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Forum: Saturday, Oct. 25

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ending the Greek System To the Editor: Congratulations to Lindsay Ellis, editor of The Dartmouth, for challenging Dartmouth’s Greek system. In 1947 at Amherst, my then-fiance John Sibley and his roommate Harry Barnes became friends of freshman Tom Gibbs, who was black. They thought he would be a worthy member of Phi Kappa Psi, and soon that chapter decided to pledge him. Accepting a black member had never happened at …

Forum, Oct. 24: A Bad Idea for Claremont; Debating About the Candidates; Mental Health and Dental Health

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Bad Idea for Claremont To the Editor: It was a bad idea when it was raised. It was a bad idea when it was discussed. It’s still a bad idea! Under the proposed Claremont charter, citizens will lose more control over their elected officials than they will gain. Currently, we have the ability to remove a manager with a simple majority vote …

Forum, Oct. 23: A Good Cause; Fair, or Partisan Coverage?; Windsor Needs a Tree Ordinance

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Article Highlighted a Good Cause To the Editor: On behalf of the community of people with any kind of special need, and their families, thank you for the wonderful and exquisitely written article by staff writer Aimee Caruso about transitioning for young adults with special needs (“Deciding Who They Want to Be,” Sunday Valley News, Oct. 19), and her article about Leah Wright. …

Forum, Oct. 10: Charities That Ask Too Much; Keep off the Tracks; While Fairlee Slept

Friday, October 10, 2014

Some Charities Ask Too Much To the Editor: This is a letter of concern directed to any local, national or international charity. If you would like me to consider making a contribution to your cause, please do not send me multiple mailings in the same month or same …

Forum, Oct. 9: Assessing the Ebola Crisis; A Welcoming Church in White River Junction; Good Riddance to ISIS Volunteers

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Assessing The Ebola Threat To the Editor: The Valley News has done an exemplary job of tracking the rapidly unfolding Ebola crisis. It appears to me that these daily updates have become a virtual timeline on this particularly lethal virus. The current scenario reminds me of another virus …

Forum, Oct. 8: A Failed Education Department; Single-Payer for All; Why I’m Running in Grafton House District 17

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Failed Department To the Editor: Vermont is praised these days for courage in firmly telling off the U.S. Department of Education, which gave a failing grade to most Vermont schools for not forcing every student in every school to pass a standardized test — the requirement of …

Forum: Tuesday, Oct. 7

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Towing Carnival in Hanover To the Editor: When it comes to parking in Hanover, there’s a long-standing quid pro quo that has worked well for decades. Offices, banks and college-owned properties in the commercial zone use their lots for their Upper Valley employees during the day. At night, …

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 …