We have received some interesting calls and emails in recent days from readers who have been irritated by content appearing on these pages.
Years ago, one of our editors stumbled upon a notice in an old, yellowed newspaper that was in response to a mother whose son wanted to get into newspapering. The editor responded thusly: “If he can say 'no' without making people mad, and 'yes' without making himself mad; if he can write in …
This week’s walkout at the University of Vermont should send three clear messages: Rape culture won’t be tolerated; individuals who commit sex assaults need to be held accountable; and institutions need to do everything they can to keep such atrocities from happening — at any cost.
It was a good speech. It was not a fireside chat, but it was as close as President Joe Biden was going to come during a global pandemic. He reassured us that “America is on the move again.”
May 1 is Green Up Day. It is as much of a tradition in our little state as Town Meeting Day. It is an important moment each year, when community comes together again to celebrate what makes Vermont so special.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, has proposed banning police from buying access to user data from data brokers, including ones that “illegitimately obtained” their records.
The announcement that President Joe Biden is set to raise taxes on the rich to fund child care and education in his American Family Plan is a bold step toward a course correction that the nation has needed for far too long.
This week, a chrous of Vermont medical organizations and health care leaders urged Republican Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont General Assembly to denounce proposals to restrict access to gender care.
For many years now, our newspapers have been produced with high-speed internet connections. We call it “the cloud.” Thanks to that technology, our journalists consistently have been able to work remotely during this pandemic, gathering information and logging onto Zoom meetings in order to p…
We commend members of the Vermont House of Representatives for unanimously passing a resolution formally apologizing for the state government’s role in the eugenics movement of the early 20th century.
Honestly, people, what is wrong with our state? We thump our chests in pride over being the “first” to take action when it comes to human rights, political correctness and social justice. We claim to be a very educated and “woke” state. We say we are tolerant and inclusive.
A letter to the editor we received over the weekend brought to light several issues we feel need to be addressed. First, it is worth noting that the letter will not be validated in print as the various attacks served no purpose other than to malign certain individuals in the community.
After months of back-room consideration, there will be a plan announced to begin charging a fee on Vermonters who leave uninspected and unregistered vehicles that are in plain sight of our public roads. The plan — a Junker Tax — would have two consequences: to clean up the Vermont landscape …
Most of us are thinking ahead to gardens, lawns, and spring and summer projects. It’s like that every winter, but this winter felt more acute with the pandemic outside the door, adding to the chill in the air.
How are you feeling? A little sluggish? And you’re only three days into daylight savings time, where you lost just one precious hour? (Although, we are all into 12 months lost to the coronavirus.)
This week marks the anniversary of the lockdown caused by COVID-19 that has come to reshape our lives. Now, with a “new normal” well established, we look forward to getting back to a semblance of our year-ago lives.
With the landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill clearing the Senate and House hurdles, it just needs President Biden’s signature — likely to come on Friday — to become a major triumph for Democratic priorities and a showcase of the unity they’ll need to for future success.
It’s Town Meeting Day. You know because we’ve got muddy roads, there is sap flowing, and the snowbanks are starting to show why we need Green Up Day. It is like clockwork, this little tradition of ours.
Between ongoing heating bills, Town Meeting Day doldrums, a national pandemic, Trump’s millions of pages of tax returns, and news cycles that often feel relentless, we needed an out-of-this-world boost.
For weeks, we have been espousing the importance of being involved in the local municipal and school budget processes. The decisions being made today are very much going to dictate how communities fare in the days and months to come. The pandemic has shifted priorities, and put fresh emphasi…
It has been interesting to watch the Raider debate unfold around Rutland. The push to change the mascot has been met with equal parts support and opposition. Those in favor of the change are firmly planted in the camp of seeking social justice, arguing the imagery can be perceived as insensi…
You encounter people around Vermont who still have had not had to cope with a COVID-19 death. Almost a year into the pandemic most of us have known someone who had COVID, for sure. There are others who kept on despite symptoms (a bad idea, by the way). And then there are those who are being …
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay-at-home mom and low-income advocate Roni Lynn Shrout, of Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected her family.