Please, for everyone’s health, safety and prosperity, close Montpelier’s streets! By that, I mean some streets. Close them to cars and open them to people who want to get back outside and downtown. As we gradually come out of this lockdown and begin to deal with the reality of this pandemic …

It’s great to see the Vermont Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program is serving as an effective tool to help people who smoke and vape, with quitting. Vermonters are responding — whether it be out of concern over COVID-19’s possible impact on their respiratory systems or because of n…

The obscenely expensive fighter jets flying over to “salute” health care workers, jumbled up with the names of some of the 100,000 people who have died thus far in the U.S., mixed with memories from 50 years ago of classmates shipping out to Vietnam and others going to prison as resisters, h…

During these stressful times, it is hard to remember what sorts of things we should be thinking about, much less appreciating. I remember a coworker had a daily calendar on his desk. Every morning, this gentleman would pull off a sheet of paper revealing the new date and an official designat…

The Barre City Council recently met and decided not to make a mandatory rule for all customers shopping at retail stores to wear face coverings. That would take courage.

Recently, 1,900 cars lined up on the runway at the airport in Berlin because our neighbors in those cars needed food. That is 1,900 households in the Montpelier/Barre neighborhood who are food insecure. This orderly traffic jam was lined up because the farmers and food producers and the Verm…

I am a District 3 resident at 29 East State St. I have lived and worked in Montpelier since the early 1970s. As you know, I am one of the parking garage appellants. I testified on Wednesday, May 13, before the City Council on the issue of parking space availability. I am writing because my t…

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented public health and economic challenges for the people of Vermont. Vermonters have lost their lives, many have lost access to health care services, one in four are now unemployed and too many families are struggling with hunger because of food sh…

I will begin with a quote from Superintendent of Schools Chris Reykdal in the state of Washington, “Our policy is, do no harm.” Reykdal said this during a media conference on April 22. A pass/fail system was ruled out as an option for grading this school year because “it is not informative o…

The caption accompanying the image of Friday’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program described the massive turnout of Vermont residents seeking to acquire healthy, nutritious food for their families, but only describes a small portion of the story. I call on The Times Argus to report on the a…

I would like to see our community’s observances of Memorial Day extended through the entire month of June, to honor the nearly 100,000 Americans whose lives were lost to the current pandemic, pay tribute to the thousands who survived or are struggling to do so, and extend admiration to first…

I am a 64-year-old woman whose family going back many generations was born and raised in Vermont. I care about Vermont, and I care about its people.

The Wisconsin presidential primary holds a key lesson for us: It is not the prudent way to vote during a pandemic. Wisconsin voters stood in line in jammed polling places for hours to cast a ballot. They were forced to choose between voting and protecting their own health and that of others.

A major and depressing casualty of the COVID-19 economic lockdown is the calamitous effect it is having on small business, especially retail, entertainment and restaurant firms and the service market of electricians, plumbers and other skilled tradespeople. Massive federal aid spending, such…

About a week ago, the state announced the ending of the Child Care Stabilization Program, giving permission and encouragement for child care programs to reopen June 1. Although initially excited, many providers were caught off guard as the conclusion of the stabilization program means child …

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What happens when local newspapers shut down? This question was explored in a recent VPR broadcast/podcast of “Hidden Brain.” Among the outcomes is that voter turnout in local elections declines. National news sources don’t carry information about local elections — only local papers have rea…

Several people (a microbiologist and a person with a doctoral degree) have recently called for the complete and rapid opening of the economy and ending of all restrictions. Both of these highly educated people have made grievous mistakes in their statements.

By many accounts, the Scott administration’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been transparent, measured and reasonable. But in at least one respect, it has been none of those things, and that is the administration’s continued failure to ensure people who live and work in our prisons are …

There is no hiding from COVID-19. This virus has no borders and travels at will, menacing people and businesses in every sector of society. The pandemic threatens agriculture and with it, our food security, as farmers work to produce the food on our tables. Our farmers, producers and those m…

Seventy-five years ago, the United States, Great Britain, the USSR and Allies emerged victorious over fascism in Europe; Nazi Germany surrendered. While the price was high (hundreds of thousands of American soldiers dead, tens of millions more around the world), no one can rationally argue t…

By many accounts, the Scott administration’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been transparent, measured and reasonable. But in at least one respect, it has been none of those things, and that is the administration’s continued failure to ensure people who live and work in our prisons are …

There is no hiding from COVID-19. This virus has no borders and travels at will, menacing people and businesses in every sector of society. The pandemic threatens agriculture and with it, our food security, as farmers work to produce the food on our tables. Our farmers, producers and those m…

Seventy-five years ago, the United States, Great Britain, the USSR and Allies emerged victorious over fascism in Europe; Nazi Germany surrendered. While the price was high (hundreds of thousands of American soldiers dead, tens of millions more around the world), no one can rationally argue t…

There was a story in the news last week which illustrates the strain the pandemic is placing on our civility. In an effort to start the process of reopening businesses in Oklahoma closed due to COVID-19, the town of Stillwater issued an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face masks …

The Flexible Capital Fund, L3C (the “Flex Fund”), provides risk capital in the form of revenue-based financing to growing companies in Vermont’s food system, forestry and clean technology sectors. These businesses are critical to helping put food on our table, heat in our homes and businesse…

The Flexible Capital Fund, L3C (the “Flex Fund”), provides risk capital in the form of revenue-based financing to growing companies in Vermont’s food system, forestry and clean technology sectors. These businesses are critical to helping put food on our table, heat in our homes and businesse…

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Who would have thought the chronic financial status of Northern Vermont University (Lyndon and Johnson), exacerbated to a near fatal state by the COVID-19 virus, would have negative implications for Castleton University. But the forcing out of Karen Scolforo from the presidency of Castleton …

We need to start talking about what we want in the future especially if the promises of transferring our fossil fuel-dependent lives to renewables might not be possible. What must we do? It is time for a great public debate on what comes next. The road to that future is full of twists and turns.

Vermont is broken. Don’t take my word for it. Just survey the policy failures in recent years.

Vermont is broken. Don’t take my word for it. Just survey the policy failures in recent years.

People taking “The Tide Pod Challenge?” Hard to believe. The president recommending injecting bleach and ultraviolet lights into your body — much easier to credit.

The devastating impact of COVID-19 has tested the will of millions of agricultural businesses and farms throughout rural communities all over our nation, but help is on the way. Congress just passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program which includes over $310 billion in new fundi…

It’s too early to have a clear picture of how Vermont should allocate the $1.25 billion it received last week from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. But a fully funded, fully functioning public education system has to be a top priority.

It’s too early to have a clear picture of how Vermont should allocate the $1.25 billion it received last week from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. But a fully funded, fully functioning public education system has to be a top priority.

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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.

Chef Jimmy Kennedy, of Plainfield, discusses how his life has been affected by self-isolation, and what he sees coming from it.

Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.

Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.

How are you handling self-isolation?I’m on Week 5 of isolation with my husband, 5-year-old, 3-year-old, dog and cat. I definitely won’t be winning any quarantine productivity awards, and I don’t have any motivational stories of how I’m using the time to make the world a better place. No one …