Thank you for your editorial regarding flawed holiday treasures. It provides a needed reminder that, especially around the holidays, people need to take a breath and use their common sense.

What next? The recent news about several radio stations banning an old seasonal song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," ("Me Too" movement) is absolutely ludicrous.

Perusing the newspaper this week, I came across a letter praising Sen. Patrick Leahy's column that called attention to the dangers faced by journalists in today's world. As a former journalist, I was interested to see who would have come to bat for we "ink-stained wretches," as Charles Dicke…

I am reading credible reports that Donald Trump is self-dealing from campaign funds, using campaign funds to pay personal legal expenses, and there are multiple admissions of his lawyer committing crimes at the direction of Donald Trump.

The statue of the Roman Goddess Ceres was hoisted up on to the top of the capital building in Montpelier after a new creation of the old one was replaced.

When George H.W. Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency, in October 1987, Newsweek ran its cover story titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’” The clear implication of the story was that Bush (the youngest American combat pilot in WWII, a war hero, diplomat and CIA director, who served…

Just a note in response to David MacMartin's letter published in the Nov. 30 edition of The Times Argus. He takes issue with my use, in my letter you published recently, of a politician using a hate word, who happens to be on the left, Sen. Sanders. He would have had me use examples from bot…

A few weeks ago, Montpelier Parks Director Geoff Beyer noticed many maples still holding onto green-yellow leaves. These were not red maples, whose vibrant red foliage already littered the ground, nor sugar maples, which also dropped their leaves weeks earlier. The culprit? A monotypic stand…

Across the world, school is something to fear, hate and disregard. It's a place that doesn't really matter, that only wants to put thoughts into your head.

As The Times Argus rightly noted in a recent editorial, the FCC effort to undermine the cable access provisions in the local cable franchise agreements is dangerous and uncalled for. It is another example of federal overreach in what should remain a local concern. And, yes, if this provision…

I am one of the signatories on the petition filed with the Montpelier Development Review Board (DRB) for party status on their soon-to-be-issued decision on the Capital City public parking garage. Nineteen residents signed this petition listing concerns about the project which combines the p…

It is beyond worth noting that we, us, the U.S., is complicit in the mass starvation of nearly 100,000 children in Yemen.

The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates 0.25 percent and more is expected, despite President Trump’s request to “back off.” He’s concerned that higher rates will harm the economy and he would rather pay down the debt with increased revenue expected from a strong economy. President…

Congratulations to the Farm to Plate Network for helping our state reach 12.9 percent local food and beverage consumption by Vermonters in 2017, surpassing a 2020 target of 10 percent. The increase from 5 percent in 2010 resulted in 6,559 net new jobs and 742 net new businesses. I applaud th…

I was wondering when, exactly, are the two dozen or so U.S. flags that line Main Street in Barre going to come down? I mean, they looked great back on the 4th of July but now they are dirty, faded and getting raggedy-bag looking. Does Barre have any respect, or shame?

We are no longer in Cabot. However, I remain empathetic to those who remain and are still suffering at the hands of the unsustainable, poorly managed school. Whose taxes continue to rise while their kids continue to try unsuccessfully to flee under a limited school choice lottery. Who contin…

I would like to express my deep dissatisfaction with the article "No major changes, one Cabot-sized regret as state board readies for final Act 46 vote."

As one of the "fleeing" families from this school on "life support," this article rang bittersweet for us.

In the last few weeks, I have been overcharged at several businesses (none in Barre). Unfortunately, I did not check my receipts until I got home. I now check all receipts before I leave the parking lot.

I am writing in response to David Delcore's article from Nov. 17 about the Cabot School.

As I mentioned in an earlier commentary, it is clear that President Trump lives in Walt’s head 24 hours a day, even when he is “half a world away.” Walt’s hatred is so visceral, I am sure it is not good for his health.

The people of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Hardwick grieve with our Jewish family, friends and neighbors over the violence in the Pittsburgh synagogue Nov. 3, 2018.

