Letters

Forum, March 6: Excess of Surpluses in Lebanon; Charlestown Voters Missed Out; Story Told With Sensitivity

Friday, March 6, 2015

An Excess of Lebanon Surpluses To the Editor: I have to ask why the Lebanon School Board continues to raise our taxes each year when the district has a huge surplus. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “rainy day” fund in excess of $2 million? But alas, paying taxes in Lebanon will prevent that from ever happening to anyone in this city. The school district needs to stop overinflating …

Forum, March 4: Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy; Vermont GOP Talking Points; Local Link to Nigeria

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy To the Editor: On Feb. 10, public testimony for S.31 on criminal background checks was given in Montpelier. It is obvious that some Vermonters lack trust in their government, and voiced concerns that legislative regulation is a precursor to legislative confiscation. This is not the case; the Legislature needs to bring gun safety legislation for our citizens in line …

Forum, March 3: Thank the Veterans; PETA’s Message; Tough Winter Made Better in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank the Veterans Today To the Editor: Town Meeting presents a golden opportunity to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen in our towns. I hope that moderators consider honoring those who have served or are now serving our country in the armed forces by asking them to stand and be recognized for their sacrifices in defense of our nation’s freedom. Ask those present to …

Sunday Forum: Self-Defense Is a Natural Right; the Hartford Fire Department Goes Above and Beyond; Brian Williams Wasn’t Seeing Us, Either

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Natural Right to Self-Defense To the Editor: One of the core principles upon which our nation was founded is that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights,” among which is life. If we have an unalienable and unfettered right to life, do we not …

Forum, Feb. 28: Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon; Keep Dogs Out of Cemeteries; Unintended Consequences of Transfer Station Decals

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon To the Editor: Friends of Lebanon Recreation & Parks hosted its first “Community Skating Party” at Walsh Park a week ago Friday. The purpose was to introduce the community to the mission of our organization and to encourage children and adults to …

Forum: Feb. 27: Hartford Candidates; What’s Up in Orford?; Memories of Iwo Jima

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hartford Candidates’ Agenda To the Editor: We are asking Hartford voters to vote for School Board candidates Ron Dwinell (three-year term) and Jeff Arnold (two-year term) on March 3. Together, we will make academic outcomes as they relate to budget inputs clearer for the public to understand; work …

Forum, Feb. 26: Norwich Project Explained; Keep Royalton’s Treasurer; Re-elect West Windsor’s Clerk; Drugs in Hartford

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Norwich Project Explained To the Editor: A full house came to hear the Norwich Selectboard presentation Monday on the $3 million bond article, supporting the construction of a combined police and fire department administration building, improvements to the current firehouse, the repair and expansion of the town garage …

Forum, Feb. 25: The New England Pipeline Scam; Cherish Windsor’s Trees; Historic Weather; Ukraine Disinformation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The New England Pipeline Scam To the Editor: “Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline,” Feb. 19), and a series of other recent news stories present one-sided industry information urging construction of new gas pipelines across New England. The twisted logic is, “help save ratepayer dollars by charging ratepayers more” …

Forum, Feb. 24: Hold the Line in Windsor, and Lebanon; Guns and Public Safety

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hold the Line on Taxes, Windsor To the Editor: As a longtime Windsor resident, I feel I must reach out to my fellow working-class property owners. Windsor property taxes have exceeded working-class people’s ability to pay for some time. Think about the impact these taxes are having on …

Sunday Forum: Finding Common Ground on Guns; Nulty’s Candidacy for Hartford School Board; Unnecessary Medical Tests; Big Decisions in Norwich

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Exploring the Gun Gulf To the Editor: In my two years in the New Hampshire House, I’ve seen polarization on many issues. One that continues to cause deep division is guns. I surmise that everyone is fearful of the proverbial “slippery slope,” and that makes us resist even …

Forum, Feb. 21: Cemetery Is Not a Dog Park; Vermont’s Pot Mistake; Support Gun Regulations

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cemetery Is Not a Dog Park To the Editor: The cemetery is West Lebanon is not a dog park, and signs are clearly posted to keep your animals leashed. My 8-year-old daughter is buried there, and I have had to clean urine off the snow on or around …

Forum, Feb. 20: A Wonderful ‘A Life’; Preserve Local History; What Do Ukrainians Want?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Letter Headline To the Editor: Norwich voters are invited to a forum for Norwich Selectboard candidates sponsored by the Norwich Women’s Club and the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley. The forum will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in …

Forum, Feb. 19: No Mail In Bad Weather?; The Royalton Treasurer; Making a Difference in Hartford

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Post Office Fails to Deliver To the Editor: In the three score and 10 of my lifespan I have seen many changes in this country, and not all of them for the better. Sadly, it now seems that the noble motto of the U.S. Post Office (“Neither snow …