If we don’t transform the way we generate and use energy, the climate crisis will only get worse.

A Times Argus editorial this past week bemoaned the fact not enough American citizens are willing to talk to each other, particularly if they hold opposite political perspectives. That appraisal seems to be similar to the naive, glass-half-full view taken by Mark Zuckerberg upon starting Fac…

I was disappointed by the headline and the report in the Nov. 8 edition of The Times Argus concerning one of the decisions of the Washington County School Board. They will make condoms, dental dams and lubricants available to students. They mention “sexually active” but, in reality, it means…

Although I am not a native Vermonter, I feel a fierce sense of loyalty to this state and the people in it. Currently, I am worried the people of Vermont are under a sort of attack.

In only five paragraphs, Kimberly Cheney’s “Carbon tax needed” letter-to-the-editor on Nov. 5 eviscerates Rob Roper’s 12-paragraph anti-carbon tax commentary on Nov. 1 and, coincidentally, John McClaughry’s similar 16-paragraph commentary on Nov. 5.

It's entertaining to contemplate the vision of the world Rob Roper promotes in his denunciation of a tax on carbon possibly raising fuel oil costs by $1.70 per gallon in 15 years. An insane agenda, he says. Why? Because it would exact an unbearable cost in dollars but worse, he cries, would …

“The United States today incarcerates more people, both in absolute numbers and per capita, than any other nation in the world.” This easily research-able fact came from the Vermont ACLU website. Our jails are so full that we ship our citizens over 1,300 miles from family to an out-of-state,…

The City of Barre held a Housing Forum Oct. 17, with a panel led by Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, listening to concerns on the eviction process and both tenants and landlord protections. Councilors were updated on transportation items by CVMC and GMTA, including extension to Hannaford’s and Barr…

You would think with all the improvements to the streets and sidewalks that maybe a few things were overlooked.

Another storm and another power outage — it never used to be this way. The problem is the power companies aren't clearing trees away from the lines. We are lurching our way towards California- or Venezuela-like conditions.

Peter G Peterson, former Secretary of Commerce and chair of Bell & Howell, advocates through his Foundation a brighter future for Americans through fiscal discipline and bipartisanship.

As I move into my fifth decade of thinking about who I will vote for for president, I realize we deserve a better president than Donald Trump. While he might be highly motivated, his motivation concerns only himself and how he is perceived.

Guess all these new ways to add 1 and 1 to make 2 didn't work all that well.

Every time I look at the front of your sports section, I rejoice to see the attention you give to girls' sports every day. Seeing photos of young women rejoicing in their strength, alone or as part of a team, is important for everyone. Thank you.

National news, local news, all of a sudden it is in the news, again. Donald Trump’s campaign is taking in millions but somehow they don’t seem to be able to pay any of the thousands of dollars due to a dozen cities around the country. Fire and security services provided by local communities …

Dear Abby was a daily pleasure for over 25 years of subscribing to your paper. The Phillips family offered sound advice for real problems, and the column is a solid, comforting contrast to national and global news. It was a shock to find Dear Abby replaced by a vapid “Heloise” last week. It …

The last sentence in William Gay's Oct. 24 letter to the editor is inaccurate. Having described why he thinks most of the current Democratic candidates for president seem unlikely to defeat Trump, he writes America could be doomed to four more years of the same.

A teenager who commits the most savage crime cannot be given life without parole because peoples' mental capabilities are not completely developed until they are about 26 years old. On the other hand, a child of age 4 can tell us he/she is really of the opposite sex and we are expected to ac…

If you're a parent in Vermont, you might be interested in Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to make available state colleges and universities to all students. Sounds great, doesn't it? He presents the concept as if we will have finally reached a conclusion to economic inequality as it relates to fun…

The interesting thing about tornadoes is the amount of attention their swirling body of mismatched debris receives while that which is doing the most damage, the point on the ground, is often ignored.

Breathing has become more difficult in these perilous geopolitical times. And a breath of fresh air seems to be escaping the realm of possibilities.

Yet another banner headline on health care costs and taxes appeared this week. Meanwhile, "Cigna posted its revenues skyrocketed from $11.5 billion in the second quarter of 2018 to $34.4 billion in Q2 2019, thanks in large part to its purchase of Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmac…

As if replacing Pickles with Rex Morgan M.D. wasn’t bad enough, now we’ve got Heloise telling us a room looks larger if we get rid of clutter.

I like Bernie, Elizabeth and many of the other Democratic hopefuls. However, the artificial ad oversimplified debate between the worth of democratic socialism or reformed capitalism drives me up the wall.

