I am a teacher at Thatcher Brook Primary School and I have two children in a different school district. I don’t know if I should send my own kids back to school. Right now I’m looking at three different schedules. My mom has leukemia. I am wondering whether it’s OK to still see her if I go b…

This quarantine is wearing me down. I just want to get out of the house and get away. It has gotten to the point where I’ve become obsessed with thinking of any location other than where I have been for the past four months. I’ve even resorted to reading the world atlas for kicks. I’m so pre…

A number of public school teachers and administrators have recently raised serious concerns about reopening schools this fall. Harwood Union Superintendent Brigid Nease just penned a 2,225-word letter sounding the alarm about the overwhelming challenges facing the system. Then on July 30, th…

Earlier this summer, my team set a goal for our state: If our positive health trends continue, let’s return to in-person instruction for our kids in the fall.

A lot of parents are deciding to home-school their children this fall. Where I live in Vermont, home-school applications have gone up by 75% from last year, according to the Agency of Education. Obviously, staying safe during a pandemic is the priority. Until we have a vaccine, home-schoolin…

Although being deeply grateful to have a smartphone the last couple or few years (along with federal government-funded monthly phone, text and data service through the Lifeline program), and currently being able to afford high-speed wireless internet and at least having online access in that…

An effective economic recovery strategy should include at least three components: keep more money recirculating in-state; reduce Vermonters’ expenses; and create new, good-paying jobs for Vermonters. Transitioning off fossil fuels for how we get around and heat our homes can accomplish all t…

Vermont is aptly named the Green Mountain State. Our verdant forests are a defining part of our landscape and offer incredible and diverse services. They provide us with clean air and water, flood control and climate change mitigation. They are habitat for native plants and animals, and are …

In this election season, almost every candidate is promising to deliver “more affordable health care!” Most of them are at least subconsciously thinking “I’ll support legislation to have the government compel somebody else to pay more of your health care costs. That ‘somebody else’ includes,…

When I stood with students, parents and educators recently to discuss the challenges of emergency remote education during this global pandemic, I found myself wondering, how have we left so many children behind?

Despite choosing Donald Trump to be their shining example on the hill, conservatives insist they are the party of Christian family values and true American patriotism. They are also the party leading the protest against wearing face masks during this deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

If government makes you wear a face mask to help ward off the spread of the coronavirus, has it trampled on your freedom, your personal liberty?

As central Vermonters and folks all around the United States seem to be growing further and further apart in how we view the world, perhaps it is time to take a step back and think about who and where we are and how much all of us care about our country and its future. As some fellow Democra…

I like jigsaw puzzles. By forcing you to figure out how shapes and images fit together, they give the brain good exercise. It’s a perfect thing to do on a rainy day, not to mention in an age of social distancing.

When Burwinkel Farms in Ohio put out its annual donation jar for a food pantry, they noticed something different. Customers were giving even more generously than in past summers, donating $5, $10 and $20 at a time. Donations are at an all-time high.

George Floyd’s murder would go unpunished if not for someone with a cell phone. Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Amadou Diallo, Michael Brown, Eric Gardener, Breonna Taylor, Alton Sterling, Bothan Jean, Ahmed Aubrey, Alton Sterling, Atatania Jefferson, Charles Goodridge, Corey L. Tanner, Euree …

During this debate surrounding the “Raiders” mascot, I kept reading people claim the term was selected to honor Indigenous people. As a history teacher, one of the most important things I teach my students is to support their claims with evidence. I decided I would research the origin of the…

One thing that has not been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic is stress. Like many other people, I have been proactive trying different stress relievers suggested by the experts.

This past week, a majority of Barre’s City Council committed to adding approximately $560,000 over three years for two new police officers – over and above a base salary increase for the department of $100,000.

I remember years ago a comedy routine by a British comic that included a parody of the famous line from a Rudyard Kipling poem, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs ... then you obviously don’t understand the situation.”

Voltaire famously said, “Common sense is not so common.” This rings especially true for those who have spent years advocating for not just stronger language, but any real Vermont State Code of Ethics. Session after session, Montpelier performs all manner of gymnastics to put off adopting the…

It's the absence of a thing that makes you realize how much you took it for granted.

On Tuesday, July 14, the board of trustees voted unanimously to divest the University of Vermont’s (UVM) endowment from all direct fossil fuel investments. As the primary organization coordinating the recent resurgence of divestment at UVM, we (Organize UVM) feel it incumbent on us to commen…

{image}{imagePath}//10.70.0.72/tcms_purged/rutlandherald_local/Adobe%20InDesign%20Documents/RHD/18/Images/18_07_2020_RHD_C05/0d81225a-c7a5-11ea-9ddd-00163ec2aa77/0d81225a-c7a5-11ea-9ddd-00163ec2aa77.jpg{/imagePath}{photoCredit}{/photoCredit}

In case you missed this response from an actual Abenaki historian, I am not that, I am an oral-history keeper. Rich Holsuch says:

The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) pumped $1.19 billion into the Vermont economy in April, May and June to help employers hang onto nearly 114,000 jobs during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To put that in perspective, in normal times, Vermont has about 315,000 non-farm p…

No one wants to see schools remain closed. Despite what one may hear while reading their favorite incoherent Twitter tirades or Fox News segments, real people want schools to open, safely. The difference between doing so safely or recklessly will be the key.

At least every other news broadcast about the virus surge seem to blame President Trump for it while he claims “hoax.”

George Floyd's death by the rogue cop in Minneapolis was murder and this cop is paying for his crime. However, the majority of police men and women are professionally trained and are out everyday protecting us against crime and keeping law and order.

Abuse, no matter which sub-meaning you are using, is no half-way term. You can’t mildly abuse. Abuse can cause death and severe physical and mental harm. You can openly, corruptly or deceitfully abuse, you can use excessive force to physically abuse, and language or neglect to mentally abuse…

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.

  • +2

Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

  • +2

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.