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Column: The Hawks at Home, and a Soldier Who Paid the Price

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In the first days of the Iraq war 11 years ago, Army reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of the head at a Baghdad market. The bullet left him blind, brain-damaged, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to communicate, eat or breathe on his own. He is perhaps the most grievously wounded soldier to survive the war, or any war. On any number of occasions, his parents …

Forum, Oct 1: Bad Policies, Continued; Republicans Against Choice; A Loser in the Debate

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bad Policies, Continued To the Editor: With all the failures of the last six years, both domestic and international, how can anyone support a candidate who favors the continuation of this president’s misguided policies? Jeff Lehmann Lyme Center Republicans Against Choice To the Editor: A little more than a week ago, the New Hampshire GOP did us all a favor. They finally decided …

Forum, Sept. 30: Equal Care for Mental Health; Who’s Best for New Hampshire?; A Flawed History of the GOP; ‘Into the Woods’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Equal Care for Mental Health To the Editor: Thanks for your front page article, “Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System,” (Sept. 28) which they certainly do. And chief among them is that while passage of the Affordable Care Act offers the promise of incremental improvement in the disparity among the ways various illnesses are treated, the basic premise under which mental …

Forum, Sept. 29: True Heroes; Guns and Information; Real Health Care

Monday, September 29, 2014

Consider the True Heroes To the Editor: I just read a headline in USA Today: “Jeter a hero in final home game.” Hero? My mind went to the 1990 U.S. Open when Rich Parker faced a tough golf shot. Rich asked the spectators if he should try the …

Sunday Forum: Help a School Dental Program

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Help School Dental Program To the Editor: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently that “tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children.” The report said that about “23 percent of children nationwide aged 2-11 years have at least one primary …

Forum, Sept. 27: End the Education Dept.: Co-op Worker Policies; What Were They Thinking?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

End the Federal Education Dept. To the Editor: A Democrat Party political advertisement claims that, among other things, Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia wants to abolish the federal Department of Education. I would ask voters to answer three questions before accepting that claim as a negative towards Garcia. …

Forum, Sept. 26: Hartford Track; What Shaheen Stands For; Don’t Hit People

Friday, September 26, 2014

Track for a Healthier Hartford To the Editor: Here are some reasons why I hope you will support the Hartford High School track bond. 1. Hartford High School receives tuition students from other towns. To ensure that parents and students choose Hartford, we need superior facilities. Facilities that …

Forum, Sept. 25: Revenge; Patriotism; Gas Prices

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloody Mistakes of the Past To the Editor: Westerners, including Kimball Union Academy graduate Steven Sotfoff, have been beheaded by ISIS. Beyond insulting our most basic human values, ISIS wants to incite the West into a new holy war. Regrettably, we appear to be taking the bait. Such …

Forum, Sept. 23: Decency; Travels With Tiko; Calm Down, Paul Keane

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Decent Thing to Do To the Editor: I applaud the Valley News for discussing decency (“When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?” Sept. 11), which is sorely absent in public discourse. Decency means respect, civility, good manners, courtesy, politeness, consideration and morality, and all were taught to …

Forum, Sept. 23: Piermont’s Business; Remember the Co-op; A Military Response to Ebola?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jim Kenyon’s Business in Piermont To the Editor: As a resident and property owner in Piermont since 1984, the recent column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News caught my attention. After reading the article (which obviously was not intended to be unbiased), I am left with …

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not …

Sunday Forum: New Hampshire’s Senate Choice; Smart Growth in Vermont; Cheryl Hannah’s Legal Legacy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Hampshire’s Senate Choice To the Editor: Now that the primary is over, Scott Brown is going to face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November’s election. With this in mind, New Hampshire is left with a choice. Do we want to move forward, or do we want to move …

Forum: Legacy at Humane Society, Ambulance Proposal and Picoult Tickets

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Quite a Legacy at Humane Society To the Editor: The Upper Valley Humane Society Board of Directors extends its heartfelt gratitude to Deborah Turcott, its former executive director, for the impressive legacy she leaves behind. During her four-year tenure with UVHS, Deb initiated many positive changes, including: ∎ A …