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Letters

Letter: Outrageous Court Decision

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: My response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision — expanding aggregate contributions of wealthy donors to political committees and candidates — was one largely of shame. Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “Congress may not ... restrict the political participation of some in order to enhance the relative importance of others.” What the court has done, it seems to me, is make it even harder for “others” (most …

Sex Assault and Civil Rights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: Dartmouth’s proposed policy on sexual assault violates or greatly abridges the constitutionally guaranteed rights of students accused under this policy. Here are some of these rights: The right to a public trial. The right to a trial by an impartial jury of one’s peers. The guarantee of due process, such as the right to be informed in advance of your …

Letter: America Out of Balance

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: As you report, former New Hampshire attorney general and current U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte believes General Motors’ sale of cars with faulty ignition switches was a criminal act. Surely Sen. Ayotte knows no one will go to jail for their outrageous behavior despite the loss of life and egregious injury caused. That shouldn’t surprise, considering no one of importance went …

Letter: Forcing Schools to Compete

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To the Editor: The Valley News recently featured pieces on Common Core education standards. Barbara Couch (Perspectives, March 30) is optimistic that students’ exposure to the state standards will make them better prepared for the work force. The Valley News editorial (April 2) notes that the Common Core standards …

Letter: Baffling Nuclear Policy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: In another example of this administration’s baffling (to put it nicely) foreign policy, we learn that the United States is making sharp reductions in its nuclear deterrence four years before the date required by the New Start Treaty. The greatest reductions will be made in …

Letter: Zoning Decision Not in Public Interest

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: I’ve never been satisfied with any board deciding what is right or wrong for any municipality, and the recent decision by the Lebanon Zoning Board is a good example why. In czar-like fashion, the board decided (by a 3-2 vote) that Dana Seguin’s request to …

Letter: Push Back Against Casino Interests

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: The persistence in New Hampshire of casino interests and their lobbyists and supporters is impressive and speaks to the huge profits they anticipate. It is important for those of us concerned about the welfare of our fellows (and ourselves) to keep speaking up. The latest …

Letter: Men's Behavior Is at Issue

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: Robert Spottswood’s thoughtful reasoning (“An End to Sexual Assault,” Forum, April 10) gives me hope if we can manage to maintain focus on the core problem with sexual assault. I worry, however, that in the aftermath of the trial involving two Dartmouth students we are …

Letter: Screen-Obsessed Children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Screen-Obsessed Children To the Editor: Twenty years ago, one of my 11th-grade English students told me, “I never finished a book in my life until I took your class.” He was the canary tweeting in the coal mine about the mouse-click, digital, touch-screen tsunami about to inundate America, …

Letter: Protect People From High-Interest Loans

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: I write on behalf of the United Valley Interfaith Project, people of faith from 13 faith communities spanning a number of faith traditions in our community. We find ultra-high interest rates on loans to consumers — often called usury — offensive. All faith traditions have …

Letter: Sen. Shaheen on Guns

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: You may or may not be aware of U.N. Resolution 2117. It is a highly restrictive anti-gun measure that would compel members of the U.N. to support a global ban on the importation and exportation of small arms. It would also implement an international gun …

Letter: Legislation Forum Tuesday

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Lebanon representatives Susan Almy, Laurie Harding, George Sykes, Andy White and Sen. David Pierce will be participating in a Lebanon Town Hall Legislative Forum tomorrow, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kilton Library. We are half way through the legislative session, and it …

Letter: Two Reasons to Elect Sanders

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Among the many reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders should be elected president of the United States, two stand out. First, we need to escape the increasingly corrupt stranglehold of our political parties. Second, we should avoid the Clinton and Bush dynasties given that Hillary and Jeb …