Op-ed

OPINION: A Call For Civil Discourse in Education

by Nicole Mace, executive director, Vermont School Boards Association As leaders in education, it is our obligation to model civil discourse. When faced with conflict or opposing priorities, do we want future generations to approach a situation with humility and a commitment to understanding, or do we want them to draw a line in the […]

OPINION: Trump Dumping and Liberal Amnesia

by Gerard Renfro, Montpelier “You deserve the king you get” — Thomas Jefferson As much as I dislike Trump as a public official, I cannot agree with the rash of hysteria and doomsday prophecies such as those printed in the Jan. 5 Bridge. Has no one noticed that this hysteria is exactly what happened with […]

OPINION: The Rising Costs of Climate Denial

by Michael Cody, Hardwick When it comes to the increasingly pressing environmental issue of global warming/climate change, the short-sighted, deceitful, tactics of the fossil fuel industry and their institutional puppets are hardly surprising. But the continued refusal to understand and accept what far too many experts now recognize as a very grave, and immediate, threat […]

EDITORIAL: Attorney Gerald Tarrant: Slow Down “Radicalization” Of Montpelier Zoning

EDITORIAL: Attorney Gerald Tarrant: Slow Down “Radicalization” Of Montpelier Zoning

by Nat Frothingham At press time The Bridge invited planning chief Mike Miller to summarize the assumptions and thinking behind the planning commission’s proposed new bylaws and regulations. Miller began by noting that Montpelier has excess capacity in its water treatment plant and its sewage treatment plant. “We are paying for schools that are underused,” […]

LETTERS: 1.19.17

Support For Stutterers Editor: For many people, ringing in the New Year brings hope and joyful anticipation. But for those who struggle with stuttering, the old fears of speaking and being teased remain the same — year after year. Many of your readers don’t know that help for stuttering is available from so many places. […]

OPINION: Montpelier’s Experiment in Land Use Regulation

by Paul Gillies Hearing, Montpelier Planning Commission Final Draft, Bylaws Monday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. City Council Chambers Next Monday night, January 5, the Montpelier Planning Commission holds its first hearing on its final draft of the bylaws. They are available at the city website, and invite thoughts about what has been proposed. Respect the […]

OPINION: New Year’s Predictions

by Morgan Brown, Montpelier In 2017 and beyond, after he is officially sworn into office, the following is predicted to occur under President Donald Trump’s administration: President Trump’s Treasury Secretary will replace existing United States currency of all denominations, both coin and paper bills, with ones bearing the image as well as the name of […]

OPINION: Imagining Donald Trump

by Jules Rabin, Plainfield Last Friday, President Barack Obama held an urgent press conference to address evidence of Russian “Tampering-by-Internet” with our country’s recent election. Listening to Obama’s responses to reporters, I was struck by the consecutiveness and thoughtfulness of his replies. You could sense him thinking on his feet … thinking twice, perhaps, to […]

LETTERS: 1.5.17

Council Doesn’t Need To State  Why They Want To Fire Fraser Editor: Let’s remember that Mayor Hollar and the three city council members who voted not to renew Bill Fraser’s contract had information that we citizens don’t have. The council members aren’t at liberty to discuss the particular reasons why they reached their decisions. I […]

A Letter to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friends of The Bridge, Here are five solid reasons to support The Bridge. The Bridge is a community paper that’s available free of charge to readers in Montpelier and across Central Vermont. The Bridge is a very local paper with news, letters, opinions, long and short stories about City Hall, our schools, our business […]