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Letters

Forum, Aug. 29: Congrats, Candidates; The Takeaway From Ferguson; Pro and Con on Peter Welch

Friday, August 29, 2014

An Independent for the House To the Editor: Congratulations to Tim Briglin and Jim Masland on winning the Democratic primary for the house seats representing Norwich, Thetford, Sharon and Strafford. Thanks too to Irv Thomae and Jill Michaels for running vigorous and thoughtful campaigns. Now on to the general election in November. While the Valley News was correct that what propelled me into the race was Jim Masland’s vote for …

Forum, Aug. 28: Why Lebanon College Canceled Classes; Waiting for Annie Kuster; Hanover’s Yard Sale; Are Volunteer Jobs Really Jobs?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Classes Were Called Off To the Editor: You have suggested that the board and administration of Lebanon College should explain our unanticipated decision that the college was not financially strong enough to offer classes this fall (“A College Drops Out: Lebanon College Was an Asset,” Aug. 23). It is a decision that we reached with extreme reluctance and only at a point …

Forum, Aug. 27: Be Wary of TV Campaign Ads; Police Power; Good Candidates

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Wary of TV Campaign Ads To the Editor: As we enter into the midterm election cycle, I shudder to imagine what voters will learn from political candidates seeking success. How does one decide whom to vote for? Citizens’ political views can be influenced by many sources. My concern is that, in politics, TV ads are a major source. To cite some numbers …

Forum, Aug. 16: Tests and More Tests; Market Basket

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Situation That Had to End To the Editor: The editorial “Loyalty and Profits at Market Basket” in the Sunday Valley News Aug. 3 was excellent. “Let them eat cake!” “Hell, no,” said the customers. At my age, nearly 80, like many others, I have been there when …

Forum, Aug. 15: The Importance of Staging; Ovation for the Orchestra

Friday, August 15, 2014

An Omission in the Production To the Editor: Opera North’s performance of My Fair Lady at the Lebanon Opera House had all the virtues identified by Nicola Smith in her review: strong lead actors, familiar and evocative music, and a satisfying finish as a production (“Opera North Opens …

Forum, Aug. 14: Good Productions, Bad Message; Church-and-Town Dispture; Scott Brown’s Border Crossing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good Productions, Bad Message To the Editor: In the past few weeks we have seen three productions: Carousel, performed by North Country Community Theatre, Kiss Me Kate, done by New London Barn Playhouse, and My Fair Lady, put on by Opera North. All three were well-staged, well-acted and …

Forum, Aug. 13: The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings; The Spirit in Dorchester; Let’s Talk About Gun Violence

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings To the Editor: I appreciated the Aug. 3 column by Randall Balmer (“Welcome the Stranger? Politicians and the Bible Have Conflicting Message on Immigrants”). Like a poker player who calls the bluff of an opponent and finds that the opponent has a very weak …

Forum, Aug. 12: Finally, a Democrat Speaks; Profit in Public Service; Headrest Is an Asset

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally, a Democrat Speaks To the Editor: Finally, a prominent Democrat, in this case Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, has had the integrity to publicly condemn the CIA spying on members of the Senate. It’s about time! Some things are just plain wrong, and it shouldn’t matter who …

Sunday Forum: Giving Thanks Where It’s Due; the Wilderness Act Turns 50; What Makes a Church; Jim Brady Remembered

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Much Service to Be Thankful For To the Editor: People frequently say, “Thank you for your service” to members of the military and to veterans. When this is said to me, I acknowledge it but feel that little is owed me. In 1963, I, and all men aged …

Forum, Aug. 9: Remember the Orchestra; Change in Vermont; Thanks, Kathy Hoyt

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Don’t Overlook the Orchestra To the Editor: In reading Nicola Smith’s narratives of each of Opera North productions this summer, including a “back stage account,” I noticed that the 27 orchestral musicians and their work were never mentioned in any capacity. This is scary to me because it …

Forum, Aug. 8: Poison Parsnips, Co-op Plaudits; Rethinking Mideast Headlines; The Mascoma River Greenway

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poison Parsnip, Co-op Plaudits To the Editor: Odd bedfellows, perhaps — a toxic invasive plant and the oft-discussed (of late) Co-op Food Stores. But Upper Valley residents should know about this noxious relative of our beloved carrot, and how the Co-op recently took quick action to stem its …

Forum, Aug. 7: Unchristian Act by a Church; Beware of Single-Payer Critics; The Real Oppressor in Gaza and Israel

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Unchristian Act by a Church To the Editor: At the Dorchester Selectboard meeting of July 17, the trustees of the Dorchester Community Church, Grace Fraser, Patricia Franz and Michelle Fistek, presented arguments opposing the actions of the Selectboard, which holds the opinion that while there is a historic …

Forum, Aug. 6: The Great War; Sharing the Wealth; Rewriting Gaza Headlines, Neighbors Need Help

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Great War, Reconsidered To the Editor: Nicola Smith did a fine job in describing the many ways the Great War influenced “almost everything that happened afterward,” inviting thoughtful contributions from our community. Jim Fox interestingly pointed out that Rudyard Kipling’s history of the Irish Guards in World …