It is with a heavy heart that I am writing about the passing of James Piko.

I have been reading the Rutland Herald for many years and I have seen a good newspaper go bias and very Democratic thinking. Anyone who voices an opinion against Joe Biden or other members of the Democratic Party never gets printed.

For over 75 years now, the Barre Lions Club has been helping those in need here in central Vermont, as well as other charities, through our fundraising efforts which are very well supported by the citizens and businesses here.

This letter is for the benefit of Gregory Thayer and the "Vermonters for Vermont Initiative" out of a simple concern that they don't waste all of their efforts on banning critical race theory from elementary schools.

Back after the Iraq war, I heard of an ex-soldier who worked then in battalion maintenance on heavy equipment. One day, he was working underneath such and realized he'd need another wrench he didn't have at hand, when a pair of boots showed up next to his feet. So, he called out, 'Hey, meath…

Our supply chain problems are self-imposed, caused by a truck and driver shortage. Trucks must meet new California emission regulations (50% of port trucks don’t) and new trucks must be electric. Drivers are hindered by limited driving hours plus entitlements to stay home are more attractive…

Everyday, I read the letters to the editor, and I'm not surprised that the Herald hasn't published anything about the viral chant, "Let's Go Brandon." Of course, if it was President Trump at the receiving end of this worldwide criticism and humiliation, many of the Herald's liberal readers w…

On Sept. 13, the Select Board of the Town of Mendon voted unanimously to accept our own Declaration of Inclusion. We were the 21st town to do so.

My husband and I are hoping to relocate to New England next year. Vermont was our first choice. However, in researching the state’s regulations governing wildlife, we decided, regrettably, Vermont was not for us.

It is my understanding, based upon what I have been learning from monitoring the news on the subject thus far, that part of the current supply chain backlog crisis is being caused by a lack of available truckers and the like: basically, a worker shortage in one form or another.

I was thrilled to see a full page of sports reporting on girls' teams in today's paper. Being the parent of two female athletes myself, I know how hard these girls practice and play. They put their whole hearts into their games. Yet, the sports pages don't often reflect the world of girls' s…

Every day, I come across plastic products that proudly state they are made from recycled or “post-consumer” plastics, and will often print a cute little symbol saying “Please recycle.” The truth is that it is extremely difficult to recycle plastic products, and it is much easier and cheaper …

In his most recent complaint about the modern world, religion promoter John Nassivera blames the alleged self-centeredness of "first world" society on the absence of a "lode star," by which he means religious faith. Truth, he claims, is not to be found in science, technology, engineering and…

A failure by the Biden DOJ to charge former President Donald Trump with planning to overthrow the election of 2020 and to take him into custody for violating his oath to protect and defend the Constitution, merely delays a constitutional crisis that is still brewing. Jan. 6 was not a failed …

As I approach 62 years of age next month, I wonder if we need to stress more of the word "responsibility" and less of the word "right." We have freedom of the press, speech, assembly, to bear arms and vote, to name a few. With these should be the responsibilities of truthfulness, peacefulnes…

Fifty-six years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. This landmark legislation helped usher in a new era of democracy that strengthened voting. Sadly, it has been weakened by our federal courts and been continually attacked from the Far Right.

A couple hundred community members have provided input through the "All in for Barre" Community Visit. One of the three community goals established is to create a Housing Task Force. We have a huge housing shortage ... for the homeless, renters and those looking to buy a home. Step 3 in this…

I was frustrated to see our mayor’s remarks in a recent meeting concerning expanded housing and use of funds allocated to Barre City via the American Rescue Plan. The Times Argus reported our mayor “worried public meeting rules and warning requirements could slow down the process” (Sept. 30).

Barb and I have lived in Barre since 1964. During this time we have seen our city go through numerous ups and downs, but never have I seen such a disgraceful performance as our recent city council's treatment of a civic-minded citizen's desire to display the Stars and Stripes.

I want to congratulate Muffe Heath for surviving the past year unvaccinated.

A letter to Muffe Heath: Dear Ms. Heath, you have not yet died of COVID-19 not because of your ignorant, selfish behavior or because this is not a deadly disease — just ask the families of the over 700,000 victims.

