A once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure was just made possible by Congress passing the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Vermont is poised to receive $2.2 billion from the bill, which presents an unprecedented opportunity to invest wisely in replacin…

As China launches a hypersonic missile reportedly capable of attaining velocity four times the speed of sound; Russia obliterates one of its own satellites, littering the great beyond with dangerous “space junk;” and NASA attempts to alter the trajectory of an asteroid; science fiction writ …

Communities across Vermont are wrestling with the decision to mandate mask-wearing in order to help mitigate the further spread of COVID cases in the state.

Retired Gen. Michael Flynn was Donald Trump’s national security adviser for 23 days. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian officials. Trump pardoned Flynn. Flynn urged Trump to deploy troops to conduct a “national revote” and “rerun” the election in s…

Something wonderful is being built in the United Arab Emirates, in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, and it will be inaugurated next year — construction is now well underway. It is named the Abrahamic Family House. It will be a large complex with three grand matching buildings facing a central …

Have we had enough yet? “Of what?” you may ask. COVID; absolutely to a person, we have had enough.

We would do well to remember — as much as we’d like to forget — the previous president’s bizarre golden escalator descent in 2015, announcing his political ambitions by demonizing Mexicans as “Carrying drugs … they’re rapists,” staking out the moral low ground which, more than six years late…

At 9:30 a.m., Tom Burnett began making several phone calls to his wife from his first-class seat on Flight 93. He was trying to get the lay of the land as to what was happening outside the plane about which he was a passenger. His wife informed him that planes had been flown into the World T…

For my birthday this year, I got a roommate. She is smart, petite and very helpful. Some people call her a voice-controlled virtual assistant. To me, she’ll always be Alexa.

I made a decision to drop 10 to 15 pounds through a combination of diet, exercise and a carefully crafted new attitude, after glancing at myself unadorned in a full-length mirror and realizing I was shaped roughly like a hefty bag of cookie dough dropped from a third-story window.

Vermonters who love the outdoors know just how amazing a place our state truly is.

The alarm of my iPhone (a recent upgrade of my technical abilities) goes off at 6 a.m., whether or not I need to get up. Last evening, I changed its sound from a boing-boing to that of a duck quacking, chuckling over the effect it was bound to have on the little creature slumbering quietly n…

Recently, a group of parents, together with the Californians for Equal Rights Foundation and the Thomas More Society, have sued the state over a new Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for public schools that asks students to perform chants/prayers honoring some Aztec gods.

Bucking wood makes me feel manly. There’s something about a gurgling and then roaring chainsaw and a relentlessly unstoppable splitter that makes the chest cabbage grow. And a splitting maul? Forget about it, especially the heavy 8-pound one. Let the pec pounding commence. In fact, just sayi…

Editor’s note: Vermont By Degrees is a series of columns written by representatives of colleges and universities from around the state about the challenges facing higher education at this time.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let us consider how our menu might impact the planet. Eating, as it turns out is a powerful act of choosing either to improve our planetary health or to degrade it. According to a recent United Nations study, emissions from food systems in general and beef and …

Sometimes we need fiction to get in touch with reality. In his new, fast-paced environmental thriller, “Arctic Meltdown,” Barnard poet and novelist Geza Tatrallyay takes American-Russian antagonism and competition over the Arctic to the brink of nuclear war and along the way, he shows the co…

While some called it a stunt, Brenda Siegel and Josh Lisenby (and others along the way) put faces to the struggle of homelessness in the face of adverse weather conditions.

With the passage (finally) last week of the infrastructure phase of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, Democrats arguably did more to benefit Americans in a single massive investment than the GOP has done in the past 30 years. On the other hand, the Republican election campaign …

Vermont’s 23-member Climate Council is in the final stages of constructing its Climate Action Plan to be delivered Dec. 1 as required by the Legislature’s override of Governor Scott’s veto.

