Letters

Forum: Make Way for Reprints; No Defending Planned Parenthood; Truman’s Fateful Decision

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Make Way for Reprints To the Editor: In your July 31 issue, there was an article (“A Quiet Mastery”) about children’s book author and illustrator Robert McCloskey. In the early 1960s, I worked for The Viking Press (McCloskey’s publisher), in charge of reprinting children’s books. All of McCloskey’s books were constantly being reprinted, especially Make Way for Ducklings. The artwork for this book was originally drawn directly on lithographic stones …

Forum: Treated With Respect at the VA; Same Red Sox, Different Day; Support N.H. Drug Czar

Monday, August 3, 2015

Treatment With Respect at the VA To the Editor: I was thinking, how is it that we are quick to find fault and slow to give praise? When I returned from overseas in the early 1970s, the war was not popular and there was a very large anti-war movement. Returning vets were not treated very well. I never talked much about the war, …

Sunday Forum: Upper Valley Has Many Mental Health Resources; a Bad Ride on Route 120; Sanders’ Silence on Gun Violence

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Upper Valley Mental Health Resources To the Editor: We commend staff writer Rick Jurgens for his excellent series last month on mental health care in Vermont and New Hampshire. He captures the suffering of clients and families struggling to survive within these broken and woefully underfunded systems. We know, thanks to research by the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and others, which mental health …

Forum: Bad Site for Solar Panels in Windsor; Bright Outlook in Claremont

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bad Site for Solar Panels To the Editor: Let me begin by stating that solar power is a good thing and certainly in our future as an alternative energy source. But at what cost? There are 900 acres of state-owned land in Windsor that Green Mountain Power has …

Forum: Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor; Enfield Trail Blazer; Welcome, Sports Editor

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor To the Editor: Solar power is a good energy source in most cases, an important tool to reduce climate change. The current proposal for a massive solar farm in Windsor is a bad idea, an example of misplaced solar sprawl to export energy …

Forum: Merchants of Doubt and Death; Republicans and Workers; Don’t Mock Caitlyn Jenner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Merchants of Doubt and Death To the Editor: Saturday night my wife and I went with some English friends to the Hopkins Center to see the film Merchants of Doubt, which documents how skepticism about the reality of climate change is being purveyed by many of the very …

Forum: A Dumb Search for Intelligent Life; Newsworthy Video; Overprotective Vermont

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dumb Search for Intelligent Life To the Editor: How sad to read that the otherwise genius Stephen Hawking has lent his name to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He now joins those starry-eyed types we often see proclaiming in deep, solemn tones that they seek to answer “that …

Forum: A Long Voyage, but Not That Long; A Life-Saving Suggestion; Support for Hartland Dog Census

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Long, But Not That Long To the Editor: To set the record straight: My apologies for incorrectly stating in a recent Forum letter that if Voyager-1 was headed in the right direction it would take billions of years to reach planet Kepler-452b. It should have been only 25 …

Forum: Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail; Better Than One-Liners

Monday, July 27, 2015

Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail To the Editor: In an Associated Press article printed in the Valley News last week, there were disturbing revelations in the case of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who has been reported to have committed suicide after she was arrested after a minor …

Sunday Forum: Soup Kitchen Firing Was Insensitive; Woodstock Parking Policy Is Fair; Tear Down This Wall

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bunnell Firing Was Clumsy, Insensitive To the Editor: I read with considerable disappointment that the Claremont Soup Kitchen’s board of directors had fired Jan Bunnell. I don’t pretend to know the motivation of the board members or the factors that caused them to take this action. But as …

Forum: A Very, Very Long Voyage; Paying It Forward

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Very, Very Long Voyage Ahead To the Editor: Scientists using the Kepler space telescope have caused a stir in the news by recently identifying “the most Earth-like planet.” I’m also a scientist and generally applaud new discoveries, but I find myself a little underwhelmed by the discovery …

Forum: Kudos to Windsor Library Director; Positive Steps in Cornish; Don’t Swallow Those Sound Bites

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kudos to Library Director To the Editor: The Windsor Public Library Board of Trustees is both pleased and proud to announce that Director Christine Porter ​has been elected the vice president of the public libraries section of the Vermont Libraries Association. She will take on the role of …

Forum: Woodstock’s Meter Problem; Advantages of a Union; Dangers of an Isolated Elite

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Woodstock’s Meter Problem To the Editor: Once again, a complaint has been aired about the parking meters in our lovely town. Sonja Hakala’s letter (“Parking Violation in Woodstock,” July 21) is simply the most recent in a continuing, if intermittent, series of complaints about these archaic machines. As …