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Forum, Jan. 30: Should I Stay or Go?; Value of Religion; The Mail Didn’t Go Through

Friday, January 30, 2015

Should I Stay Or Go? To the Editor: Between now and Town Meeting I will be considering whether or not to stay on the Hartford School Board. After the board’s refusal to even consider discussing the motion I proposed at the Jan. 28 meeting — “That any student caught selling or distributing drugs on school property will be expelled from school”— I have serious doubts that I can be effective …

Forum, Jan. 29: Accessibility Is Good Business; Why I’m Running in Hartford; What’s the Real Story About Lebanon Pot Busts?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Accessibility Is Good Business To the Editor: I am a part-time resident of Vermont with the other part of my time spent in the incredibly inaccessible town of Freeport, Maine. Since being in a car accident seven years ago, I have walked with crutches, and it has been an ongoing education in the difficulty of negotiating life when you have a disability. Because …

Forum, Jan. 27: Pot Has a Cost; Defend the Right to Bear Arms; Peccadilloes of the Fishermen

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marijuana Leads to Problems To the Editor: The people, representatives and senators need to think more about legalizing marijuana. First, they are spending all kinds of money to get people to stop smoking tobacco products and not letting them smoke anywhere, and now some are trying to convince people it is all right to smoke marijuana, which is a lot worse than any …

Forum, Jan. 24: Deregulation and Cost Increases; Lead with News, Not Opinion; GMOs and Wheat

Monday, January 26, 2015

Deregulation and Cost Increases To the Editor: Meredith Angwin of the Ethan Allen Institute is a rock star among energy analysts, and she hits the right chord by blaming the recent run-up in electric rates on our big regional embrace of natural gas as a generation fuel (“Why …

Forum, Jan. 26: A Feeling of Power; This Pope Is No Marxist; Recycle That Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Feeling of Power To the Editor: Thank you, Meredith Angwin, for your statement that “it would be better to choose conservation and grid diversity” than to depend on “cheap” natural gas (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Perspectives, Jan. 18). The challenge is creating a diverse grid in a …

Sunday Forum: Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response to Cancer; Battling Climate Change on the Home Front

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response To the Editor: How fortunate for Cassandra C. that the Connecticut Supreme Court has seen fit to save her from suicide by treatment refusal. Here is what Cassandra’s opinion piece last Sunday (“A 17-Year-Old Asks, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?”) doesn’t tell you: This …

Forum, Jan. 23: Outstanding Piece of Journalism; ‘Valley News’ Cowardice; Taxing Wealthy Vermonters

Friday, January 23, 2015

Outstanding Piece of Journalism To the Editor: The article “Under the Gun” by John Lippman in the Sunday Valley News is an outstanding piece of journalism. In-depth and thoroughly researched, the story was clear and informative with not a word too many or too few. The graphics were …

Forum, Jan. 22: Keystone is a Health Threat; New Cardigan Trail; Who Profits?; Hanover’s Precious Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keystone is a Health Threat To the Editor: Yes, Keystone is back in the news. I am not going down the climate change road, trying to defend the majority of scientific evidence supporting human activity as contributing to the natural cyclic climate variation, resulting in overall global warming. …

Forum, Jan. 21: Raise the Tobacco Tax; Good Cop in Lebanon; Remembering Dr. Krasnoff; Thanks, Coach Whelan

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raise the Tobacco Tax To the Editor: As legislators return to Montpelier to grapple with Vermont’s budget deficit, they should consider that raising tobacco taxes is one way to address our state’s deficit and keep kids from smoking. In times like these we need to look at every …

Forum, Jan. 20: Get With the Program, Hartford; A Pipeline to Nowhere; Consider the Source; Publish Offensive Cartoons

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get With the Program, Hartford To the Editor: Come on, Hartford! First, no fluoride in the water. Now, less than half in town recycle? What’s up? Kudos to Skip Chalker for pointing out how backward this thinking is, and how the Selectboard enables it (“Recycle for the Common …

Sunday Forum: The Subtext of the First Amendment; Bring Vermont Inmates Home; Universal Health Care Can’t Wait

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Subtext of the First Amendment To the Editor: As a fellow Harvard grad (though not a former Lampoon editor!), I’d like to reply to the letter from David Binger (“ ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful,” Jan. 14) about Charlie Hebdo. He takes issue with the title, the …

Forum, Jan. 17: The Future of Cheaters; Israel Shares the Blame; Fluoride Helps Oral Health

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Future of Cheaters To the Editor: As a Dartmouth alumnus, I congratulate the college for suspending the cheaters. Cheating unchecked becomes a lifelong pattern. These students will become the Bernie Madoffs, the Wall Street financiers who cheat any way possible and lose honest people’s money, and the …

Forum, Jan. 16: A Worthy Column on Haiti; Why Publish That Letter?; No Underlings in Vermont; A Christmas Dinner to Remember

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Worthy Column On Haiti To the Editor: What a treat to see Greg Trotter’s column in the Perspectives section of the Valley News on Sunday (“Haiti On Our Minds,” Jan. 11). His reporting in the Valley News following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was outstanding; Jason …