It is reassuring that state and private colleges and universities around Vermont are taking bold measures to keep students and staff when they return to higher learning this fall.

A college degree has served as an important benchmark for those chasing the American dream. Sadly, this milestone comes with an ever-ballooning price tag, which puts college further out of reach for working families. This is perhaps one reason why Vermont has one of the nation’s lowest rates…

I have a couple of questions more mystifying than I ever would have imagined since no one in your party — save the unexpectedly heroic Mitt Romney — seems willing to address the topic, which is Donald J. Trump, who, against all odds, as well as the rules of civilized behavior, remains presid…

Last week, most Americans celebrated their first mask-wearing, socially distanced, COVID-19 pandemic Fourth of July. No town organized fireworks or festivities. No large gatherings. Not like it was last year, that’s for sure. But did the coronavirus keep us from having fun?

Christopher Wren was England’s genius architect. He was born nearly 400 years ago, and he made London beautiful after the Great Fire destroyed most of the old city. He was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral, his masterpiece, and his epitaph concludes, “If you seek his monument, look around you,”…

The 6th of July. A humble date; no need to capitalize it. Everybody who has a job is back at it. The glorious Fourth is over, and to borrow a bit of Kipling, “The tumult and the shouting dies.” The cool front that’s been hovering over us is moving out, and we’re about to get July in earnest.…

If you think, in light of all that has transpired during the past year, religion will have little to do with the 2020 election, think again. On July 1, the Pew Research Center released the results of an in-depth study it has just concluded which found: “If the 2020 presidential election were…

Being able to get outside — in the garden, for a hike or a paddle, or sitting around a campfire with friends — has made the past four months of working from home and social distancing far more bearable than they would have been without the ample access to nature we enjoy here in Vermont.

This weekend we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the founding of our nation.

Everyone is looking forward to the COVID-19 pandemic ending. It’s not just the fear and the loss and the economic hardship. It’s the little stuff like being able to see someone’s smile or walk shoulder-to-shoulder down the street or give someone a hug. But one thing I am decidedly not lookin…

Years ago as a freshman in college, I decided to become a radio disc jockey. Getting paid all day to play music seemed like a dream job. There was just one obstacle. Back then, you had to have a third-class license from the Federal Communications Commission to prove you could read a transmit…

The pressure is on, in Washington and Montpelier, to take far-reaching (and long overdue) action to, insofar as possible, prevent future police-citizen interactions of the sort that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The woodchuck may be no more, but I’m not certain. He looked a little unsteady before he zipped off to God knows where, through the underbrush surrounding the lawn. It’s been 24 hours, and he’s not been seen since, but I’m not ready to take anything for granted. I did that with my marksmansh…

As we celebrate the Fourth of July let’s also reflect about what our flag and nation represents to the world. To millions of children throughout history, America has been a life-saver, providing food and hope. This history can inspire our next American adventure: feeding every hungry child i…

My grandmother chose her words carefully. She encouraged me to do the same. Our conversations often resembled a master’s thesis defense. From time to time, she’d get a wistfully contrary look in her eye and almost imperceptibly shake her head. I valued her opinion and found her condescension…

His body language on the long walk from Marine One to the White House residence seemed to say it all: The only reading he’d done in years should have been the writing on the wall, emphatically spelled out by almost 14,000 empty blue seats in the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa last Saturday…

Today, the pandemic version of our “Five Questions With …” comes to an end. Over the last three months, we have introduced you to just under 50 Vermonters and let them explain, in their own words, how their lives have been shaped by the pandemic and, specifically, how they have been coping w…

As we witness more and more horrific killings of Black people at the hands of police officers and racist vigilantes, it’s encouraging to see Vermonters coming to the streets, week after week, to call for the dismantling of racist institutions.

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…

Look at a particular artwork with others and personal opinions and positions arise; join in making an artwork with others and connections bloom. The state of our union is jumbled, tense with differing opinions and opposed positions — our strengths disoriented, our consciousness of unacceptab…

”She’s supposed to fight all these different things, and she can’t make it 15 feet to her car.” — Donald J. Trump criticizing Hillary Clinton for stumbling when she had pneumonia.

Most of us, I would hope, know by this time that Jesus was not a White man. But do we think about this fact enough? It has many far reaching implications — and ones that are relevant right now. Just as importantly, most of the earliest Christians were not “White” and a good number of the ear…

When examining racial inequality, COVID-19 and substance abuse treatment, you may think these are all separate issues. Unfortunately, a recent study by the Office of Behavioral Health Equity illustrates how these three things are all related and how they negatively affect the black community.

