Willem Lange’s trip to Montana to go fly fishing for a few days with buddies on the Upper Missouri River was canceled because of weather and drought, so his column this morning (July 24) is about climate change.

This week, our family home had a fire. The rapid and skilled work of the Montpelier FD and assistance from Barre City, Waterbury, Worcester, Northfield, East Montpelier and Barre Town was hard to believe.

With time running out, discussions on the National Debt Limit are becoming more urgent. The Republicans are holding up such discussions due to objections that accepting the National Debt Limit will result in a boosting of domestic spending and raising taxes on the rich. Such objections are w…

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is very crafty and deadly and … it will find you. Get vaccinated and step up for your family, community and country.

I want to thank Rosemary Lynn Averill for her letter on Critical Race Theory. I am not sure CRT can resolve our problems in this country, but I am sure Ms. Averill would acknowledge there are many flawed, shameful and racist elements in our history.

Rosemary Lynn Averill’s fear-mongering commentary about Critical Race Theory adds to the right-wing three-card Monty game of focusing on boogeymen, such as cancel culture, and now CRT; thus, avoiding real issues and feeding people’s fears, not building knowledge.

“Armchair Theorizing Without the Facts,” should have been the title of Jim B. Hall’s July 20 commentary on voter fraud. But honestly, “Way Off Base” wasn’t a bad option, given the lackadaisical analysis provided by Mr. Hall.

Ben & Jerry's relied on a Human Rights Watch report, which accused Israel of being an apartheid state, to decide to stop selling its product to Jews in the disputed areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. One assumes that Arabs living in these areas will be able to buy ice cream, just…

Today (Monday, July 19), I took a short trip to Barre to visit my three favorite stores: Nelson Brothers, The Electrolux Store and Two Loco Guys.

I understand the letters to the editor section is not the opinion of the Rutland Herald, but perhaps it is time to stop publishing commentary that includes objectively fake statements like the election was overwhelmed with "trailer-loads of illegal and fraudulent ballots."

Since 1992, anytime there is a Democrat in the White House, we hear doomsday warnings about inflation from Republicans. According to Chris Talgo’s guest commentary (July 15), government spending is going to cause “vicious” inflation and ruin the economy.

Ever since it has become apparent that, under the influence of Bernie Sanders, AOC, and others, certainly including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, President Biden is overseeing a mad dash toward Bernie’s Democratic socialism, I have thought, “Please let us be rescued by the midterms.”

The Friends of the Aldrich Library in Barre thank all the wonderful reading public for supporting the Book Sale we had on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. It had been so long since we'd been able to have a sale and we had/have so many great donated books. It was a huge success and man…

Love the column and agree totally. I've sat through too many of these in-service presentations. I've also found most of the presenters have never taught in a public school system. Keep Poor Elijah coming.

The proposed $4.75 million reconstruction of the South Main Street/Quarry Hill intersection is essential infrastructure to support vibrant and growing businesses in central Vermont.

Are you kidding? On July 14, I saw four shopping carts in a handicapped parking spot and one cart placed on the opposite side of another spot reserved for disabled citizens. It's obvious that the saying "When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways" has gone out the window. I think some "…

Driving through Barre recently with a friend, I pointed out the intersection of South Main and Quarry Hill and remarked it was due for a $4.75 million upgrade. Can you imagine how far that money could go to improving city streets?

As our troops leave Afghanistan I am, of course, concerned about the fate of many women and girls. I have no real understanding of the patriarchal variant of religion/politics practiced there, but certainly fear for them based on what I know of history. I’m not sure what we can collectively …

As the recent heat wave has demonstrated, the climate crisis must be addressed.

Don't want to sound greedy but with all this talk about bonus checks for the people who were working during the pandemic — I was working at the Pittsford Transfer Station — not only was I on the front line, I was also handling people's garbage! Where's my check? OK, I guess I do sound greedy…

"One nation, under duress:" Mr. Amses says our differences are largely manufactured by the politics permeating our culture. Absolutely true. And Mr. Amses goes on to do his part to manufacture and widen the divide between liberal and conservative thought.

The media focuses mostly on troubling domestic items. But America has something to celebrate internationally. For the first time in years, our president traveled abroad, and our diplomatic community wasn’t filled with anxiety. No one worried about him:

Well, besides being known as a tightwad with public funds, perhaps I should be known as a cynic as well: $4.75 million to fix the Quarry Hill—South Main Street intersection? Am I the only one who thinks that’s excessive?

