In the days leading into the holiday, there almost felt like a calm. Perhaps it was both the anticipation of Thanksgiving, as well as the sadness that many families could not all be together.

As we embark on the holiday season in the midst of the coronavirus, our impulse is to do all of our gift shopping online. While that impulse is a good one for the sake of safety, we need to be putting renewed focus on what this pandemic has done to our Main Street.

In many ways, it is hard to give thanks today. But we must.

The holiday decorations are up in many Vermont homes already (we won’t judge). The confines of COVID have made us all antsy for something fun, something bright. A connection to things that feel normal and good.

Rutland is finding itself stuck between a rock and a hard place. While we have come out previously in support of a name change, our concerns have shifted as the community-wide discussion has turned personal and is revealing a certain fragility that seems out of step with our times.

News this week confirmed what we already knew: Turnout for the 2020 General Election was extraordinary.

An article on the front page today provides some sobering news: Vermont reported 72 new COVID-19 cases this morning, the highest number of cases reported since the start of the pandemic and almost double the number of new cases reported the previous day.

This is an interesting time to buy a house in Vermont.

It was not “the season” for the Red Sox or the Yankees. And it was an odd baseball season overall. But there was a season, and now there is, in our COVID-19 era, something to celebrate. This is what The Los Angeles Times had to say recently about the Dodgers’ World Series win:

So should we be concerned?

Last week, reporter Gordon Dritschilo wrote an article examining firearms and ammunition sales in the days leading up to hunting season. What he found was not surprising: Across the state, demand far exceeds supply.

An important part of what we do each day is to hold elected bodies accountable. To that end, a lot of what we do depends on transparency.

We are looking forward to all of the anger and contention going away in just a few weeks.

Vermont should take great pride in the awarding last week of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature to Louise Glück, a former Plainfield resident.

Registered voters across Vermont have received their ballots in the mail, and many have already been returned to town clerks.

In 1998, British journalist Simon Reeve wrote a book titled “The New Jackals.” It was critically acclaimed for its level of research. It was the first look into the new age of apocalyptic terrorism, because it detailed the impetus, rise and methodology behind Ramzi Yousef, the young British-…

Every day, our reporters cull websites and sort emails from local police departments, as well as the Vermont State Police news releases. What you discover by doing so day in and day out, is that crime, too, has trends.

A recent piece from The Conversation raises some interesting questions about what makes up a patriot.

What did we see Tuesday night? It wasn't a debate by any stretch of the imagination. No one really learned anything during that 90-minute playground fight. It did not sway anyone who was undecided, except maybe away from the polls. And if it signaled anything, it's that another sacred cow (t…

On these pages in recent days, there has been a lot of discussion about getting flu shots.

This is what the Caledonian Record had to say about a decision by the Department of Public Safety to block the release juveniles’ names in criminal cases:

It is encouraging that more Vermonters are getting back to work. For now.

Anyone who spends any time on social media quickly comes to grips with three things: First, facts get in the way of agendas; second, that most people are actually incapable of a meaningful discussion (notice we did not say debate) about what’s going on in the nation and world; and third, mor…

This is what the Bangor (Maine) Daily News had to say recently about the eviction ban being considered:

How far have we fallen? Too far.

It is hard to know where to place our anger: On President Trump or on Bob Woodward.

A segment on Vermont Public Radio this week has highlighted a problem that is a growing concern nationwide: Teen and youth anxiety and depression are getting worse since COVID lockdowns began in March.

So here is an interesting side effect of the pandemic: Zooming is affecting our self esteem.

Today, lawmakers are expected to vote on the Global Warming Solutions Act, which received tripartisan support in the House by a vote of 105-37. A few months later, in June (and amid the pandemic), the Senate offered its support, 23-5.

An article by the Associated Press this week details what we already know: Mental health therapists’ caseloads are bulging.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, USPS, Post Office cuts, vote by mail, political cartoon

Efforts to fight systemic racism are imperative right now.

President Trump may believe that breaking rules is a way to show how broken our political system has become. However, the blatant disregard for laws and rules by which other presidents have had to follow raises fresh concerns about the longer view.

For two days in a row, the WNBA and the NBA postponed three games after the weekend shooting of Jacob Blake.

US Senator Tim Scott R-NC, Uncle Tim, political cartoon

One of the unsung heroes of this pandemic in Vermont — and across the nation — is public access television.

As much as Americans want to talk about Michelle Obama’s address at the virtual Democratic National Convention’s first day, it was Bernie Sanders’ whose message could prove to be the most poignant.

The 19th Amendment enfranchised millions of women across the United States following a seven-decade campaign. Its centennial anniversary is being celebrated this year.

This week, Rep. Peter Welch and 74 other representatives demanded that new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy answer for his attempts to gut the Postal Service.

So for however stressed out parents and educators are feeling about the start of the school year, we must remind ourselves that it is children who will be most affected.

One of our reporters has been covering an ongoing issue in a community that has proven to be increasingly divisive. Several community members have reached out to us to tell us how grateful they have been for the coverage. But a small minority of individuals have become a larger minority in a…

While there are no jaw-dropping results out of the latest Vermont Public Radio/Vermont PBS poll, there is plenty for Vermonters to talk about and digest.

In the last week, there have been two references to Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.”

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.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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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.