Letters

Forum: Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle; Missing From the Dartmouth Green; Threat of Legalized Pot

Friday, February 12, 2016

Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle To the Editor: In a typical Republican design, New Hampshire Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has come up with a great idea (sarcasm): Let’s tax, fine or impose a fee on consumers who purchase vehicles that get good fuel mileage. I find this not only stupid, but counterproductive to reducing greenhouse gases or reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Major feels it’s a good way to replace …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive hearings, expert testimony and historical analysis — do not require sprinklers on the ground floor …

Forum: Girls, Women and Copy Editors; Disappointed in Vermont Party Leaders; Unneeded Airport Work

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Girls, Women and Copy Editors To the Editor: Anant Sundaram’s intemperate screed (“No Excusing ‘Girl’ Headline,” Feb. 9) smearing Kathryn Stearns for her thoughtful op-ed piece about “Girl Power” smacks of micro-aggression against women. My wife, an Oxford honors graduate, refers fondly to her friends of a certain age as “girls.” Yet all are feminist veterans of the unfinished struggle for women’s equality. …

Forum: Day Care Marketing Opportunity; No Need for Gas Pipeline; Football, Girls, Violence

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Marketing Opportunity To the Editor: I suggest that an attitude adjustment would allow Joe Asch and the River Valley Club to embrace the idea of sprinklers in the new day care center (“Day Care Builder Challenges Planning Board,” Feb. 5). Don’t think of it as overreach by …

Forum: Support West Hartford Library; Responsible Use of Cemeteries; No Excusing ‘Girl Power’ Headline

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Support West Hartford Library To the Editor: To the Selectboard of the town of Hartford: On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of White River Junction, we urge you to reconsider the recommendation for reduced funding of the West Hartford Library. The destruction wrought by Tropical …

Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 8, 2016

LED Longevity Skeptic To the Editor: Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights. First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; …

Forum: Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon; the Moral Issue in Doctor Training; Bitterweet Memories of Buddy Cianci

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon To the Editor: Although many tout natural gas as a bridge fuel to clean energy, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, natural gas emissions have less carbon dioxide when burned, but we are failing to look at the other …

Forum: End Planned Parenthood Inquiry; Not an Endorsement; Ignore the Fear-Mongers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several …

Forum: Reject Anger; Fear Socialism; Executive Council Zealotry

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reject the Anger Industry To the Editor: Fellow citizens, please vote against anger. I’m one whose vote hinges more often on who I’m against than who I’m for. No shame in that. Evil-avoidance is the most basic level of human rationality. This year I don’t know who I’m …

Forum: A Woman, Not a Girl; What Women Expect: Dignity and Fairness

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Woman, Not a Girl To the Editor: Who writes your headlines, and what decade are they living in? I am referring to the headline, “Girl Power in Hanover,” above the story about Gloria Steinem’s visit to campaign for Hillary Clinton. It sounds like it should preface a …

Forum: Stop the Gas Project; American Legion Doesn’t Endorse; Recalling North Africa

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stop the Gas Project To the Editor: Thank you for reporting that staff analysts at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and the Office of Consumer Advocate have grave concerns about the viability of the competing proposals for natural gas utility franchises that would serve Hanover and Lebanon …

Forum: Invest in Vermont Children; Reject HCRS Request, Hartford; ‘Girl Power’ Wasn’t Appropriate

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Invest in Vermont’s Children To the Editor: I believe every Vermont family and community should have access to quality after-school and summer learning programs for their children. I work with 40 kids per day at the One Planet after-school and summer program in Sharon who love our program. …

Sunday Forum: A Contemptible Response to McKibben; Fiorina Champions Educational Choice; Sanders Is Not for Sale; Giving a Hand to Those in Need

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Contemptible Response to McKibben To the Editor: I had trouble detecting the “contempt for opposing views” displayed (according to a letter writer on Jan. 27) by Bill McKibben in his recent op-ed piece (“Can Zombie-Like Fossil Fuels Be Killed?,” Jan 25). That a proposed gas pipeline may …