An article circulated by Kaiser Health News this week shows just how hard the battle to fight opioids really is. Even when you do away with them altogether and offer viable, natural, cost-effective, nonaddictive alternatives.

Vermont artist D.J. Barry has put cows on the map again. Or vice versa. The Middlesex artist has taken his World Cow mural artwork worldwide. Barry’s characteristic black-and-white Holstein has black areas that resemble a world map. The theme of his campaign is to promote peace and kindness …

We love our Vermont. We appreciate its working landscape. And we have been mindful for 50 years now that Act 250 has done well by the state in its attempts to regulate the state in such a way that we have had a balance between development and protecting our natural resources.

It is with increasing — and unfortunate — frequency that the news becomes part of the news.

In the wake of the Iowa Caucus, two things seem obvious: There are concerns about the election process; and the large turnout could have a very interesting impact on Vermont.

Acquitted. And still just as divided. Probably more so today. In the State of the Union, the president suggested the country has come together over common goals.

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The political universe has been turned upside down by the failure of the Iowa caucuses. Traditionally the event provides the first concrete tally after months of speculation about the presidential primary. But Monday night’s Democratic caucuses ended inconclusively as the state party blamed …

A front-page article this week had the American Lung Association giving Vermont a failing grade on tobacco control and prevention funding.

If we didn’t feel as though we were in the middle of a mess before, we can feel like we are now.

Nearly four years after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would eliminate the federal debt in eight years, the deficit has risen by more than 16% under his presidency.

We want to believe that when our children are in school, they feel safe. But the truth is, kids today are feeling pressure when it comes to their personal safety. According to the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, kids are often subjected to fights and bullying. In turn, the report states, st…

An emerging threat to all Vermonters, and across our region, is reaching some terrifying numbers, and is eliciting some stern warnings to the public.

This latest snowstorm had some pretty good snowball snow. You know the stuff — fluffy but just wet enough that it packs well. Not too wet (which is great for making a snow sculpture) and not too dry, fine and slippery (which is best for sledding).

We were glad to see Elizabeth Warren make a forceful case for a female president during Tuesday night’s debate. It seems idiotic that, as a nation in 2020, we would need a female candidate for the presidency to defend such a thing. It should be a given.

Most people who read their local newspaper are grateful for the coverage. Sometimes, it is quaint and folksy. Other times it is gritty. Only on occasion does our local news coverage border on scary, which is a blessing.

Given the current political climate, Gov. Phil Scott took a bold position in reaffirming his commitment to resettling new refugees.

Mitzi Johnson, meet Theodore Roosevelt. You two have something in common.

The president has seemingly backed off from escalating a war with Iran. The impeachment trial lingers in the wings, while the presidential election rages on. Around here, lawmakers are back in session, debating the issues of the day. It’s all so daunting.

The Vermont Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the second half of the 2019-2020 biennium, and hand-wringing will recommence over whether we dare, in Vermont, raise additional revenue for necessary funding programs by increasing taxes on the wealthy.

On the other side of the country today, consumers are feeling a change. It’s not a tax, but it is a certain form of relief.

The following editorial appeared one year ago today. With one adjustment, we allow the message to speak for itself — again.

With so many young Vermonters taking an active role in speaking out on issues related to climate change, perhaps lawmakers should take seriously a proposal that will be coming their way this session that would require school districts to offer lessons on climate change.

We have said thanks. We have shared gifts. Now we must resolve.

Today marks Rob Mitchell’s final day as general manager of the Rutland Herald and The Times Argus.

As 2020 comes in on little cat feet — as poet Carl Sandburg said of fog — Vermonters have something to feel good about. We have made progress, and will make further progress, on two issues of importance to our environment.

Tonight is Christmas Eve, where across this country and in many parts of the world families will gather around a tree festooned with decorations and lights, and children will hope they’ve been good enough. The stockings will be hung, and gifts arrayed under the tree, ready to be opened. Fami…

As long as the United States shuns public financing of our presidential elections, there will be billionaires using the advantages of their wealth and connections to outspend their rivals — chiefly in the party primaries — to try to win for themselves the plum of the U.S. presidency.

So what’s next? A president who has been impeached by the House can still serve as president. It’s up to the Senate to hold a trial to decide whether to remove him from office. The two other presidents impeached by the House, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, were acquitted by the Senate.

The Burlington girls soccer team made national news this year when they wore T-shirts during a game indicating their support for equal pay. After a goal, the team lifted their jerseys up to reveal the hashtag #equalpay. The gesture, which almost ran afoul of high school sports officials who …

There have been too many occasions where businesses that alienate the LGBTQ community are only at risk of hurting sales. That such discrimination still occurs across the nation demonstrates just how intolerance we continue to be in society. Same-sex couples make up a growing demographic globally.

During a prolonged and intense campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, candidates like Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have targeted industries dominated by a small number of powerful corporations that hold outsized influenc…

It was heartening Wednesday to hear that Time had named Greta Thunberg its Person of the Year.

In an astounding piece of modern-day journalism, The Washington Post, which famously published the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s and then defended their right to do so, has published another trove of confidential government documents.

Air Force One was all gassed up and ready to go. And it was easy to understand why: The personal transport vehicle that ferries the president of the United States was parked in enemy territory, having borne the commander in chief to a vipers’ nest filled with mortal enemies. A quick getaway …

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, we put out a post on social media asking what traditions folks had for the holiday. The responses ranged from “Ignoring your stupid rag” to “Picking fights with family.” A few people responded with some nice thoughts, and then they were immediately pou…

For weeks now, lawmakers, advocates, organizations and individuals from around Vermont joined the chorus of more than 140,000 public comments submitted on a rule that would force many Americans to lose their federal food stamps.

Now that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are behind us, we need to re-evaluate.

Around the table this day, we count our blessings and offer thanks. The day has come to have different meaning for Americans. But for presidents, it always has been a time to reflect on the time in which they were selected to serve.

Like the rest of our nation, Vermont has a checkered history regarding race relations, and the acceptance or rejection of non-Caucasian people in our nearly monochromatic white state. “Checkered,” like the light and dark squares of a checkerboard, means that bad, but also good, things have h…

Several years ago — 10 or 12 years would be about right — a central Vermont journalist was returning home after working late on a bitterly, jarringly cold winter night. It was a little past midnight when he drove through Barre and saw, in the lighted, recessed doorway of a downtown store, a …

Every March, there is a perennial debate in some communities over how much money should go to social concerns.

Congressional lawmakers are hoping to throw a curve ball into a plan that threatens minor league baseball teams like the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Former President Barack Obama set off an ideological firestorm recently that focused on Democrats.

It’s arguable, although the contention doesn’t hold up well to scrutiny, that the United States was founded on principles of morality, justice and a belief in the inherent dignity, value and equality of all human beings. Certainly it’s the story we tell ourselves, and the French did us an en…

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government conducts a census, which determines the number of seats of the U.S. House of Representatives that go to the states based on their population. The official count also provides guidance for the distribution of more th…

On the first day of the impeachment hearings against President Donald J. Trump, Rep. Peter Welch, eager to ferret out facts relevant to charges the president abused his office to enlist a foreign power to help him in an election, made a bold suggestion for the answers: “I’d be glad to have t…