The unwanted, recorded phone calls were particularly irksome and intrusive today as I prepared to eat my lunch. In fact, it seems to have been some time since I was able to enjoy a meal without such interruption(s).

In a May 12 letter to the Herald, Skip Rinebolt says Joe Biden was in the Senate for 47 years. This is incorrect. Biden served from Jan. 3, 1973, to Jan. 15, 2009, a total of 36 years.

May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All.

Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, now in its 47th year, has had its annual spring performance at the Barre Opera House since shortly after it reopened in 1982. In this topsy-turvy pandemic year, we were very grateful to be able to view our ballet at the Opera House at no charge, despite…

Liz Cheney is the only Republican in power who dares to call out Donald Trump's lies. Look what her fellow Republican representatives are doing to her in return; today, they will remove her from her leadership position in the House. The Republicans seem to believe they can win the next elect…

Thank you, Young Writer’s Project! I turn to this page to read about what young people are thinking and feeling, and the experience always leaves me hopeful for the future.

"Closed because no one wants to work" — I've seen this sign multiple times in the past months. Let it be clear, its not that no one wants to work, it's not because of unemployment benefits, it's because your store is offering $10/hour with no benefits during a pandemic and workers are learni…

I want to respond to Jack Crowther's letter on fluoridation by repeating my main claim: Do your own research before taking the word of editorials that intentionally mislead.

Bruce Everett's commentary piece on climate modeling strikes me as a fossil fuel industry dodge. He criticizes climate modeling as inaccurate and projected too far into the future to be reliable.

Donald Trump’s (former?) attorney is learning the hard way that Americans trying to undermine American democracy with the help of foreign entities is a gigantic, whopping no-no. "America’s Mayor,” as he was once known, might wind up in the slammer.

If one begins with the premise that democracy begins in our communities, it follows that your editorial “Last straw” is one of the most important pieces of journalism written in Vermont, maybe in New England or even the U.S., in recent memory. Thank you so much for risking your own well-bein…

Why are we even considering a 4.8% budget hike for BUUSD during a pandemic as so many in our community are struggling to meet day-to-day expenses? Especially, so close to the extreme double-digit hike just last year.

The BUUSD school budget is a hot issue this year. As many families in the district struggle to make ends meet and pay to feed their families, the BUUSD School Board feels justified to increase the budget and tax burden and cost for every household, and well above inflation.

This week marks National Nurses Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. These two professions have worked harder than ever during the pandemic. Recently, the Vermont State School Nurses’ Association estimates a shortage of school nurses in K-12 schools in Vermont. Additionally, the figures share…

Do Democrats have a "wokeness" problem? How can being awake to injustice and to the possible end of human life, be a problem? Sure, we thought we could educate ourselves out of these issues, but we haven't the time, so we must legislate our way out of these problems.

In the world of letter-writing to editors, there is an experience most of us endure from time to time, and that is called, for lack of a better term, "censorship" or not printing that which is sent. Within the local Vermont papers, most would be considered liberal, some would be middle groun…

I listened to Biden's speech the other night and waited for him to say he was going to help the 25,000 homeless veterans, but he didn't.

When workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama were about to cast ballots to decide whether to organize, President Biden affirmed their right to organize, saying, “I believe every worker deserves a free and fair choice to join a union — and the PRO Act will bring us closer to that reality.”

Thank you, Peter Berger, for the brief history lesson on racism in America in a recent edition of The Times Argus. Yes, you are right, we are still living with the stain of the enslavement of humans and the treatment of Black women as breeder commodities. It is a disgusting and horrific hist…

MONTPELIER — The Summit on the Future of Vermont on May 26-27 will bring Vermonters together virtually to consider “The Vermont Proposition” – a set of bold and transformational ideas for the state’s economy, environment and people by mid-century. The summit is produced by the Vermont Counci…

My name's Brian Judd and I ran for the Barre City Council Ward 2 seat on March 2. I was defeated 247-209. Because, there were problems with both voting machines, all day long for 12 hours, rejecting multiple ballots multiple times and this same scenario has repeated itself for the last 13 ye…

I am appalled at the vitriol spewed by the residents of Montpelier who supported the garage against the residents of Montpelier who did not support the garage. I feel our country is already divided — it's too bad when our towns mirror what is happening in the rest of the world. I really thou…

In February, I published a short piece about “Sunshine Week,” a time to recognize the importance of open meetings and transparency, such as reporting requirements on campaign funding.

