Back in January, I sat proudly listening as my husband, Brad Peacock, announced his candidacy as an Independent for the U.S. Senate. Brad has worked as a farmer in our hometown of Shaftsbury for more than a dozen years and does not have the connections, wealth or power most politicians seek …

Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, only a portion of the following letter appeared in the Oct. 10 edition. It is reprinted here in its entirety. We regret the error.

I am supporting Susan Hatch Davis for state representative for Orange District 1 (Chelsea, Williamstown, Washington, Corinth and Vershire) because I believe working people deserve a powerful voice in Montpelier. Susan has consistently proven to me that she supports working families, teachers…

Like many local businesses trying to minimize environmental impact, our co-op works to reduce waste and recycle as much as we can. With recent changes in the world of recycling, I thought it was a good time to assess what’s going on in terms of our community’s waste and resource streams. I c…

“Just tell him I died. Maybe that’ll work.” That’s what I said to my son, Tom, the other day. Sound rather drastic? Well, folks, our situation is rather challenging. You see, here on our farm where seasons come and go, we’re faced with a human “season,” so to speak. This I write as the 70-ye…

It’s very exciting that there are six candidates for the Vermont House from Northfield and Berlin to choose from when we vote on the first Tuesday in November. With a candidate’s forum scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Brown Public Library, I hope ma…

I am writing in support of the proposed parking garage and hotel in downtown Montpelier. This thoughtfully crafted proposal offers a solution to our city’s most pressing needs.

Vermont Legal Aid is our statewide nonprofit law firm and social justice organization that provides legal assistance to Vermonters when they face a civil legal problem. Such a problem unmet may threaten their rights, shelter, jobs, health or economic well-being. VLA is turning 50 years old.

When I initially heard about this summer’s proliferation of mice, I dismissed it as old news, figuring the reference was to cowering Republicans bartering their collective soul to Donald Trump, ignoring his daily assault on the presidency in exchange for tax cuts benefiting their friends in …

Unwanted sexual advances and rape have been the topic of conversation this week as we were all glued to radio and TV to watch the drama unfold. Both Dr. Ford and Mr. Kavanaugh emphatically stated their positions. A limited FBI investigation will unlikely uncover all of the salient facts nece…

It is with mixed emotion that I write this letter. I am crestfallen that we are losing such an asset to the Barre Partnership. I have had the privilege of working with Josh Jerome at the Barre Partnership, first as a community member volunteer, secondly as a city councilor, and now as the Ba…

Last night, I attended, for a second time, a postcard-writing marathon in Plainfield Village: The postcards we wrote out by hand, all embroiled in the fine details of the coming November elections.

A recent letter by Mr. Bill Walsh dared me to respond to his comments about my integrity and my political sign. I thank him for inviting me back. I need to clarify a couple of his statements.

Democracy, elections, sweep, blue wave, political cartoon

Revisionism in history is nothing new. Groups often tend to rewrite history to reflect their own goals and beliefs. But in their efforts to reframe the historic “facts” of previous governments, societies or trends, they tend to reconstruct events and personalities by augmenting or changing a…

As our foundering ship of state looks ever more likely to slip under relentless waves of growing resistance, the captain wonders why the crew seems intent on tossing a life preserver to everyone else. What about him? Based on past performance, we can envision him pushing to the front of the …

What can I say? I love voting. Joining with our neighbors at the polls to decide local issues, from wastewater bonds to school budgets, and to vote on who we want to represent us locally, statewide and nationally is the beating heart at the core of our democracy.

The appropriate way to air honest disagreements on issues is to have an adult, substantive discussion to factually discuss issues, not to make a personal attack on the person with whom you disagree. This is what I think happened in a recently published letter to the editor, which is filled w…

There is no end, no bottom to the heap of issues that preoccupy public schools. We’re three weeks past Labor Day now, and teachers are engaged and absorbed in learning about their students, fine-tuning their plans based on who those students are turning out to be, and putting those plans int…

Local media is vital to Vermont’s political process. Issues that aren’t on the radar in the press rooms of New York City, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles are often of the utmost importance to Vermonters, and it’s our local media that can, and does, hold our candidates accountable on those i…

On occasion, I have been known to pull my six-string guitar out of the closet and serenade a captive audience of close friends. Usually, after several songs and courage-inducing adult beverages, people will politely inquire as to the origins of my musical ability. It is not uncommon to hear …

I’ve been asked several times during the campaign about the dispute between the governor and the Legislature over using one-time money to reduce the nonresidential property tax rate. I offer the following explanation of the issue and the role of the Legislature in setting the residential pro…

For those of us who do not believe there is much racism in Vermont schools, allow my witness. As an educator in Vermont for 35 years, working in many schools, some rural, some urban, I have eye-opening stories to share.

