OPINION: City Manager’s Contract Terms Should Be Rewritten

by Richard Sheir In the last issue of The Bridge there was a sentence in the Heard On The Street column stating that the Montpelier City Council and William Fraser, the Montpelier City Manager, would have no comment about the protracted negotiations that resulted in the last contract being extended for another year. This issue […]

OPINION: The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day

by Elisabeth Hebert, Northfield Ithought it would be nice to remind people what Mother’s Day really is. What do you think of printing this declaration: Please share this with every Mother you know. Although this was written in 1870 this proclamation rings just as true today. Woman is a channel to bring forth life into […]

Opinion: Sounding the Alarm — Agencies Must Have Sustainable Funding Now

by Mary Moulton from Washington County Mental Health Services and Bill Ashe from Upper Valley Services During this legislative session, attention has been given to the need for an increase in the Medicaid rates being paid to the non-profit designated and specialized service agencies that support many of Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens, because these agencies […]

OPINION: Vote for Bernie

by Thomas Mulholland, Worcester Bernie Sanders keeps saying, “This campaign is not just about nominating a candidate for president. It’s about a political revolution.” At the core of this revolution is the manner in which a presidential campaign is financed; that is, a refusal to accept money from super-PACS, Wall Street banks, lobbyists, etc., and […]

OPINION: Good Government Solutions and Earned Trust

by Secretary of State Jim Condos Smart, focused and efficient government helps Vermonters, so why does it seem that levels of frustration and distrust are at an all-time high? I believe that listening to your customers, cutting red tape, finding efficiencies and increasing transparency are all keys to earning that trust. At the Secretary of […]

OPINION: Good Neighbors Don’t Trespass

by Paul Brouha It is there as day breaks on a still spring morning when I am outside listening for a wild turkey’s gobble. It is there when I cross the yard to work in my garden. When I go out for a walk with the dogs it comes along. I feel its vibrations while […]

OPINION: Exercise Should Be Fun, Not Enslaving

by Hannah Eschelbach Being ‘healthy’ is such a relative term that it doesn’t even seem to have a meaning. A definition on Medical News Today, an online resource, states, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” But what exactly is the barometer […]

OPINION: Act 46 Causes Loss Of Community Investment

by Jennifer Marckres (Craftsbury School Board Member) Craftsbury Schools is a PK-12 system serving the town of Craftsbury and tuition students from several neighboring communities. We are very proud that our Academy is the oldest and smallest high school in the state of Vermont, but that moniker does not keep us from looking forward. Over […]

OPINION: Health Agency, School Leaders Are Wrong On Pot Issue

by Stuart Friedman, Middlesex Last issue’s editorial about cannabis regulation “Slow Down, Answer the Questions — It’s about Children and Youth” lacked balance and research. The author, having had conversations with three school-related associations and taking selective quotes from the Health Department’s “Health Impact Assessment” can hardly be described as extensive or balanced. The health […]

OPINION: Fund Parent Child Centers: Prevention Invests In Our Children’s Future

by Claire Kendall, Moretown The ripples and shockwaves from the tragic shooting events that occurred in our community last August can still be felt throughout the state. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families of the victims who are our neighbors. At the heart of our response to this tragedy is our need to […]