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Letters

Letter: Abolish the Death Penalty

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the Editor: It seems like years ago that I sat in an auditorium at Plymouth State University listening to a few proponents and many opponents of the death penalty discuss its repeal in New Hampshire. I thought at the end of the meeting that abolition was a done deal. I don’t understand the debate! Of course, religious groups gave the moral reasons for abolition of the death penalty. However, …

Letter: Democracy Is for the People

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the Editor: The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission will probably not have a significant immediate impact on elections; but the disturbing element to the drama at the high court was the opinion, by Chief Justice Roberts, that this was related to protecting an individual’s First Amendment right to free speech and not about the …

Letter: Spreading Fear About Single-Payer

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the Editor: Megan McArdle’s piece (“Vermont Single-Payer: Show Me the Money,” April 17) about the unaffordability of universal health care is way off the mark. If Vermont were its own country, it would rank 20th in per-capita GDP — $38,198, according to data from the Central Intelligence Agency (2005). Adjusted for parity of purchasing power (which equalizes currencies’ worth), that puts Vermont …

Letter: Time to Compete for Norwich Grants

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: The Norwich Women’s Club has just completed its successful spring community projects fundraiser. The money raised from the Spring Gala, together with donations from our members and the community at large, are returned to the Norwich community through grants. This year, Norwich organizations seeking funds …

Letter: Shame on Lebanon School Board

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: The Valley News April 10 had two front-page stories about schools. One was about a student who had stabbed more than 20 fellow classmates in a Pittsburgh-area school. We are left wondering why these things happen and how they can be prevented from happening again. …

Letter: Opera, Thanks to Catamount Arts

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: This year in St. Johnsbury, I have had the opportunity to attend most of the season’s MetOpera HD series (now showing in 66 countries). Catamount Arts has two intimate theaters for displaying in opulent high-definition color and superb sound the best of what the Metropolitan …

Letter: U.S. Debt Out of Control

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: The article about the U.S. deficit (“Shrinking Deficits Silence Foreign Scolds” front page , April 15), makes it sound as though our financial situation is rapidly improving: “the 2014 deficit will be the lowest in six years.” The latest estimate for the deficit from the …

Letter: 'SPARK' Community Center

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: On March 26, 2014, the “SPARK!” Community Center announced its plans to open a new center in the Upper Valley for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers. Co-founders, John Fenley and Lisa Green, shared their vision for creating the center—a place where the …

Letter: Thanks to Foster Parents

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: May is National Foster Care Month, and we at the Department for Children and Families Family Services Division would like to take this opportunity to thank foster and kinship parents in our community for their hard work and dedication to families across our region. The …

Letter: Hartford Should Welcome Dogs and Their Owners

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: A recent Valley News article, “Hartford Adds Rules for Public Use,” included topics, issues and concerns discussed in detail at a recent Hartford Selectboard meeting with a focus on use of public lands. In reading the article, it was clear to me that the restricted …

Letter: Emerson Wouldn’t Approve

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: To both the Lebanon School Board and the Lebanon Zoning Board: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Toy Storey Norwich …

Letter: Step in Right Direction

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: In his letter of April 16 (“Sex Assault and Civil Rights”), Thomas Curphey criticized Dartmouth College’s proposed policy for adjudicating cases of sexual assault. Mr. Curphey appeals to constitutionally guaranteed rights of those who are accused and argues that guilt need be proved “beyond a …

Letter: Attending Dartmouth Is Not a Civil Right

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: I write in response to Thomas J. Curphey’s letter (“Sex Assault and Civil Rights,” April 16). Mr. Curphey alleges that “Dartmouth’s proposed policy on sexual assault violates or greatly abridges the constitutionally guaranteed rights of students accused under it.” Mr. Curphey makes an all-too-common mistake …