Editorials

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 […]

EDITORIAL: A Request to City Voters: Pay Attention to Proposed New Regulations

by Nat Frothingham Let me encourage Montpelier residents and voters to pay very close attention to a couple of packages of regulations that will begin to come before the city council for review beginning with the council’s May 11 meeting. Sizeable Proposed Regulations One package of proposed regulations is the “River Hazard Regulations” that runs […]

EDITORIAL: The Birth of “Chat With Nat”

by Nat Frothingham Let me brag a little about our Managing Editor Carla Occaso. In addition to her writing career as a reporter for the daily Caledonian Record in St. Johnsbury and as a staff writer for the Times-Argus (and she has an impressive list of other writing credits as well) — Carla has a […]

EDITORIAL: Melinda Vieux: The Spirited Woman Who ‘Dug In’ on Green Up Day

EDITORIAL: Melinda Vieux: The Spirited Woman Who ‘Dug In’ on Green Up Day

by Nat Frothingham In America as the troubled decade of the 1960s turned into the early years of the 1970s, there was a rising tide of public awareness at the pollution that was threatening the country’s air, water and land. In the news were stories about oil spills, acid rain and bodies of water on […]