Republicans, insurrectionists, battering ram, Nancy Pelosi’s idea, political cartoon

President Joe Biden’s recent Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy contained a grab bag of initiatives covering nearly every major sector of the economy. One of the most harmful provisions of the bunch is a call for the return of heavy-handed Obama-era net neutrali…

Trump, Who’s on First routine, Abbott and Costello, political cartoon

In the last few weeks of the session, two committees in the House and Senate were at an impasse over a bill important to both sides. One colleague kept saying to me in increasingly exasperated tones, “Their position doesn’t make any sense. We could clear this up in a few minutes with just a …

About 50 years ago, before I became a property owner and resident in Vermont, my family and I, on a ski trip, got lost on a back road in one of those whiteout Vermont snowstorms. With the car skidding, snow swirling, maps spread out, I had no idea where we were.

Since December 2018, “Vermonters for Vermont” Initiative has been talking about educating every Vermonter about freedom, liberty, individualism, independence, innovation and personal responsibility. We have been defending and promoting our Constitution, free markets and taking risks. We have…

Afghanistan, the Taliban, translators, political cartoon

Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s delegation is at the forefront of a plan to fund libraries as part of the federal infrastructure plan. The numbers are staggering — $5 billion for libraries as part of an overall plan in the trillions, some $18 million of which would come to Vermont. Her…

News, Britney Spears, political cartoon

When Vermont reopened its schools last fall, many feared that COVID-19 cases would threaten the health of students, educators, and communities. A year later, Vermont has demonstrated that schools can reopen for in-person instruction. Conditions for the coming academic year are more favorable…

GOP, Yelling in Crowded Theater, Oliver Wendell Holmes, global warming, California, fires, Pacific Northwest fires, political cartoon

The homelessness task force and Ms. Ridpath perpetutate the self-delusions that have hog-tied Montpelier for years from making any real progress on these urgent, humanitarian and human rights issues.

Inclusion is good for people and business. I would like to thank Bob Harnish, Al Wakefield and Liz DiMarco Weinmann for their outreach to Gov. Phil Scott and town select boards across Vermont on the idea of Declaration of Inclusion. Not only is being welcoming and inclusive the right thing t…

As a historian and writer, the latest discourse over education and schooling has been frustrating to watch. Education is so critical to the country we’ve built, and in order to retain and improve upon our republic, we need to be honest about the foundation upon which we rest.

Lawmakers recently passed a bill that begins the process for a major expansion of state-subsidized child care for birth to 5-year-olds rolled out through the next few years. The new law, crafted and pushed by the special interest group, Let’s Grow Kids, could have major negative consequences…

Parents trust school boards and teachers to pass and implement policies that are in our children’s best educational interests. I’ve recently been made aware of Critical Race Theory and ‘equity’ policies supported by our BUUSD and it is alarming.

I read, with a mixture of amusement and perplexity, the commentary, “History tells the truth,” by a Mr. or Ms. Kimball Shinkoskey in the July 17–19 Rutland Herald. I don’t know Kimball’s gender, so I will defer to the masculine pronoun.

Did you know that each summer in Vermont there are over 9,500 yard sales and flea markets? There is no way you could possibly have known this, because I just made it up. However, while I don’t know the actual number of sales, I can safely say there are a whole bunch of them. Vermonters have …

Vermont is a glorious place to live for so many reasons but if you, like me, are the parent of an adult child with significant cognitive disabilities, Vermont can be a scary place to call home. Not because Vermonters aren’t unfailingly kind to my son, who has a particularly challenging form …

Tucker Carlson, facebook, Murdoch, Fox News, political cartoon

First, it is essential to understand how the current crisis concerning homelessness and related matters far predates the current COVID-19 pandemic, where there have been large numbers of persons living unhoused and are, once again, being abandoned to reside on the streets, underneath bridges…

While I know and respect Rebecca Mattis, there is much that needs to be refuted in Rebecca’s commentary about Critical Race Theory (CRT). Rebecca misrepresents the beliefs of “those who support CRT” as being “the only way to accurately teach history … the only way to accurately view society …

We are at a real crossroads in our country as most Americans can neither afford health care coverage nor the cost of prescription drugs.

The reason we are having discussion of CRT now is because the issue has become political. When a past-president can tell us white supremacists and neo-Nazis are good people, it just makes sense to say ‘no!’ Is it wrong to teach our children in school, that killing people because their skin c…

The reason we are having discussion of CRT now is because the issue has become political. When a past-president can tell us white supremacists and neo-Nazis are good people, it just makes sense to say ‘no!’ Is it wrong to teach our children in school, that killing people because their skin c…

It has been several decades since Americans dealt with the specter of inflation. However, according to several economic benchmarks and commonsense, inflation is oozing into the American economy like poison ivy into an open wound.

Trump, Covid, booster, Pfizer booster, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Giuliani-Barr, political cartoon

In the last election, there were many Democrats, including myself, who voted for Phil Scott for another term as Republican governor of Vermont. We voted for him because we liked his policies, not because we were card-carrying Democrats or Republicans. Scott’s policies for making Vermont the …

Today I watched a TV newscast reporting that two boys, ages 8 and 9, were being charged with shooting a farmer who was found dead slumped over the steering wheel of his tractor.

Education finance in Vermont is an often hard to understand and quite complex system. Act 59 of 2021 created the “Task Force on the Implementation of the Pupil Weighting Factors Report,” a group of eight Vermont legislators who will spend time this summer, as the name implies, determining th…

It seems to me a lot is being argued about equality versus equity. Somehow, equity has received a bad reputation. The fact is we practice equity every day in our lives. Maybe we just don't know how it works. Take a look at the difference between equality and equity.

Alan Weisselberg, Grand Jury, ex-daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, political cartoons

In recent months, many people have questioned me on whether I believe health care reform efforts are working in Vermont and if so to quantify it. To accomplish that, it’s important to go back in time and talk about efforts over the past couple of decades to create a baseline.

It is long past the time when Vermont should pause and honor the many significant contributions to this state by former Gov. Philip H. Hoff.

When we visit a doctor, our default belief is that they are remarkably well-trained, highly-skilled and extremely responsible professionals. We want to embrace this belief because it makes us feel better, but also because absent clear indicators to the contrary, this is what our society has …

With opioid deaths rising 29% during the pandemic, killing more than 55,000 Americans annually, Washington must do more to save lives. It can start by enforcing the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act (STOP Act) so criminal cartels are deterred from shipping illegal opioids to…

The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) has embraced a revolutionary, system-wide transformation so we can continue serving our students, the Vermont economy and the Vermont communities that host our vibrant rural campuses.

I have always seen argumentation as a way of getting at the truth. Since human knowledge cannot possibly be contained in a single human brain, we must create it through our interactions with one another.

The 2021 political advertising season is heating up. As gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia get their messages out ahead of the November elections there, political advertisers are looking to make the most of every media dollar. And they are looking to last year’s election for…

Like many people, I have a bucket list of things I hope to see before I die. While my list includes such events as witnessing a BMW driver use his turn signal and seeing gas prices drop below $1 a gallon, most of my wishes concern spotting wildlife.

26,000, $500, and two: 26,000 represents the number of Vermonters who remain uninsured — most of whom find health care coverage here unaffordable; $500 represents the approximate premium a 40-year-old Vermonter will pay per month to afford the cheapest health care plan on the market; and two…

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.