Letters

Forum: Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon; the Moral Issue in Doctor Training; Bitterweet Memories of Buddy Cianci

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon To the Editor: Although many tout natural gas as a bridge fuel to clean energy, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, natural gas emissions have less carbon dioxide when burned, but we are failing to look at the other factors that cause environmental degradation and health concerns from its production. The recent negative recommendations for a natural gas depot in the …

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several “Disband the Special Committee on Planned Parenthood” petitions are gathering signatures for presentation to House …

Forum: Reject Anger; Fear Socialism; Executive Council Zealotry

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reject the Anger Industry To the Editor: Fellow citizens, please vote against anger. I’m one whose vote hinges more often on who I’m against than who I’m for. No shame in that. Evil-avoidance is the most basic level of human rationality. This year I don’t know who I’m for. But I am certain what evil I most oppose — namely anger-mongering and candidates …

Sunday Forum: Licensing Without the Facts; the Importance of Paid Sick Days; Taxes and Universal Health Care; Dreamer Vs. Doer

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Licensing Association Lacked Facts To the Editor: Susan White writes in her Jan. 21 letter to the editor (“Broken Bonds in Bethel”): “We license men and women to serve specific congregations in ministerial capacities (including preaching, worship leadership and pastoral care) on behalf of the Windsor-Orange Association, the …

Forum: What We Lost to Thieves; Not as Green as It Seems; Hartford Woolen Bell Returns

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What We Lost to Thieves To the Editor: To the robbers who stole the 7,500-watt generator and the new Ariens snowblower from Second New Hampshir Turnpike in Unity between 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 21: First, I ask for their safe return. Second, for your information, …

Forum: Lay Ministers Are Respected; Start With the Constitution; Thanks to Adults Who Help

Friday, January 22, 2016

Lay Ministers Are Respected To the Editor: I read with a heavy heart Jim Kenyon’s column about the situation in the Bethel church (“Mysterious Ways,” Jan. 17). I do not know the details of that situation, and do not wish to address that. As a licensed pastor in …

Broken Bonds in Bethel

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To the Editor: For the past three years, I have been a member of the Windsor-Orange Association Council of the United Church of Christ Vermont Conference, and I would like to respond to a number of errors of fact and interpretation contained in Jim Kenyon’s column about our …

Forum: Broken Bonds in Bethel; The Montshire Looks Forward; Excessive Executive Power

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Broken Bonds in Bethel To the Editor: For the past three years, I have been a member of the Windsor-Orange Association Council of the United Church of Christ Vermont Conference, and I would like to respond to a number of errors of fact and interpretation contained in Jim …

Forum: Better Budgeting in Hartford; Keeping Us Safe; Forum on Sustainable Future

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Better Budgeting in Hartford To the Editor: Last May, I made some recommendations to the Hartford Selectboard about streamlining the budget process and presentations. The board also decided to hold meetings in each village to encourage feedback from residents about the budget and priorities. To give credit where …

Sunday Forum: Physical Barriers Can Help Prevent Suicide; Reading the Fine Print; Kasich Could Actually Govern; Clinton’s Commitment to Women’s Health Is Unparalleled

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Remedial Action Can Prevent Suicides To the Editor: I was quite disheartened Thursday morning as I crossed the bridge on Route 4 in Quechee while Hartford emergency crews were responding to another potentially preventable death at this notorious suicide hotspot. This fall I wrote to Gov. Shumlin pointing …

Forum: Give West Hartford Library a Chance; Why So Angry?; CCBA’s New Playground

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Give W. Hartford Library a Chance To the Editor: A new tragedy has struck the village of West Hartford. In 2011, Irene crippled the village. Floods rendered the village library, the post office and the general store unusable. The post office had to be torn down. The general …

Forum: A Winning Idea; Religious Liberty for All; Sanders’ Primary Chances

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Winning Idea To the Editor: Two weeks ago, with $500 million dangling as an incentive, I bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets. The result was that only one out of 60 possible numbers was a match. Struck by that dramatic example of futility, along with my general …

Forum: Two-Tiered Justice System; Law and Executive Action; Rights Trampled; Art Returned Home in Chelsea

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Two-Tiered Justice System To the Editor: It was recently reported that, despite pledges of full cooperation, Volkswagen (conveniently citing German privacy laws) now refuses to provide key information, such as emails, to federal and state investigators. This requested information is crucial to the ongoing civil and criminal investigations …