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Once in my advertising/marketing career, my agency had Herman Miller for a client. This is the company where Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic designers and architects, created furniture design among a myriad of innovative products that now covet presentation in the Metropolitan Museum of Ar…

No society could function if all its members had the absolute freedom to do whatever they wish regardless of its effect on others. We cannot act as we please when it results in harm to others. My right to throw a punch ends at the tip of your nose and with your right not to be assaulted. I a…

Collectively, the founders of Calling All Members have over 220 years as members of VSECU, with over 75 of those years in leadership positions. To see the VSECU CEO take our 75-year-old cooperative from strong to gone in just nine years is not visionary leadership, it is failed leadership. T…

We all know the meaning of the word hooliganism: the effort to break down or destroy, based upon the name of an 1880s criminal in Southwark, London, England. But we now see this procedure existing in our own modern society today and, yes, frequently on the internet in what used to be called …

As I was making my way through a colossal cappuccino and the Rutland Herald before dawn last weekend, the “Goings and comings” headline topping a column by Rutland Herald Executive Editor Steven Pappas, stopped me cold. In fact, it bolted my eyes wide open.

The editorial in Friday’s, Sept. 23, Rutland Herald is excellent. For those who may have missed it, it describes the right-wing attempts, which are coordinated and growing, to censor materials the right doesn’t like, mostly books that are about minorities, especially Blacks and the LGBTQ com…

Here in Vermont, we drive more miles and burn more gasoline and diesel than the average American. There aren’t a lot of great options for the commuters or contractors or small businesses among us to get ourselves out of cars or trucks and into more efficient modes of transportation like buse…

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As head of electrification at Green Mountain Power, I get the joy of traveling across Vermont to meet with businesses, community leaders and customers, and I get to do that in an electric vehicle (EV) feeling good I’m doing it with zero emissions. GMP’s work fleet includes EVs made by Chevro…

As the president and chief executive officer and board chair of New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU), we believe our members, staff and the communities we serve should fully understand the value of the merger with Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU). It is also important to clar…

Thank you for writing about the rising cost of health care in Vermont. We read your editorial about Green Mountain Care Board hospital budget decisions with interest and noted that, while you considered the perspective of the hospital, and you considered the perspective of the GMCB chair, it…

I joined VSECU in 1986 as a new state employee. After retirement from the state of Vermont, I became a director in 2016 and have extensive experience in board governance as a member of many state and local boards, currently serving as chair of my own town’s select board and vice chair of the…

Relax, Vermonters. Nothing will prevent you from buying and registering your new gasoline- or diesel-powered sedan, SUV or light-duty truck — until 2035.

In his commentary “Victims of violence,” John Nassivera states “a few thousand years ago, the Semitic peoples of the Near East, especially the Canaanites, began to worship the Supreme God under the name of El (Yahweh). God the Father (the Creator God) of the Jews, Christians and Muslims is t…

I am a relentless and dogged optimist. That is likely why I can’t help but respond to my friend Bill Schubart’s recent commentary on “Philanthropy: The Dark Side of Giving … Getting.” (Full disclosure: Bill is a great friend and mentor.) At a time when clickbait framing tends to the dark and…

I am certain we all are tired of the ad nauseum phrases stating President Trump was storing classified information in his Mar-A-Lago, Florida, home.

John McClaughry speaks eloquently about the state of our democracy in his opinion piece (“Saving our democracy,” Friday, Sept. 9). His history lesson tracing democracy from the Greek city-states to the founding of our country was excellent. However, his “fast forward 246 years” is where his …

Doing genealogical research, we might discover when and where our distant ancestors were born, when and where they died, and the same for their spouses and children. I want to know much more. What did they do for a living? What kind of life experiences did they have? Most often, I can find n…

When choosing a pastime, it is wise to assess the potential risks associated with the activity.

Darya Dugina, the Russian journalist and political activist who was killed in a car bomb explosion outside Moscow on Aug. 20, and her father, Alexander, have long been passionate supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his policies, particularly the goal of reestablishing the boun…

In 2020, about 20% of Black citizens voted in Vermont’s general election, well short of a census-estimated 70% of white Vermonters. That’s the second largest gap in the country. Last month, Secretary of State Jim Condos opined, “Ensuring the accuracy of our elections is my No. 1 priority” bo…

There is much I agree with in Sen. Joe Benning’s Sept. 10 commentary (“Use the post wisely”) regarding the role of the Vermont lieutenant governor. In fact, I share other common ground with him (such as a streak of fiscal conservatism dating back to my youth as a supporter of Barry Goldwater…

Move on, put on your big boy/girl pants, they did the best they could, you’ll feel better if you forgive he/she/them, etc. There are a host of excuses mainstream society inflicts on people who have suffered pain at the hands of an oppressor, be that family, societal or global victimizers. Go…

The mood at recent Vermont Climate Council committee meetings is bleak, as the folks tasked by the Legislature to come up with a plan to meet the greenhouse gas reduction mandates of their Global Warming Solutions Act, do not have one.

I read Michael Shank’s commentary in the weekend edition of while eating a delicious Pork Belly Benedict at the Bomoseen Diner.

During the recent Vermont primary, I watched candidate debates for several races. I thought the debate for Secretary of State was the most substantive, constructive and interesting debate I viewed.

In recent weeks, we have been inundated with op-eds, signs and mailings from those opposing Article 22, the Reproductive Liberty Amendment. These advertisements urge voters to vote “no” in order to prevent elective late-term abortions. The problem with the arguments in these advertisements i…

The right to choose is a moral and economic imperative; Vermont businesses cannot be silent.

As I was listening to President Biden’s recent speech with tears in my eyes, I was so glad to see him talking straight to all of us in such inclusive terms. It was encouraging and hopeful.

Last week, the VSECU CEO announced the credit union was suspending taking new accounts related to the cannabis industry stating VSECU did not have enough staff to properly service the new growers, manufacturers and retailers about to be licensed in Vermont. It was a shocking statement.

For years now we’ve been witnessing the decline of civility in public discourse. The downhill slope is getting steeper.

Ever since the deplorable Jan. 6, 2021, attempt by supporters of outgoing President Trump to seize the U.S. Capitol, the political left has raised and amplified the cry of “our democracy under assault.”

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.

Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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.

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.

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.

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.