Editorials

EDITORIAL: Friends of Local History

by Nat Frothingham “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   — George Santayana  Over the years, The Bridge has often celebrated history — preeminently the local history of Montpelier — but also at times the history of our sister city Barre — and from time to time the local […]

EDITORIAL: An Appeal for Solidarity

by Nat Frothingham I was in the audience at a well-attended Montpelier City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. As the meeting began at least 20 Montpelier citizens walked up to the microphone and voiced their personal support for City Manager Bill Fraser. Many of those who spoke also wondered aloud about open meeting issues. […]

EDITORIAL: Paij Wadley-Bailey: A Treasured Life

EDITORIAL: Paij Wadley-Bailey: A Treasured Life

by Nat Frothingham Many of us here in Montpelier and across Vermont and beyond are feeling the loss of our deeply loved and admired friend and mentor Paij Wadley-Bailey who died on August 18 in Montpelier at the age of 77. In looking back on her life and measuring its many powerful impacts — Paij […]

EDITORIAL: Twenty-Seven Design Ideas for a Net Zero Montpelier

by Nat Frothingham Because of efforts by the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee with full support from the Montpelier City Council, Montpelier has set a goal of “Net Zero Energy” in less than 15 years by 2030. At The Bridge we support this difficult, but achievable, objective. To be more specific about Net Zero Energy — […]

EDITORIAL: A Message of Thanks to the Friends of the Winooski a and to Friends of Those Valued Friends

by Nat Frothingham Over the past few weeks with ever-growing intensity, The Bridge has been working in partnership with Ann Smith and other stalwarts at the not-for-profit Friends of the Winooski River organization to put together the spread you now have in your hands — celebrating a theme of water and rivers and community solidarity. […]

EDITORIAL: Bring On the Entrepreneurs!

EDITORIAL: Bring On the Entrepreneurs!

by  Nat Frothingham Galling — it’s somewhat galling to wake up in the 16th year of a new century and try to conjure with the America that was and the America that is. I grew up in Chicago, a city that had problems then and has problems now but it was a rough, spirited, vital […]

EDITORIAL: Bringing Back a Train through Vermont to Canada and Montreal

EDITORIAL: Bringing Back a Train through Vermont to Canada and Montreal

by Nat Frothingham As this issue with its focus on energy goes to press, we encourage readers of The Bridge to contact Gov. Peter Shumlin, members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation and lawmakers to register their strong support for the return of passenger rail service from Washington, D.C. — through Vermont — to Canada and Montreal. […]

A Message to Our Readers from Nat Frothingham: Calendar Listings in The Bridge: In Print or Online?

Some 22 years ago when we started publishing The Bridge — we felt our first obligation was to tell our readers the news, to tell them what was happening in Montpelier. It soon became clear that the phrase “what was happening in Montpelier” included a lot more than we reckoned at first. Our readers wanted […]

EDITORIAL: Thanking Community Service Officer and Policeman Richard Shaw

EDITORIAL: Thanking Community Service Officer and Policeman Richard Shaw

by Nat Frothingham Here’s a note about Richard Shaw who had an early career for 28 years in various posts with the State of Vermont that ended when he was a Parole & Probation officer with the Department of Corrections. But here, in this note, let’s remember Richard Shaw for his work in both in […]

EDITORIAL: A Tale of City and Town Manager Employment Contracts

by Carla Occaso Our Montpelier city manager, William Fraser, made the news for a subject most of us would prefer remain nobody’s business: his employment contract. Problem is, because his salary is paid for with tax dollars, it is everybody’s business. Even mine. Recent public scrutiny both at city council meetings — where Montpelier resident […]