While he did not do well in his first public presidential debate, Michael Bloomberg is still in a unique position to take the lead in the Democratic Presidential Primary race and to beat Donald Trump in November. And that unique position comes from his glaring liabilities, his vast financial…

With regard to the new proposed legal drinking limits, I feel you are leading us back into prohibition.

Thank you for the recent article about Studio Place Art’s 20th anniversary.

So, who’s the new guy running for City Council in Ward 1? I think of Jake Hemmerick as the person I met last summer on a scorching, hot evening while I was walking in the neighborhood. He was working up a good sweat swinging a shovel to clear away sod that had grown to conceal the sidewalk s…

Roger Stone was sentenced to jail time. The DOJ guidelines called for seven to nine years. He got three years, four months. Pretty sweet from a tweet.

“It’s all fake news, fake news” our commander-in-thief says out of one side of his mouth while out of the other he states the Russians aren’t coming to game the elections (again), it’s those dastardly democratic socialists who want to take away our cars and cows.

I-iis-iis any-any-b-b-b-body g-g-g-going to f-f-f-f-fix-x th-th-the ro-ro-roads ar-ar-ar-ound he-he-he-here?

If the police, fire and emergency medical services providers are going to get to you for help, they have to be able to communicate effectively with each other and with their dispatchers.

Kudos to Jeff Danziger for being able to sort through the chaff and cut to the quick. This president, at 16,000 lies and counting, was impeached. His lack of a conviction was due solely because Moscow Mitch, who demonstrated the last year of a president's term doesn't count if he is black, v…

After 20 years, it is hard to imagine a Barre without Studio Place Arts enhancing our community as a cultural center. I have been teaching at SPA for nine years and have had shows of my own, my husband’s and my work and exhibits of students' work. My husband, Jim Lund, taught an art class fo…

The headlines out of Iowa and New Hampshire let us know the campaign to choose a Democratic candidate for president is well underway.

Kendel Stafford’s letter, “Haters,” in the Feb. 20 Times Argus lumps everyone’s opinion with a them-or-us classification. Speaking for myself only with this response, I do support and defend the U.S. Constitution. That does not make me one-of-them no matter whom they are affiliated with.

If anyone spoke or wrote about a particular race of people or people of any given religion the way Alfred Blakey or Walt Amses do or Jeff Danziger does in his cartoons about President Trump, the hue and cry of "hate speech" or "hate crime" would be deafening.

I remember the Barre City School Board spending several hours discussing a flag. the room was packed and almost every citizen in attendance spoke. The subject was the flag of the United States of America. The business of a school board is education and all of its components, not just the bud…

If there is any doubt about the moral decline of our culture, a story published in the Feb. 7 edition of The Times Argus titled “Legislature takes a look at prostitution” should convince any last doubter. Three women legislators want to set up a committee to modernize Vermont's prostitution …

With city elections less than two weeks away, I write in support of Jake Hemmerick, a candidate for City Council in Ward 1. Jake works at the Department of Commerce for the State of Vermont. Along with other qualifications, his experience with economic development will be beneficial for Barr…

Montpelier renters, beware. Out of 7,701 registered voters, only 1,844 actually voted last year on Town Meeting Day. An important issue on that ballot created by the city council, supported wanting to dictate to residential owners to make expensive, energy upgrades. It just took 32 more 'yes…

It's February. Time to make use of the lengthening daylight to visit and enjoy the striking exhibits in Barre's Studio Place Arts (SPA) as it continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Wander through the historic building, enjoy its 'Botanical Blizzard' exhibit decorated and alive with won…

Reprisals, tweeting, interfering in active prosecutions, tweeting, resignations, tweeting, deleting tweets and he is still actively seeking foreign interference in an effort to flush the value of your vote 10-15 times in November. The stage is set.

As I see it, the difference between Mayor Pete's and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's health care positions, unlike Bernie's, are analogous to the difference in perspective between those who support school privatization and those of us who trust in taxpayer-supported public education.

