EDITORIAL: The Labor Department Versus Small Business

by Nat Frothingham The Bridge is just coming out of what has been, for me, a disappointing and sobering experience. Here I’m referring to a two-year process of having been audited by the Vermont Department of Labor, with a first contact from the Department in April 2016 and a formal audit that began on August […]

Thanking Our Readers and Friends Who Have Been in Touch

by Nat Frothingham As part of our April 19 issue, I wrote a few words about the rather remarkable grassroots history of The Bridge. Then I went on to describe what I’m feeling as I leave the paper. Now, 40 to 50 days after I wrote about the paper and why we felt we needed […]

EDITORIAL: Insisting on a Safe, Accessible, 24-Hour Transit Center

by Nat Frothingham Here’s a good idea. What about a taking a moment of total relaxation followed by a deep breath of satisfaction? Now, let’s acknowledge all the players, the meetings, work, grit, patience, and follow-through with the One Taylor Street project—a project that includes a long-awaited and much-needed downtown Montpelier transit center, with a […]

EDITORIAL – Brushing Away Biases

by Dr. Brian Ricca, Montpelier Superintendent of Schools The Montpelier Public Schools (MPS) Leadership Team is participating in a series of trainings with CQ Strategies—a consultancy dedicated to helping organizations become more culturally competent—called “We All Belong,” in a sustained effort to grow our own cultural competency. One of the goals in the MPS Action […]

Two Thousand and Froze to Death

This morning, in Nome, Alaska, it’s 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Fairbanks is at 8, while in Skagway, Alaska, it’s 38 and raining. Meanwhile, where I’m writing from, Tunbridge, Vermont, the outside air temperature is minus 13. In this screwy climate change world of ours, I could go to Barrow, Alaska, deep inside the Arctic Circle, in […]

What Explains our Unusually Cold Weather in the Northeast Right Now

Since 2000, Roger Hill has been forecasting the weather for the listeners of Radio Vermont(WDEV, WLVB, WCVT, and 101 The One). He first learned his trade in the Army in Hawaii and worked for the National Weather Service in diverse stations such as Los Angeles, Montana, Cape Hatteras and Burlington, Vermont. The very cold weather […]

EDITORIAL: Vermont and Back Again

EDITORIAL: Vermont and Back Again

by Mike Dunphy In one significant way, I owe my existence to Montpelier. It was during the construction of the Wrightsville Dam in 1934 that my grandfather—the staff physician for the workers—met my grandmother, who grew up in Montpelier (class of 1933), at a dance. Clearly his mojo was flowing that evening, and the rest, […]

Nat Frothingham to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friend of The Bridge: Please read what longtime friend of The Bridge, David Kelley has written here. In a compelling letter, David does two things. First, he kicks off our annual fall fundraising drive. And second, he describes changes to the media landscape that make a paper like The Bridge — if anything — […]

EDITORIAL: State Street Saturday All-Day Wing Ding

by Nat Frothingham After moving the popular Capital City Farmers Market up onto State Street from State & Main to Elm Street) for two Saturdays in a row — State Street Saturday organizers are saying — “We’re ready for the big event.” That big event on Oct. 9 is the Capital City  Farmers Market as […]

EDITORIAL: Thanking Carla Occaso

EDITORIAL: Thanking Carla Occaso

by  Nat Frothingham Carla Occaso — our very effective Managing Editor for almost three years — has left The Bridge to take a position at Union 32 High School. We miss her and wish her well. When Carla became Managing Editor of The Bridge in the fall of 2014 — her news writing, editorial experience […]