I was very impressed by the New Hampshire governor's inaugural address — especially this part of it: “I am proud to announce today the creation of what we are calling the New Hampshire Career Academy — working with our community college system existing funds, our students can now take advant…

While the USS Trump maneuvers through the political shutdown swamp, here are some things to know and some to remember from previous swamp trips.

Many Vermonters are unfamiliar with our state weatherization program. Through this program, many low-income Vermonters are able to get energy improvements in their homes that are cost effective for the homeowners. The program is available to low-income renters as well.

So much attention to the goddess Ceres atop the golden dome in Montpelier, and none paid the nefarious characters beneath her feet. I am not, here, referring to legislators. I am referring to the two sculptures representing Ira and Ethan Allen displayed in full view for the world to see in t…

Due to low wages and high cost of living, Vermont is one of the most difficult states for working people.

I am encouraging Barre Town voters to turn our and vote "yes" Jan. 8, on the Act 46 re-vote. You can vote now by stopping at the Barre Town Clerk's office and vote in person.

As we age, we are forced to accept losses. We lose family members, friends, community leaders and our own physical and mental capacities. It almost becomes rote.

I can’t understand why people didn’t see it coming. Trump has always stiffed the people who work for him. Why should “not paying public employees” be considered different?

When I first chose to run for office to represent Bennington in the Legislature, I saw that move as an opportunity to use a greater platform to lift the voices, concerns, dreams and ideas of the people in this region. I am forever grateful for the experience of serving and for the many hands…

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.