EDITORIAL: An Appeal to our Readers and Friends

Dear Friend of The Bridge:

Before you venture forth into the green and glorious Vermont countryside, please read this short note and please participate in our Spring Fundraising Campaign.

When you make a gift to The Bridge you will make a difference.

• You will enable us to write local stories on issues of local importance.

In this paper we are running a comprehensive story about the proposed school merger between Montpelier (population 7,671) and Roxbury (population 691). Find out why this proposal is coming before voters in Montpelier and Roxbury and understand why some people favor the merger and others do not.

• You will support our continued work with young people and student interns.

The news industry is changing — no doubt about that. But we believe that reading, writing, thinking, discussion and a free press will continue to be critical to the survival of our democracy. Our work with students and interns support these values.

• You will support community life including the vigor of our business community both downtown and across Central Vermont

The Bridge is a way for people in business and people with services and artists with events to let people know they are there and what is happening. Your gift to The Bridge makes us strong and keeps us going.

The Bridge is a local non-profit community newspaper owned and governed by a local board of directors.

Phone us. Stop by our office. Tell us what’s happening, share your point of view. Write a letter or an opinion piece. Suggest stories we should covers. Agree or disagree.

Thanks sincerely,

Nat Frothingham

P.S. Please find a “return envelope” as part of this newspaper. If the envelope is missing, please send us a contribution made payable to “The Bridge” and mailed to this address: The Bridge, P.O. Box 1143, Montpelier VT 05601. Or drop off an envelope at our office in Stone Science Hall, 62 Ridge St., on the campus of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Or donate online at montpelierbridge.com (click on the “Make a Donation” key) or at www.gofundme.com/its-spring, where you can read more about us.

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