Letters

Forum: Teachers and Testing; Anger on the Left; Buy, Sell, Recyle

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Teachers Dislike the Testing To the Editor: It would be fair to say that I am, overall, a Valley News enthusiast. Perhaps because of that, I was disappointed in a recent editorial reprinted from The Washington Post, which I felt offered a far too simplistic portrayal of why many good and dedicated teachers are less than happy with Common Core assessments. One of my daughters has been a special …

Sunday Forum: Urgent Care Costs; the Upper Valley at My Doorstep; Plan A for Quechee

Saturday, August 29, 2015

More On Urgent Care Costs To the Editor: With all due respect, Dr. Deborah Glazer (“The Best, Cost-Effective Care,” Forum, Aug. 27) appears to have taken my remarks out of context and misunderstood them when she wrote that I was “quoted as saying that the average price for care in an urgent care center at $300 ‘is similar to what you would pay …

Forum: Rieseberg Deserved Better; Confusing the Abortion Issues; A Life Worth Reading

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Rieseberg Deserved Better To the Editor: It was a sorry day for Hartford when Hunter Riesberg resigned as town manager after almost 20 years. However, it was almost amusing reading that the way it was done was “rude” and he had not been a “collaborator.” Petitioning to have him replaced was gentle and an act of brotherly love? No one ever argued he …

Forum: Yes, Black Lives Matter; For the Benefit of Quechee Lakes; Thanks, Hank Tenney

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Yes, Black Lives Matter To the Editor: Were I to meet columnist Steve Nelson, I’d ask him some questions about the real motives of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In New York City recently, there were multiple shootings with numbers killed or injured. Don’t those black lives matter? …

Forum: Gov. Walker and Pentagon Waste; Made in America, Again; A Good Option for Quechee

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gov. Walker and Pentagon Waste To the Editor: Your recent report about Scott Walker in Sunapee was admirably thorough and accurate as far as it went, but missed one important point. I asked Gov. Walker about a recent report from Reuters that the Pentagon had never undergone legally …

Forum: The Big Picture on Abortion; Palestinian Outrages; Social Security’s Problem

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Big Picture on Abortion To the Editor: Nita Norman may be right — perhaps Planned Parenthood does not sell body parts and is only reimbursed for costs and handling fees (“Scurrilous Is the Word,” Aug. 12). But her focus on the nature of the transaction is an …

Forum: Speak Out on Airport Proposal; Cooking Better Corn; Take the ‘Hillary Cure’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Speak Out on Airport Proposal To the Editor: Our community is being pressed to reconfigure the Lebanon Airport to accommodate larger planes. These changes are being actively pushed by: the Federal Aviation Administration; Lebanon city administrators; airport employees; supporters of corporate jets that bring a few passengers each …

Sunday Forum: On the Wrong Track in Vermont; Faith-Based Climate Action; Football Isn’t About Live; Defunding Planned Parenthood Makes No Sense

Sunday, August 23, 2015

On the Wrong Track in Vermont To the Editor: According to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the period for public comment on the state’s proposed new rail plan has been extended to Sept. 15 after many requests from Vermonters to review and speak about the plan. This is …

Saturday Form: The Case for Rand Paul; Brookside Has a Big Heart

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A New Kind of Republican To the Editor: I went to Rand Paul’s town hall meeting in Claremont last week. I got to hear firsthand just how unusual a candidate he is. I’m convinced that he is truly a new kind of Republican. One of the memorable things …

Friday Forum: An Old Dreamer for Trump; Those Huddled Masses

Friday, August 21, 2015

An Old Dreamer for Trump To the Editor: Although it’s early in the presidential election process, two contrasting personalities are rapidly beginning to stand out, drawing significant energy, crowds and TV ratings from their corresponding constituent bases — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and billionaire Donald Trump. Sanders …

Thursday Forum: Questions for Control Advocates; Democracy Deserves Better; Welcome Visitors to Nursing Homes

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rapid Fire Questions To the Editor: The recent spate of columns, cartoons and letters advocating stricter gun laws begs many questions, a few of which follow: If an unprovoked assault on an innocent victim is an immoral act, what is the moral justification for failing to act immediately …

Wednesday Forum: A Picture Captured Our Better Natures; Mascoma Clinic Is Developing a Flat Fee Option

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Photo Worth 234 Good Words To the Editor: Every so often a photograph seems to carry a sound track, which I suppose validates the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The wonderful, playful photo by Tris Wykes on page B1 of the Aug. 18 …

Tuesday Forum: From Fieldhouse to Fitness Center; A Good Education Requires Parental Vigilance

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Behind a Name Change To the Editor: Thanks for Geoff Hansen’s front page photo on Monday of “the 6,000-square-foot fieldhouse under construction at Hartford High School.” For the record, a brief recapitulation of the Hartford School Board’s voting history in this matter is in order. The Hartford School …