It’s hard for me to tell if Governor Scott is serious. He says he wants fairer taxes, more jobs, better access to health care, bodily freedom for women, and acceptance for immigrants and LGBTQ people. Yet, he won’t repudiate the Republican Party, even though its leaders oppose all of that. H…

Vermont residents are likely familiar with deer and turkey hunting seasons, but many are unaware of the hound "training" season that starts on June 1, putting bears, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, and other wildlife at risk. This activity is especially egregious, since this is the time of year wh…

I was surprised and distressed to see The Times Argus give a prominent voice to an outside group like Independent Women's Forum.

This spring, I asked one of my state senators about increasing the gas tax. She told me, while indicating my hybrid electric car, that the poor can't afford to buy electric vehicles. The poor are the ones who suffer the most from the climate change we have caused with our burning of fossil f…

Jesse Watters, Fox News conservative pundit, would like you to believe that the climate crisis isn’t real.

Thank you for the effort by The Times Argus to cover the proposed legislation, H.57 and Proposition 5, abortion without restriction, in a journalistic way that considers both sides of the issue.

Unfortunately, the person who hid at least 14 booklets titled "Are Roman Catholics Christians?" throughout St. Augustine Church in Montpelier did not leave his contact information. While the booklet is rather nasty and simplistic, I assume he just wanted to start an ecumenical discussion wit…

This year, the Vermont Legislature has been a dismal failure. This total flop and absolute legislative fiasco will be the one-and-only worst in history and will come back to haunt them. With the complete washout and defeat of the Senate bill to legalize retail sales of marijuana, this backwa…

To the parents, taxpayers, business leaders and residents of the Barre community: Thank you.

A woman of childbearing age who becomes pregnant must have a choice as to whether to continue a pregnancy.

This is a public shout-out to Stefano from Morse Block Deli for his amazing performance on May 15 on the Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games." You made mouth-watering sandwiches, made us laugh and made it to the final competition. It was a tough decision. I certainly hope you are as proud of…

Feb. 3, 1959, became known as “the day the music died.” May 7, 2019, will become “the day human rights died” in Vermont.

The Vermont Legislature is limping to the finish and with numerous bills still undecided; they may not finish their work this year. The bills in question — legal pot sales, minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, paid family leave, gun waiting period and others  — are in limbo.

You know, I am not one to prefer light beer, or decaffeinated coffee for that matter. I don’t see the point. Give me the real deal.

May 6 to May 10 is national support your teachers and school staff week. As a 20-year school board member and parent and now grandparent, I know how important the staff at schools is. I also know their jobs are harder than ever.

Given the right heat, the bread first rises and then it is baked.

Today, the voters of the Barre City and Barre will vote on two budgets: (1) the FY2020 budget for the newly merged Barre Unified Union School District; and (2) the FY2020 budget for the Central Vermont Career Center. Barre City residents vote at the Barre Auditorium and Barre Town residents …

The so-called “Friends of Montpelier” personify the only thing that is wrong with Montpelier. They bring meaning to the adage “with friends like you, who needs enemies.”

Tom Kelly’s commentary about legislation protecting a woman’s right to an abortion is off base on many counts. If men object to abortion, there is one simple step they can take: never be part of the act of creating a child.

I work in a middle-high school. The students are as young as 11, and as old as 19.  I work with all ages and watch them as they come in young, innocent and full of silliness (usually), and progress through discovering the nuances of approaching adulthood.  The smiles come less often as they …

Regarding the letter to the editor in The Times Argus, "Drugs and Guns," by Andy Leader, making the connection between suicide and pot and murder and pot, while discounting the availability of guns, makes no sense and in fact, is wrong. Stating that "murders are rare and are usually family r…

Nearly a year ago on May 14, 2018, President Trump’s delegation was in Israel celebrating the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel-Aviv to the disputed and divided city of Jerusalem. On that same day, Israeli army snipers reportedly shot and killed 58 Palestinian protesters and wounded an…

Concerning the proposed “saliva test” as a condition for a retail market, the Legislature should consider the following questions:

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Washington County Sheriff, W. Samuel Hill, has coordinated collection sites for safe, anonymous disposal of prescription drugs:

Your lead article in your April 18 edition of The Times Argus reads "Prop 5 testimony heated.”

The world’s biggest electric vehicle company sells as many as 30,000 vehicles every month and has about a quarter-million employees. No, not Tesla, BYD, based in Shenzhen, China. Closer to home, Puerto Rico is on track to completely ditch all non-renewable energy sources by 2050 and that inc…

I understand that abortion is an extremely controversial and emotional issue and that some people who feel strongly about this issue will go to great lengths to make their feelings known.

At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering big thank-yous to farmers here in Vermont for all they do. Every day, we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing what needs to be…

Driving through Montpelier, the car keeps going bumpity-bumpity and that makes one feel a bit grumpity ...

It was good to hear what a valuable service the owner of Central Market on Summer Street, Mickey Kevin, offered Barre and sad to hear of its demise. However, we have a chance to re-create a great neighborhood grocery store experience with none other than Granite City Grocery. Surely, with a …

The “post-Mueller” political world is well underway, and Congress in many forms will predictably waste time and money trying to determine if POTUS is in the legal clear. We voters, for the most part, already know that no criminal conspiracy with Russia existed, and that is a good thing for o…

The full-page April 4 Times Argus ad for Juul raises serious health and ethical issues. While Juul claims to be promoting smoking cessation with their nicotine vaping device, they are, in fact, substituting one form of nicotine addiction for another. According to Wikipedia’s article, “Juul's…

Ten years into offering agritourism at Green Mountain Girls Farm, I see a future within which Vermont persists as a global geotourism leader and as a place where farms succeed by working with natural cycles, providing healthy food and creating stronger rural communities.

Thanks to Ben Joseph for pointing out the inevitable increase in highway deaths following the deplorable legalization and advertising of recreational marijuana in several states, now to include Vermont. But there's more bad news to come.

I am one of the petitioners asked to “drop your appeal” in the April 4 commentary from some of our downtown Montpelier merchants.

This man has stated his opinion. We are all entitled to our opinion so, why not him?

On behalf of the thousands of community members who we have served throughout this long and cold winter, thank you for your generous support for our Fuel Your Neighbors campaign. This winter we have seen a 35% increase in demand for our crisis heating assistance and have had over 3,500 visit…

What a night it was. A million thanks to everyone who came out to support the Vermont Foodbank at the 6th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit at The Mud Studio in Middlesex. Because of you, we raised $8,775 to help our most vulnerable neighbors.

The League of Conservation Voters, whose Vermont affiliate is Vermont Conservation Voters, recently released the 2018 National Environmental Scorecard, which reports on key congressional votes on climate change, clean energy, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation. This year’s…

This is to inform the public that there is action that can be taken now to reduce plastic proliferation and pollution in Vermont.

My man H.L. Mencken once opined that a man who keeps a good saloon renders a distinct public service. Tweaking H.L. just a tad, I'd argue that a man who maintains a good market also offers a valued service. Such a man was Philip "Mickey" Kerin.

I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. We folks in central Vermont are coming to the end of an era. In the very near future, Dr. Craig Sullivan of the Green Mountain Family Practice in Northfield will be retiring.

I have recently heard the anti-union radio ads on WDEV. I am not sure who is paying for them. Could it be the Ethan Allen Institute, or some unknown corporate backer? This is another way the wealthy undermine the efforts of workers. Let’s look back to when there were no unions. Most people p…