Op-ed

OPINION: City Manager’s Contract Terms Should Be Rewritten

by Richard Sheir In the last issue of The Bridge there was a sentence in the Heard On The Street column stating that the Montpelier City Council and William Fraser, the Montpelier City Manager, would have no comment about the protracted negotiations that resulted in the last contract being extended for another year. This issue […]

LETTERS: 5.19.16

Circus Outdated and Cruel Editor: In a 21st century society, the circus is an outdated and cruel source of entertainment. In most circuses, wild animals are stolen from their natural habitats, kept in cages and chains, and ‘trained’ to perform painful, tiring and unnatural ‘tricks’ as well as being forced to live in a highly […]

OPINION: The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day

by Elisabeth Hebert, Northfield Ithought it would be nice to remind people what Mother’s Day really is. What do you think of printing this declaration: Please share this with every Mother you know. Although this was written in 1870 this proclamation rings just as true today. Woman is a channel to bring forth life into […]

EDITORIAL: A Request to City Voters: Pay Attention to Proposed New Regulations

by Nat Frothingham Let me encourage Montpelier residents and voters to pay very close attention to a couple of packages of regulations that will begin to come before the city council for review beginning with the council’s May 11 meeting. Sizeable Proposed Regulations One package of proposed regulations is the “River Hazard Regulations” that runs […]

LETTERS: 5.5.16

Eat Sustainably Editor: With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just past, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations. A 2010 United Nations report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases — more than all transport […]

Opinion: Sounding the Alarm — Agencies Must Have Sustainable Funding Now

by Mary Moulton from Washington County Mental Health Services and Bill Ashe from Upper Valley Services During this legislative session, attention has been given to the need for an increase in the Medicaid rates being paid to the non-profit designated and specialized service agencies that support many of Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens, because these agencies […]

OPINION: Vote for Bernie

by Thomas Mulholland, Worcester Bernie Sanders keeps saying, “This campaign is not just about nominating a candidate for president. It’s about a political revolution.” At the core of this revolution is the manner in which a presidential campaign is financed; that is, a refusal to accept money from super-PACS, Wall Street banks, lobbyists, etc., and […]

EDITORIAL: The Birth of “Chat With Nat”

by Nat Frothingham Let me brag a little about our Managing Editor Carla Occaso. In addition to her writing career as a reporter for the daily Caledonian Record in St. Johnsbury and as a staff writer for the Times-Argus (and she has an impressive list of other writing credits as well) — Carla has a […]

LETTERS: 4.21.16

LETTERS: 4.21.16

People Need Rec Center Editor: Forgive me if I missed any article mentioning the fact that the city is planning on selling the recreation facility on Barre Street. I recently began exercising there several times a week at a very reasonable fee. I believe that a fair amount of people use that facility for a […]

OPINION: Good Government Solutions and Earned Trust

by Secretary of State Jim Condos Smart, focused and efficient government helps Vermonters, so why does it seem that levels of frustration and distrust are at an all-time high? I believe that listening to your customers, cutting red tape, finding efficiencies and increasing transparency are all keys to earning that trust. At the Secretary of […]