EDITORIAL: Women Abolishing War

by Nat Frothingham I don’t know if women—acting individually or collectively—have the power to stop war. But war has become so terrible in its indiscriminate killing and wanton destructiveness that abolishing war just must now happen if we are to save civilization and preserve the planet. As a class, it’s fair to say that men […]

A Message from Nat Frothingham about Caroline Garside

by Nat Frothingham This is both a personal and public message. The public message is this. Caroline Garside, who was a wonderful and remarkable woman and had many Vermont friends, died on March 25, 2014 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Some of Caroline’s friends are organizing an event to remember and honor […]

OPINION: Where the Flowers Bloom

by Susan D. Auld My garden on Wood Road in Shady Rill in Middlesex, the Vermont State House and the flowers lining the granite walkway of Christ Church Memorial Garden all serve as favorite places of greens and vibrant flowers. My legislative friend, Lixi Fortna of Warren, grew lush clematis vines on her trellis. Each […]

OPINION: Many Face of War

by J. M. Turner First and foremost, I offer my greatest condolences to the family members of those who were a part of the tragedy at Fort Hood this past week, including Ivan Lopez. As a two-time veteran of the Iraq War in 2005 and 2006, as an infantryman with the marines, as being a […]


by Marge Garfield For many years, all I read in The Bridge were articles about the terrible lack of parking in downtown Montpelier. This problem has never been solved. And yet, the town “fathers” are now somehow fixated on whether there should be a hotel in the new transportation complex planned for the Carr lot, […]

OPINION: The Coming of Green

by Daniel A. Neary Jr. Between the whites of the melting snows and the whites of blooming apple blossoms, the green comes to Vermont. Usually in late April and early May, it rolls northward and upward, saturating the fields, bushes and trees with verdure. Naturalist Edwin Way Teale says spring creeps northward at the average […]

Letters 4.17.14

Campaign Finance Reform? To the Editor: The much anticipated US Supreme Court decision in the pivotal campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, was issued earlier this month, and once again the court ruled on the side of big money in knocking down aggregate campaign contribution limits. The case challenged the limits on the total contributions […]

EDITORIAL: Protecting a Water Supply and Saving an Ecological Treasure

by Nat Frothingham For the past several months a small group of unbelievably committed people have labored tirelessly and with great constancy of purpose to protect an irreplaceable community resource. Here I am talking about Berlin Pond, the source of Montpelier’s drinking water, which some would argue is reason enough to protect it. But, it […]

OPINION: What now for Montpelier’s Schools?

by Ben Huffman Was this year’s voter rejection of Montpelier’s school budget a fluke? Baby boomers – that outsized cohort born from 1946 through 1964 – have continually reshaped American society. They moved to Vermont in large numbers during the 1960′s and early ’70′s.  This influx plus Vermont’s home grown boomers brought about the creation […]

OPINION: GMO Labels Needed for Informed Food Choice

by Kari Bradley, General Manager, Hunger Mountain Coop As the general manager of a natural foods cooperative with more than 7,000 owners, I express my support for H.112, the GMO labeling legislation currently under consideration in the Senate. Our customers have always taken food seriously, wanting to know the full story behind the products they […]