Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. Congress and the president are at logger heads on spending priorities but controlling spending isn’t a focus with either side.

Donald Trump may soon have no other choice than to try to create a police state. If, as the evolving evidence suggests, he turns out to be guilty of a number of criminal offenses, his only protection from going to jail will be to gain authority over the law by precipitating actions that woul…

Recently, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stay a court of appeals’ decision that could have closed abortion clinics in Louisiana. Some of us celebrated and breathed massive sighs of relief. But after the relief, the reality set in: This court is only one vote away from allowing states to over…

Why do we believe what we believe? Is it truth that we seek or is it just verification of our existence through validation of the paradigm that reflects who we think we are?

I call it the Bernie Backlash: he’s too old; he’ll take away votes; it’s too late, the landscape’s changed.

The House is considering H.116, an obscure bill that could erode the quality of health care in Vermont by sweeping away the licensure structure for Physician Assistants (PAs).

I want to commend Steve Pappas, executive editor for The Times Argus and Rutland Herald, for making the decision to hire Courtney Lamdin as the new news editor.

It seems to me an inane goal by the city of Montpelier (Montpothole) to spend all this money to build infrastructure in order to attract tourists when the roads in the cty are barely drivable!

The Friends of the Aldrich Library want to express our thanks and appreciation to all the folks who supported out annual Banquet/ Auction held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Elks Club. A delicious meal was served by Mike Marinelli and his staff, preceded by drinks and appetizers provide …

At its most fundamental level, what is the dispute about abortion all about? It’s one person interfering with another person’s doctor-patient relationship, isn’t it? Who would tolerate that with any other medical situation? What would you say if your doctor was prevented from giving you all …

Lauzon takes a cheap shot at Peter Anthony and Sue Higby for his own political agenda. When the Barre Development Review Board gave a demolition permit for the SPA structure, two people went to the city council making a plea to save it. Those two people were Ed Stanak and Joelen Mulvaney. Pe…

I'm writing to ask Ward 1 voters to return Sue Higby to City Council next Tuesday. I've known Sue for a number of years, and I've always been amazed at the way she just things done. Under her leadership, Studio Place Arts has become one of the top art destinations in our region. From unique …

On Tuesday, March 5, voters in Barre City will be headed to the polls to weigh in on many items including the annual general fund budget. This budget could affect the Barre City Fire Department and emergency services provided to city residents.

When I made the decision not to seek re-election to the Barre City Council this year, I did so with the hope that someone would step up who would bring the same commitment to working towards a city government that is open, accessible, transparent and proactive in their efforts to make Barre …

Supporting Renita Marshall, for me, is in the best interest for the city of Barre and our residents. We need the best team to achieve the goals of the city and I know that Renita is the best candidate for Ward 2.

To those filing lawsuits, I urge you to let the hotel and parking garage project continue. Along with needed parking and lodging, this project includes land and river cleanup — improvements for which there are no other timely, viable plans on the table.

Five years after most of the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect, the health care law is still a political hot button issue that has been embroiled in legal challenges since President Obama signed it into law in 2010. Republicans have tried mul…

I am supporting Sue Higby for Ward One councilor, and here is why.

I voted 'yes' on the garage. It was not an easy or a quick decision. I spent a lot of time last fall reviewing publicly-available information about the project and asking questions of city officials. An important factor for me was the city’s responsiveness to public comment, and the efforts …

I want to thank Republican Sen. Joe Benning for his support for Roe v. Wade (“The Abortion Debate,” Feb. 9) in his commentary on the abortion bills H.57 and S.25. As a member of the non-partisan League of Women Voters, I appreciate the bipartisanship on access to abortion that has been a hal…

Instead of praising the Bashara Family for their exemplary ambitions, it seems we're forcing them to shoulder the perverbial Sysiphean boulder once again. On top of that, the mountain keeps getting steeper and higher (think Lucy pulling Charlie Brown's football). Now, it seems there's been s…

Well, well. The Donald (Duck) is now calling for unity and forgiveness now that he no longer has a lick-spittle Congress. It would be rather amusing if it weren't so sad. Yes, so terribly sad.

With hundreds of other Vermonters, I recently attended the Rally for Life in Montpelier on a cold Saturday morning. Everyone I spoke to said they were reacting to recent [the] legislative proposal to protect abortion. Your coverage of the march was disappointing: a captioned photo.

I read Deb Bucknam's commentary published by The Times Argus this past weekend. The title drew my attention and therefore, I read it through the very last line, which repeats the title, as a sort of conclusion or seal to your very professional comments. They are comments that are essentially…

As a longtime downtown Barre business owner, I am pleased that Sue Higby is running for re-election to the Barre City Council in Ward I. Her dedicated service to Barre has been impressive. She is a hard worker and continuously strives to achieve more for our community.

I'm not a big NFL fan ... lately been getting into the "violence" of the NBA and MLB more.

Sue Higby had a solid record of volunteering and working for our community before she won her Ward I seat on the City Council. The award-winning Zipper Pocket Park is one tangible piece of evidence of her earlier efforts. She has also worked with various organizations to enhance the cultural…

How puzzling that our governor is willing to support a tax on e-cigs of over 90 percent (as he should) to protect our young adults, but won't support a tax on carbon which impacts the health of all Vermonters, especially young children.

It is sad that the governor, in his budget speech, despite all the dire predictions about global heating and what it is going to mean for us in coming decades, still refuses to do anything significant about addressing the issue. Electric cars are not, by themselves, the answer. I drive an al…

Volunteer service was the key to building America. Therefore, I was delighted to see The Times Argus put its support for the effort to create a public service mandate for all young people in the country. It's time for us to remember that such work is the cornerstone of a free society. When y…

I stand behind the upcoming carbon tax. Can you think of a better way to tell us Vermonters that we are going the wrong way with energy use? Are we not responsible for our part of climate change?

I have lived most of my life in Georgia except for 2001-2003 when my wife and I lived in Barre. While living in Vermont, I believe Bernie Sanders represented his constituents well. But it is my belief he should not run for president again.

What if federal workers, aware of the troubles that would come if they did not work, agreed to continue to work, to keep active all the services they provide?

My appreciation and admiration goes to the favorite whipping boy of Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott.

Here in beautiful, bucolic Vermont, some folks, those with the means and the intent, can legally hunt and kill one of our fellow creatures each and every day of every year. I am speaking of coyotes, whose shrill, haunting and placating call to the full moon can be a beautiful and memorable e…

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?