I’m 72 years old, and I have a legal question, and I don’t know the answer. I have reached out to Vermont Legal Aid (I was referred to them from Governor Scott’s office), but they haven’t gotten back to me yet.

More ethnically and racially diverse than older adults. Less religious, less likely to have served in the military. On track to become the most educated generation in American history.

I feel sad about the private company that supplies electricity in Texas and is being blamed for malfunctions in the grid. Seems as if I watched a show about the electric grid in the past year or so that said it would take about a trillion dollars or more to properly upgrade the grid to preve…

Last month's winner of the Golden Plunger Award is Texas Sen. Ted "I am for the people" Cruz.

To the person who wrote about the immigrants being welcomed here and his statement about all of us were, and are, at one time immigrants: yes, our forefathers were immigrants, but at that time there was plenty of food and lots of land to build on. They were not looking for handouts and money…

In reference to Mr. Hall's letter, "State of things," I think Mr. Hall needs to take a class in English composition, critical thinking, civics, as well as the science class a writer recommended. I have read this letter several times and the only thing that comes across is what seems to be a …

As a passionate volunteer driver for the FEAST Meals on Wheels program for more than 25 years, I am concerned. There are too many older adults in our community who do not know they are eligible for FEAST’s delicious, nutritious, free-of-charge meal delivery service.

Because of the restrictions required by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Plainfield will be having its Town Meeting later than usual, and the meeting will not be held in person. Therefore, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library has canceled its annual Primrose Sale, which usually takes pla…

It’s time to vaccinate our teachers and correctional officers who wish to be vaccinated. These two critically important, frontline working groups deserve the opportunity to sign up for the shot. We are starting to see an increase in the number of vaccines Vermont receives on a weekly basis. …

It’s sad to see how low the Republican Party has crept. After years of betraying its values while subservient to a would-be strongman, the party’s leaders voted not to hold him responsible for his violent, failed attempt at stealing the last presidential election — ironically, but predictabl…

The truth: Voting "yes," means we only fly the city, state, federal (including MIA/POW) flags.

I just got the email. Lowered our flag halfway down the pole. In honor of the half-million dead from COVID-19.

There are many questions still abounding with reference to things happening at the time of the election, before and since.

Trump did not rise to the presidency without the cooperation from longtime helpers for many years. Who in New York City helped him cheat on his property taxes? So I am wondering who helped Trump appraise his property at a low price while he gave a much higher figure to the insurance company?

I read the hit piece on Rush Limbaugh that you ran in your Feb. 18 paper. It was one of the most disgusting articles you have ever printed. To vilify someone you do not like after their death is cowardly and sick.

When you take leadership in a city or town, you don’t always get to pick and choose which issues you must make decisions about. But sometimes, when there is an issue you are personally interested in or there is a moral or practical imperative, you bring it up and discuss it and, if not come …

Once again this year, I will be voting against passage of the proposed budget for Montpelier schools. I have voted against the budget for many years now, not because I believe we have a bad school system, or that it has treated me, or my family, badly. I have voted against the budget because…

I am compelled to write this letter because last week was “Sunshine Week,” a time to recognize the importance of open meetings and transparency, which are hallmarks of Vermont’s political system.

As a former resident of Waterbury, I read the article in the Feb. 17 Times Argus about the name change to Thatcher Brook Primary School, with great interest. I came away with two observations.

The 19-year-old chair of the Burlington Republican Party, Kelly LaMarche, has resigned from his position and left the GOP, declaring the Vermont Republican Party has been "hijacked by far-right extremists" who, “rather than doing the hard and necessary work of improving Vermonters’ lives and…

Since there has been a fair amount of discussion on the editorial page regarding opinions, I would like to offer the following for discussion. Merriam-Webster defines opinion as a view, judgement, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter and a belief stronger than impression…

First, I would like to state I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I have voted, and ever will vote, for the candidate I feel best qualified to represent me and the people of this country.

Golda Meir said, "One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present."

