I have an idea that could help with the challenges facing public schools and reopenings. It is no secret that not only do our public schools educate our kids, but for working parents, school is a form of day care, as well. Many public schools in Vermont are proposing partial schedules with m…

In response to Claire Duke's letter, I have realized a lot of people seem to think the unemployed are getting $600 per week and that is it, and they are going to lose that. That is incorrect — they are getting their unemployment plus $600 per week. Now they will still get their unemployment …

I am sick and tired of all the Black Lives Matter we see on flags, signs, even painted on our streets. Why don't we try Every Life Matters?

There are at least 30 million Americans who have had their federal unemployment support cut off by the Republican Party — a political party not only completely shut off from the reality those 30 million are facing, but have also lost, in their quest for personal wealth, any degree of empathy…

As we begin the campaign season for this year’s elections, I would suggest we review our beliefs before we vote. I list here a set of principles many of us would agree are American ideals, as well as ideals for all great nations. A few might not be for some people, but that is alright. We ar…

All I know is that with current issues what they are in this country, for the Senate to offer $200 a week (vs. the previous $600 federal unemployment), it's like giving someone a half a car and saying "Have a good ride!" Talk about out of touch , there isn't a one of them who is worried abou…

What an inane process. First we were told the the merger would save the taxpayers money. Then they jack our property taxes up, saying a lot of new students. Now we're telling Roxbury all in or all out? If they opt out, then where's our property rebate?

I am writing to respectfully comment on one of your past headlines, "Scott: Mask mandate looms." Wouldn't "Mask mandate possible" have done the job without casting a negative shadow over the information?

It’s bad enough that life as we knew it has been overturned by the pandemic. Tragically, it is being made incrementally worse by the negligence and incompetence of the Trump administration to take a proactive national leadership role in addressing the virus. It is not a “hoax,” we do not “ha…

It is imperative that the next coronavirus stimulus package include debt relief for college graduates who are saddled with an unnecessary burden of student-loan debt. It's the morally right thing to do — but it's also deeply pragmatic. Eliminating student debt means millions of Americans can…

There may be some cracks in the wall, in the wall Trump has built to protect himself.

There are a few statements  I would like to disagree with in Rosemary Averill's letter about BLM.

After the Constitutional Convention voted to approve our founding document, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government had been created. He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

It has been universally understood for more than five decades that the name Donald Trump is synonymous with fraud. There's a long list of civil lawsuit settlements to provide indisputable evidence of this. The list includes, but is not limited to: Trump University, Trump casinos, Trump Steak…

I support your policy of not using letters to the editor as unpaid political ads for candidates for office. If someone wants to support a candidate, he or she can reach into their pocket, pull out some dollars to pay for an ad in the paper.

Our sacred, democratic republic has become a banana republic under the Trump administration:

As a longtime subscriber to The Times Argus, I object to the new policy regarding local candidates for the 2020 election.

Re: the gun control letter by Andy Leader, do you really think your scare tactics (Dems will take away all guns) will get everyone to vote for Trump? Do you really think Americans are that stupid?

Wave the BLM flag anywhere at anytime, not permanently. I support that black lives matter, but BLM, the organization, is in conflict with the sentiment, and it’s tough to separate the two.

Now more than ever, the public needs to know who will represent them in the State House, Congress and the White House. Publisher Steve Pappas has taken away the public's right to voice those opinions by making us pay to endorse the candidate and support a direction for the future. He admits …

While Dr. Anthony Fauci is being attacked by charlatans such as Trump, his White House sycophants, economist Peter Navarro, et al, for supposedly making mistakes (what mistakes?) regarding the COVID-19, Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Leahy and the Dems have stood on the sidelines and have watched F…

Is "Black Lives Matter” a proposition to which all could readily agree, or does it stand for “Black Lives Matter, Global Network,” a political organization founded by trained Marxists and dedicated to defunding the police, reparations for slavery and the elimination of the nuclear family? Ci…

The president of the United States tried to shop at Walmart but was denied access due to not wearing a mask.

I've seen errors from time to time in your newspaper, but your Friday, July 17, paper is a doozy. You published guidelines for COVID-19 from March 2. Some of these guidelines are really out of date. Although it shows March 2, most people will not read that small section. The Times Argus shou…

Remote schooling vs. face-to-face is a no brainer. Remote is 100% safe, face-to-face is not. What is there to discuss? No need to remind me that folks want to get back to work but cannot if they must be at home with kids. Home is where they will be safe. The discussions among the "pros" is a…

Interesting that the full-page ad in The Times Argus advertising The Times Argus’ “BIG Ad Program” showed a piggy bank with raining Canadian coins. Featured were the $1 and $2 coins. This makes sense. Canada has now done what the U.S. seems incapable of doing: They have eliminated the penny.

