September 25

Heard on the Street

Route 12 to Get a Facelift Motorists irate about the ruts, bumps and bone-jarring potholes on Route 12 between Northfield and Montpelier—and cyclists who shudder at even the thought of making the same trip on two skinny wheels—are getting some relief, as the state has promised to repave the worst spots on the nine miles […]

The Latest Letters to The Bridge

The Bridge welcomes your letters. Address them to Please keep them under 300 words and include your town or city of residence. We reserve the right to edit letters prior to publication.   A Thank You and a Plea To the editor: I’d like to thank the Montpelier Park Commission, the Montpelier Bicycle Advisory Committee […]

Hunger in Vermont

Hunger in Vermont

by Ed Sutherland Repeatedly ranked as one of the healthiest states, Vermont nonetheless finds itself in a twin battle, fighting poverty and its perpetual shadow, hunger. Today, 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson’s  War on Poverty began, the hungry constitute a double-digit percentage of Vermonters, and malnutrition remains a dark spot in the Green Mountain […]

Why a Free, Independent and Local Newspaper Matters

by David Kelley Robert Kennedy used to quote what he said was a Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” The brave new, world of digital communications, iPhones and three-dimensional copiers most likely qualifies our times as “interesting.” But, while Facebook and Twitter can tell us what our best friend ate for lunch, neither […]

Letter from the Publisher

Dear Reader and Friend of The Bridge: Once a year, I write a letter to our readers and friends and ask for financial help to keep The Bridge alive, kicking and publishing. The Bridge is free, independent and local. Twice a month we publish a paper that brings you news, opinion and analysis, and we’re […]

Senate Candidates Speak Out on Education Costs

by Joyce Kahn On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D), and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on the ballot along with Pat McDonald (R), Sandy Gaffney (P-D), and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge is posing three questions to the candidates on critical issues. Candidate […]

State’s Attorney Candidates Discuss the Issues

by The Bridge  staff   As part of its Republican coverage of this November’s election, The Bridge interviewed the two candidates for Washington County state’s attorney last week. Republican Tom Kelly, 60, has held the office since 2007. A Barre City resident, he is married and has six children. Scott Williams, 49, a the Democratic […]

Montpelier Budget Discussion Keeps to the Usual Ruts

by Page Guertin A Vibrant and Affordable Montpelier (VAM) informational meeting held September 22 at Vermont College of Fine Arts shed no new light on priorities for city and school budget development. VAM, a citizens’ group interested in “transparency in public education,” according to member Jean Olson, asked Mayor John Hollar and school board chair Sue […]

Taking the Pulse at the NYC Climate March

Taking the Pulse at the NYC Climate March

by Ivan Shadis Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of New York City September 21 in the largest-ever march to demand action on climate change. Protesters called on world leaders to make strong commitments to tackling the issue, with the demonstration occurring two days before leaders were to assemble for a United Nations […]

Barre Beat 9.25.14

by Emily Kaminsky A recent telephone interview with Barre city manager Steve Mackenzie provides the focus for this issue’s Barre Beat. Despite repair needs, the sky stops falling at the ice arena. The peeling paint ordeal at the city’s B.O.R. Ice Arena will have to remain unresolved through the winter. After the arena got a fresh […]