Letters

Forum: Day Care Marketing Opportunity; No Need for Gas Pipeline; Football, Girls, Violence

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Marketing Opportunity To the Editor: I suggest that an attitude adjustment would allow Joe Asch and the River Valley Club to embrace the idea of sprinklers in the new day care center (“Day Care Builder Challenges Planning Board,” Feb. 5). Don’t think of it as overreach by the Lebanon Planning Board. Think of it as a marketing opportunity: Look what we’re doing extra to protect your children! Nancy Birkrem …

Forum: Support West Hartford Library; Responsible Use of Cemeteries; No Excusing ‘Girl Power’ Headline

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Support West Hartford Library To the Editor: To the Selectboard of the town of Hartford: On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of White River Junction, we urge you to reconsider the recommendation for reduced funding of the West Hartford Library. The destruction wrought by Tropical Storm Irene here in northern New England captured the sympathies of people nationwide. Two Rotary …

Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 8, 2016

LED Longevity Skeptic To the Editor: Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights. First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; they were incapable of projecting light. So I’m not new to this, and I deal …

Forum: Preaching to the Choir; Supporting Sanders; The Case for Clinton; Book Donations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Preaching to the Choir To the Editor: Bill McKibben may be on the right side of history when he rails against continued investment in fossil fuels (“Can Zombie-Like Fossil Fuels Be Killed?,” Jan. 25), and righteous zealots have their place (see John Brown), but one reason the environmental …

Forum: Thankful for Bethel Pastor; Climate Change Dogma in the ‘Valley News’; Supporting Sanders; Supporting Clinton

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thankful for Bethel Pastor To the Editor: I would like to respond to Susan White’s criticism of Jim Kenyon’s column regarding the United Church of Bethel and Pastor Tom Harty printed in the Valley News on Jan. 21. I believe Kenyon spent time conversing with members of the …

Forum: Medicare for All; Stolen Sign in Lebanon; Grow Up, Humans

Monday, January 25, 2016

Medicare For All To the Editor: The U.S. has always prided itself on being ahead of the curve. On health care, we are pretty far behind. Our country spends more money and has less care. Large numbers of people still don’t have any coverage at all. Single-payer, universal …

Sunday Forum: Licensing Without the Facts; the Importance of Paid Sick Days; Taxes and Universal Health Care; Dreamer Vs. Doer

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Licensing Association Lacked Facts To the Editor: Susan White writes in her Jan. 21 letter to the editor (“Broken Bonds in Bethel”): “We license men and women to serve specific congregations in ministerial capacities (including preaching, worship leadership and pastoral care) on behalf of the Windsor-Orange Association, the …

Forum: What We Lost to Thieves; Not as Green as It Seems; Hartford Woolen Bell Returns

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What We Lost to Thieves To the Editor: To the robbers who stole the 7,500-watt generator and the new Ariens snowblower from Second New Hampshir Turnpike in Unity between 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 21: First, I ask for their safe return. Second, for your information, …

Forum: Lay Ministers Are Respected; Start With the Constitution; Thanks to Adults Who Help

Friday, January 22, 2016

Lay Ministers Are Respected To the Editor: I read with a heavy heart Jim Kenyon’s column about the situation in the Bethel church (“Mysterious Ways,” Jan. 17). I do not know the details of that situation, and do not wish to address that. As a licensed pastor in …

Broken Bonds in Bethel

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To the Editor: For the past three years, I have been a member of the Windsor-Orange Association Council of the United Church of Christ Vermont Conference, and I would like to respond to a number of errors of fact and interpretation contained in Jim Kenyon’s column about our …

Forum: Broken Bonds in Bethel; The Montshire Looks Forward; Excessive Executive Power

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Broken Bonds in Bethel To the Editor: For the past three years, I have been a member of the Windsor-Orange Association Council of the United Church of Christ Vermont Conference, and I would like to respond to a number of errors of fact and interpretation contained in Jim …

Forum: Better Budgeting in Hartford; Keeping Us Safe; Forum on Sustainable Future

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Better Budgeting in Hartford To the Editor: Last May, I made some recommendations to the Hartford Selectboard about streamlining the budget process and presentations. The board also decided to hold meetings in each village to encourage feedback from residents about the budget and priorities. To give credit where …

Sunday Forum: Physical Barriers Can Help Prevent Suicide; Reading the Fine Print; Kasich Could Actually Govern; Clinton’s Commitment to Women’s Health Is Unparalleled

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Remedial Action Can Prevent Suicides To the Editor: I was quite disheartened Thursday morning as I crossed the bridge on Route 4 in Quechee while Hartford emergency crews were responding to another potentially preventable death at this notorious suicide hotspot. This fall I wrote to Gov. Shumlin pointing …