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Letters

Sunday Forum: Drug War Is Misguided; Health Care Is Indeed a Right

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Police Can’t Be Choosers To the Editor: While I agree with Jim Kenyon that marijuana prohibition is a mistake, and is starting to be overturned, I must disagree with his complaint about how the Lebanon Police handled the case he wrote about (“Failing The Sniff Test,” Jan. 25). The police cannot choose to not enforce the law, even a bad one. Kenyon was also wrong about when the drug war …

Forum, Jan. 31: Hartford Recycling Facts; Keystone Pipeline and Big Money; What’s Inflated, What’s Not

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Recycling in Hartford: The Facts and Figures To the Editor: Since the Hartford Selectboard unanimously voted to put the question of townwide curbside recycling to the voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, a number of residents have asked questions that the Hartford Solid Waste Advisory Committee would like to address. There also have been some misconceptions the committee would like to …

Forum, Jan. 30: Should I Stay or Go?; Value of Religion; The Mail Didn’t Go Through

Friday, January 30, 2015

Should I Stay Or Go? To the Editor: Between now and Town Meeting I will be considering whether or not to stay on the Hartford School Board. After the board’s refusal to even consider discussing the motion I proposed at the Jan. 28 meeting — “That any student caught selling or distributing drugs on school property will be expelled from school”— I have …

Forum, Jan. 17: The Future of Cheaters; Israel Shares the Blame; Fluoride Helps Oral Health

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Future of Cheaters To the Editor: As a Dartmouth alumnus, I congratulate the college for suspending the cheaters. Cheating unchecked becomes a lifelong pattern. These students will become the Bernie Madoffs, the Wall Street financiers who cheat any way possible and lose honest people’s money, and the …

Forum, Jan. 16: A Worthy Column on Haiti; Why Publish That Letter?; No Underlings in Vermont; A Christmas Dinner to Remember

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Worthy Column On Haiti To the Editor: What a treat to see Greg Trotter’s column in the Perspectives section of the Valley News on Sunday (“Haiti On Our Minds,” Jan. 11). His reporting in the Valley News following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was outstanding; Jason …

Forum, Jan. 15: Recycling in Hartford; Merci, Republique Francaise; A Skilled, Compassionate Doctor; Help the Poor, Not the Rich

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recycling Serves Many Residents To the Editor: I read with interest in today’s Valley News (“Hartford Might Cut Recycling,” Jan. 13) Selectboard Co-Chairman Ken Parker’s comments regarding curbside recycling. Maybe during the current budget process, the same logic should be applied to other programs, such as recreation: “There …

Forum, Jan. 14: ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful; A Bad Move in the Vermont House; What Is Shell’s Game?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful To the Editor: Regarding the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, as a onetime editor of the Harvard Lampoon, I would like to add my two-cents’ worth. In the first place, that title is a joke and a mockery. It refers to Charles Schulz, a …

Sunday Forum: Rape Is a Reality, With or Without Names; Religion It’s Not; What Americans Could Learn in Cuba; Individual Players Slighted

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rape Is a Reality, Names or No Names To the Editor: While I agree with much of what Jim Kenyon had to say in his recent column (“Names That Matter,” Jan. 7), I worry about the implications of its headline and the reference to it on your front …

Forum, Jan. 10: No Need for Plastic; Join the March for Campaign Finance Reform

Saturday, January 10, 2015

No Need for Plastic To the Editor: I sent this letter to CVS Health’s customer relations office about corporate social responsibility: “CVS provides many useful services to the communities in which the stores are located. However, in one …

Forum, Jan. 9: CO2 Isn’t the Culprit; The Cheaters of Dartmouth; All You Need is Love

Friday, January 9, 2015

CO2 Isn’t the Culprit To the Editor: I think Messrs. Buttrey and Hillinger, who responded to my Forum letter on global warming, misread it or perhaps my explanation wasn’t clear enough. The point I wished to convey was not that we don’t have climate change, but that CO2 …

Forum, Jan. 8: Vote for Nader Caused Harm; Killers in the Mideast; Explain the Spike in Electric Rates

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vote for Nader Caused Much Harm To the Editor: Votes for Ralph Nader caused Al Gore to lose New Hampshire and cost him the election. At the time we didn’t know how much damage a Bush presidency would cause. But with the advantage of hindsight, we know that …

Forum, Jan. 7: Thanks for the Memories, Don Mahler; Empathy for Lebanon Workers; Behind the Closing of Lebanon College

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thanks for the Memories, Don To the Editor: As a Valley News subscriber and sports fan, I was sad to read of Don Mahler’s retirement (Going, Going, Gone: Longtime ‘Valley News’ Sports Editor Is Outta Here,” Jan. 4). I get my national news from other outlets, but read …

Forum, Jan. 6: What Message in the Courtroom?; Paying to Repair the Climate; Finding the Middle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What Message in the Courtroom? To the Editor: I read in the Jan. 3 Valley News that there were a number of community members, including Oxbow High School teachers, attending Brian Musty’s recent court appearance to support him as he accepted a plea agreement for having sexually assaulted …