I was just reading on Front Porch Forum an ad looking for preschool teachers from all over the state. As I was reading it, I realized that, ironically, it's easier (and better pay) to get a job as a para or sub – you only need 48 credits (in anything) to get those jobs.

In the last year or two, more people have been writing about the rise of fascism around the world, including here in the United States. People in some other countries are suffering tremendously because of inability to meet physical and social needs and some people are being killed as a resul…

Opeyemi Parham's Oct. 16 commentary Honoring Legacies is itself worthy of honor. It is the most original and poignant expression of the true meaning of Black Lives Matter to come out of the farrago of opinions generated by recent racial violence and the killing of George Floyd.

“Oil, Guns and God” sounds like a country-western song. But that phrase is a quote out of the mouth of Trump that he put forth at one of his most recent election rallies.

If we are to learn anything from the calamitous global pandemic and Western wildfire events of the past few months, it’s this: Pay attention to what the scientists are saying. Better said, and to be fair, listen to what learned people in any field of interest have to say.

The mainstream media seems to have created an extremely attractive and, need I say, profitable, fictional character in its continual quest to blend news and theater. That character, the "undecided voter," has proven to attract huge audiences to presidential-candidate debates on TV and to ral…

The paid political advertisement on the front page of the paper this morning is misleading: H. Brooke Paige would have us believe ballots are being harvested by nefarious political operatives. This is simply not backed up by facts.

May I suggest this possible solution to the current logjam regarding another stimulus bill in the Congress: That someone set up in the sanctimonious United States Senate and the irrational White House (on the biggest screen known to man) the 24-hour live streaming of a recent news piece in w…

Just a few comments concerning your commentary by Concerned Catholics of Vermont published in the Oct. 14 edition of The Times Argus.

The extremists’ white rats started to come out of their nests in droves when Obama was elected president. For me, his election was a refreshing relief. I have been pretty disgusted with the human evolution thus far of seeing only white males in top positions, including Santa Claus, popes, su…

The president says he is a pro-lifer, yet out of inaction and his denial then and now, he has killed over 219,000-plus - grandfathers, grandmothers, parents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, doctors and nurses - and he doesn’t care about even one of them. So many died not able to have famil…

The Barre City Diversity and Equity Committee has been realizing priorities, developing a scope of interest and mapping out a work plan based on the mandate from the Barre City Council. Our city has never had a flag policy and we have been asked to review the council's flag policy, which we …

The recent racist email harassment at Castleton University, as well as racist harassment in Wallingford and Bennington, are just a few of the incidents in Vermont. The First Amendment does not include the right to harass, intimidate, insult and drive citizens out of town.

I know many people are saying, “I will vote for Phil Scott because he has done a good job handling coronavirus.” And he has.

The Sept. 24 debate between the Vermont lieutenant governor candidates prompted a personal reflection. It was the first time I was able to watch these candidates speak about their plans and beliefs. For me, the contrast was stark. I was able to get a glimpse of something deeper than each can…

The perfect storm: COVID-19 spreading with increasing strength throughout the country. Militia maniacs attempting to kidnap the governor of Michigan. President Trump becoming a steroid-raging mental health patient in response to the treatment he received for his COVID-19 consequences.

The vice presidential debate offered at least a watchable forum for the two candidates. Despite Mr. Pence’s consistent disregard for the rules, it provided a welcome relief from last week’s disgraceful “food fight” caused by the president – 90-minute rant apparently acceptable to the lackeys…

With the evenings getting darker earlier and the crisp temperatures arriving, we know summer 2020 is gone. And what a summer it was with COVID-19 mysteriously lurking around every corner. The virus caused numerous hardships for the workers in Barre who maintain the beautiful grounds of our o…

One of the top five issues of the presidential campaign is law and order. President Trump claims he has the high ground on this issue and has a resonating message for his constituency.

We are confronted on a daily basis with what appear to be a huge number of pressing problems. They range from national and international political crises, to compelling environmental crises and to seemingly endless social crises.

Last week, the most important leaders of the nation’s “Pro Life” movement gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to celebrate the crowning achievement of 50 years of anti-abortion activism: President Trump’s nomination of a “Pro Life” judge who will likely cast the deciding vote to ov…

I am writing in response to your commentary about speed tables that will be installed in Barre City. If you had contacted the city manager before making your uninformed and sarcastic comments, you would have learned this action is the result of lengthy conversations among several neighborhoo…

Outrage is what I feel right now with Trump coming out of the hospital with COVID-19 and declaring the virus is nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. Tell that to the family and friends of the over 210,000 U.S. citizens who have died from COVID-19.

