This is what the Brattleboro Reformer had to say about Vermont strengthening child care and mental health systems:
Two weeks into the legislative session, state leaders have been outlining their priorities for the next few months, taking aim at certain issues and posturing against others. It would appear the mechanization of Vermont politics is well-oiled and ready for business as usual.
On Monday, schools around the state were closed due to the uptick in COVID positive cases. Several schools also have reported a staffing shortage coupled with the inability to maintain a pool of substitutes has also been a contributing reason.
Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, of the Chittenden District, has indicated she intends to introduce a ranked-choice voting bill this session that will allow voters to rank the candidates on their ballot in order of preference.
Discussions about how to address climate change have been ramping up along with the yearly temperature highs. Depending on the source, these discussions are too late to head off catastrophe, are occurring at a crucial juncture or are totally unnecessary.
Now that the legislative session is underway, the clock to adjournment in May starts clicking. As predictable as clockwork, we expect the State of the State address (this afternoon) by the governor, followed in a couple of weeks by his annual budget address.
This is not a good look for Vermont: Our lawmakers don’t want to return to Montpelier to govern in person until the number of COVID-positive cases has gone down … yet we are fully expecting our educators and kids to be back in school on Monday despite a slapdash attempt to get tests out to f…
Earlier this month, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin popped up on Fox News for an interview where he stated he would not be backing President Biden’s “Build Back Better” initiative. With the Senate evenly divided and unified Republican opposition, the dissent by Manchin, barring any…
Over the course of a year, we publish 260 days. Every edition between Tuesday and Friday includes an editorial, an editorial cartoon (usually Jeff Danziger or Tim Newcomb), and an average of four letters or commentaries per day. For the Weekender, we typically have eight commentaries, includ…
We will sound the old saw: The United States needs a major reform of its political system. A democracy should reflect the will of the people. That has not been happening, and it appears to only be worsening.
The governor is feeling tested these days. He is getting pushback from Vermonters who feel he and his administration are not doing enough to further mitigate the positive cases of COVID that are plaguing some of the state’s schools and municipalities. Then there are those who feel that pushi…
This should come as a surprise to no one, but our news organization doesn’t send a staff reporter to New York City every day to gather the news from Wall Street. They’re too busy covering local news that is more likely to have an immediate and direct impact on you, our reader.
The Associated Press this week wrote an article that had legal experts weigh in on the question: If the Supreme Court decides to overturn or gut the decision that legalized abortion, could they undermine other precedent-setting cases, including civil rights and LGBTQ protections?
The other day, we received a complaint from a reader that there had been nothing in the newspaper in recent days about the omicron variant of coronavirus. The morning after we published an Associated Press article about the new variant, we received several notices from readers complaining we…
There is an enduring myth that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. The story goes that Franklin thought the turkey — a true native of our land — was more industrious and diligent than the overhyped fish eagle that became our national symbol.
If you’re a regular reader of the Rutland Herald or Times Argus, first, thank you for your support, it’s very much appreciated. Second, as a regular reader, you’re likely familiar with the works of our regular contributors Walt Amses and Willem Lange. While their topics can be far-ranging, o…
Given the stressors of the current political climate, you would have to be very committed to public service to decide to serve. There are more responsibilities serving in local and state offices and there are also more calls for transparency and accountability.
When it comes to the world today, a print newspaper — especially a local one, that, covers issues like school board and select board meetings or high school sports or the surprisingly significant challenges of getting a town’s dog park open or the retirement of a longtime civil servant might…
Barre set aside political bickering and pettiness to agree to hang a giant flag across the heart of downtown this week. Bickering aside, that giant American flag (and every American flag) serves as an appropriate backdrop and reminder of this day.
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.
Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.
Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.
Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.
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.