I am grateful for the painful blessing of many of the letters and commentary in Thursday's Times Argus.

I don’t want to wake up one more morning to horrible news of another black person having been killed by police.

Vladamir Putin may be many things, but he's not stupid. He knew exactly what he was doing when he put Trump in the White House. Putin knows what Trump is and is not. Trump is not a leader or a tough guy or a genius. He's not a great statesman or a patriot. He's certainly not a humanitarian. …

Three cheers for Mayor Lucas Herring for filling 50 Green Up Day bags and challenging members of Barre's City Council to join him. What he's doing is inspirational. As a member of Montpelier's Trash Tramps, I admire his spirit and commitment to a cleaner Vermont. Also, a shout-out to Mayor A…

The truth is, at times, painful and accusatory in its accuracy. The truth may make us inspect our inner integrity and that results in conclusions that may not be comfortable.

Dot Helling, in her recent commentary about the proposed $10 million-plus parking building Montpelier residents will have to pay for, was right on the money, if you'll excuse the expression.

After reading Dot Helling’s long dissertation on why the parking garage is unwarranted, why connectivity is challenging (connectivity is sketchy), why she was blindsided by a new revision of the parking garage plan, she comes to the conclusion the City Council and mayor have “rubber-stamped“…

Melissa Battah is asking for your vote for a position on the Barre Town Select Board. She will be a fresh addition to represent members in this trying time for everyone.

Barre Town has an important contest for Select Board member in the June 2 election, and one candidate is clearly the better choice.

The cost of the callous and cynical dishonoring of COVID-19 victims and hospital staff was $220,000! With the cacophony of machinery in ERs, I doubt the extra noise was welcome, nor the risk of crashing, which they are famous for. How ironic if one of them crashed into a hospital!

As a public relations stunt, flying five F-35 military jets over Vermont hospitals was probably effective and impressive.

I've just learned that the State of Vermont allows the wanton massacre of coyotes — according to an article I just read, hunters have contests to kill as many as possible then "display their wares." How is this possible in our beautiful state?

The president’s visit to the Ford Motor Co. May 21 got headlines because of his refusal to wear a mask. But what didn’t get as much attention is when the president paid tribute to Henry Ford, saying Ford “had really good bloodlines.” Thus the “good people on both sides” president is paying t…

The League of Women Voters of Vermont supports every citizen’s right to vote in a safe and secure manner. It is our position that Vermont should be among the 20-plus states proactively mailing ballot materials to voters for the general election. Requiring voters to come together in large num…

Were I living in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Massachusetts, and planning my summer vacation, I'd check a coronavirus map first and see Vermont is the closet and safest state to go to.

In November 2019, Vermont Technical College announced it ranks first in the state for return on investment. The study by Georgetown University looked at more than 4,500 colleges nationwide, seeking an answer to the age-old question “is college worth it?” Nationally, VTC ranked 180th, putting…

I started my day with the depressing idea of having to face the rantings of Donald Trump yet again. It has bothered me for some time that people, including his ‘best people’ chosen by him, use the word "moron" when describing him.

Stroke isn’t something that just strikes the elderly and shouldn’t mean a debilitating life. At 7 years old, I had my first hemorrhagic stroke because of a malformation of arteries and veins in my brain, which completely paralyzed me on my right side. The stroke went untreated for three days…

With all of the tragedy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, there’s one bit of good news - no school shootings in March or April.

As an educator, I have devised an assessment that will reflect your understanding of the COVID-19 situation and our efforts to cope with its devastation on our lives. So here we go:

Stephen Terry's "Why Vermont is different" commentary resonated with me, a private citizen hooked on the governor's pandemic-related press briefings. The simple fact they start at the same time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday adds a touch of predictability to our otherwise haywire lives. …

Tim Ashe sharing his "struggles," and our local paper publishing it, is not news worth knowing. Perhaps Tim can take a hard look at what unfolded at Knapp Airport on Friday and think about how those people are handling these "uncertain, challenging times." Tim's next move is how to push his …

I was so proud of our state on Saturday, May 9, when residents did not gather in large numbers for The Protest to End Quarantine. I was very concerned when I saw a Front Porch Forum post beckoning citizens to march on Montpelier, even calling for people to round up their friends who are vete…

I was really glad the plan to close three Vermont State Colleges (VSC) campuses was loudly and strongly rejected by the VSC board of trustees and by a large majority of the VSC community, which I am proud to call my family. Equally important, Vermonters stood with us in this important fight …

We all remember Trump’s search for "dirt” on Hunter Biden. All we ever learned was he was earning about half-a-million a year as a member of a Ukraine Energy Co. Did he have a resume that would make sense for him to serve in this capacity? That is up for debate. But no dirt ever surfaced.