After months of soul-crushing bad news, critical warnings and dire predictions, we began the week with several, long-awaited, encouraging developments offering a tiny ray of light wrapped in a trifecta of disappointment for Donald Trump, further deepening his confusion over how loyalty to th…

With the cumulative impact of a changing climate, a deadly virus and the uprising of millions of Americans over the injustices of our privileged society, Americans are taking stock. Many are considering, from their quarantine retreats, whether the bedrock principles of American democracy are…

The wearing of masks marks a massive, unprecedented shift in how we interact as humans. Masks also feel like a new way of differentiating people socially, emotionally and politically.

Owing to the pandemic, many American schools and colleges modified their 2020 graduation ceremonies. Administrators have frequently opted, for instance, to stage this year’s commencements online with speakers and students participating from remote locations.

As Vermont small businesses re-open during the ongoing pandemic, their struggle is real. There have been pools of money provided by the feds, the state and even at the local level in the form of grants. And there is constant chatter about more stimulus money going to mom-and-pop operations.

Sacrificing kids and parents under the guise of COVID-19, UVM must do better. The COVID-19 crisis should not be a moment to turn back the clock on gender equality. Intentional or not, this is exactly what the University of Vermont is doing, undermining the many years faculty and staff have w…

While I’m slipping into my waders for the first time this season, I’m wondering about the future both near and distant. Is that a trout rising? How big? What kind? And might I have a go at it? Inevitably, other, more important conjectures arise as well, not uncommon the past five months, but…

As the weather gets warmer, Vermonters are comforted by the simple pleasures of summer, among them, fun with friends at Vermont country fairs and festivals. My own family has enjoyed fairs all over the state year after year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused this summer’s fairs and festival…

Alongside so many Vermonters, I am devastated and outraged by the brutal killing of George Floyd, as well as the ongoing deaths and horrendous mistreatment of so many black and brown people in our communities and nation. As a white woman leader, I am working to become more conscious of my pr…

An important article just appeared in The Atlantic, “Nothing Can Stop What is Coming,” written by Adrienne LaFrance who is the executive editor of that magazine. The article’s lead-in reads: “QAnon is a conspiracy theory with messianic overtones and dark predictions. Its legions of followers…

The response of the United States to the confrontation with COVID-19 has been revealing. The strengths and weaknesses of America’s core values of freedom, justice and courage have been exposed, along with the blatant immorality of capitalism and white racism. Little has changed since the fam…

Many people alive today don’t remember the 1960s. If you don’t live through tumultuous times, it’s hard to relate to them. We weren’t around for our American Revolution, in which the colonists revolted from the stranglehold of England’s King George III. Many see this as glorious time. Times …

Many people alive today don’t remember the 1960s. If you don’t live through tumultuous times, it’s hard to relate to them. We weren’t around for our American Revolution, in which the colonists revolted from the stranglehold of England’s King George III. Many see this as glorious time. Times …

President Abraham Lincoln lived during summers on the outskirts of Washington at the Soldiers’ Home. He bore the sorrows of “this terrible war” and the recent death of his young son. Even though it was wartime, he was careless of his own safety, and often at night when he couldn’t sleep, he’…

A couple of weeks ago, up in the park, Kiki and her sometime zooming buddy, Sadie, a big white goldendoodle, stopped leaping through the woods all at once and showed a particular interest in a large old hemlock, standing up against it and peering upward. Tom (Sadie’s male human) was standing…

As encouraging as it is to see more Vermont businesses re-opening during this pandemic, there remain grave concerns for our state. Certain challenges are real and seemingly a million miles from “back to normal.”

For the past few years, I have been writing, commenting and testifying on issues related to education spending, specifically the high costs to our schools that result from mental health needs of some students. In 2017, I wrote a report to the agencies of Education and Human Services that out…

The national unrest of the last week has added a layer of pain to what many Vermonters were already experiencing during the pandemic: economic hardship, inequitable access to public resources and health care, and the stress of being isolated from family and friends.

We must teach the fundamental lesson of America: 400 years of systemic racism. George Floyd wasn’t murdered just by the police, but by centuries of oppression.

I had never been in the Fairfax County Courthouse before, so how was I supposed to know? The summons ordered me to be in such-and-such a courtroom at 9 a.m., but there were lots of courtrooms, and lots of people in the hallways, and amid the hubbub, I couldn’t tell one courtroom from another.

Yesterday, members of our diocese prayed and fasted as we joined people of many faiths to mourn the deaths of over 100,000 people from COVID-19. We also grieved the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade and countless others whose lives were taken beca…

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.