Forum, May 9: One-Sided Coverage

Monday, May 08, 2017
One-Sided Coverage

Sadly, I find your newspaper blatantly one-sided in both its editorials and its wire content from The Washington Post.

Virtually one half of this country voted for Donald Trump, but readers would be hard-pressed to know that when perusing the pages the Valley News.

Any competent journalist with integrity knows that basic journalism requires legitimate effort to capture both sides of a story in order to present fairly opposing views. Newspapers are held to that same standard. This begs the question then as to why the Valley News chooses to alienate such a large portion of the population that chose to vote for and continues to support President Trump?

Might I suggest that you make a much more concerted effort to run opposing views to those of The Washington Post and your own left-leaning editors.

Newspapers need both integrity and readers in these difficult times for print media. With all due respect, you seem bent on chasing away up to 50 percent of your potential reader base.

Steve Thomson


Republican Attack on Middle Class

Republicans in the House have made a reckless attack on the middle class by passing the American Health Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office has not had the time to review the bill, and that is what the Republicans wanted. They wanted to shove this bill down our throats.

This is a huge money grab by the people who already have most of the money in our country today. It is another attempt to keep us in our place, and put more money into the pockets of the wealthiest. None of the people who voted for this care about common people. We can only hope the Senate has more sense than our House of Representatives, and the American people vote out the representatives who voted for this bill. 

Brian P. Allen

South Pomfret

What Andrew Jackson Believed

Neither President Donald Trump nor our press correspondents seem to know much about Andrew Jackson. Had Jackson’s advice been taken, Mr. Trump would not be president of the United States.

Jackson was, indeed, a popular leader with strong opinions, and those beliefs included the idea that the electoral college should be abolished in favor of the direct election of presidents by a majority vote. As a firm believer in majority rule, Jackson was a Democrat with a small d. He had many faults, but elitism was not one of them.  Indeed, in his Farewell Address of March 4, 1837, he issued a prescient warning. He stated that if we are not careful, government can pass “from the hands of the many to the hands of the few, and this organized money power, from its secret conclave” could dictate “the choice of your highest officers” and compel the people “to make peace or war, as the case may be.” In perhaps his most memorable words, he concluded that: “You must remember, my fellow citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.”  

We all would do well to learn more about the history of our republic and the lessons that it offers us. 

Kenneth Shewmaker


Preserve America’s Monuments

Please join me in asking our New Hampshire and Vermont senators and representatives to oppose the Republican Party’s latest attack on the national monuments and public lands that past presidents have gifted to U.S. citizens. We only have until the end of May before this deadline comes due.

President Donald Trump’s order to review the last 20 years of actions taken under the Antiquities Act is yet another assault his administration is making between those who would profit by exploiting federal lands, and the majority of Americans who say they want public lands, national monuments and parks protected for future generations’ use and enjoyment.

President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, then created 18 national monuments, including the Grand Canyon, and preserved over 1 million acres that U.S. citizens and visitors from around the world will benefit from in perpetuity. Several presidents, including Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman, also reviewed and preserved other natural treasures for future generations.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. President George W. Bush preserved 140,000 square miles in the Hawaiian Islands. President Barack Obama acted to preserve New England’s own Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the Bears Ears in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada, and, in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. 

I have spent considerable time in these treasures; I feel so fortunate for being able to do so, grateful for the benefits I received. And because of this, I am willing to fiercely defend these lands.

National monuments are owned by all, for the enjoyment of all, rather than leased by or sold off by the federal government to the highest bidders — generally those who would dig, drill, extract and pollute.

For ourselves, our children and future generations, let politicians and Secretary Ryan Zinke know that national monuments are not to be repealed and are one of the best perks of being a citizen in this great country — and we want more, not fewer.

Maureen Sheldon


Honor a Revels North Director

On Sunday, April 30, David Gay, the beloved artistic director emeritus of Revels North, passed away peacefully at his residence in Randolph. Just 10 days before, more than 100 members of the community gathered with David for an evening of song in Norwich. As we reflect on his many musical contributions to the region, we want to appreciate his tenures at the Norwich Congregational Church and St. James Church in Woodstock, and his devotion to singers young and old through his many years of leading Revels North.

In honor of his many contributions to spiritual and cultural life in the Upper Valley, the board of directors of Revels North has set up “The David Gay Fund.” This fund will support the Revels North mission to provide year-round, multi-generational programming celebrating the power of traditional song, dance, storytelling and ritual. Should you be so moved, a gift to the fund can be sent to: Revels North, PO Box 415, Hanover, NH 03755, or online at revelsnorth.org.

David believed that musical community can change the world.

Maureen Burford


Sherry Merrick

Post Mills

Sharon Groblicki


Save Lebanon’s History

What a shame! The other evening my wife and I watched Hand of Brick, a wonderful documentary about the Densmore Brickyard that we checked out at the Lebanon Public Library. Densmore was a superior business in Lebanon of the 20th century, but doesn’t exist anymore. It was located on Hanover Street across from Lebanon High School for over 150 years, producing top-quality bricks that were use to build most of the buildings in the Upper Valley and many beyond.

Why, I asked myself, is this piece of Lebanon history not being recognized a with city park at the site?

A couple of years ago, the house where Densmore workers boarded burned to the ground. The beehive kilns near Clay Pond have trees growing through them and are eroding into dust. This piece of Lebanon history should be preserved before it is too late.

As I watched this documentary, I thought about Westboro Rail Yard in West Lebanon, another wonderful piece of Lebanon history. As I drive by I can see the buildings deteriorating and the roundhouse overgrown with brush. What a shame. Let’s do something!

These historic sites should be recognized and preserved, as well as other places with historical significance like the railroad corridor from Lebanon to White River Junction, the historic buildings in downtown West Lebanon and those around Colburn Park.

The Lebanon Historical Society and Lebanon Heritage Commission both are working to find and preserve our past. We, as citizens, need to let them know how important our heritage is to us and the health of our community. We can do that through becoming advocates for, members of, and contributors to the cause of preserving our history. Join in with others in appreciation of Lebanon’s origins.

Franklin Gould