EDITORIAL: Come To The Mid-Winter Follies!

by Nat Frothingham About four or five weeks ago my longtime friend Ann O’Brien walked into my office at The Bridge and presented me with a sign that says: “Work on Wonderful.” What the devil does “Work on Wonderful” mean? Well, I’m not sure. But here let me try. My best reading is this. Things […]

EDITORIAL: Pot: Should Vermont Race to Legalize, Regulate and Tax It?

by Nat Frothingham The legislature appears to be moving swiftly to consider a number of bills  that could have the practical result of making Vermont the first state in the Northeast to legalize marijuana and then regulate it, grow it, manufacture it, sell it and tax it. We’re not talking “small potatoes” here. In writing […]

EDITORIAL: Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and David F. Kelley to Discuss Key Educational Issues

by Nat Frothingham The Bridge is presenting Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and Hazen Union School Board Chair David F. Kelley in a public discussion of critical educational issues moderated by former Vermont House member Donny Osman who served on the House Education Committee. That discussion will take place on Thursday evening, January 14 from 7 […]

If You Can, Please Help Us Bridge The Gap

Dear Friend of The Bridge, Here is our situation: As this year ends, we are facing a $15,000 gap. That is the gap between our income from advertising and subscriptions and what it costs to write, edit, publish and distribute the paper. We publish The Bridge twice each month (except for a single issue in […]

EDITORIAL: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free! (Thank You, Governor Shumlin)

by Marichel Vaught The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows […]

An Open Letter from Nat Frothingham to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friend of The Bridge, As a kid growing up I don’t think I ever imagined I would ever want to raise money for anything. But then — later on — I discovered a few enthusiasms and these enthusiasms took hold of me. Discovering Shakespeare One of my early and continuous enthusiasms has been theater […]

EDITORIAL: The City and Montpelier Discount Beverage: Hammering Out a Needed Compromise

by Nat Frothingham Here is my thinking about the proposed bike and walking path and the City of Montpelier’s just-begun action to exercise its power of eminent domain and take the private property occupied right now by Montpelier Discount Beverage and owned by the Mowatt Trust. First, yes — I do see a public benefit […]

EDITORIAL: Helping Young Adults Learn Money Management

by Nat Frothingham Help appears to be on the way for schoolchildren, college students and young adults struggling to manage their money. During the last session of the Vermont Legislature a bill was passed in both House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Shumlin to establish a Vermont Financial Literacy Commission. “Why yet […]

Nat Frothingham Writes an Open Letter to Friends of The Bridge: Please Consider a Contribution to our Fall 2015 Campaign to Help The Bridge.

Dear Friend of The Bridge, Mid-October — and at The Bridge we are reaching out to readers and friends to seek financial help both to strengthen the paper and make it possible for us to continue to publish. This has been both a tough and also a very good year at The Bridge and there […]

EDITORIAL: Design Review: It’s Broken, Please Fix it

by Nat Frothingham Clarity is a wonderful thing. In a recent phone conversation with City of Montpelier Planning and Development Director Mike Miller (who came aboard in this post in May 2014), Mike gave me a very clear explanation of the Montpelier Planning Commission, the Montpelier Development Review Board and the city’s Design Review Committee. […]