Where is the outrage and condemnation from the Times Argus editor and Trump haters? I haven't seen one letter or editorial condemning this alleged sexual predator.

Trump sat in the shadow of Lincoln Monument thinking he could put light on the darkness of his abysmal presidential pretentions. Speaking falsehoods to questions he didn’t even come close to addressing, he postured his presumptions that only allowed the viewers to cover their eyes and weep f…

Due to current community challenges as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield is canceling our beloved annual Plant and Book Sale, which usually takes place the Friday and Saturday after Memorial Day.

In Vermont, there is always a season to hunt wildlife – there are even open seasons on some species like coyotes, but I bet you’re not thinking that bald eagles may also be at risk. Lead toxicity in bald eagles and other raptors is a prevalent problem, yet is often ignored among sportsmen an…

We Americans have experienced two periods of mass unemployment over the last dozen years. We have the most expensive health care system in the world – No. 1! Based on results per population size (actual humans here, keep in mind), we rank 37th – 37! We have seen health care go up 54%, wages …

I've been thinking about the 50th anniversary Woodstock celebration last summer at the Montpelier SCnior center when 75 of us formed a huge circle and sang along to Joe Cocker's rendering of the Beatles "With a little help from my friends." What a joyful moment. It led me back to today's rea…

Our policies dealing with COVID-19 acted upon worst-case scenario computer modeling. We now have actual data, information and statistics.

I read in The Times Argus, in an article about relaxing restrictions for stores, "The governor said social distancing must be maintained at all times and people are to wear masks when in public.”

While I am sorry Jeb Spaulding had to resign from his leadership of the state college system, he clearly had to, to make room for a new leader to take on the financial crisis the system faces.

For anyone loving music and desiring a chance to enjoy a great time, I suggest, while walking or jogging, putting on Spotify, and choosing John Prine music. As some may know, he died from COVID-19 a few weeks back.

My poor fellow "nonessential" Vermonters: I cannot believe you allow yourselves to be so insulted by a overreaching government that "works" for you. (They're still getting paid by our tax dollars. Are you?)

Central Vermont Council on Aging would like to thank all our volunteers in this unprecedented time. 

The League of Women Voters urges everyone to participate in the 2020 Census, now under way.

The solution to budget problems, for the city of Montpelier and the state, has always been "hey, let's just raise taxes" and the renters just waved them in with both hands. Now, with COVID-19, business shutting down and people being furloughed, to whom my heart goes out, it's not so easy to …

The United States is fortunate to have four living ex-presidents — Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — men of different agendas, different beliefs and different backgrounds. Now would be a great time for them to come together to speak or to issue a statement about t…

While getting ready for another day of work in the emergency room, I was listening to my local Michigan Public Radio station when I heard the familiar voice of Vermonter Bill McKibben speaking with Elizabeth Kolbert on the pandemic and the environment.

Gov. Phil Scott is another Donald Trump; he is acting more and more like President Trump, a dictator There is no reason to do stay safe, stay home order and close everything. He and the Republicans are playing politics with the coronavirus. I now long vote Republican; i will be supporting Pa…

Unheard of! Twenty-six degrees. And snow! April 22! In Vermont! Has global warming deserted us? Does it no longer care about our comfort? Any lingering faith I had in its reliability, its promise to calm our impatience as spring blossoms so slowly here ... well! A recent editorial in The Tim…

To all the well-deserved thanks for those many taking care of us during this difficult time, here's another. As two of those “older people most vulnerable and at risk,” my wife and I extend appreciation to the younger among us who have sacrificed so much to keep us, and many others, safe and…

Remember what seems so far distant, yet a mere few weeks ago, when life was proceeding relatively normally for many? Remember when we pivoted on a dime, to follow professional medical advice to isolate at home, wear masks, socially distance, and exercise and work differently?

We don’t know where we are because where we’ve been has been a trick with mirrors, lies and deception.

Five Questions With

Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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.

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.

Chef Jimmy Kennedy, of Plainfield, discusses how his life has been affected by self-isolation, and what he sees coming from it.

Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.

Former governor Jim Douglas shared his thoughts on self-isolation.

How are you handling self-isolation?I’m on Week 5 of isolation with my husband, 5-year-old, 3-year-old, dog and cat. I definitely won’t be winning any quarantine productivity awards, and I don’t have any motivational stories of how I’m using the time to make the world a better place. No one …