On the second day of school my third-grader couldn’t go out for recess. It was a beautiful early fall day. There were no behavioral issues preventing him from going out. He and his entire school were locked in Union Elementary School because of a report of a person with a gun had been seen e…

DUMP, or “Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity,” is a grassroots group formed one year ago after people in the Northeast Kingdom learned that the Coventry landfill was slated to expand. We also learned that the Casella-owned corporation (NEWSVT) was the only lined landfill in the state; tha…

Burton was founded in 1977 in a barn in Londonderry, and Vermont has remained our home base since. We now have over 400 employees working at our headquarters in Burlington and 1,000 in total around the world. These roots and our shared values with the Green Mountain State are a proud part of…

Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families —including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able…

Contrary to your editorial assessment of Sept. 12, I think the departure from the Trump administration of John Bolton as national security adviser was not “good news” — far from it.

I’m the teacher who helped organize the resources and training for LGBTQ+ competency at Twinfield Union School. Twinfield is a small, Vermont school serving students from Plainfield and Marshfield. Coming from a more urban setting, I held a lot of assumptions about rural schools.

We can all take a positive step toward helping others who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, by becoming more knowledgeable and confident about ways to broach this subject if we think someone may be at risk for self-harm or suicide.

I’ve maybe been eating too much blueberry pie lately, but it’s got me thinking about stuff.

The term “crickets” is often used when someone asks a question and gets no response. Crickets has come to mean absolute silence; no communication. This expression was derived from the cinematic metaphor of chirping crickets at night, signally (otherwise) complete silence.

My mother’s family comes from the hills of western Pennsylvania. As a young boy, our family summer vacation inevitably meant me being stuffed into the back of our station wagon for a trip to Johnstown. Other than seeing my cousins, there were two things I loved about that town. We would ride…

The nonprofit Jump and Splash Inc. is a group of Montpelier residents with the goal of exploring ways to bring a full-service recreation center, including indoor pools, to the downtown. The group is not defunct, but is currently inactive. We began pursuing this goal when the downtown First i…

Montpelier’s officials should reassess spending priorities. Increasingly, widely discussed concerns among Montpelier’s citizens and visitors are questioning the prudence of spending millions on an (extravagant) bike path and bridge, as well as other spending priorities, when there are pothol…

How do you know if someone is considering suicide? There are situations when this may be obvious: for instance, if a person openly talks about suicide or wanting to die. Yet, there are many other signs and symptoms that may offer subtle clues. For people who are struggling with thoughts of s…

The Sept. 1 New York Times report of another random act of gun terrorism (this time in Texas killing seven people and wounded 22 ranging in age from 17 months to 57 years) is a brief but profound summary of our failure as a nation.

Mark Mix did his fiduciary duty to say what the National Right to Work Committee expected him to say. John McClaughry, Mr. Roper, the heads of the Chamber of Commerce, Scientology, any diocese, Right to Life, Right to Choose, you name it, all say what their boards expect them to say. Debate …

Republican Party, GOP, transition from elephant to chicken, political cartoon

Glenn Reed’s “Racism runs rampant” commentary struck me for its lack of speculation about the root causes of racism. This is missing in every other article lamenting the problem that I can remember reading. If the causes are not understood, how can a cure be found?

My fly swirls once and is gone. The reel is emitting a high pitched scream. The hefty fish is a blur, just below the surface. Shimmering in the midday, Big Sky sunshine, the rainbow thrashes across the surface as if auditioning for a Field and Stream cover, vibrant against the jagged peaks o…

The Times Argus published this news story on Aug. 29: “Parents of students at Twinfield Union School say they’re unhappy teachers had students declaring how the teens identify their gender pronouns. Meanwhile, the superintendent believes parents are making the situation a bigger deal than it is.”

The Perspective piece Mark Mix of the National Right To Work Committee in the weekend edition of the Argus pretty much served to confirm what I’ve known all along, that they are owned, bag and baggage, by conservative interests bent on making sure U.S. labor is paid cheaply and used thoroughly.

