Op-ed

EDITORIAL: More Housing Now!

by Nat Frothingham Is there ever general agreement on anything in Montpelier? Not often — because Montpelier is a state capital and a very political town. That being the case, I was astonished after talking with four local housing experts to discover a general agreement about the housing situation in Montpelier. Last week, I talked […]

OPINION: Stop Spraying Herbicides Along Train Tracks

by John Snell, Montpelier MONTPELIER — Over a year ago a small group of us got wind that the stretch of railroad tracks that runs through Montpelier was about to be sprayed with herbicides to control the vegetation.  I’d seen this happen in the past, an annual event, but had never known it was coming […]

OPINION: Vermont Does Right By Women

by Angela Smith, Happiness Resources Manager at SunCommon Vermont is a great place to live and work. The state receives numerous accolades each year. WalletHub recently released a study which names Vermont the best state for working moms. The study included an analysis of 12 key metrics, including accessibility and affordability of reliable child care, […]

EDITORIAL: Come Together to Our Beatles-Themed Party: A Magical Mystery Tour of Fun

EDITORIAL: Come Together to Our Beatles-Themed Party: A Magical Mystery Tour of Fun

by Nat Frothingham One of the surprising outcomes of our fabulously successful (February to March) 30 day-Kickstarter campaign that raised an essential $12,000+ to benefit The Bridge was the Internet itself and the range of old and sometimes distant friends who saw the campaign online. Some responded with donations. Others phoned with excitement. I was […]

LETTERS: 6.18.15      

Council Member Olson to Constituents: Feel Free to Call Editor: I am honored and excited to be appointed to the Montpelier City Council to represent District Two. I just attended my first council meeting and I look forward to working collaboratively with the other council members and Mayor Hollar on the pressing issues facing Montpelier. […]

OPINION: City Should Proceed Cautiously on Downtown Smoking Ban

by John Hollar, Mayor, City of Montpelier- The Montpelier City Council has been asked to adopt a ban on smoking in our downtown. Having spent a large portion of my career working on anti-tobacco causes, my bias on this issue is to support all reasonable steps to discourage smoking and protect nonsmokers. As a congressional […]

OPINION: Happiness, Sharing and Possessions

by Constancia Gomez- Amazing! It is  really amazing to me, every day I hear the news and I feel the unhappiness. We should be happy! When I think about how many pairs of sneakers I had when I was young, I laugh. At some point I had two: A blue pair and a green pair. […]

OPINION: Carbon Tax Should be Implemented

by Christina Tang and Mariah Gomes, Montpelier High School Students- We are two students from Montpelier High School studying the costs and benefits of a carbon tax in our economics class. We believe a carbon tax should be implemented into the lives of Vermonters. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “In Vermont, […]

OPINION: Reflections on the 2015 Legislative Session

by Rep. Mary Hooper, D-Montpelier- Dear Friends, I sit here trying to sum up the legislative session, without much success. I was pretty glum about the whole session, until the last day when it became clear that we would begin down the road of making the income tax structure somewhat more progressive. A minimum tax […]

EDITORIAL: Treasure Hunting For Our Next Smashing Fundraiser

by Carla Occaso- One special surprise we got during the Kickstarter campaign for The Bridge was a phone call from Jeff Jacobs, owner of the establishment Charlie O’s World Famous. For those who don’t know Montpelier, this is a bar whose motto is “good drinks and bad company.” Jeff was calling Nat with an offer […]