Editorials

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 […]

EDITORIAL: Protect Montpelier’s Drinking Water Supply

by Nat Frothingham As part of City Meeting on Tuesday, March 1 — citizens in Montpelier voted overwhelmingly (2,791 to 455) to support a proposed city charter change that would give the City of Montpelier authority to regulate and protect the city’s drinking water source at Berlin Pond. These are the exact words of the […]

EDITORIAL: About the Fast Track Push to Legalize Marijuana… “Slow Down, Answer the Questions — It’s About Children and Youth”

by Nat Frothingham I invite readers of The Bridge to pay close attention to a fast-track bill to legalize marijuana. That bill has already been approved by the Vermont Senate. Now it has moved over to the Vermont House for consideration and possible action. Over the past few days I’ve talked by phone with the heads […]

EDITORIAL: A Great Big ‘Thank You’ To All Involved With The Follies

EDITORIAL: A Great Big ‘Thank You’ To All Involved With The Follies

by Nat Frothingham Here’s a note to thank everyone whose talent, energy and generosity gave us a successful variety show and a wonderful benefit for The Bridge as part of our Mid-Winter Follies at the Capitol Plaza Hotel on Saturday evening, February 6. What made the evening the special moment that it was? The early […]

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 […]