My father's wife, Kathleen "Kitty," was allergic to cigarette smoke. On July 5, she passed away from esophageal cancer. It's amazing all of you smokers are on the planet slowly killing yourselves without having a care in the world. Please, think about what you're doing.

As Abraham Lincoln said, a democracy is a system of governance "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Cristine Smith's criticism of Critical Race Theory said "If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it. Please, do your own homework about CRT and learn about world history."

American champion Sha’Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson won the 100-meter race at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19.

With Vermont becoming the first state to partially vaccinate at least 80% of its eligible population, things are slowly but surely getting better here.

Parents with disabilities live in fear of discrimination in child welfare, family court, adoption and foster care proceedings. Statewide legislation could create procedural safeguards to protect children and families, whose parents or prospective parents have disabilities. Social service age…

As Vermonters, we are privileged to have a congressional team that has never backed down when push comes to shove. The team speaks truth to power, uses sound reasoning in decision-making, and feels responsibility to the state and the constituents they serve.

I'll keep this letter short and to the point. It's telling of the character of a person (or lack thereof, in this case) that Danziger would compare noncitizens to animals in his latest cartoon — ought to be ashamed, and the Herald should be ashamed to post such drivel.

My POV: Critical Race Theory (CRT) is founded in racism and its sole purpose is to divide people based upon race, class, ethnicity and creed. Hitler, Mao and Karl Marx, each with unmitigated power over their people, used CRT to destroy their perceived enemies and foment hate resulting in the…

This most recent Weekender issue of The Times Argus underscores what a treasure we central Vermonters have in the joyous work of Jim Lowe, TA Arts Editor Extraordinaire. While the June 26-27 section on the Arts was framed by the sadness of Richard Shadroui's passing, Jim constructed a stella…

The Rutland County Democratic Executive Committee supports our public schools in following best practices to increase representation in lesson plans and to integrate restorative, equitable procedures. We support the research on systemic racism that is needed to dismantle hate. Systemic racis…

I am responding to the cartoon by Danziger published June 22 in The Times Argus.

A greener future is in our grasp — but only if we act quickly.

Jeb's recent photo of the red-winged blackbird is one of the finest bird photographs I have ever seen. I hope he seeks out the various entries that exist in birding publications for such exquisite work, as it is certainly a prize-winner, or should be. Just can't get those flaming red epaulet…

Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.

I just would like to suggest that the folks who want to ban the teaching of CRT in schools do a little bit of research so they don't waste their time.

At first I had thought Governor Scott's veto of noncitizen voting charter revision approvals for Montpelier and Winooski was a misstep.

Historian Philip Jenkins wrote a book in 2003 about anti-Catholicism in this country with the subtitle “The Last Acceptable Prejudice.” He observed that, while any public statement or gaffe seen as xenophobic, racist or antisemitic can destroy someone’s reputation and status in polite societ…

This is in response to "The new boogeyman." You seem to take a lighthearted stance on Critical Race Theory (CRT). I will keep this short and to the point. With the MSM (including the Rutland Herald) only reporting on the left side, you only get the agenda the left and RINOs want the American…

I read with interest Jim Sabataso’s account of a rally held at the fairgrounds. The rally put together people who fear Critical Race Theory (CRT). Their opinion, which I disagree with wholeheartedly, should be heard if for no other reason than to strenuously debunk it. I will leave it to mor…

With the Fourth of July nearing, Phantom Fireworks Cos. encourages its friends and customers to be considerate of your neighbors when using state legal fireworks. We often get too caught up in the excitement and entertainment of the beautiful fireworks that we forget the noise and lights may…

The recent continuing discussion and print of Black Lives Matter, and other works of this nature, are nothing more than diversion attempts to take our eyes and focus off the real issues: those being socialism, and the increasing control of our lives and freedoms as expressed in the Bill of R…

I strongly recommend that Barre have a Civilian Review Board. Quote: A municipal body composed of citizen representatives charged with the investigation of complaints concerning misconduct by police officers.

As a Native American journalist of Mohawk (Kanienkehaka Turtle Clan) descent, I was surprised to read Rutland resident Gregory Thayer's commentary in these Opinion section pages on the Rutland Raider school athletic mascot subject. It would seem we have reached a point in American genealogy …

Barre City is fortunate to have such an intelligent and thoughtful city council. These city councilors are taking the time to review difficult and challenging issues. I am so proud to know they care deeply about the city and all those who live here. This takes vision, teamwork, listening and…

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.