Letters

Forum, May 25: Cherish Old Trees; War and Peace and Women; The Value of Free Trade

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cherish Stately Old Trees To the Editor: A May 17 forum letter from Michael Quinn about the plight of Windsor’s trees, “Windsor Needs a Tree Advocate,” really struck a chord. Many towns would sooner spend tax money on frills like pretty street lamps, big flower planters, and fake-brick sidewalks that crumble almost as soon as they are installed than take care of one of the most important assets they have: …

Sunday Forum: Norwich Project Needs Professional Management

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How Norwich Can Move Forward To the Editor: In response to the May 17 editorial “Divided Norwich,” the two failed bond votes this spring do indeed reveal rifts, and also confusion about the proposed project. There is widespread agreement in the community that the upgrades to police, fire and public works facilities are needed, and that 15 years of study ought to yield …

Forum, May 23: Fire When Ready, Everybody; Too Fast for Union Village, Barbecued Bugs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fire When Ready, Everybody To the Editor: The Waco shootout — what do we make of it? Gangs and cops shooting it out over a disputed parking place. From shouts to shots in a matter of minutes, and we are left with the spectacle of nine dead, hundreds of rounds fired, scores of weapons from knives to an AK-47, terrified people caught shopping …

Forum, May 22: Taking Issue With Jim Kenyon; Hike for Democracy; Contented at the Co-op

Friday, May 22, 2015

Taking Issue With Jim Kenyon To the Editor: Jim Kenyon needs to get some new material. Like a dried-up old comic, his shtick has gotten a little timeworn. I believe Mr. Kenyon is a pro-pot guy. He would appear to hate police officers as well (or “cops” as …

Forum, May 20:War, in Hindsight; Hillary Clinton’s Qualifications; When Men Win, Do Women Lose?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

War, in Hindsight To the Editor: It would be humorous if it were not so sad. Republicans around the country, and some Democrats, are confessing that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq if they had known then what they know now. They claim faulty intelligence, …

Forum, May 19: More Hanover Ballots Next Time; Safety on Sidewalks; Diagnosis: Insensitive

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Ballots Next Time To the Editor: The frugality of the finance director undermined the town clerk’s smooth execution of the Hanover Town Meeting last week. The awkward thing: I currently hold both positions. To save a modest amount of money, I ordered machine-readable ballots based on voter …

Forum, May 18: Corporate Power; It’s a Woman’s World; ‘Guys and Dolls’

Monday, May 18, 2015

Corporations Are Too Powerful To the Editor: What have we created? Imagine an entity that can only exist in one’s mind (a corporation). It lives indefinitely. It amasses great wealth and power. It’s granted the rights of a human being, yet it cannot feel the pain or wisdom …

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tenure and Teachng at Dartmouth To the Editor: Your May 14 editorial, “Teaching and Tenure at Dartmouth College,” is right to declare that good teaching should be the central aim of every academic institution; however, it falls short in its understanding of teaching at Dartmouth. The legendary “Dartmouth …

Forum, May 16: Train Safety in Vermont; Mount Sunapee Resort

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Train Safety in Vermont To the Editor: On Saturday, May 9, I accompanied a newspaper reporter and a friend to Braintree, Vt., to view the site where Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger train struck and killed a trespasser on the railroad tracks. Since police on the scene wouldn’t allow anyone …

Column: Fix the Lake Fairlee Dam

Friday, May 15, 2015

Over the course of many decades, the aging and deteriorating dam located on the outflow brook of Lake Fairlee, which controls as much as 9 feet of the water level in the lake, has continued to deteriorate; and the pace of that deterioration is accelerating. Recent engineering studies …

Forum, May 14: Bad Strategy in Quechee; Speeders on Fairview Terrace; Shine a Light on Torture

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bad Strategy in Quechee To the Editor: As a citizen of Hartford, a resident in the village of Quechee and a member of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association (QLLA), I am both saddened and dismayed by the email I received Monday evening from the QLLA executive committee announcing …

Forum, May 13: Questions for Christie; Proud Co-op Worker; Support After a Suicide

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tough Questions for Christie To the Editor: Thanks for your fine report on Chris Christie’s visit to One Mile West in Sunapee (“Christie Comes to Chat,” May 8). Though he may be able to avoid responding to questions about Bridgegate, he’ll also face questions about New Jersey’s sinking …

Forum, May 12: Did You See These Troops?; Amazed in Enfield; Happy Cows in Vermont

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Did You See These Troops? To the Editor: My name is James Pratt. My father, Charles A. Pratt, was in the 366th Infantry Regiment, a “colored” infantry regiment, from the time it was organized at Fort Devens, Mass., in March 1941, before the U.S. entered the war, until …