Here in Vermont, our biweekly briefings given by Gov. Phil Scott are currently promoting vaccinations; like it or not, they are experimental, at best, and with no extensive track record or long-term data to support them.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, 43 Republican U.S. Senators voted former president, Donald J. Trump, not guilty of instigating and encouraging an armed mob to attack the U.S. Capitol building, an equal branch of our government. Not only did he endanger the lives of all the legislators inside, the atta…

I recently came across a phrase in an article about cruelty to animals that strikes to the heart of the matter of the U.S. Senate letting the seditionist-in-chief off the hook: “Morality counts for nothing when it clashes with self-interest.”

Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy should support public funding for cultured-meat research, with the goal of making the cell-grown, slaughter-free protein competitive with factory-farmed meat. Israeli startup Future Meat Technologies recently announced its ability to produce a quarte…

When meeting someone who thinks and acts outside the box, your choices are: thinking the person is strange, eccentric, out of place - or unique, fresh blood.

As a Republican, I have one question: Can we get to the point now?

Well, your President Biden has opened the gates to aliens as the Rutland Herald reported: 62,500 people this year 125,000 people next year. How many of them carry germs of all kinds or COVID-19? Who is going to pay for feeding them, housing them, giving them medical care? Why, it's every wor…

I watched some of each day of the House's presentation in the impeachment trial of the former president and cannot believe the quality of the presentation, not only the news videos, etc., but the professionalism and the quality of content of the speakers.

I didn’t know if I should cry, yell, be angry, or be sad, so I did it all. But mainly, I just cried: Cried for our country, cried for our people, and I cried for all those people who supported the former president. I cried for them because they placed their trust in a person who lied to them…

Most Americans don’t realize the same conditions that would make a COVID-19 diagnosis even more serious – diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure – also make someone more likely to develop heart valve disease (HVD).

According to an article in Thursday's paper, two-thirds all Americans will be cooperating with the plan to vaccinate against COVID-19.

My history is a bit rusty, I guess — that ol' Ethan Allen must have really hated clean water and air, and had no sense of civic responsibility, must have slipped my mind. And the Founding Fathers must have said “no taxation,” period. Representation be damned. The very idea that worldwide pro…

Not to sound morbid, but I’m curious how the granite industry is reacting to the nearly year-long pandemic and what will be a surely substantial spike in the death rate nationally.

Fear is a powerful emotional determinative. Fear can cause rational thought to result in irrational action.

Watching the impeachment trial this week, it has become clear that the evidence overwhelmingly points to Trump's complicity in the insurrection and riot that occurred at the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

I was glad to hear that Bernie Sanders has assumed the position of Budget Committee chairman. He recently outlined some of the strategies he intends to use in our fight against climate change. As a mother and grandmother, this is a very important issue for me. I want our children to inherit …

Re: No name change for local airport in The Times Argus on Feb. 6-7:

The Second Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump has concluded it's first day. All seem in agreement of the superbly competent job of the Democratic House Managers and in the direly incompetent job of Trump's defense lawyers. How did we get here?

The outrages in Donald Trump’s presidency came fast and furious. They were so frequent and made us so weary that each subsequent attack on truth, justice and democracy tended to make us forget and, therefore, not adequately address the previous ones. Trump understood this, and it enabled him…

Running for public office is civic-minded and neighborly. Putting yourself out there is a difficult thing. I am grateful for all who do this. However, motive is everything. Are you doing so to help your community manage itself? Are you running to improve conditions for all your neighbors? Or…

When local newspapers rely on a national news service for details of a local story, things can go wildly off track.

Hearing this week that Jackie Abts is closing her wonderful greenhouse, Jail Branch, saddened me, but made me happy that she is retiring after many years (almost 30) of dedicated work. Many of us have visited her greenhouse each summer for plants, landscape ideas and much advice. It was alwa…

I miss Mardi Gras. I miss being in crowds on Fat Tuesday. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery from the pandemic, so we can all congregate again.

In response to Cheryl Bicskei’s letter “Hypocrisy”: She predicts that with Biden and the Democrats now in power in Washington, future Herald feature writers will be writing about “socialism, Marxism and communism.” Hmm, now where have I heard that before? I remember: “Lions and tigers, and b…

Hooray! My initial appointment for COVID-19 vaccine is scheduled. I am so looking forward to Feb. 17.

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.