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Letters

Letter: Dartmouth’s Efforts on Sex Assault

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the Editor: Thomas Curphey’s letter asserting that Dartmouth’s proposed sexual assault policy violates students’ rights prompts this response. The constitutional protections noted by Mr. Curphey are available when the federal government proceeds against an individual. The Fourteenth Amendment ensures these rights when a state is proceeding. These rights are not guaranteed when a private entity acts. State educational institutions are bound by the constitutional protections cited by Mr. Curphey. …

Letter: Obamacare Is Gaining

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the Editor: Ron Willoughby (“Shaheen and Global Ban on Guns,” Forum, April 14) expects New Hampshire readers to be shocked because Sen. Jeanne Shaheen supported a U.N. resolution urging nations to restrict the importation and exportation of lethal weapons. Then, horror of horrors, Willoughby tells us that Sen. Shaheen voted for “Obamacare.” Willoughby should know that, now that the Affordable Care Act …

Letter: 'Doc's House,' a Welcoming Home

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the Editor: We regret the recent Lebanon Zoning Board of Adjustment decision denying a request to allow a number of regular apartments to be built at 4 South Park St., in the center of town. Perhaps the board felt bound by an ordinance that should change, but the board appears to have fallen down on the question of “hardship.” Any real hardship …

Letter: Emerson Wouldn’t Approve

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: To both the Lebanon School Board and the Lebanon Zoning Board: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Toy Storey Norwich …

Letter: Step in Right Direction

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: In his letter of April 16 (“Sex Assault and Civil Rights”), Thomas Curphey criticized Dartmouth College’s proposed policy for adjudicating cases of sexual assault. Mr. Curphey appeals to constitutionally guaranteed rights of those who are accused and argues that guilt need be proved “beyond a …

Letter: Attending Dartmouth Is Not a Civil Right

Saturday, April 19, 2014

To the Editor: I write in response to Thomas J. Curphey’s letter (“Sex Assault and Civil Rights,” April 16). Mr. Curphey alleges that “Dartmouth’s proposed policy on sexual assault violates or greatly abridges the constitutionally guaranteed rights of students accused under it.” Mr. Curphey makes an all-too-common mistake …

Letter: Misguided School Officials

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Editor: I read your April 15 editorial, “Not So Great Expectations,” with much pleasure. You have done the public and particularly the residents of Lebanon a good public service in exposing the petty, small-minded behavior of the Lebanon school superintendent and the Lebanon School Board. I …

Letter: Help Preserve Hartford’s Schoolhouse

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Editor: Last January, the Valley News featured the drive to preserve the vintage one-room schoolhouse in Hartford’s Jericho Rural Historic District. Fund-raising began in December and continues in coordination with the Hartford Historical Society and the Hartford Historic Preservation Commission. The building is believed to be …

Letter: Putting Children First

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Editor: We want to begin by thanking the anonymous donor for his most generous contribution, which allows our grandson Lucian Vigneault to finish the school year at Hanover Street School in Lebanon. You chose to place a child’s well-being and stability above all else. Your good …

Letter: Let’s Improve School Lunches

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: Earlier this week, I visited my mentee at a local elementary school during lunchtime. When my mentee brought over his school-provided hot lunch, he looked solemn and uninterested. His meal featured a few pieces of plain iceberg lettuce, white bread with one slice of turkey, …

Letter: Honoring Students Who Served

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: Tris Wykes’ well-written story about Evan Bloom (“A Big Impression: Dartmouth’s Bloom Has Left His Mark,” April 11) has a hidden story that few readers would understand. “He’s certainly proud of the path he’s chosen, but is wise enough to know there are many ways …

Letter: Literacy Night Draws a Crowd

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: I would like to extend a gigantic thank you to the scores of individuals who volunteered their time and talents recently to make the first Towle and Richards elementary schools’ Family Literacy Night a tremendous, stupendous success. Sponsored by Title I, the theme was “Open …

Letter: Board Should Have Shown Empathy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: How sad that members of the Lebanon School Board couldn’t find it in their hearts to waive the tuition for this short period of time for Lucien Vigneault so that he could finish out third grade at the Hanover Street School. If Vermont was able …