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Letters

Harold Luce performs during lunch with his band at the Royalton Senior Center in Royalton, Vt., on March 10, 2005. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Forum, Aug. 20: Support the Candidates; Too Much for a Library; Robin Williams and Ourselves

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Consider Jim Masland, But Vote To the Editor: As we look around the world, we see the tragedies that play out when a country is ruled by a dysfunctional, corrupt government. The primaries and the midterm elections are coming up soon. Unfortunately, if history repeats itself, turnout will certainly not be universal. Individuals who don’t vote probably consider themselves very …

Forum, Aug. 19: Meet the Candidates; America and Its Wars; Co-op Transparency

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Legislative Candidates To the Editor: All Norwich, Sharon, Strafford and Thetford voters are invited to a forum for the primary candidates for the Windsor-Orange-2 state representative seats, sponsored by the Norwich Women’s Club and the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley. The forum will be held tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Tracy Hall in Norwich. Nancy …

Forum, Aug. 18: Lessons From a Tragedy; We Back Briglin; Keep Watch at Lebanon High

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lessons From a Tragedy To the Editor: The Unity crash involving four teenagers and the loss of three young lives was a topic of discussion in my driver education class. It is the worst of nightmares when someone pays the ultimate price for their actions. My sincere sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. The loss of human …

Sunday Forum: Chain-Link Blues in Quechee; Corporate Personhood Isn’t New; Erosion of Local Control in Vermont Schools; Contraceptive Coverage in New Hampshire

Sunday, August 17, 2014

At Least Replace the Fence To the Editor: While we wait to make a decision whether to go ahead with pocket parks at the entrance to the Quechee bridge, may I suggest replacing the hideous chain-link fence with a continuation of the metal fence that was installed on …

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Situation That Had to End To the Editor: The editorial “Loyalty and Profits at Market Basket” in the Sunday Valley News Aug. 3 was excellent. “Let them eat cake!” “Hell, no,” said the customers. At my age, nearly 80, like many others, I have been there when …

Forum, Aug. 15: The Importance of Staging; Ovation for the Orchestra

Friday, August 15, 2014

An Omission in the Production To the Editor: Opera North’s performance of My Fair Lady at the Lebanon Opera House had all the virtues identified by Nicola Smith in her review: strong lead actors, familiar and evocative music, and a satisfying finish as a production (“Opera North Opens …

Forum, Aug. 14: Good Productions, Bad Message; Church-and-Town Dispture; Scott Brown’s Border Crossing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good Productions, Bad Message To the Editor: In the past few weeks we have seen three productions: Carousel, performed by North Country Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate, done by New London Barn Playhouse, and My Fair Lady, put on by Opera North. All three were well-staged, well-acted and …

Forum, Aug. 13: The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings; The Spirit in Dorchester; Let’s Talk About Gun Violence

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings To the Editor: I appreciated the Aug. 3 column by Randall Balmer (“Welcome the Stranger? Politicians and the Bible Have Conflicting Message on Immigrants”). Like a poker player who calls the bluff of an opponent and finds that the opponent has a very weak …

Forum, Aug. 12: Finally, a Democrat Speaks; Profit in Public Service; Headrest Is an Asset

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally, a Democrat Speaks To the Editor: Finally, a prominent Democrat, in this case Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, has had the integrity to publicly condemn the CIA spying on members of the Senate. It’s about time! Some things are just plain wrong, and it shouldn’t matter who …

Sunday Forum: Giving Thanks Where It’s Due; the Wilderness Act Turns 50; What Makes a Church; Jim Brady Remembered

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Much Service to Be Thankful For To the Editor: People frequently say, “Thank you for your service” to members of the military and to veterans. When this is said to me, I acknowledge it but feel that little is owed me. In 1963, I, and all men aged …

Forum, Aug. 9: Remember the Orchestra; Change in Vermont; Thanks, Kathy Hoyt

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Don’t Overlook the Orchestra To the Editor: In reading Nicola Smith’s narratives of each of Opera North productions this summer, including a “back stage account,” I noticed that the 27 orchestral musicians and their work were never mentioned in any capacity. This is scary to me because it …

Forum, Aug. 8: Poison Parsnips, Co-op Plaudits; Rethinking Mideast Headlines; The Mascoma River Greenway

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poison Parsnip, Co-op Plaudits To the Editor: Odd bedfellows, perhaps — a toxic invasive plant and the oft-discussed (of late) Co-op Food Stores. But Upper Valley residents should know about this noxious relative of our beloved carrot, and how the Co-op recently took quick action to stem its …

Forum, Aug. 7: Unchristian Act by a Church; Beware of Single-Payer Critics; The Real Oppressor in Gaza and Israel

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Unchristian Act by a Church To the Editor: At the Dorchester Selectboard meeting of July 17, the trustees of the Dorchester Community Church, Grace Fraser, Patricia Franz and Michelle Fistek, presented arguments opposing the actions of the Selectboard, which holds the opinion that while there is a historic …