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Forum, Nov. 21: Clean Hands, a Strategy; Book Angels Are Back; Keystone Pipeline Isn’t Needed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good, Healthy Habits To the Editor: In response to Abner Schlabach’s letter on Nov. 18 (“Clean Hands, Dirty Doors?”), which proposed a foot-operated door for restrooms to avoid contamination from people’s unwashed hands, I want to suggest an alternate cost-free strategy. I use the paper towel I dried my hands with to open the door, or failing that, a tissue, or failing that, my left hand. (Some Eastern cultures use …

Forum, Nov. 20: Lessons of Life and Death; Sunapee Ski Area Needs to Grow; Poor Decisions in Hartford

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lessons of Life and Death To the Editor: This is a difficult letter to write, for it may tread on sacred ground. Now is the time to take that risk. Over my 25-year teaching career in Vermont, 10 of my 3,000 students have died young: by car, motorcycle and snowmobile accidents; by overdose; by their own hand; by natural death; and by sacrifice …

Forum, Nov. 19: No Bargain With Obama; Sour Grapes Served Sunday; Scouts Did a Good Deed

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No Bargain With Obama To the Editor: Not long before the recent elections, President Obama stated that they would be a referendum on his policies. Now that the referendum is behind us, he has said that his policies and tactics will remain unchanged — this from the man who also said, “Elections have consequences.” Apparently he only meant elections in which his towering …

Forum, Nov. 8: The Measure of Our Days; Sharp-Looking Signs; Thanks, Hanover Firefighters

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Measure of Our Days To the Editor: I have just finished reading a book titled Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, M.D. His thesis is that the modern medical machine robs us of the dignity of death — not to be confused with the state law on “death …

Forum, Nov. 7

Friday, November 7, 2014

We Have a Free Clinic Here, Too To the Editor: The Valley News ran a heart-warming article last week about remote area free clinics (“National Free Clinics: Event Showcases American Health Care for the Poor,” Nov. 3). It’s important to remember that we also have a free medical …

Forum, Nov. 6: Have Coffee With a Cop; Heroes Who Run; Rotary Buys Books

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Have Coffee With a Cop To the Editor: Media tend to portray the police acting or reacting with violence, as recently occurred in Ferguson, Mo. But after the death of my husband, I experienced unexpected and remarkable support from the Hanover Police Department. So it was no surprise, …

Forum, Nov. 5: Your God Is Not Everyone’s God; The Value of Solar Power; Take Care of Pine Park, So Many Political Ads, So Little Time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Your God Is Not Everyone’s God To the Editor: How insulting! What chutzpah! The Rev. Douglas Moore (“If Religious Doctrine Is Dangerous, in What Shall We Believe?,” Nov. 1) suggests, indeed more than suggests, that we cannot love our neighbors, live humbly, or love justice without believing in …

Willem Lange: Our Anniversary Weekend With Zombies, Witches and Ghouls

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Montpelier Halloween was a Friday this year. I woke up just as dawn was filtering into our hotel room and wondered briefly where I was. Then I remembered: shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Hampton, N.H. I peeked around. Mother had pulled a chair up to the gliding …

Forum, Nov. 4

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Morality Without God To the Editor: Douglas Moore (“If Religious Doctrine Is Dangerous, in What Shall We Believe?,” Nov. 1) goes right to the heart of the matter when he asks what one is to believe if one does not believe in a God and heaven, because then, …

Forum, Nov. 1: Disappointed by a News Story; Proud to Live Here; Corporations Have It Wrong

Monday, November 3, 2014

Disappointed by a News Story To the Editor: I would like to respond to the front-page story in the Valley News covering the recent two heroin deaths in the Upper Valley. The article stated that our daughter died of a heroin overdose. Although we have our suspicions about …

Forum, Nov. 3: A Random Act of Kindness; Appreciating Service; A Tobacco-Free Pharmacy

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Random Act of Kindness To the Editor: My mother and I would like to use this forum to thank a young couple for their act of kindness. On Saturday, Oct. 25, we decided to have dinner at a restaurant in West Lebanon, as we usually do when …

Sunday Forum: Getting Help in Understanding Addiction

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Help in Understanding Addiction To the Editor: I am grateful for the letter from Christina Scott-Smith in the Oct. 26 Forum (“Heroin Article Was Superficial”). As the mother of another child who died too early of a heroin overdose, I would like to share information about a self-help …

Forum, Oct. 31: Dartmouth, Stanford Apologize; About the Candidates

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dartmouth, Stanford Apologize To the Editor: On behalf of Dartmouth College and Stanford University, we sincerely apologize for any confusion or concern caused by an election mailer sent in September to New Hampshire primary voters by Dartmouth and Stanford researchers as part of an academic research study. The …