We fully appreciate the support we got from Barre City voters, both before the election and at the polls. The great turnout shows that voters care about the issues and want candidates who will address them. Democracy works best when participation is high, and we hope you will stay engaged as…

The GOP is purported to be the party of business. That presumption doesn't seem to apply in Georgia, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Promise made, promise broken, again. As recently reported by WCAX, the upcoming legislative session is focusing on the expected “budget deficit” caused by the state retirement system due to the debt growing faster than revenue, it is claimed. I have to ask how a fund that represents about 2 …

The current president of the United States once called climate change a hoax. Under these circumstances, states within our country need to take it upon themselves to establish reform that helps to combat climate change.

As you know, we have outgrown our quaint space on East State Street. Our expansion and relocation to 114 Main Street will allow for many advantages to our current and future patients: with increased parking from two to 12 spaces, a larger footprint for more examination rooms and the addition…

I really enjoyed your article on the restoration of Barre’s gem, the Reynolds House, and must commend Karen Lauzon on her rich and tasteful color choices for the exterior.

I was recently in Seattle, Washington, touring the outdoor sculpture park. I couldn't help but think how nice something like that would be along the river in Montpelier — much more attractive than the planned chain hotel and exhaust-laden parking garage.

The citizens of Barre just demonstrated their tremendous commitment to public engagement. The turnout on Nov. 6 was impressive. Keep that spirit.

Studying election returns, I’m once again struck by the way the issues are being discussed. I’m all for better health care access, voting rights and other hot-button topics.

I attended the Bullets into Bells event sponsored by Gun Sense and Bear Pond at the UU Church. I was dismayed to find that they had to hire security due to threats.

Thanks for the weekend edition's editorial, "You're an idiot." It's about time that more Americans get serious about fulfilling their obligation as citizens of a democracy.

When I grew up in England, no ordinary people had guns. The police didn’t have guns, either. And, unlike the young people growing up today, nobody knew or heard of people being murdered. Beaten up, yes, but not murdered.

I frequently read your editorial page when I purchase your newspaper. Walt Amses' commentary in your Nov. 1 edition went way over the top in terms of hate words, not only for Donald Trump but also for the entire Republican Party.

The pipe bomb terrorist and the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh should wake up anyone who has somehow slept through the last decade to the recognition that American fascism is here, mobilized, racialized and an immediate threat to every community.

Although not perfect, Barre’s history is rooted in inclusiveness and embrace of political, economic, religious and ethnic diversity. Unfortunately, at least politically, this is gradually changing — for the worse.

Today in my 80s, the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren in my blended family, I chafe about their future in this “sweet land of liberty.” The 14 U.S. presidents of my lifetime have made their share of horribly costly foreign policy mistakes, lived personal lives of varied personal inte…

I think it is noteworthy as we watched this year's World Series that not one professional baseball player has taken a knee during the national anthem this entire season.

Montpelier has a growing parking and traffic problem downtown, to the point where it is choking business and creating unsafe pedestrian conditions. Part of the problem is temporary, due to construction around the city, but part of it is due to our vibrant downtown. If we add 1,000 dwellings …

As a 35-year resident of Montpelier and now a member of the City Council, I urge Montpelier voters to support Article 1, the bond for the parking garage. It will be good for downtown and good for the city as a whole.

Whether the Montpelier parking garage gets built or not, I want developers to include parks for people to enjoy on foot. The Confluence Park sounds promising. I was visiting Sonoma, California, City Park in September and loved the shade cover the trees provided on a very hot day. As I sat on…

The National Republican State Leadership Committee, funded by pharmaceutical corporations, the Koch brothers, the National Rifle Association and others, is currently running attack ads in Vermont against leading Progressives and Democrats. They have targeted Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, Vermont…

Citizens of Montpelier, vote "no" to your city, and our capitol city, selling out to a major corporation. I’ll keep this message brief since this garage proposition is clearly not an authentic solution.

After great consideration, the Barre City Republican Committee has decided to support John Steinman and Paul Poirier in their bid for state representative. We feel it is important to elect people who will represent Barre City and not just follow the party line.

I’m voting for Dave Zuckerman is the upcoming elections here in Vermont.