It’s back-to-school time again, that season of hope when legions of well-intentioned parents descend on discount outlets to invest in two-pouch folders and “devices.” Unfortunately, the best-laid plans of parents and students, and teachers, often go astray before the first leaves hit the pla…

With due respect to a couple of old friends who recently excoriated President Trump in letters to the editor, I think a broader perspective would be helpful.

According to a new Gallup poll, Americans are among the most stressed people in the world. Americans reported feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade, according to the survey. This news did not come as a surprise to me; it only takes a quick glance at the headlines …

September is Happy Cat Month, and one of the most important ways owners can make their cats lives better is to add enrichment to their cat’s environment. A cat who feels both comforted and stimulated by its environment is one that is happy and properly enriched. A good cat environment has sa…

I was very disappointed to read the headline on the Aug. 22 front page article regarding the Defcon conference and the hacking of voting machines — an article which was based largely on an interview with me. I will not add to any harm the headline has caused by repeating it here, but suffice…

My father was a Republican to the day he died at age 92. Rumor had it he nearly divorced my mom when she voted for FDR. All joking aside, he would be turning over in his grave at what has become of the GOP. I can only imagine the two recent commentaries in this paper by prominent Republicans…

In Deb Billado’s commentary in the Aug. 22 Times Argus about her reasons for a Donald Trump vote in 2020, Ms. Billado aptly omitted some important facts, including Trump’s inability or outright refusal to pay attention to actual facts. In fact, according to the Fact Checker’s Database, Presi…

Early educators are responsible for preparing young children for lifelong health, wellness and learning. I have a hard time imagining a more important job. And so, it was not at all surprising to discover nearly 9 out of 10 voters — across political parties and demographics — believe early c…

As chief financial officer of Vermont Electric Cooperative, my primary job is to manage the cooperative’s financial well-being. As an electric cooperative, our members are also our owners. We work for the interests of our members without the pressure from investors to be more profitable.

I would like to address the editorial presented the other day by Vermont GOP Party chairperson Deb Billado. With all due respect, Ms. Billado, are you nuts? What color is the sky in your world?

Deb Billado, the chairwoman of the Vermont Republican Party, recently wrote two pieces in support of President Trump. In them, she objected strenuously to the overheated and nationally coordinated rhetoric directed at him by Democrats and their media allies. Good for her. Supporting a Republ…

By delaying the garage project, the Friends of Montpelier (I’m not a member) are giving the capital a chance to reclaim its better self.

Our nation is prospering under the leadership of President Donald Trump. He works to strengthen our military for deterrence. He works to strengthen our economy creating jobs and wealth for our citizens. He ends bad deals and renegotiates them with America’s interests considered first. He has…

It’s that time of year when co-op members have the opportunity to run for a seat on our governing council. If you love Hunger Mountain Co-op and are looking for ways to be more involved, the council might be a great fit for you.

As you’ve probably noticed, President Donald Trump and his GOP accomplices have taken to referring to lawmakers on the other side of the aisle as members of the “Democrat” party, which sounds cumbersome and weird probably because it’s grammatically incorrect, using a noun to modify another n…

I happened to be downtown in Montpelier a few days ago, when some young people, taking their cues from Extinction Rebellion, shut down our main crossroads for a bit.

It has been very interesting to hear all the political pundits and news anchors put their particular spin on the recent Democratic debates.

“Exceptionalism” has been a conservative trope for years, generally dredged up to shame someone with the temerity to point out any American imperfections that might need addressing. Along with “my country right or wrong,” American exceptionalism has been used to fend off any and all criticis…

Bi-State Primary Care Association is proud of the work of our Vermont congressional delegation to increase access to comprehensive, affordable, quality health care for Vermonters and people across the nation.

I am really getting tired of politicians on both sides of the aisle accusing advocates of government-supplied universal health care of wanting something for free. No, that is certainly not the case. We all understand it would be paid for out of our taxes. And, yes, we understand that almost …