So I go through the door at the Plainfield Maplefields (a door bearing a sign asking people to wear masks when they come inside) and there are 10 customers in the store, seven of whom are "too cool" to wear a mask.

I find it in poor taste and rather ridiculous that John Mauro from Stowe would write such a letter to your paper. Calling people stooges, calling the COVID-19 virus the “Trump Virus” and basically spewing dumb comments in his piece just speaks volumes of his character. You sound like a third…

Walt Amses makes the highly questionable assertion in his latest excoriation of President Trump that "Americans are pretty clear... that they strongly believe in rational gun control." Some Americans are "pretty clear," but polls on this issue have proven to be unreliable.

Mr. Klar's concern about putting another mural up in Montpelier with the words "Liberty and Justice for All" seems to me to be an excellent idea. I have just the place for it. On the hill coming down Northfield Street there is a completely unadorned gray stone backdrop outside my apartment b…

In this age of COVID-19, deficits in budgets of the states and country, can’t we concentrate on something other then turning State Street into a mural?

"Raiders" actually made the mascot worse by removing "Red." Now, "Raiders" could be seen as a reference to Roger's Rangers, or commonly called "Roger's Raiders," because they were Indian killers, making raids on Abenaki and Mohawk villages and the infamous raid on Odanak. Odanak, now in Cana…

Sitting in the car in a sunny parking lot is not a comfortable place to be. One doesn’t want to run the polluting engine in order to get the benefit of the air conditioning. Unless it happens to be a breezy day, putting the windows down may not give much relief from hot weather.

Are you flying the Confederate battle flag as a sign of rebelliousness? Then you might as well stick a hot poker in your eye.

A cousin died yesterday – as a collateral casualty. This Vermont cousin died awaiting bypass surgery in Texas because he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Siblings do not blame the medical professionals who were following appropriate protocols to protect themselves and the other patients.

You published a letter with so many historical inaccuracies ("Abenaki, too" June 16), that a full response would exceed your letter limitations. Anyone who believes the condemnation of Ethan Allen is justified, needs to learn about history, not allow others to make it up as they go along.

Some Progressives use the Democratic Party as a “flag of convenience." They enter Democratic primaries to get that nomination while publicly confirming they are really Progressives. Their manipulative behavior makes it harder for a lifelong Democrat to win their own party’s nomination.

No white-skinned person lives with the daily reality of a 400-year-old legacy of fearing for their safety and for their opportunities because of the color of their skin.

I thought the plan was to get as many people as possible tested throughout our population (symptoms or no symptoms). But it’s not so easy.

“Slip sliding away,” a line from one of Paul Simon’s brilliant songs, clearly defines the current condition of our country as we face a wildfire of COVID-19 outbreaks, an economic situation not a great deal dissimilar from the Great Depression of the 1930s and an environment of civil discour…

Reproductive rights just won a major victory as the Supreme Court struck down a medically unnecessary Louisiana abortion restriction in a 5-4 decision in June, Medical Services v. Russo. Rightly so, the court ruled that it is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that burden …

I've been struggling to decide how to push for change around race inequality. One idea I learned about recently struck me. Recently, Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, was asked what is the biggest difference between his experience as a Black person in America vs. in his birth country of S…

I cannot resist the urge to respond to Dave Spaulding’s criticism of Walter Amses’ commentaries on President Trump’s behavior. Mr. Amses is, indeed, a frequent contributor to the analysis of our president’s frequent inane, infantile and irrational behavior. We need voices like his to keep re…

"Future visitors to Rutland could step off the train looking at a park instead of a parking lot," per Rutland Herald article "Downtown plan offers map to future."

From what I have seen, the narrative supporting face mask use fails to make an important point.

It has been painfully obvious since shortly after the 2016 election that Vladimir Putin has had Trump under his thumb. Why else would Trump shake in his elevator shoes with cowardice fear over anything-Putin? The proof is in the money trail.

Mr. Spaulding ends his recent critique by stating, "when Walt starts talking politics he loses that credibility with many readers."

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.