Op-ed

OPINION: Student Voices: Gender Inequality

Montpelier High School Social Studies Teacher Heather McLane assigned her students to write paragraphs sharing their opinion about an issue that they have studied, support their opinion with a bit of evidence and include a call to action. Below are some of the results.   Olivia Hennessey Gender equality is a huge issue in our […]

OPINION: Learn To Live With Wind Power

by Donald de Voil, Montpelier, part-time instructor for the Vermont State Colleges Vermont is a net importer of electricity. Every day, the state consumes significantly more electricity than is generated here (U.S. Energy Information Administration). This allows Vermonters to enjoy the benefits of electricity, without having to deal with many of the realities of electricity […]

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 […]

LETTERS: 5.18.17

Nuclear Power Better Than Wind Turbine Development Editor: Thank you for the moving and visually powerful Mountain Manifesto spread. I think that, ironically, the ridgeline wind turbines dominating some Vermont landscapes were brought here by some of the same activists now protesting them. As one who has cherished, hiked and respectfully utilized Vermont woodland for […]

EDITORIAL: Berlin Pond, Who Will Pay?

by Nat Frothingham About the struggle over Berlin Pond and by extension the struggle to protect Montpelier’s drinking water supplies — to begin with — let’s acknowledge the sharp disagreements. In October 2011, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that the City of Montpelier had no authority to prohibit recreational uses on the Pond — a […]

OPINION: Student Voices on Immigration

Montpelier High School Social Studies Teacher Heather McLane assigned her students to write paragraphs sharing their opinion about an issue that they have studied, support their opinion with a bit of evidence and include a call to action. Below are some of the results.   by Jason Tomasi Trump’s travel ban has made the United […]

OPINION: The Winds of Woe

by Annette Smith, Danby Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises: “Quiet as a library. The same decibel-level as a refrigerator.” More brazen wind developers claimed “you will not hear them.” Then the 450-foot wind towers with their bus-size (generator housing) and three-bladed fans were built. Sixteen in Sheffield, four on Georgia Mountain, […]

OPINION: Support Affordable Housing

by Eileen Peltier, executive director, Downstreet Housing and Community Development Two weeks ago I testified at the State House to ask the legislature to support the governor’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing; last week Vermont mayors and other advocates of the bond gathered at the State House for a press conference. In supporting […]

OPINION: Kudos to Legislature for Passing Shield Law for Journalists

by Michael Donoghue, executive director of the Vermont Press Association The Vermont Press Association praises and thanks the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources. The House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation, 140 to 2, April 20 and is sending the measure […]

LETTERS: 5.4.17

Councilor Hogs Parking with Porsches, Van and Volvo Editor: No wonder there are parking problems in Montpelier which are to be discussed in the upcoming council meeting. A good example of this is an owner of a five-apartment building. The landlord has two drivers. However, owns a large van, a Volvo and two, yes, two, […]