Town Meeting Day, local, state and national elections will be here soon - March 3. Local elections are important to us all. This is where we vote on budgets affecting streets, schools, emergency and safety, library, senior programs and all the social service agencies that are the fabric of o…

Did you know that patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease? Cancer patients use nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply. In fact, five units of blood are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment. Yet, only 3% of peopl…

On March 3, Town Meeting Day, I encourage Ward 1 voters to support Jake Hemmerick for a seat on Barre’s City Council. Jake understands the importance of the city’s heritage and will not take Barre’s historic resources for granted. He supports policies to reinvest in Barre’s older downtown bu…

After hearing the Senate "trial" of Donald Trump with its predictable verdict and Trump's remarks afterward, I was reminded of the tale of the woman who took in the injured snake and nursed it back to health. As she was preparing to release it back to the wild, it bit her. "Why?" she asked. …

I want to thank the United States House of Representatives' Democrats, especially Adam Schiff, and the House managers for once again proving that, in a democracy, it is the people's choice, through their vote, that determines who should be the president of these United States.

This letter is in response to an article about Gov. Phil Scott that was in the Feb. 8-9 weekend edition.

Once again, it’s “where does the money go” time of year.

Welcome to the age of ignorance. Welcome to the age of hedonistic, self-serving, self-aggrandizement.

In the 20 years Studio Place Arts has graced the very heart of downtown Barre, it has become a beacon for artists throughout New England and beyond. Locally, the readers of The Times Argus have named SPA “Best of the Best” of central Vermont’s art galleries and art schools several years runn…

Friends of Veterans of White River Junction, Vermont, proudly announces that for the third consecutive year, our all-volunteer organization has provided over $100,000 in financial assistance to veterans and their families in New Hampshire and Vermont. In 2019, Friends of Veterans assisted 17…

Robert Johnson was a blues player in the 1920s who, supposedly, sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads of two highways in Mississippi. The supposed act resulted in him being one of the most revered bluesmen by those blues aficionados.

An opinion piece (“Democrats defend old policies”) wrongly implying Social Security is in crisis with no good outcome, and Bernie Sanders is a hypocrite for pointing out that Joe Biden has routinely been in favor of cutting the program, was inadvertently placed in The Times Argus as a news a…

The climate emergency demands action. That is why I was encouraged to read the recent editorial “The time is now,” which endorsed the rather modest but necessary policy platform of the Climate Solutions Caucus. Gov. Scott would be wise to follow The Times’ lead. If he truly cares about the y…

Studio Place Arts’ miraculous 20-year history exemplifies a phoenix rising. Its history was beautifully described in this newspaper’s recent articles by Mary Gow, as well as the three shows currently on offer, illustrated with a fine spread of photos by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur. They capture a mo…

I’m supporting Jake Hemmerick for the two-year Ward 1 seat on the Barre City Council.

How long has another school building plan been in the works? I read about the bond proposal being increased from $2 million to $2.5 million for a 10,000-square-foot building to house the alternative high school that is now in rented space. It was a surprise to me and I imagine to a lot of ot…

William Gay has displayed his hatred for President Trump for three years in this forum, and I suspect he will continue to do this.

I would like to ask our Vermont House of Representatives how they think it is OK to pass yet another tax to pay for this paid leave program without putting it to the people first.

What an extraordinary community Barre is.

Day care subsidies often do not reach the (lower class) working class. So why are a select few asking for more subsidies?

Gov. Phil Scott has proposed using Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts targeted at rural communities as a way to promote economic development in these communities. The Legislature has recently held hearings on TIF districts.

We all have a long way to go in coming to grips with the climate crisis/emergency with our individual and collective actions. In one small way, this is shown by the photo and statement about the Montpelier Parks Department getting ready for Sunday’s Fire Winter Festival at the North Branch N…

This trial regarding the impeachment of President Trump is about more than the removal of the criminal office holder of the highest office in the land. It is about the continuation of our Constitution or its removal from relevancy.

Regarding impeachment, the just-released proposed rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump are an absolute insult to the American public. Period.

I am a nurse from Central Vermont Home Health working with young families in central Vermont, and on the board of the Family Center of Washington County. The workforce shortage for early childhood is dire, exacerbated by multiple layers of state regulations around education requirements, sta…

We were told to believe the facade that the Montpelier and Roxbury school merger would save money because it would lead to cost savings and to help offset declining enrollment. Now we are being told the increase in students requires more services and hence, an increase in the school budget.

There is an interesting footnote to The Times Argus Jan. 16 article about Act 46, and the Supreme Court appeal by some Vermont school districts over the State Board of Education's forced merger order.