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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 million years. Abner J. Schlabach East Barnard A Life-Saving Suggestion To the Editor: Having just lost my wife to lung cancer, perhaps …

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 traffic violation stop in Texas. The article stated that questionnaires and interviews by “jailers” disclosed …

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 a long-time donor to the soup kitchen, I can only say that the needy of …

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 …

Forum: The Republican Reality; Not Interested in a Union; Diplomacy, Not War

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Republican Reality To the Editor: In Greg Jaffe’s July 16 Washington Post article (“Obama Says War Was Next Absent Deal”), Speaker Boehner’s aide described Obama as “hopelessly disconnected from reality” in the nuclear deal with Iran. If anyone is outside reality, it is the Republicans. This is …

Sunday Forum: A School District Looks to the Future; the Primacy of Natural Law; a Humanitarian Crisis in the Making; a Myopic View of Donald Trump

Sunday, July 19, 2015

District Looks to Future To the Editor: On June 2 , Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Act 46. This landmark education legislation calls on school boards and administrators to lead changes in their districts and supervisory unions that will result in greater opportunities for students, increased efficiency …

Forum: Local Boost in the Upper Valley; Bush Editorial a Cheap Shot; Diacritical Remarks

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Local Boost in the Upper Valley To the Editor: John McClaughry’s review of local shopping promotional campaigns and the work of economist Michael Shuman (“The Local Economy Solution,” July 12) provided an important overview of the impact locally owned businesses deliver to their communities. His appraisal, however, missed …

Forum: Voting Procedures in N.H.; Enjoy the River Carefully; Good Theater, Right Here; Thanks, Lebanon

Friday, July 17, 2015

Voting Procedures in N.H. To the Editor: I am writing to express my concern regarding a front-page story in the July 12 Sunday Valley News regarding Bernie Sanders being on the ballot for the upcoming Democratic primary (“Can Sanders Get On N.H. Ballot?”). Specifically, I am concerned about …

Forum: Hitting a Wall in Hanover; Republican Concern for the Poor in N.H.?; Thanks for the Memories

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hitting a Wall in Hanover To the Editor: I appeared recently before the Hanover Zoning Board to request a variance, but it turns out that’s where good ideas and personal freedom go to die. I wanted to put a second floor on top of an existing first floor, …

Forum: Coolidge Remembered Fondly; Poker With Clinton and Sanders; Questions About Shooting

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Coolidge Remembered Fondly To the Editor: It was disconcerting to see President Calvin Coolidge described by opinion writer Petula Dvorak as “lackluster” and “remembered by nobody” in her July 6 column, “Racing Calvin Coolidge.” It was especially peculiar to see these contentions in The Washington Post, whose owners …

Forum: Lessons From the South; Supporting Hillary Clinton; Not Impressed by Sanders

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lessons From the South To the Editor: My mother’s people, as we say in the South, were from Richmond, Va., known as “the heart of the Confederacy.” I went to college in North Carolina and married a man born in Albany, Ga. We both grew up loving the …