Letters

Forum, March 28: An Effective Diversion Program; Free Help With Taxes; Free Snowden

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Our Diversion Program Works To the Editor: We are replying to Dr. Michael Schorsch’s letter of March 25 discussing the failure of public policy in the current opioid epidemic. Although we agree with much of what Dr. Schorsch identified, especially the lack of local quality affordable treatment options, we were shocked and chagrined to see “simplistic, vindictive court diversion program” …

Forum, March 27: Big Tent, Big Troubles; Good Co-op Candidates; Many Books for Many Families

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Troubles in the Big Tent To the Editor: The opinion column by Dana Milbank published in the Valley News March 12 got me thinking more about what leadership in the Republican Party means today, as well as exactly how the “Big Tent” concept has worked out. So let me take the “Big Tent” idea first. It seems to me that to be …

Thursday Forum

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Socialism-Capitalism Balance To the Editor: As a reply to Andrew Van Abs’ March 20 letter to the editor, “Bastions of Rampant Socialism,” I would ask why his example does not include the cost to taxpayers when the laissez-fare capitalism of big banks runs amok. We are besieged by commentators who rail that socialist policies are the truest form of evil, and as Mr. …

Forum, March 13: The Drug War for Kids; Where to Cut Spending in Vermont; Free Market Failures

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Drug War for Kids To the Editor: It’s disappointing to hear that the Hartford School District is considering student expulsion as an appropriate response to the alleged increase in suspected drug activity. Haven’t we learned anything from the last 40 years with our drug war disaster? We’ve …

Forum, March 12: Flinn Doesn’t Speak for All in Hartford; ‘Valley News’ Drops the Ball

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Flinn Doesn’t Speak for All To the Editor: We write to express our concern with how the Valley News covers political events in our town. Despite the fact that F.X. Flinn is no longer on the Hartford Selectboard, recent coverage suggests that he is the Valley News’ most …

Forum, March 11: Dog Owners, Show Some Respect; Vocal Minority Holds Up Gun Bill; Support Vermont Interactive Television

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dog Owners Should Show Some Respect To the Editor: It looks like, just as with everything else in life, that a few people want to ruin things for everyone else. Yes, that’s where we’re at with the subject of dogs in cemeteries ... again. I’ve written about this …

Forum, March 10: Support Child Care; An American Game for Americans; Infamy of Drugs in Schools

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Support Improved Child Care To the Editor: As a pediatrician who specializes in childhood development, I’m writing to support the Blue Ribbon Commission examining sustainable child care financing in Vermont. Child care is an important issue for Vermont’s …

Forum, March 9: Pot Dangers; Hidden Costs of Global Shopping

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pot May Have Dangers To the Editor: Rob Wolfe presented a fair account in his article on the marijuana debate in Vermont (“In Hartland, a Lively Debate on the Future of Pot in Vermont,” Feb. 27). Unfortunately, lobbyist Matt Simon hardly paints a credible picture about anti-marijuana propaganda. …

Sunday Form: Wind Farm Would Be Damaging; Unbearable Arms; Teen Production Triumphs

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wind Project Would Be Destructive To the Editor: We are writing in strong opposition to the proposed Spruce Ridge wind turbine “farm” (read “factory”) on the ridge lines near Mt. Cardigan. The Portuguese corporation responsible for this project wishes to build 29 industrial-sized turbines, each 500 feet high, …

Forum, March 7: Thanks for Town Meeting Coverage; Money, Science and Cholesterol; Be Cautious About Marijuana

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Keeping the Valley Connected To the Editor: I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the efforts made by this paper to connect the towns of the Upper Valley together with a sense of community. The comprehensive details of upcoming Town Meetings provided us all with …

Forum, March 6: Excess of Surpluses in Lebanon; Charlestown Voters Missed Out; Story Told With Sensitivity

Friday, March 6, 2015

An Excess of Lebanon Surpluses To the Editor: I have to ask why the Lebanon School Board continues to raise our taxes each year when the district has a huge surplus. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “rainy day” fund in excess of $2 million? But alas, …

Forum, March 4: Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy; Vermont GOP Talking Points; Local Link to Nigeria

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy To the Editor: On Feb. 10, public testimony for S.31 on criminal background checks was given in Montpelier. It is obvious that some Vermonters lack trust in their government, and voiced concerns that legislative regulation is a precursor to legislative confiscation. This is not …

Forum, March 3: Thank the Veterans; PETA’s Message; Tough Winter Made Better in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank the Veterans Today To the Editor: Town Meeting presents a golden opportunity to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen in our towns. I hope that moderators consider honoring those who have served or are now serving our country in the armed forces by asking them to stand and …