Trump’s letter to Turkey President Erdogan was missing only one thing, a postscript:

Wow, what a week. The first three days of Rise Up Bakery's (48 Granite St., Barre, behind the Old Labor Hall) was a huge — even unexpected — success. We gladly worked long hours to offer the town of Barre and the outlying areas good, honest, traditional breads, and we were stunned by the tur…

City Manager Bill Fraser’s claim that I’ve asked for “private easement” is a sleazy, political fib, Nixon-like, straw-man tactic. I have never argued for “private easement.” I have argued for “easement,” city owned and abutter used, like every other street.

We are far away in Russia, but the news of shooting up the Rutland Police Department and subsequent shooting of Christopher Louras is shocking.

I just have to say there are some questions we want answered about the Rutland shooting. Allegedly, the shooter was a former mayor's son and the victim killed was cousin to the shooter and a relative of the current mayor, allegedly.

We face an immediate and compelling threat but probably not the one you may be thinking. As we sink increasingly into separate and opposed camps in this country, we are in grave danger of losing our very democracy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Fresh Air host families and volunteer leaders Central Vermont. Because of their dedication and commitment, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities participated in our Friendly Towns volunteer host family program thi…

Chaos, collapse and catastrophe — three words that describe our current national and international situation.

I wish to extend my congratulations to Montpelier Fire Chief Bob Gowans on his 40-plus years of service. I was honored to work with him during my whole career. We started full time together (well, technically, I had 11 days seniority, but who quibbles?) and we shared many experiences along t…

In a time of a resurgence of hate crimes and rhetoric — Vermont is not immune — the effort to eliminate racism is increasingly important. Central Vermont Reading to End Racism, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, raises awareness of the harm racism causes and helps elementary school ch…

We are writing on behalf of our youth activist students at U-32. Last month, kids involved in co-curricular activities wanted to attend the student strike in Montpelier. However, the school doesn't allow students to participate in competitive events the day following an excused absence (beyo…

Why does Donald Trump want to take food from the mouths of needy children? Today, I heard the news about a federal government rule change that will affect our food stamps program. It will be impossible for 3 million Americans to get enough to eat, and thousands of Vermonters will suffer. Tha…

It was good to read the recent commentary recognizing the harm racism causes, and the idea that racist remarks by white people are sometimes meant as humor or not said with racist intent. I believe the author was white, because she shared having been called “whitey.” Well, I’m white, too, an…

If we, as a nation, truly believe that no one is above the law, the effort to enforce the law should be absolute. Every effort to bring justice to the forefront should be used. This administration has made it clear there is no intent to share in that consideration. Illegal involvement in the…

When will this nightmare end? Who soever could have imagined Richard Nixon would look like a saint in contrast to Donald Trump? After all, Nixon's crimes didn't involve attempts to enlist interference from foreign governments. On the other hand, Trump has, and continues to do, exactly that.

Thanks to everyone involved in the removal of the cottonwood tree on Pearl Street Extension. It was long overdue. It was a danger to buildings, cars and people. Hopefully, the wood will make some great firewood.

Just a quick response to Strat Douthat's letter concerning utilizing roadside apples. Unless I am very mistaken, apples and other types of food growing along roads are not safe to eat. They are tainted by automobile exhaust and can contain toxins and heavy metals that are very unhealthy.

When an animal is cornered, through its own miscalculations, its options appear to be fight or find a way out.

There are often so many issues coming out of Washington that it is hard to both prioritize and follow them. One that was obscured by other news was the seizing by the president of $3.6 billion in congressionally approved military construction funds to be used for his “wall.”

I received a survey addressed to my name, not "Resident" or some other generic addressing format, which specifically stated “I want to hear from you.” Since that letter came from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as indicated on the return address on the envelope, I made the effort to respond. That was …

Now that Congress is back in session, I look forward to Sen. Patrick Leahy supporting the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act. It will expedite the disposition process for animals seized in federal animal fighting cases (which are most often dogs), and require owners to be respons…

In the commentary titled “Climate change fiction” by Gary Miller, he discredits John McClaughry's article on climate change for not offering any science to back it up. Yet, Mr. Miller offers no science, either. When was the last time we had a debate between two real scientists on this subjec…

The Red Sox's sad and droopy-looking appearances on the field look like they are not even trying to win games, as they appear to be giving up. In a recent tennis match, a player got fined for trying not to win. I think the Sox need to be fined by MLB for not trying to win.