Nationally, the economy (Republican in the making) is booming, millions of new jobs are being created — oppressive regulations on businesses are being repealed — the stock market keeps reaching new highs and Republican tax cuts have put more money in our pockets. Many businesses, even in Ver…

A few years ago, my doctor recommended a routine heart exam. I would be paying for it out-of-pocket, since I had a high-deductible plan, so naturally I asked what it would cost.

My memories of winter evaporate like a melting maple creamie. After a couple of weeks of warm, humid and pretty much bright days, central Vermont is in the middle of the summer we thought might never materialize. Water temperatures rise and our collective mood lifts; our synapses hit all the…

EMS personnel face extremely high rates of workplace violence. Violent incidents against EMS practitioners have been scientifically documented throughout the last decade, pointing to the need for stronger agency policies and better protection and training. EMS practitioners provide patient c…

Hunger Mountain Co-op’s mission is to help build a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems and thriving cooperative commerce. One of the ways we work to make our mission a reality is the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF). With support from ge…

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is an essential tool for protecting America’s national parks and public lands. We should know; cumulatively, we have spent over 50 years with the National Park Service (NPS), protecting and preserving our nation’s most treasured natural and cultura…

What if Vermont was a place where many citizens were forced to live without a reliable source of electricity? What would the economic impacts be for disenfranchised communities that lack affordable, consistent power? These questions seem absurd as everyone takes for granted that we have near…

I recently spent some time asking people on the street two questions: Is health insurance too expensive? And if so, why?

One of my many detractors recently favored me with a copy of Kevin Ellis’ lengthy and indignant objection (June 27) to my June 22 commentary on the steady conversion of the Transportation Fund from maintaining our roads and bridges into a weapon in the enviros’ never-ending war against the m…

The Fourth of July was a great opportunity to celebrate our country’s independence. It was also a perfect time to engage in conversations about our government.

Back in 2006, there was a community discussion about the potential uses of Barre’s historic Firehouse. I attended this meeting and enjoyed how it was moderated; it was done in an open and welcoming manner. Following this discussion, a public call for proposals was made. I understand that lik…

In the 40 years I’ve lived in Montpelier, I’ve enjoyed the luxury of being able to walk most places I needed to go. Nearly all of the times I drove downtown, I rarely had trouble parking. Recently, due to a knee replacement, I’ve had to rely on driving more. In fact, we are all just temporar…

A recent On Faith column by playwright and former professor John Nassivera managed to make several egregious blunders of fact, all of which together suggested wrongly that the state of Israel is practicing DNA-based racism, and that Ashkenazi Jews are discriminating against non-Ashkenazim to…

After a week spent canoodling with his two favorite murderous dictators — Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un — even taking time to shake hands with his “good friend” Saudi Crown Prince Bone Saw (strictly platonic for now), Donald J. Trump made a triumphant return to U.S. soil ready to party. Eve…

Vermonters want to be able to heal and to be there for loved ones when they need care. Yet most face financial hardship as a result. Over the past several years, a broad coalition has been working with legislators to create a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program. Seven s…

Last week marked the passing of author Charles Reich, whose “Greening of America” became a counterculture version of a GPS, infusing some of the baby boom generation with direction; enough oxygen to fuel a 50-year endorphin rush; and in retrospect, an awesome responsibility for nothing less …

John McClaughry’s piece in last Saturday’s edition requires a response for its adherence to a status quo economy that got us in this mess in the first place.

Karma is defined as the force produced by a person’s actions that influences what happens to that person in the future. Put more simply, according to Karma, what happens to you happens because of something you did previously.

Activists and politicians around Vermont are preening with pride about having passed the nation’s broadest ban on plastic bags and plastic products, with a promise (in the form of a study committee) of more to come. As citizens of an ostensibly free society founded upon the principle of limi…

We all know about sea level rise and widespread drought that will result from global warming. But before this cold, wet spring and the news of constant floods in the farm belt, we could be excused for wondering what those events have to do with Vermont. Aren’t we living in a “sweet spot” tha…

The U.S. House of Representatives has taken up H.40, a bill that would create a commission to develop proposals to address the lingering effects of slavery and consider a “national apology” for the harm it has caused.

Poor Elijah and I observe an annual graduation ritual. It long ago became clear to us that his chances of being invited to deliver a commencement address at Harvard, the Air Force Academy or anywhere other than my house were understandably slim. That’s how we wound up convening on my porch.

As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted a…

Regarding Ms. Belding’s thoughts on Mr. Costello’s thoughts on the parking garage, and as someone who drives and parks routinely in Montpelier, I disagree with Ms. Lori Belding and Ms. Barbara Conrey.

I write partly in response to “Why I am a democratic socialist” by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16 Times Argus. To be clear, I don’t disagree with much of what he says, but I think the label democratic socialist serves chiefly as ammunition for his political opponents.

Until now, I’ve resisted the urge to jump into the discussion about the appeal to the Vermont Superior Court on the proposed Montpelier parking garage. But I’ve decided to speak out now, as costs to our citizens rise and the appellants make unsupportable demands.

I want to thank Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas for writing “Food for thought,” an editorial published in the May 15 edition of this newspaper. Pappas discussed hunger in Vermont and the nation — especially as it affects our youth.

Thinking about the Montpelier parking garage, I think this would be a good time to rethink the proposal and maybe divert the $10 million to upgrade the failing infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, water and wastewater systems.

The other day I was shopping and I saw a mother struggling to separate her three young children, who were engaged in a hearty brawl. Employing the parental technique of instantaneously developing a second set of arms, she was able to pry the imps apart and put some distance between their fla…

In these times, it is impossible to gauge how deep cynical positions can be maintained in order to support the continued profit of the elites. Last weekend’s commentary by Rob Roper, of the oil-funded Ethan Allen Institute, reaches a new low. He is blaming the epidemic of youth suicides on t…

The 2019 legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative.

I’m back on the road, walking faster than I could the last seven months. Ice and snow are long gone; the temperature is above 50; and even the relentless showers have abated, at least for the afternoon. Repaired quadricep is responding pretty well after 10 months and I’m thinking of hedging …

Part of the joy of having a dog is taking them with us on walks — we all benefit from the exercise, time together and viewing nature. We also love to go walking in nature preserves and conservation areas to do the same.

History is a drama of ideas acted out by real people. The difference between John Locke’s words in his essays about government and Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence is that Jefferson was proposing that his words come to life.

In 2017, they told us, “we can’t do right by working Vermonters because we don’t have the votes to override the governor’s veto.” Then we gave them enough votes to do just that. On Friday, the Vermont speaker of the house sought to adjourn without achieving a livable wage.

I was about to head to Charleston, South Carolina, for two weeks of training for my job. I didn’t make the trip with any co-workers; however, I wasn’t alone. I was accompanied by my usual travel companion, my Inner Reactive Voice, also known as IRV.

One hundred years ago, it seemed as though every other American was on strike. In early 1919, New York waterfront workers walked out and a general stoppage paralyzed Seattle. Major strikes then occurred in the coal and steel industries. In September, Boston policemen walked away from their p…

Trump, Jared Kushner, Ivanka, political cartoon

Why is it important to take charge of our mental health? The idea that mental health is something everyone should pay attention to is relatively new. Considering depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it can no longer be ignored. As Michelle Obama says, “at the root of this…