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The Hawks at Home, and a Soldier Who Paid

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In the first days of the Iraq war 11 years ago, Army reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of the head at a Baghdad market. The bullet left him blind, brain-damaged, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to communicate, eat or breathe on his own. He is perhaps the most grievously wounded soldier to survive the war, or any war. On any number of occasions, his parents …

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bad Policies, Continued To the Editor: With all the failures of the last six years, both domestic and international, how can anyone support a candidate who favors the continuation of this president’s misguided policies? Jeff Lehmann Lyme Center Republicans Against Choice To the Editor: A little more than a week ago, the New Hampshire GOP did us all a favor. They finally decided …

Forum, Sept. 30: Equal Care for Mental Health; Who’s Best for New Hampshire?; A Flawed History of the GOP; ‘Into the Woods’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Equal Care for Mental Health To the Editor: Thanks for your front page article, “Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System,” (Sept. 28) which they certainly do. And chief among them is that while passage of the Affordable Care Act offers the promise of incremental improvement in the disparity among the ways various illnesses are treated, the basic premise under which mental …

Thursday Forum: Women’s Health; Milestones for Rail Trail; Hanna’s Voice on VPR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Look Beyond the Rhetoric To the Editor: I stood at the polls a week ago Tuesday, struck by the absence of younger women ­­— women between 18 and 50. Their absence worries me a great deal. When I began my work as a nurse in reproductive health in …

Sunday Forum: Ambiguity in Norwich; an Honor in Orange; a Muddle in the Mideast

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ambiguity in Norwich To the Editor: The contretemps between the Norwich town manager, Neil Fulton, and Selectwoman Linda Cook appears to be a symptom of a dysfunctional Selectboard. A town manager was forced out three years ago without explanation, and now issues of manager insubordination and, possibly, questionable …

Forum, Sept. 13: Muddle in the Middle East; Oktoberfest in Hanover?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Muddled Thinking on the Mideast To the Editor: Let me see if I have this straight: A few months ago, we were considering giving weapons to and otherwise aiding Sunni rebels in Syria in their fight against the Syrian government, led by President Bashir al-Assad, who is supported …

Forum, Sept. 12: Solar Power Looks Good to Me; Hartford Police Academy; Hard Times for College Grads

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Power Looks Good to Me To the Editor: The SunCommon solar company is in negotiation with a neighbor in East Barnard and we are unsure whether to remain part of the global warming problem or become part of the solution. New technology can be upsetting. Vermont has …

Forum, Sept. 11: Justice, but No Seat; Bye-Bye Birdies?; Help Chad Denning’s Family

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Justice, but No Place to Sit To the Editor: On Thursday, Sept. 4, I was at the District Court in White River Junction participating in a jury draw for upcoming trials. For some reason, the court staff had assembled a much larger group of prospective jurors than normal. …

Forum, Sept. 10: Enfield Dog Park; