Letters

Forum: Reality and Politics; Attacking the Messenger; Social Security’s Problems

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reality and Politics To the Editor: The Aug. 18 Valley News Editorial referred to Gov. John Kasich, aspiring presidential candidate, as a “reality-based Republican,” but also mentions that “he doesn’t really address climate change.” Failing to address climate change is delusional, not “reality-based.” Several weeks ago, NASA’s former top climatologist, James Hansen, released am alarming study suggesting that a rapid …

Forum: Teachers and Testing; Anger on the Left; Buy, Sell, Recyle

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Teachers Dislike the Testing To the Editor: It would be fair to say that I am, overall, a Valley News enthusiast. Perhaps because of that, I was disappointed in a recent editorial reprinted from The Washington Post, which I felt offered a far too simplistic portrayal of why many good and dedicated teachers are less than happy with Common Core assessments. One …

Sunday Forum: Urgent Care Costs; the Upper Valley at My Doorstep; Plan A for Quechee

Saturday, August 29, 2015

More On Urgent Care Costs To the Editor: With all due respect, Dr. Deborah Glazer (“The Best, Cost-Effective Care,” Forum, Aug. 27) appears to have taken my remarks out of context and misunderstood them when she wrote that I was “quoted as saying that the average price for care in an urgent care center at $300 ‘is similar to what you would pay …

Tuesday Forum: From Fieldhouse to Fitness Center; A Good Education Requires Parental Vigilance

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Behind a Name Change To the Editor: Thanks for Geoff Hansen’s front page photo on Monday of “the 6,000-square-foot fieldhouse under construction at Hartford High School.” For the record, a brief recapitulation of the Hartford School Board’s voting history in this matter is in order. The Hartford School …

Forum: Jimmy Carter, Man of Peace; Fetal Tissue and Research

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jimmy Carter, Man of Peace To the Editor: The very sad news that former President Jimmy Carter has metastasized cancer has caused me to contrast his presidency with the current candidates running for that office. None of them possess the moral compass that embodied the Carter years. They …

Sunday Forum: Iran Deal Is a Diplomatic Achievement; Thanks for Local Focus; Clinton’s Thoughtful Response on Education; Is Vermont’s Future Agriculture or Energy?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nuclear Deal Is a Diplomatic Achievement To the Editor: The deal by six major world powers with Iran to prevent the latter’s development of nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief is a diplomatic achievement of the first order. The compliance mechanisms are the most severe ever negotiated. …

Forum: When Solar Makes Sense; Awaiting Lebanon Fountain; Give Sanders a Chance

Friday, August 14, 2015

When Solar Is Appropriate To the Editor: Your front-page headline about the Windsor meeting concerning the proposed solar array was misleading (“Windsor Residents Oppose Solar,” Aug. 11). Windsor residents do not “oppose solar.” Most of the people who voiced opposition to the state’s plan also said that they …

Forum: The Back to Nature Cure; Seek a Free-Market Solution; Cat Champions in Claremont

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Back to Nature Cure To the Editor: The Aug. 8 article “Figuring Things Out,” about Warrior Hike, the end-to-end Appalachian Trail hikes for veterans, struck me as very important. I have also found that sustained contact with nature is healing for the mind, body and soul. Most …

Forum: Scurrilous Is the Word; Don’t Single Out Israel

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scurrilous Is the Word To the Editor: I have always wanted to use the word “scurrilous,” defined by the dictionary as “of a malicious or slanderous nature; defamatory.” Which makes it the perfect word for the pseudo-documentary vilifying Planned Parenthood. This so-called documentary sneakily deleted remarks by the …

Tuesday Forum: Student Debt Poses an Economic Threat; Clinton’s Bold Promises on Climate Change

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Clinton on Climate Change To the Editor: Recognizing how the health of our families, our communities, our economy and our fragile planet are all connected to climate change, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made some pretty bold and forward- thinking promises. Building on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, …

Sunday Forum: The Facts About Planned Parenthood; It’s the Democrats, Not the Republicans, Who Are Out of Touch

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Facts About Planned Parenthood To the Editor: Well, here we go again, perpetuating the fallacy that Planned Parenthood promotes abortion. Actually, most of Planned Parenthood’s work involves preventing unwanted pregnancies: 80 percent of the 2.7 million patients who used Planned Parenthood in 2013 came for contraception. In …

Forum: A Hunting Offense Here; Making Beautiful Music; Praise for a Hartford Coach

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Hunting Offense Here To the Editor: In two separate, but widely publicized cases, Dr. Jan Casimir Seski now joins Dr. Walter James Palmer as international personae non gratae for poaching in Africa. Once the hunters, now they are the hunted. Meanwhile, closer to home, we have a …

Forum: Gun Laws and Violence; Politics and Tom Brady; Was Lethal Force Necessary?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bernie Sanders’ Economics To the Editor: Thanks for your coverage of Bernie Sanders’ Claremont speech (“Sanders Fires Up Claremont,” Aug. 3). As Bernie mentioned, U.S. billionaires have way too much money. That’s why his plan — to move more of that cash to the neediest Americans — makes …