Op-ed

OPINION: On and Off the Floor

by Roger Cranse In June, 1963, I landed a job working the 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. shift at National Can Corporation in Edison, New Jersey. The factory was enormous. When all the beer and soda lines were working the sound on the floor was deafening. You had to shout in a person’s ear to […]

EDITORIAL: Friends of Local History

by Nat Frothingham “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   — George Santayana  Over the years, The Bridge has often celebrated history — preeminently the local history of Montpelier — but also at times the history of our sister city Barre — and from time to time the local […]

LETTERS: 12.1.16

Why Skip the Turkey? Editor: President Obama is taking a break from Trump transition to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise that presidential pardon power on Thanksgiving by giving thanks for health and happiness while skipping gratuitous violence. The 235 million turkeys killed in the United States this year have nothing to […]

A REFLECTION: Thinking About Hillary in the Shower

by Garrett Heaney    We all feel dirty right now, don’t we America? We could all use a good shower. We feel dirty for so many reasons, and we’ve been feeling this way long before the so-called “election” process imploded into the dumpster fire that is a President-elect Donald Trump. Frankly, Bernie Sanders would have […]

EDITORIAL: An Appeal for Solidarity

by Nat Frothingham I was in the audience at a well-attended Montpelier City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. As the meeting began at least 20 Montpelier citizens walked up to the microphone and voiced their personal support for City Manager Bill Fraser. Many of those who spoke also wondered aloud about open meeting issues. […]

LETTERS: 11.17.16

Why Skip the Turkey? Editor: President Obama is taking a break from Trump transition to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise that presidential pardon power on Thanksgiving by giving thanks for health and happiness while skipping gratuitous violence. The 235 million turkeys killed in the United States this year have nothing to […]

OPINION: Wind Turbines Won’t Cure Climate Change

by Suzanne Seymour, Fairfield Listening to the drone of a plane flying overhead as I begin renovations on my cabin on Fairfield Pond, I’m struck by just how quiet it is here. Usually, just the sound of the loons, waves lapping on the rocks and children laughing are the things that stand out here on […]

LETTERS: 11.3.16

Meat Industry Is Scary Editor: I have no fear of all the goblins, the witches, or even the evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me are the latest reports about the meat industry. Like news of pig farms dumping millions of gallons of pig feces into North Carolina’s water supplies during Hurricane Matthew. […]

OPINION: Reflections on WaterFest

by Margaret Blanchard, Montpelier Now that our WaterFest is over, I’d like (as the only person who participated in every event except the bike ride) to share some reflections. Between the opening, where I celebrated with friends the fluid gifts of our eco-artist friend Jackie Brookner, and the closing which featured the talents of screenwriter […]

LETTERS: 10.20.16

A Call For Republicans To Take A Public Stand On Trump Editor: As you know, this November voters in Vermont will have a variety of choices on the ballots they cast, from president down to more local races like state representative and justice of the peace. Unfortunately this year we have a candidate at the […]