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 […]

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 […]

EDITORIAL: Greening Up

by Nat Frothingham For the past 43 years we’ve had a Green Up Day in Vermont, and traditionally this has been the first Saturday in May. It is a single day of our year when Vermonters gather together in their communities to clean up, sweep up, renew and affirm the beauty of our precious and […]

Editorial: Learning about Learning at the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

by Nat Frothingham   Could we be wrong about the future of learning? In recent years—particularly with the advent of the Internet and distance learning—we’ve imagined we can ditch the classroom and the four-year residential college experience and just put students in front of a computer screen and get them hooked up with the most […]

Editorial: Remembering the Sheltered Workshop

by Nat Frothingham   Chester A. Finn gave the keynote address at a Disability Awareness Day program at the Vermont State House on February 19. Yes, I was faintly aware of the term “sheltered workshop” before Chester Finn gave his speech. But since reading and reflecting upon his speech, those two words—sheltered workshop—mean a great […]

Editorial: A Personal Tribute to Alan Weiss

by Nat Frothingham   After six years of service on the Montpelier City Council, Alan Weiss, District 3 city councilor, has decided not to seek reelection and the last council meeting before his term expires will be Wednesday evening, February 26. I was first introduced to Alan Weiss sometime in the 1970s by my friend […]

Editorial: Help The Bridge to Improve and Extend Its Reach

I know I speak for each one of us who works at The Bridge in thanking our readers and friends who have contributed to our ongoing annual campaign to benefit the paper. Since we launched the campaign in mid-October – contributions from readers and friends have taken us past the $10,000 mark. Your contributions make […]

Education Finance Discussion

Three speakers with a close knowledge of the state system of educational funding will make a presentation open to the general public on Tuesday evening, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Montpelier High School library. As recently submitted by the Montpelier School Board – but subject to a vote at City Meeting on March […]

Op-Ed: Our Schools: What’s Needed? What’s Affordable?

by Nat Frothingham Cruel times – these – with a heart-pounding 13 percent proposed budget increase from the Montpelier School Board   Let’s note the following – if approved by Montpelier voters at City Meeting on March 4 (2014) this 13 percent school budget hike would begin to take effect for the fiscal year beginning […]