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Forum, Oct. 21: What Scott Brown Stands For; Sen. Ayotte Helped Me; Danger: Lebanon Crosswalk

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Scott Brown Stands For To the Editor: Do Scott Brown and Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell know that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that Obamacare has contributed to a decrease on a per-person basis in Medicare spending, part of a significant fall in national health care spending? Willfully ignoring these facts, Brown charged during his primary campaign that insurance rates under the new law are going up, …

Birth Announcements: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center CHASE — A son, Mateo Armani Chase, born on May 1, 2014, to Wendy and Charles Chase, of Hartford. MERLO — A daughter, Alexandra Ruth Merlo, born on Oct. 8, 2014, to Sarah and Daniel Merlo, of Windsor. Gifford Medical Center HAMLETT — A son, Colton James Hamlett, born on Sept. 20, 2014, to Samantha Blakeney and James Hamlett, of …

Forum, Oct. 19: Early Experiences Help Children; Holiday Basket Helpers; White House’s Open-Door Policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Children Need Good Early Experiences To the Editor: As the director of The Family Place, the local parent-child center serving over 1,900 children and families every year, I see the impact of early experiences on young children. The research is clear: Giving young children a strong start improves their chances for success, yielding healthier and more prosperous communities. Eighty percent of a child’s …

Forum, Oct. 6: Concerns Were Well-Founded; Domestic Violence Awareness; Mascoma School Project Will Waste Energy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Concerns Were Well-Founded To the Editor: Rep. Jim Masland (D-Thetford) recently stated on the Sharon listserv that, “When legislators crafted language calling for the Governor to present a plan to finance Green Mountain Care by January 2013, neither the Legislature nor the Governor fully grasped the complexity of …

Sunday Forum: Disappointment in Quechee; Scott Milne’s Thoughtfulness; Energy Costs; and Universal Recycling

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bridge Decision Disappointing To the Editor: The decision by the Hartford Selectboard to put off restoration of the area around the Quechee Covered Bridge is disappointing to say the least. It is not just a letdown to people of Quechee, but to many in Hartford and the Upper …

Forum, Oct. 3: Free Speech, Stolen Signs; A Nice Movie Moment; Good Times, Good Causes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Speech, Stolen Signs To the Editor: For many years a biannual ritual in Grantham is the emergence of political signs to signal the latest round of democracy in our small corner of the nation. Property owners give permission, and political activists are respectful of the privilege: not …

Forum, Oct. 2: Drive ISIS From Iraq; Keep the Garipay House Heated; Nice Views in Enfield

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Drive ISIS Fighters Out of Iraq To the Editor: With Republican or Democrat leadership, we never fail to get it wrong. Now we are fighting against ISIS, which has armament we supplied just a short time ago in an effort to stabilize the region. Does this remind anyone …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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. …