In 2019, T.J. Donovan's office sued Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon for hurting women with their surgical mesh medical devices. The crime was a violation of the consumer protection act, but the victims were actual people. At that time, his office claimed to not know who the victims were.

Matthew Brown (April 28 letter) says my statement doubting fluoride’s effectiveness in reducing tooth decay is “verifiably false.”

I read with dismay Brian Judd's letter about faulty ballot machines being used during the March 2 election. There have been problems with these machines for at least 13 years and they are rejecting ballots. It is time for an overhaul! I know Brian would not lie about people telling him their…

Myself, like many Americans, lived in a state of despair over the unprecedented assault on our constitutional republic during the Trump presidency. But with a return to normalcy under the new president, Joe Biden, I, like many others, felt like a breath of fresh air had returned.

It's ugly enough there are people who smoke. It's even sicker when people smoke around children — especially their own.

After Donald Trump, reality TV host and hostage taker of debt and all things under the sun, you have to figure the GOP's future can only be brighter.

In light of National Story Day April 27, I feel it is extremely important to highlight and enhance the stories of historically silenced and suppressed Indigenous people of Vermont.

I am puzzled by an advertisement to have term limits for Congress. Does Vermont not get back $1.50 for every $1 they send to Washington, D.C.? Are not the people we have representing us at the head of their committees? Does it not take a long time to be able to send bills to the floor that w…

Same problems as with the old GoodSam shelter, as will be with the next.

Everyone knows the phrase, “Justice is blind.”

I understood the boxes of USDA food was to support Vermont farmers to Vermont families. Items in this month's box are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and others not clearly marked. Who is watching the money spenders?

April 22 is Earth Day — a time to celebrate the beauty of nature and to protect Earth against pollution. One often-neglected form of environmental pollution is noise. Most Americans are constantly bombarded by excessive noise — from motorcycles, gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers, loud…

I join with so many who have deep concern for the future of Planet Earth and the miracle of forces that support life here. These systems are in crisis and even though nature is extraordinarily resilient, humans have put the systems we depend on at risk.

Today (April 16), I got a pamphlet saying if we wanted to get back to life, get vaccinated. It's up to you. Well, at least I agree with that last statement.

Big supporter, but and there is a but —

Want to know what to do with the federal COVID-19 funds for schools? Try giving it back to the taxpayers! We have been milked for decades.

During National Volunteer Week, I want to thank Green Mountain United Way volunteer journalist Indira Dzano for the excellent Local Heroes article (Times Argus, March 26) showcasing area agencies that offer rewarding volunteer opportunities: Community Harvest of Central Vermont, email Commun…

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with the Vermont Legislature’s plan to expand the Vermont Bottle Bill, H.175. I can’t believe a proposal which will absolutely, without doubt, add an extra cost to consumers would be considered now. Vermonters are suffering, and while a doubl…

The Times Argus article regarding the Boy Scouts and sexual abuse ('Bankruptcy plan could exclude local councils" April 15) makes the second darling of the political right organization that has been literally assaulting our children.

On March 2, I cast my ballot and the machine rejected it. I was outside campaigning for 12 hours. Over 30 people who voted for me told me they had their ballots rejected one to three times. Polls closed and candidates were allowed inside the auditorium where voting took place.

President Biden hesitated this week, backing away from a campaign promise to create a police reform commission. The reason, he said, is it could hurt the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. President Biden was playing politics.

I have been watching Trumper/GOP spokespeople complain about "personal freedom" as people die (565,014 dead as I write this. Many more with continuing, possibly lifelong, sequelae.). Next, they'll be arguing they should be able to smoke in a fireworks factory. Or, maybe, swim in a sewer.

Robert Stein of Proctor (Letters, April 15) dismisses my “signature claim” (in my April 8 letter) that fluoridation is bad public health policy. He chides me for a lack of facts to support my claim. He would have the newspaper stop giving me free space.

I completely agree with what Maura Collins stated in Proposition 4: Vermont must reduce economic disparity, advance economic opportunity and rebuild the middle class. I would only add that from my experience great economic disparities heighten divisions in communities and make difficult for …

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.