Op-ed

Class Sizes at Montpelier High School

by Ben Huffman Many classes at Montpelier High School are smaller than the school’s own class size policy guidelines. The school offers classes in a broad range of subjects. But declining student numbers have made compliance with the school’s class size policy impossible in many of these classes. And since teachers and other staff are […]

EDITORIAL: The Bridge Answers to the People, So Let the Voters Decide

by Nat Frothingham In the several weeks  since Jan. 1, friends of The Bridge have gathered close to 700 signatures in a petition drive to seek financial help for the paper from Montpelier voters on Town Meeting Day March 3. Here are the chief things I have learned from this drive: Many people in Montpelier […]

OPINION: Vermont Human Rights Council Calls for an Equitable Budget

Organizations affiliated with the Vermont Human Rights Council, a coalition of disability rights, climate justice, and workers’ rights organizations, released the following statement in response to Governor Shumlin’s budget address: “The purpose of our state budget is to address the fundamental needs of all residents, and to advance dignity and equity. These are common-sense goals […]

OPINION: Racial Tension is Not Disappearing Into the Past

by Baron Wormser In late 2013 my novel about race in Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1962-63 was published. I worked on “Teach Us That Peace” for five years. I wrote the book for a fairly simple reason: If you grow up somewhere in this country where race is an active, day-to-day issue and you are a […]

OPINION: Surprised and Appalled by Budget Request

Dear Editor, the Montpelier Bridge Upon reading the Jan. 8 Montpelier Bridge editorial announcing that it was seeking petition signatures to put a budget request for $27,254 on the city meeting ballot and explaining the reasons for doing so, I found myself surprised and appalled by this particular initiative. Not having quite formulated my thoughts […]

LETTERS: 1.22.15

The Bridge Presents Both Sides Editor: I wanted to say that the Montpelier Bridge paper seems to be fair and balanced in their interviews. Both parties are covered fairly equally at the state house. It’s refreshing to have a paper that that is middle ground and not far left. I’m for more balance in Montpelier […]

OPINION: Fairpoint Fails: No Phone at Home for Weeks

by Mason Singer I lost FairPoint Communications administered phone service on Dec. 16 and have had no phone at my home since then — more than three weeks and counting. It appears that I am far from alone and that a significant but unknown number of others have the same trouble. Calling FairPoint’s repair line elicits […]

EDITORIAL: Gathering Signatures in Montpelier to Get on the Ballot

by Nat Frothingham From now until January 22 – friends of The Bridge will be circulating petitions with the aim of gathering 600-plus signatures from registered voters in Montpelier so that The Bridge can request an appropriation of $27,254 at this year’s Montpelier City Meeting on Tuesday, March 3. For the past 21 years, The […]

OPINION: Vermonters Need Universal Health Care

by Peter Sterling The governor shocked the political world by announcing his administration is no longer supporting a tax package to publicly finance health care. The plan had been to eliminate insurance companies and the roughly $3 billion we Vermonters pay them each year in the form of deductibles, premiums, co-pays, and the like with […]

OPINION: Proposed Dog License Fees Too High

by Cindra Conison, owner of The Quirky Pet Montpelier’s (dog license) fees are on the high end of fees in New England but also higher than other major cities. Chicago, IL $5.00 Boston, MA $6.00 New York City, NY $8.50 Montpelier Present $10.00 San Diego, CA $15.00 Phoenix, AZ $16.00 MONTPELIER PROPOSED $22.00 Dog tagging […]