Almost perpetually, you can hear most every politician talk about the "American People" as if what the politician is saying is backed by the "American People." This false argument sets up the politician's imaginary "American People" as some sort of authority that interviewers and listeners c…

Sadly, the history of civilization includes evidence of cannibalism, head hunting and human sacrifice, but today, senseless murder is neither a rarity nor a thing of the past. In years to come, historians may not distinguish between the termination of pregnancy and human sacrifice as practic…

Ms. Heath’s very brief letter to the editor, published in the Friday, Oct. 1, Rutland Herald has given me pause for thought.

Just a friendly reminder from those of us who moved to Vermont several decades ago and those just recently: We have real winter here so expect to drive more slowly, expect snow on roads and sidewalks, and use snow tires as we have many uphills and downhills with frequent bursts of snowfall t…

A heartfelt thank you to Toni and the entire Palmisano family for many years of great food and fun times.

The Friends of the Aldrich Public Library held its last book sale of the year in conjunction with Barre’s Fall Festival. We’d like to thank all of our eager shoppers, the library staff for the many ways they help us, and Keith Blow and his staff at L. Brown Printing for storing so many books…

When I read articles, such as appeared on Wednesday, Sept. 29, I am continually amazed at how many people are willing to ignore the laws we have on the books. A nation without laws is not a nation. A nation that picks and chooses which laws to enforce while turning a blind eye to others is a…

I was appalled that the Herald chose to print the recent letter from Muffe Heath concerning her unvaccinated status. It is a fact that unvaccinated people are playing a role in keeping this COVID virus alive, allowing it to mutate into stronger variants, continue circulating in our society a…

After reading Muffe Heath's Sept. 30 letter "Shouldn't I be dead?," I have come to realize that, I too, have not died of COVID. Doing my own research, I found the other top 10 causes of "death" in these great United States for last year:

It’s been a rough couple years for us all in society. We’re more divided than ever. Controversies bubble up on social media, and bubble out into reality resulting in families who won’t speak to each other, terminated friendships and uncomfortable workplaces.

Mr. Danziger’s political cartoon from Sept. 25 regarding President Trump’s Thanksgiving plans, was picked by The Fort Worth Star.

Did it occur? It's been a year since most citizens of the world have gone nuts. I'll only pick on myself. To those who think COVID is extremely deadly, wouldn't I, an unvaccinated individual, have passed away by now?

I was under the impression our elected folks and their staff members were (are) working in the best interests of the nation and the people within.

Many Republicans have been frustrated by Republican Phil Scott as governor of Vermont. I served with Scott for four years in the state Senate (Vermont state senator, Bennington District 2003-06) and never saw Scott as someone who could be counted on to hold strong to any position.

Sept. 11, 2001, was a threat to our national security. President Joe Biden’s Afghan debacle, open borders and human infrastructure policies are equally threatening. The Afghan evacuation showed terrorists and China our weakness and vulnerability. The Obama/Biden strategy to achieve peace thr…

The decision to make OneCare Vermont part of the University of Vermont Health Network raises again the need to improve transparency and oversight of OneCare, the accountable care organization that handles health care spending for over one-third of Vermonters.

On the seventh hour of my long drive, with an hour remaining to reach my home, I heard the unwanted sound of thump, thump, thump. Yup, the tire was totally flat and I was going nowhere. I called AAA and waited. And waited some more.

Recent articles and letters published in this newspaper have defended the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our schools. CRT proponents argue that we must teach the next generation about America’s ugly history, alongside the noble. No critic of CRT who I know disagrees with this statement.…

To Commissioner Sean Brown, Department for Children and Families:

Thank you to the Legislature's Social Equity Caucus for releasing the statement regarding the teaching of a true and accurate history of the United States. Equity work in the schools is so important, especially right now. The history taught in most schools glosses over or outright ignores "u…

The unprecedented budget proposal by the Biden administration is like the movie title “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” The good is the increase in funding for veterans programs. The bad is the zero increase in operating funds for the Defense and Homeland Security departments, while all oth…

The Chinese are out to destroy our sovereignty. President Biden has the same objective with his cradle-to-grave agenda. Speaker Pelosi’s proposed congressional actions are motivated by her belief “Capitalism isn’t working” and more government is the answer.

I am writing to bring attention to the campaign for Universal School Meals. I strongly support the campaign, which seeks to provide every student with free breakfast and lunch every day, regardless of their family’s income.

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.

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

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.