rein without any counterpoint being heard. Dr…

Trump Letter, Nancy Pelosi, strait jacket, Kellyann Conway, Stephen Miller, political cartoon

Anyone who follows gun politics is certainly aware of what is happening now in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani, back from Ukraine, political cartoon

Thanks in part to 50 years of unflagging advocacy by Bernie Sanders, “socialism” has become a frequent topic of partisan debate. Like its counterpart “capitalism,” socialism has meant several quite different things, both to its partisans and its opponents. That can make it difficult to under…

Being involved with Vermont’s child protection system is one of the most complicated experiences imaginable. From a child’s perspective, even at its best, it is often a traumatic transition. Children in foster care don’t choose where they are going, they often don’t have the opportunity to p…

The ultimate role of a prosecutor is to seek justice. My office is shocked and dismayed by the reports of maltreatment and exploitation of female inmates at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility. Our commitment to public safety and justice necessarily includes those committed to the cu…

I am one of the still-active 17 citizens who oppose the city of Montpelier’s proposed parking garage behind Christ Church and Capitol Plaza. We appealed the city’s Development Review Board (DRB) approval, as well as that of Vermont’s District 5 Environmental Commission. Contrary to Bill Fras…

On March 9, 1954, Republican Vermont Sen. Ralph Flanders stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate to condemn fellow Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy on his claims there were communists in the State Department. The Flanders speech was an immediate sensation, as Flanders’ courage to speak up again…

Regarding John McClaughry’s column of Nov. 30, a few points.