Letters

Forum, March 31: Hard Times on Route 12A; What’s in the Water in Hanover?; Women Refs Deserve Respect

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hard Times on Route 12A To the Editor: Lebanon Police are asking for an ordinance on panhandling on the 12A corridor. Is it truly a safety concern or a way to sweep the poverty-stricken under the rug? If you’ve ever had the pleasure of walking down 12A in West Lebanon, you understand the fear. Dust and trash, speeding cars in traffic jams — walking through this feels like some kind …

Forum, March 30: Vote, Lebanon Voters; N.H. Tax Squeeze; Solar Power

Monday, March 30, 2015

Not Voting Is Not an Answer To the Editor: In response to the letter from Connie Kroner on the Lebanon school budget and voter turnout (“Lebanon Voters Are Worn Down,” March 25), I just want to say, I am sorry you feel that way. If you are unhappy with the budget proposed by the School Board or by anything happening in the city, …

Sunday Forum: The Origins of Residential Colleges; Charlestown Planning Board Did Not Act Arbitrarily

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How Residential Colleges Came to U.S. To the Editor: I read with interest the Associated Press article in the March 23 Valley News describing Dartmouth College’s plan to respond to the related problems of sexual assault and drinking by completely overhauling its housing into a system of residential colleges. Brief reference was made to the prototypical residential college systems introduced in the 1920s …

Forum, March 28: An Effective Diversion Program; Free Help With Taxes; Free Snowden

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Our Diversion Program Works To the Editor: We are replying to Dr. Michael Schorsch’s letter of March 25 discussing the failure of public policy in the current opioid epidemic. Although we agree with much of what Dr. Schorsch …

Forum, March 27: Big Tent, Big Troubles; Good Co-op Candidates; Many Books for Many Families

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Troubles in the Big Tent To the Editor: The opinion column by Dana Milbank published in the Valley News March 12 got me thinking more about what leadership in the Republican Party means today, as well as exactly how the “Big Tent” concept has worked out. So …

Thursday Forum

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Socialism-Capitalism Balance To the Editor: As a reply to Andrew Van Abs’ March 20 letter to the editor, “Bastions of Rampant Socialism,” I would ask why his example does not include the cost to taxpayers when the laissez-fare capitalism of big banks runs amok. We are besieged by …

Forum, March 25: An Enduring Artistic Vision; Failure of Society’s Response to Opioids; Lebanon Voters Are Worn Down

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Enduring Artistic Vision To the Editor: Nicola Smith’s portrait of artist Varujan Boghosian is both an informative and inspiring description of a truly great artist (“Fodder for His Fascinations: At 88, Varujan Boghosian’s Artistic Influence Only Grows,” March 22). I have been his friend for only half …

Forum, March 24: Hingston Helped Windsor; Politicized Co-op Election; Down in the Dumps

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unions Benefit Workers To the Editor: I am responding to the opinion column by Jay Ambrose that said unions are bad for workers (“Right-to-Work Law Is Good for Workers,” March 12). Unions are acting in the interests of workers to collectively bargain, which brings together employer and employee …

Sunday Forum: Special Education Costs in Piermont; Whaleback Needs Help; Ayotte’s Letter; Time to Change the Co-op Board

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Issue Was Special Education Costs To the Editor: Last week’s V alley News article about Piermont’s contentious annual school meeting made little mention of the reason the budget was voted down three times: The voters were asked to approve $269,523 for one student’s education for one year, …

Forum, March 21: The Iran Letter; Sweet Irony in Montpelier; Roads Less Traveled in Mud Season

Saturday, March 21, 2015

America and Iran: Some Reminders To the Editor: The open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran begins with a civics lesson on the U.S. Constitution and ends with a warning that any agreement regarding nuclear weapons between the presidents of the United States and …

Forum, March 20: Bastions of Rampant Socialism; My Statement About the Co-op; Low Wages Are Not Always Bad

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bastions of Rampant Socialism To the Editor: I read with great interest the March 5 Forum letter, “The Taxing Ways of Vermont.” As a resident of Vermont’s neighbor to the east, I was stuck by the similarities between the behavior that has been driving Vermont into ruin and …

Forum, March 18: What Was Ayotte Thinking?; Don’t Consolidate Dispatchers; N.H. State Plow Drivers at Work

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What Was Ayotte Thinking? To the Editor: Where is Sen. Ayotte’s real allegiance? Isn’t this the woman who constantly declares her allegiance to our veterans and our flag? The lawyer who is so articulate in supporting the Constitution and representing our citizens? How then can she show such …

Forum, March 17: Piermont Voters Have Spoken; What Were GOP Senators Thinking?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Truth Behind Statements To the Editor: I find election time in the U.S. bewildering. One reason is that statements by public figures seem to be either half-truths or untrue, yet no matter how misleading, they are often treated as facts. For another, the statements made are often …