Communal experiences during live performances must be experienced to be truly appreciated and understood. During almost every live performance, there are moments when the entire audience — a group of hundreds, perhaps thousands — of strangers share the same experience. It’s the same kind of …

The premise of this request is that the Green Mountain Care Board can, and should, address all factors that contribute to the cost of health care. While the board has taken steps to “bend the cost curve” since its inception in 2011, the reality is that the cost of health care in this state i…

If horses, calves and steers could speak, they’d tell you they’re not “entertained” by the cruel treatment they endure at a rodeo. At the Rawhide Rodeo event scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 at Thunder Road Raceway, animals will again be subjected to ill-use for the enjoyment of humans.

I have spent a lot of time over the past weeks and months talking to Vermonters and sharing my story of how Vermont accepted and welcomed me after I transitioned. However, recent events and conversations have made me keenly aware of how far Vermont still has to go to be a welcoming place for all.

The Barre Town Select Board would like to publicly respond to a recent letter to the editor, “Sidewalk to nowhere.” A traffic study of the East Barre (routes 302/110) intersection and village (Mill Street) was completed. The study report recommended a roundabout, which was built, and the sid…

The appropriate way to air honest disagreements on issues is to have an adult, substantive discussion to factually discuss issues, not to make a personal attack on the person with whom you disagree. This is what I think happened last week in a recently published letter to the editor, which i…

Here I am in sweltering summer heat turning my memories back to last January when I was sweating, “shish, shooshing” along the trails of the Morse Farm cross-country ski system. And, I might add, at 70, I’m so lucky there’s still a “swish, swoosh” in my bones. That’s where I’m so glad to hav…

Several of us, here in Vermont, had the amazing privilege to join other families from across the country to attend a weeklong family camp at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe. This is an extraordinary camp that serves adopted children of color and their families and has been in existence for mo…

Walking down the road, four weeks post-op, rehabbing a knee that went off the grid one Sunday night requires a daunting amount of concentration. With my left leg semi-locked in an immobilizing brace designed to keep it straight, I focus on picking it up and putting it down, counting off in m…

Domestic violence in Vermont is one of the most pressing and pervasive issues in our state. It impacts every single person in Vermont, from the survivor who flees their home, to family members seeking answers from their abusive child, to the friends who wonder what happened to their good fri…

The invasive insect, emerald ash borer, first showed up in the United States in 2002. Since then, it has spread to at least 35 states and three Canadian provinces, where it has caused tens of millions of ash trees to die. I just returned from Michigan were I saw the devastation first-hand — …

Earlier this summer I wrote about surviving an especially brutal heat wave by staying inside and watching many different movies. In addition to enjoying the entertainment fare offered by Hollywood, I like to hunker down with a good book. Last week I took a few days off work and went over to …

President Trump's routine assaults on the media, calling them the "enemy of the people," is one of his worst actions since he took office. Newspapers play a vital role informing the public about many social injustices, including silent emergencies like global hunger. It’s not easy getting at…

The Times Argus editorial of Aug. 16, “Yes, we are the enemy” is apparently an effort by the press corps (published in about 350 newspapers) to designate themselves as truth-tellers and fact-checkers hoping to regain the media’s truth-telling high ground they once had. The article even quote…

Thanks to The Times Argus for joining, on Aug. 16, the chorus of 300-plus newspapers across the country in responding to President Donald Trump’s attacks on newspapers as “enemies of the people.” The founders of our country recognized the necessity of a news media independent of government b…

Hardly a day goes by that readers of The Times Argus are not subjected to (or enjoy) the vitriolic hatred of President Trump by various letter writers, or the ever-present Jeff Danziger political cartoons — not to forget Editor Steven Pappas’ editorials, where he uses his bully pulpit to sto…

In a recent column, I said I was hangin' up the Husky. Well, I lied. As fate would have it (more aptly, winter survival), I've spent the summer so far buzzing up a storm on two trees. Yes, two huge rock maple trees have occupied this old guy's spare time for the whole summer of 2018 and will…

This summer, we saw two studies about Vermont that appeared in contrast: One rated Vermont as one of the best places to live. The other paints Vermont as a hard place to find employees and run a business. As a business owner and employer, I know both are true, but I believe a crucial piece o…

Everyone’s heard of the Emperor. He’s the sage who buys a set of magic clothes. Actually, the garments don’t exist, but his tailor tells him only stupid people can’t see them. The Emperor then parades around in his underwear while his puzzled subjects, who also don’t want to seem stupid, tel…

There’s a case to be made that this year’s budget showdown in Montpelier was lot of high drama with little substance. After all the drama, the budget that was finally approved created one problem that the Legislature will have to address next year and ignored another that should have been ad…

The July 19 editorial, "Ground Swelling," lauding the state of agriculture in Vermont is so far removed from the reality I face daily as a certified organic livestock farmer and state inspected poultry processor, that I wonder if the writer and I exist on the same planet. I spend each Saturd…