Shame on the Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University, for attending Donald Trump’s ceremony rally to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court judge. In his welcoming letter to Notre Dame students, Jenkins writes: “Notre Dame is a place where matters of faith are addressed w…

Robert grew up in Harlem, New York. Born about 1944, I met him at my first job in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the wastewater plant in 1984. His twin sons were 16 years old at the time. He told me while growing up he listened to classical music and studied hard in school. After graduating …

I wish I had written the following but I didn’t. It came from the Sept. 1 New York Times Editorial Board and deals with the state of our nation under Donald Trump in the wake of his "debate" with Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. The Times said:

I continue to be amazed by the pieces your paper continues to publish from Walt Amses. His hate for one individual speaks volumes of his character. If you really are a so-called journalist, then broaden your horizons, Walt, and maybe come up with another topic to write about. It’s pretty lam…

We in Vermont have been encouraged to take precautions for our protection against COVID-19, and we seem to be largely heeding the advice of epidemic experts. With a bit more time on our hands because of reduced social interaction, many of us could spend some of that time studying another cri…

“The President is not above the law.” - A statement that has been supported by judges (supreme and other), lawyers and those politicians with enough backbone to stand up straight.

I was so disappointed to see the headline in the Sept. 30 issue of The Times Argus, "Anger erupts in 1st debate," followed by general references to "bitter accusations" and "contentious exchanges." Those descriptions of the previous night's Trump-Biden debate simply echoed the drumbeat of fa…

In this time of division, our nation needs an alternative dialog to the love and hate binary choice.

I was disappointed that The Times Argus chose to publish the AP report on Tuesday's so-called presidential debate ("Anger Erupts in First Debate" Sept. 29).

Wow! Ninety minutes of demoralizing masochism, but I felt it my civic duty to endure the pain. It was not a debate and it certainly was not "presidential."

I am appealing to all who may have voted Republican in the last election but who are unhappy with our current president, to vote for his opponent.

When I listen to Donald Trump, I have the same feelings as when I watch an out-of-control child taking a swing at a piñata. Blindfolded to the truth, the child is swinging wildly, not listening to the others who are trying to direct the next swing. The child will sometimes hit others with th…

I am sharing Sen. Patrick Leahy's eloquent eulogy for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as widely as I can. Her life reminds us of all that is best about our country, and Senator Leahy's words remind me of how grateful and proud I am that the best of Vermont is representing us in Washington.

I want to sound the alarm bells about the Phase 3 opening of bars and restaurants and call on Gov. Phil Scott to back up that decision with science. As a public health professional, I believe it is bad public policy, after having made such exemplary progress against COVID-19, to welcome peop…

Walt Amses' tribute to the late Justice Ginsburg in last weekend's edition was a thing of beauty. Thank you, Mr. Amses.

Liberals and others on the left of the political spectrum are concerned that Trump may appoint a nominee for the open slot on the Supreme Court and get him or her approved. You claim this would represent a crisis of legitimacy.

That we are not in Kansas any more is obvious even to the most casual observer. It is apparent, however, that we are in the land of odds.

Genetic science is a wondrous thing. In recent years, it has become more important in our health care. The genetic causes of some syndromes have been identified and gene therapy explored as cures. The science has also helped us better understand ourselves and where we come from. You can subs…

I worked for the Liquor Control Board and I enforced its regulations. That is, I worked in a state store. At times, I had to refuse a sale. One man was loud and unfocused and blasted me for turning down his request. The next day, he came all profoundly grateful that I did. He was on a medica…

Is Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine unconstitutional? How about Secretary of Education Dan French? Commerce Secretary Lindsay Kurrle? Should we allow them to develop policy and adopt rules that affect all of us?

When the final light goes out, only darkness will remain. When the final light goes out, hope will pass with it. When the final light goes out, the evil that lurks in that which is dark will rise up and destroy us.

In 2016, with a Supreme Court vacancy and nine months until the presidential election, the Republican mantra then was "let the people decide."

The FBI director announced that Russia was using its cyber capabilities to interfere in our election; not a surprise based upon their past history. But consider these events which have happened in recent weeks.

Lindsey Graham, 2016: “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination."

Interesting how the sports pics on Sept. 11 show the MHS and SHS sports teams — both MHS teams are wearing masks — both SHS teams are not — not a good example, in my opinion.

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.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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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.