I dedicated my life to ending wildlife trapping when I first witnessed images of terrified bobcats, foxes and other wildlife with metal jaws crushing their limbs while humans stood smugly smiling over them.

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Again, Keelan misses the point on how our veterans are treated in Vermont. I was appalled and stunned when Don Keelan wrote in one of his columns a while back that veterans in Vermont are not respected — forgotten!

Trump, Colin Powell, foxhole, political cartoopn

Picture this: the opportunity as an undergraduate student to work with an early-stage technology company helping to improve electric system reliability under extreme weather. Now imagine getting paid for that opportunity while earning credit towards your degree.

For years now, we’ve heard that parents are children’s most influential teachers, that the classroom teacher should defer to the parents’ point of view when faced with a disagreement about how to deal with misbehavior, curricular content and strongly held social, political and religious posi…

In 2010, the Vermont State Legislature designated October as Health Careers Awareness Month in Vermont. Now, more than ever, we need to create buzz around the importance of health careers in our state. Vermont has among the highest shortages of medical professionals in the nation per capita,…

I consider myself a longtime champion of local democracy. I co-wrote with Frank Bryan a book subtitled “recreating democracy on a local scale” (The Vermont Papers, 1989). But over the years, I have occasionally had the thought there can also be a problem with local democracy, when powerful o…

I was not surprised by the story, “Student incidents raise concerns at RHS” in Saturday’s Rutland Herald. In November 2017, I wrote a series of articles on this very topic. I can no longer teach, school environments are toxic, and use excuses, not solutions. I can see by reading Saturday’s a…

Today (Oct. 12), I went to visit my sisters, one of whom had recently moved. We had a really nice visit and I got a haircut while there. By the time I returned to Rutland, I had driven 208 miles and I was hungry, lunch having been served around 12:30.

Vermont has gone from national leader to laggard in the fight against COVID. For so long, the state had the lowest COVID rate in the country. When vaccines became available, Vermont soon led the country. Under the state of emergency, sensible requirements for masking, gatherings in indoor sp…

To hear at the Wednesday Montpelier City Council meeting, the mayor equate the tolerance of a three-month delay for completion of the report of the Police Review Committee, with the more than two years lapsed since the required report was due from the Homelessness Task Force, was astounding.

Federal judges ruled the traditional one town, one vote principle unconstitutional and in 1965, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to reapportion themselves. The representative of Stannard literally cried claiming their small community would never again have a representative. Fifty-s…

As I sit here, with four walls facing me, and a ceiling suspended above, my privilege in this world is unveiled. I’ve never had to fear where I will sleep the following night, search for a place to bathe nor go hungry because of food scarcity. I am never lacking in my basic human needs — for…

Samovara, Russian gas and oil, Russia, Putin, Olaf Sholz, Germany, political cartoon

The State of Vermont has screwed up — big time. The Woodside Juvenile Detention Center was mismanaged by the Department for Children and Families for years, and wasn’t closed only because it was outdated and there were falling numbers housed there, but also because of staff turnover, lawsuit…

As if the school closures and mask mandates based on no real science aren’t bad enough, now, teachers’ unions, school boards and some educators are indoctrinating our children with Critical Race Theory Equity, the 1619 Project, Critical Gender and all the other filth and lies that they can s…

The Barre Area Veterans Council would like to express our disappointment with the Barre City Council as it pertains to the recent requests to display a special ceremonial flag intended to recognize the sacrifices of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the unity of our great nation and local co…

Has America decided that it’s finally time to literally become the country described in George Orwell’s “1984”? Sure seems like it. In Rep. Adam Schiff’s new book, “Midnight in Washington,” he describes a meeting he had with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. They talked about what happened dur…

Russian spies, US Navy, FBI, peanutbuitter sandwiches,. political cartoono

Modern love, sex changes, political cartoon

Mr. Nassivera's op-ed “On Faith: Without a compass” identifies our lack of a moral compass. The problem with compasses is they only point in linear directions, without consideration for the real topographies. Counterintuitive for “flat landers,” Vermonters instinctively know the best way to …

I have three suggestions about spending new federal money. And I come in peace with no angst nor judgment about a subject soon to be hotly debated. Now, what I mean by ‘coming in peace’ et al, is my suggestions are more about the processes of spending this money effectively rather than solel…

I ran into my buddy Tim, a self-professed language junkie, at the store yesterday. After exchanging pleasantries, he went into a long monologue about indirect objects, conjugating verbs, and dangling participles. As is often the case during these forays into the world of words, my eyes start…

This is in response to Rob Roper’s recent commentary. Mr. Roper asks some good questions and many more could be asked. He uses questions to show how the council’s discussions so far indicate that proposed solutions will not work. If we use the past and present understanding of what is practi…

Student weighting dominates a lot of discussions around Vermont school funding these days. I guess that’s what we should expect after the release of a report to the Legislature titled: “Study of Pupil Weights in Vermont’s Education Funding Formula.” But the study also raises broader question…

Headless Horseman, HeadlessHorsemanlessHorse, GOP 2024, political cartoon

Today, more than 1,100 charter schools are run by for-profit corporations. Whether those corporations are large national chains or small local companies running one or two schools, they invest in slick marketing campaigns to get children and tax dollars through the door.The public is often s…

As America celebrates National Small Business Week and the hardworking entrepreneurs who form the backbone of our economy, policymakers must do more than recognize the vital contributions of small businesses. Indeed, Congress must redouble its determination to support small business owners a…

As is often the way, Vermont boasts some of the most forward-leaning voter access laws in the country. Early voting, mail-in voting and more, are all initiatives the state has undertaken to expand to all eligible voters their constitutional right to cast a ballot and lend their voice to thei…

An article appeared in the Herald a few weeks ago (Sept. 11) that contained this quote from the Association of American Medical Colleges: “half of white medical trainees believe such myths as Black people have thicker skin or less sensitive nerve endings than white people.” This quote is a f…

In the summers of 1968 and 1969, I worked as camp counselor for the Newington Children’s Hospital in Manchester, Connecticut. The campers had a multitude of disabilities associated with childhood illnesses and trauma.

Our state motto can, and should, be a guide for Vermont’s energy future. But first we must recognize just how much our current fossil fuel dependence undermines both freedom and unity.

Here’s a tale of two enterprising young men from Vermont who hit the jackpot by selling their startup company to a larger one for $40 million.

Great River Hydro, the owner of the Wilder, Bellows Falls, and Vernon dams in Vermont and New Hampshire, is seeking new operating licenses under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will allow them to continue to profit on the Connecticut River for the next 40 to 50 years.

In the Rutland Herald Sept. 29 editorial (“Bringing shame”), the editor chastises the national and state Republican parties for bringing suit challenging the legality of recently-approved noncitizen voting in Winooski and Montpelier. I have been, and remain, a staunch defender of granting lo…

I admire the people of Barre who, despite the inaction of their city council, found a way of commemorating the tragedy of 9/11. They managed to hoist the large flag at the corner of Washington and Church streets which had been displayed immediately after the attacks in New York and Washingto…

Angela Merkel, German elections, Tschuse Mutti, Bye Mom, political cartoon

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.

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.