Letters

Forum, Feb. 28: Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon; Keep Dogs Out of Cemeteries; Unintended Consequences of Transfer Station Decals

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon To the Editor: Friends of Lebanon Recreation & Parks hosted its first “Community Skating Party” at Walsh Park a week ago Friday. The purpose was to introduce the community to the mission of our organization and to encourage children and adults to make use of this local resource. Despite the frigid weather, some 60 people came out to skate and enjoy hot chocolate, music …

Forum: Feb. 27: Hartford Candidates; What’s Up in Orford?; Memories of Iwo Jima

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hartford Candidates’ Agenda To the Editor: We are asking Hartford voters to vote for School Board candidates Ron Dwinell (three-year term) and Jeff Arnold (two-year term) on March 3. Together, we will make academic outcomes as they relate to budget inputs clearer for the public to understand; work for increased academic rigor at the middle and high schools; find ways to build school …

Forum, Feb. 26: Norwich Project Explained; Keep Royalton’s Treasurer; Re-elect West Windsor’s Clerk; Drugs in Hartford

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Norwich Project Explained To the Editor: A full house came to hear the Norwich Selectboard presentation Monday on the $3 million bond article, supporting the construction of a combined police and fire department administration building, improvements to the current firehouse, the repair and expansion of the town garage and the provision of a shed for the town’s major equipment. The takeaway message was …

Forum, Feb. 13: Refs Deserve Credit, Too; Charge for Carbon Pollution; The Value of Preservation at Mt. Sunapee

Friday, February 13, 2015

Give Refs Credit, Too To the Editor: Appearing in the Feb. 6 edition of the Valley News was a photograph on the front of the sports page featuring action from the Rivendell/Whitcomb-Rochester girls basketball game. It was an excellent action shot. The Valley News identified each and every …

Forum, Feb. 12: The Price of Generosity; No Guarantee of Safety; Little Libraries; Hartford’s Flawed Process

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Price of Generosity To the Editor: Don’t gift a truck that you have been awarded for being an MVP to someone else. Here’s what will happen: You’ll be taxed on the value of the truck. The gift will not be deductible as a charitable contribution. You will …

Forum, Feb. 11: Let Taxpayers Speak; Trickle-Down Facts; Fairness and Taxes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let Taxpayers Speak To the Editor: I was one of the many citizens who attended the Claremont School Board deliberative session on Feb. 4. There, I received quite an education (no pun intended) on how this aspect of Claremont politics can sometimes operate. You’ll be fine so long …

Forum, Feb. 10: The Enemy Is Out There; Shots in the Dark; Keystone Alternatives

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I Fell, They Came to Help To the Editor: There are good people here! I was walking recently at 3:30 p.m. on the clear, dry sidewalk along North Main Street to cross to my car parked on a side road. However, the pathway across the street was not …

Forum, Feb. 9: Don’t Loosen Gun Regulations; Tanning Bed Dangers for Kids; Love Your Local Library

Monday, February 9, 2015

Don’t Loosen Gun Regulations To the Editor: The 14th bill introduced in the Republican-run New Hampshire Senate this session is SB116, “An act repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.” Its official analysis is brief: “This bill: I. Increases the length of time for …

Sunday Forum: Gun Rights and Responsibilities; Condoms Then and Now; the Enduring Value of Latin; Exceptional Op-Ed Voices; a Lovely Meadow Preserved

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rights Come With Responsibilities To the Editor: Although expected, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons is disappointing. Advocating for so-called “constitutional carry,” the spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Derek Dufresne, states, “The Second Amendment is a …

Forum, Feb. 7: Employment and the Pipeline; Patriarchy, Religion and Morals; Parents Spoil Youth Sports

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Employment and the Pipeline To the Editor: So let me see if I understand this: Republicans in Congress feverishly cobbled together the Keystone XL pipeline legislation. This pipeline will cross the entire U.S. wheat-growing belt and its huge and vital underground water aquifer. Republicans are touting this as …

Forum, Feb. 6: Gun Rights, Dead Children; Marijuana Isn’t a Threat; Bad Plan for Small Farms

Friday, February 6, 2015

Gun Rights and Dead Children To the Editor: With reference to William Tufts’ letter concerning the Second Amendment, I have a few questions (“Defend The Right to Bear Arms,” Jan. 27). What does the phrase “well regulated militia mean” and how does it apply to the right to …

Forum, Feb. 5: Volunteerism Is Alive and Well; A Sorry State of the Union; High Gas Prices in Fairlee

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Volunteerism Is Alive and Well To the Editor: I find it easy to imagine that our country is facing irresolvable challenges given stories in the news of people facing homelessness, possible immigrant deportation, crumbling infrastructure, impending ecological disaster and murders. My response is often one of frustration, cynicism …

Forum, Feb. 4: Save Natural Assets on Mount Sunapee; Don’t Blame Third-Party Voters; The Right to Bear Arms

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Save Our Natural Assets for All To the Editor: It’s true that Mount Sunapee is a lovely place for all things snow and that leaseholders Okemo/MSR have made improvements the state couldn’t have imagined. But they are only leaseholders, and the mountain still belongs to the people of …