Dear Friend: You almost killed me on Route 2 the other day.

Lost Nation Theater's current production of "Cabaret: is a timely and gripping replay of a dark period in the history of western civilization. At the same time, it can be (and was) top-notch musical theater.

In case you haven't had a chance to catch the musical "Cabaret" at Lost National Theater, it's absolutely, positively a must-see.

I thought Teddy Waszazak’s commentary in Wednesday's paper was right on target. The latest dust-up in Washington is very personal and not without significant consequences.

Thanks to Jeb for the yellowthroat warbler picture, it did the perky fellow justice.

What is an 'espensary'? How does such an obvious mistake get included in a headline on a story in your July 18 edition? Do you have a proofreader? Fire him/her. While The Times Argus is, in my neighborhood, famous for misspellings, to see one in huge letters as the lead to a story about a di…

Google 'the forgotten war' and see the answer. It would have been nice if the Korean War veterans had their names in the recent article, too.

The town of Worcester enjoyed one of the most successful Fourth of July celebrations in recent history. Several thousand visitors and residents, a fresh cadre of enthusiastic volunteers, an additional venue (The Landing with Grub Wagon), new vendors, numerous music groups, barbecue chicken w…

The Weekender's editorial commented on the public's lack of understanding of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Constitution.

I recently became aware of a petition by Vermont Law School students to enact a regulated coyote hunting season, versus the current open season that leaves coyote puppies orphaned when their parents are killed during the summer months. A closed season is a good compromise for coyote hunters,…

There is a Chinese phrase, "Death by a thousand cuts" that seems to have been adopted by the Trump administration. I won’t give them the benefit of having the intellect to use that phrase for their own political/financial gains but I will give them credit for using it for their own, and the …

How ‘bout that climate change!

The media airwaves have filled my conscious receptors with disturbing news from our southern border with Mexico. The multiplicity of newsworthy items regarding that situation, and the complexity of untangling such an entangling web, has lead me to one piece of the thread that hits home to me…

Our president, in his Fourth of July speech, made reference to the Continental Armies under George Washington, destroying airports and ramming ramparts. What further proof do we need that he is ignorant, that his mind is not connected to his mouth and he has no sense of history other than his own?

Flag waving on the Fourth is OK, but try not to be too gaudy about it. Shine on, as they say, but keep it non-political. President Trump blew his trumpet and made a gaudy, but historical, I guess, political speech. Trump's trumpet was out of tune and long-winded and, well, flashy.

The Republican Party through Trump wants us to "stay true to our cause," but they fail to mention what their cause is. Let me help:

Montpelier's Mayor Anne Watson just happened to be a fellow participant in a climate change workshop I attended at the city's Unitarian Universalist Church recently.

Quite a July 4th scenario: Trump had a parade featuring tanks and other military pomp and ceremony while refugees at the Rio Grande border crossings are largely being ignored by the American public and, in a mockery of humanitarian sensibility, being abused by the Trump administration and ma…

The news was filling my frayed neural receptors with images of the bullet-proof barrier being erected for Der Furher for his jubilee. Luckily, my consciousness rose to the occasion and presented me with an alternate reality:

Paying for education should not be equated to pay for major overhead at colleges.

We country mice sometimes have interesting encounters with you big city cats (in this case, Montpelier).

The parishioners of St. Augustine Catholic Church want to thank those who made our benefit concert a success through their generosity and determination that people coming to our country for refuge be treated with dignity, respect and care, provided with the assistance they need to not only s…

While few people are thinking about heating fuel right now, July 1 marked an important change in the Vermont tax code.

Now that I have the attention of all of Trump's supporters, any of you want to buy a bridge? I have a nice bridge in New York I am willing to sell you, cheap. You could contact Donald after you purchase it and see if he wants his name on it. I'm sure he wouldn't charge you much to show his n…

The "Not so free" June 27 editorial against free college raised valid points. Something that came so easily might not be taken seriously by the students at the time. Taxpayers are already stressed and stretched without supporting non-serious students.

In response to Rob Roper's article “Plastic bag ban an overstep” from June 25, I say ... really?

Rob Roper, in his article, "Plastic bag ban an overstep," is out in left field on this one. He creates a picture of a law outlawing plastic bags as a government edict, not a legislative bill. Government is at times needed to order people to do things, like in times of war. Roper is right abo…

I’m so proud of our legislators and governor for passing the recent “Plastic Bag Bill” into law in a beautiful display of bipartisan support. It has renewed my faith in our democratic processes, as I joined fellow Vermonters in speaking up to help get the bill passed.

About Rob Roper’s column, it is hard to know where to start dissecting his screed on the single-use plastic ban. Reading his column, one would think that a medieval decree came out of Montpelier from a dictator telling us what to do.

I, and many others, attempt to walk Hill Street, Windywood Road and West Cobble Hill Road on Trow Hill at most times during the year. All of these roads could use sidewalks, at least a mile in each direction from the intersection where Trow Hill Grocery is located.

The no tax, but spend republicans are going nowhere fast on a "Crazy train." Vermont's Republican Governor "Veto" Scott is planning to cut spending on the state's budget by millions of dollars at a time when the cost of government is rising. Will he raise taxes? Heck no. He claims state spen…

I hope Sen. Leahy and fellow Democrats share the blame along with President Trump for the death of that father and daughter who both drowned trying to cross the border.

Well, the Republicans who viewed the Democratic hopefuls' "debate" last night must have been pleased to see that the candidates voiced only eight minutes of thought about the most important concern on the planet: climate change. Other than Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, most of the speakers man…

While our administration is busy gathering momentum to wage a new war, the media is completely ignoring the drama unfolding in Sudan.

As I listen to our administration’s talking voices, representing the latest version of the truth, I wonder from what planet did they just arrive.

While the Trump administration and its allies are moving to de-fund and dismantle Medicaid, the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign is organizing to fight back. Over the past year, tens of thousands of people in states like Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee were kicked off Medicai…

This is in response to the commentary “Plastic bag ban overstep,” by Rob Roper (June 25). Thank you for defining authoritarian and totalitarian forms of governing. Our Legislature is to be composed of individuals that represent the consensus of their constituents — professionals, home owners…

As many of you have now read or heard through the grapevine, the City Council has decided not to sell, and to retain ownership of the Wheelock House.

Thank you, Times Argus, for the excellent, informative editorial (June 20) that shone the spotlight on the abysmal housing situation in North-Central Vermont and the dire lack of affordable rentals for the lowest-income folks among us. Keep up the good work!

We did our part this year to help the fight against climate change. We made sure the two cars we purchased got better mileage than our last car.

This is a followup to Stephen Whitaker's thoughtful commentary about Montpelier's terrible parking building plan.

I understand sour grapes make the best whine, or so I’ve been told. When the whine that one is exposed to is from another point of view it tends to help you focus a little more on your own preferred taste, in the editorials The Times Argus delivers for example.

In the last few weeks there have been some inane editorials in The Times Argus. One pointed out that it is summer; another one offered pedantic advice to graduates; another one regurgitated a New York Times article about cellphone use; and then there was a pointless, statistic-filled sermon …

Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield recently conducted an extremely successful Plant and Book Sale. We want to thank the following area businesses, who generously contributed plants, shrubs, and/or horticultural supplies: Amanda's Greenhouse, Cate Farm, East Hill Tree Farm, …

Regarding Mr. Costello thoughts on the parking garage, as someone who has to travel to Montpelier, I disagree.

We are growing more concerned about civic discourse and the democratic process in Montpelier.

A lot of grumbling and criticism has greeted the end of this session of the state Legislature, both how it ended and what it accomplished.