Guest editorial: Traditional Medicare is under attack

I’ve spent my professional life as a primary care pediatrician, mostly in Vermont. Now I’m retired and the beneficiary of Medicare. 

Get ‘Entangled’ in poetry by local pediatrician

When Jack Mayer is walking alone on the Long Trail, he carries a small notebook — a place to jot down whatever comes to his mind.

Letter to the editor: ‘Vote Forward’ helps empower the underrepresented

I want to encourage people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Poet’s Corner: Tapping, Tapping for Essence

Downy Woodpecker, a small guy,/ pecks at big wood./ A storm is brewing/ and I’m still half a mile from Minerva Hinchey.

Letter to the editor: Time for Midd mask mandate

I was very disappointed that at their last two meetings the Middlebury selectboard declined to issue a mask mandate (instead of merely a recommendation) for indoor public spaces in Middlebury.

Letter to the editor: Nazi party parallels seen in Jan. 6 assault on Capitol

One hundred years ago, March 1920, several thousand right-wing, self-appointed, thugs marched on Berlin under the direction of Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Lüttwitz. They seized Berlin and overthrew Germany’s Weimar democracy for four days — the Kapp Put … (read more)

Jack Mayer wins prize for book of poetry

Living here in Addison County, it’s a fair guess that most of us like nature; many of us might even say we “love it.” Whatever it is, we’re all certainly thankful for it. And during this time of year, it seems fitting to recognize the things we cherish — … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Lowering the flag might help

A modest pandemic proposal: Governor Scott, and other governors, might issue an order to lower all flags to half-staff for the duration of the pandemic to 1. commemorate the dead and 2. remind the living of our public health responsibilities to ourselves, … (read more)

Poetry: 2020 Plague

(Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) – Chipman Hill – 4/7/20)   I sing these trails of my homeland, with elegiac footfalls  on layers of fallen foliage. A green-yellow striped garden snake  slithers and crinkles over dried leaves then freezes in camouflage.  We … (read more)

Jack Mayer: COVID-19, a cautionary tale

I am a Vermont primary care pediatrician with a background in public health. The U.S. public health response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been a slow-motion train wreck that highlights the fragility of public health networks. It’s what happe … (read more)

Opinion: Trump is bad for the environment

From 1987–1991 I was a National Cancer Institute Epidemiology Fellow at Columbia University School of Public Health in a research group that is now the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, studying how air pollutants cause cancer. Our rese … (read more)