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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.