Op-ed

OPINION: Act 46: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

by David Kelley, Greensboro The authors of Act 46 said their goals were:  1. educational equity, 2. academic excellence, 3. efficiency and 4. transparency. Only the Grinch who stole Christmas would oppose those goals. But there is a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does. Act 46 does not reward equity.  Act 46 […]

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky!  “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky! “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

From The Breeze by Sam Murray, Callie Dalley, Kaitlyn O’Reilly and Izzy Banse Feminine hygiene products have been taxed since 1973, making anyone with a period pay extra for their monthly necessities. Following a successful campaign in 2000, the tax was lowered considerably, but women still pay tax on tampons and pads. This is unfair […]

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach Even if more money doesn’t equal more power, there’s still the idea that the rich are more cultured and more easily immersed in what are known as ‘high-class’  activities. The reason for this isn’t that they are all snobs, it’s just that they can afford to be thus immersed. […]

A Message to Our Readers from Nat Frothingham: Calendar Listings in The Bridge: In Print or Online?

Some 22 years ago when we started publishing The Bridge — we felt our first obligation was to tell our readers the news, to tell them what was happening in Montpelier. It soon became clear that the phrase “what was happening in Montpelier” included a lot more than we reckoned at first. Our readers wanted […]

OPINION: Mentors Help Students Succeed

by Wendy Freundlich, Girls/Boyz First Mentoring Marie Russ, a Worcester student, graduated from U-32 High School at the top of the class of 2016. Russ has been in the Girls/Boyz First Mentoring program for eight years and her mentor is Judy Copa. She has been accepted at UVM with a very generous scholarship. At age […]

OPINION: Zoning Ordinance Changes Happening Now

Let Your Voice Be Heard by Michael and Nancy Read, Montpelier The Montpelier Planning Commission has submitted parts of its plan to the City Council for approval. It is my observation that very few Montpelier residents are aware of the extent of the proposed rezoning and the fact that it could dramatically alter their neighborhoods. […]

EDITORIAL: Thanking Community Service Officer and Policeman Richard Shaw

EDITORIAL: Thanking Community Service Officer and Policeman Richard Shaw

by Nat Frothingham Here’s a note about Richard Shaw who had an early career for 28 years in various posts with the State of Vermont that ended when he was a Parole & Probation officer with the Department of Corrections. But here, in this note, let’s remember Richard Shaw for his work in both in […]

LETTERS: 6.16.16

Regarding A Bear in Hubbard Park: Take Down Your Bird Feeders Editor: I just called Ben Kilham in New Hampshire and we spoke at length. To me it was like speaking with a god. The Bear God. First: if he’s here in Montpelier, he is NOT the offspring of one of Ben’s relocated bears. However, he […]

LETTER: Train Young Writers. Join Me in backing “The Breeze”

LETTER: Train Young Writers. Join Me in backing “The Breeze”

To the editor: There is nothing so gratifying as seeing your name in the newspaper. Like many “wise sayings” this statement is not universally true. For example, the young people of Washington County are not eager to see their names in the all-too-common accounts of accidents, arrests, and sentencing. Neither of course are the adults […]

EDITORIAL: A Tale of City and Town Manager Employment Contracts

by Carla Occaso Our Montpelier city manager, William Fraser, made the news for a subject most of us would prefer remain nobody’s business: his employment contract. Problem is, because his salary is paid for with tax dollars, it is everybody’s business. Even mine. Recent public scrutiny both at city council meetings — where Montpelier resident […]