The term “climate refugee” usually conjures up stereotypical visions of exotic people in distant locales: Pacific islanders on sinking atolls, North and East Africans bedeviled by drought and warfare, or maybe polar bears stranded on shrinking ice floes. But it turns out that climate migrati…

GlobalFoundries is a critical partner in meeting our goals to combat climate change. Their semiconductors drive innovation in mobile technology, electric vehicles, renewable energy, smart household appliances, health care and national security. The mobile phone you use every day likely relie…

I saw my first Christmas commercial two days before Halloween. Back-to-school season starts while graduation cards are still on the shelves, Black Friday begins Nov. 1, and Americans stampede into stores before their Thanksgiving turkey is digested. Holidays have become occasions to prepare …

The hammer of autumn darkness and the return to “standard time” seemed to fall harder than usual this past week. The reason is probably that, whereas 20 years ago we suffered them in relative silence and isolation, now thousands of us are loudly proclaiming our pain from the rooftops of the …

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to wake up in the morning to see if the world has tilted off its axis a little more than it’s supposed to. For the most part, the world can be a pretty scary place. Those of us lucky enough to have been born and raised in Vermont have a very different paradi…

Workforce woes aren’t new to Vermont — but COVID-19 has made them worse. And our low unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole story. There are nearly 25,000 fewer Vermonters in the workforce than there were just before COVID-19 hit. The number of unemployed Vermonters hasn’t changed — it’s t…

A couple of weeks ago, three articles appeared in different venues — each related to the others and each has much to add to our understanding of faith and politics in America today. The New York Times printed a guest essay by Ryan Burge titled “Why ‘Evangelical’ is Becoming Another Word for …

Every day there is a news story about policies Vermont is addressing to further diversity, equity and inclusion. Many organizations, including the Vermont Chamber, are focusing on this internally and programmatically to do our part to foster equity and inclusion in our areas of influence.

Most of autumn’s foliage is underfoot now, as our rural solitude slowly returns. We’re between leaf tourists and ski tourists, the snowbirds are prepping for their annual flight to kinder winters and the back roads and wooded trails are quiet again, left to those of us who remain, along with…

The Biden administration has come forward with two nominees to fill vacancies on the Federal Communications Commission.

Editor’s note: Vermont By Degrees is a series of columns written by representatives of colleges and universities from around the state about the challenges facing higher education at this time.

Poor Elijah was browsing through his school’s nonfiction shelves when a fourth grader asked for help finding books about World War III. Poor Elijah politely informed him we hadn’t fought Number Three yet.

The climate crisis from the burning of the fossil fuels is bringing disaster after disaster this year. We have known for decades this was coming, but most societies have made promises but delayed action, so CO2 keeps rising. The first part of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) was released in…

On a warm day recently, I drove from my home in Rutland to Middlebury. It was a perfect Vermont day for a ride, the kind we dream about in the gray cold winter — the sun is shining, the sky is blue and you don’t need a jacket. I was on my way to share with other Vermonters about my new car. …

Editor’s note: Vermont By Degrees is a series of columns written by representatives of colleges and universities from around the state about the challenges facing higher education at this time.

Counting from the publication of “A Nation at Risk,” the American education crisis is in its fourth decade. Counting from the 1970s, the decade whose reforms actually caused the crisis that then prompted risk, our public school debacle last year celebrated its 50th birthday.

This week, Congress has been actively negotiating the Build Back Better Act, with invaluable leadership from Vermont’s delegation. While much of the media attention has focused on how the package has gotten whittled down in recent weeks, it could still contain the biggest investments in clim…

The intersection of guns and domestic violence is deadly. As we close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must remember that many people across Vermont will continue to live in fear as consequence of the prevalence of guns in our state. Firearms are not only easily accessed in Vermont,…

Halloween has become the launching pad for the holidays. Once, not very long ago, we waited until Thanksgiving to kick things off, and I suppose Boomers like me missed the memo extending all things commercial — defined by capitalism as all things — to encompass much of the autumn, sometimes …

We are in a real struggle. The 2020 election drew the United States’ highest voter turnout in more than a century, breaking records despite the pandemic. Yet we can’t seem to figure out how we are going to make our right to vote more protected. More to the point: Politicians can’t decide how…

“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24,” — Donald J. Trump

The Vermont Climate Council will soon present a set of recommended strategies to reduce Vermont’s carbon emissions and make our communities more climate resilient. It’s been a long time coming.

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.

Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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.

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.

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.

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.