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Sunday Forum: Upper Valley Has Many Mental Health Resources; a Bad Ride on Route 120; Sanders’ Silence on Gun Violence

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Upper Valley Mental Health Resources To the Editor: We commend staff writer Rick Jurgens for his excellent series last month on mental health care in Vermont and New Hampshire. He captures the suffering of clients and families struggling to survive within these broken and woefully underfunded systems. We know, thanks to research by the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and others, which mental health care practices yield the best results, but …

Forum: Bad Site for Solar Panels in Windsor; Bright Outlook in Claremont

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bad Site for Solar Panels To the Editor: Let me begin by stating that solar power is a good thing and certainly in our future as an alternative energy source. But at what cost? There are 900 acres of state-owned land in Windsor that Green Mountain Power has somehow convinced the state that this would be a good spot to install about 19,000, …

Forum: Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor; Enfield Trail Blazer; Welcome, Sports Editor

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor To the Editor: Solar power is a good energy source in most cases, an important tool to reduce climate change. The current proposal for a massive solar farm in Windsor is a bad idea, an example of misplaced solar sprawl to export energy out of state (“Windsor Residents Balk at Solar Proposal for Prison Land,” July 29). The …

Forum: Merchants of Doubt and Death; Republicans and Workers; Don’t Mock Caitlyn Jenner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Merchants of Doubt and Death To the Editor: Saturday night my wife and I went with some English friends to the Hopkins Center to see the film Merchants of Doubt, which documents how skepticism about the reality of climate change is being purveyed by many of the very …

Forum: A Dumb Search for Intelligent Life; Newsworthy Video; Overprotective Vermont

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dumb Search for Intelligent Life To the Editor: How sad to read that the otherwise genius Stephen Hawking has lent his name to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He now joins those starry-eyed types we often see proclaiming in deep, solemn tones that they seek to answer “that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …