Letters

Forum, Dec. 20: Lebanon Priorities; Peace and the Koran; Dance and Lyrics

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Priorities In Lebanon To the Editor: I see we can afford to hire another assistant for the Lebanon Public Works Department at a salary of $85,000, but cannot afford to spend $6,000 to protect our employees from the cold and wind at the landfill with a bus stop-type weather shelter. Our tax money would be better spent on problems such as the downtown parking lot, paving roads and repairing the …

Forum, Dec. 19: Edit “Lord of the Dance”; Join the Revelry; Let Consumers Know About GMOs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Edit ‘Lord of the Dance’ To the Editor: Having served as the stage director of the 2012 and 2013 Christmas Revels, and being of the Jewish faith, I have to agree with Robert Baum’s assessment of the lyrics of Lord of the Dance (“Dark Side of a Revels Song,” Dec. 17). While some of the words have indeed been changed, and the song …

Forum, Dec. 18: Revels Celebrates the Light; A Failure to Cooperate in Hartford; Tortured Logic of Chaney

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Revels Celebrates the Light To the Editor: I am president of Revels North, and I applaud Mr. Baum for his thoughtful expression of concern about an element of our 40-year-old Hanover Christmas Revels. (“Dark Side of a Revels Song,” Dec. 17). Professor Baum’s essay on the potential for offense with the words of the song Lord of the Dance is well-taken. It is …

Forum: Thursday, Dec. 4

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Community Nursing Is Important To the Editor: I spent the summer of 1970 in Woodstock with Drs. Hugh Hermann and Ed Shepard. I was a third-year student at Harvard Medical School, having spent my first two years at Dartmouth. Hugh and Ed taught me the importance of meeting …

Forum, Dec. 3: President Obama’s Real Mistake; My Editorial Opinion; Thanks for Hartford Firefighters

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

President Obama’s Real Problem To the Editor: President Obama’s first major mistake was being born part white. This gave license to racists nationwide to call him “black” and so diminish anything he did politically, whatever the value of some of those decisions. His second big mistake was daring …

Forum, Dec. 2: Give Blood in Norwich; The Co-op and the Courts; Cleaner Energy

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blood Drive Makes a Difference To the Editor: Please join us for part of the 19 Days of Norwich at our blood drive on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Tracy Hall. We are excited that we were asked to move the date of our drive …

Forum: Nov. 30: Risk and Rewards of Rock Climbing; Small Protest Numbers; Misleading Progressive Theater

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Risk and Rewards To the Editor: Steve Nelson’s good column (Perspectives, Nov. 23) on risk and, in particular, Alex Honnold, who is a free-solo climber, elicits a response from this retired climber. I had the opportunity to be on a panel with Alex a few years back. …

Forum, Nov. 28: Sour Grapes of Wrath; Plutocracy in America; Shop in Enfield

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sour Grapes of Wrath To the Editor: With regard to Winifred Anthony Stearns’ enjoinder to us “sour grapes” non-Republicans that we adopt some of the GOP’s “ideas for fiscal responsibility,” I wonder if she is referring to the most recent instance? The last Republican president mounted two unwinnable …

Forum, Nov. 27

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Upper Valley Came Through To the Editor: In 2012, the Carter Community Building Association Board of Trustees launched a three-year youth scholarship fund drive to assist needy youngsters — for many years to come — to learn to swim, play basketball, enjoy summer camp and exercise. We …

Forum, Nov. 26: The Comeback Republicans; Poor Investment in Windsor; The Right Smoke Alarm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Comeback Republicans To the Editor: We Republicans can only laugh at the crescendo of sour grapes unloaded on the public in your editorial Nov. 16 about the national election. Guys! We won, you lost big time. Better that you set forth some of our ideas about fiscal …

Forum: Nov. 25: A Misstep in Canaan; Who’s Your Emperor?; Haters and the ACA

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Misstep in Canaan To the Editor: Reading the front page of Saturday’s Valley News (“Taxes Pit Canaan, Mascoma”) certainly did nothing to alleviate the dismay I felt upon opening my tax bill yesterday. The use of town resources (paper, postage, time) to disseminate misinformation, promote the opinions …

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Guns and Hunting in Thetford To the Editor: I read with interest the recent articles about the Fish and Game Club of Thetford. Here is a little history of the club: My late husband, Ben Cadwell, Jim Banker, Arthur Palmer, Harry Nash, Frank Barker, George Davenport and others …

Sunday Forum: Clean Air, Save Energy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Action Needed on Clean Air To the Editor: Many of us consider climate change among the foremost issues requiring public action now that the flurry of the midterm election is behind us. Right after the election, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, now majority leader, implausibly declared, “We (the …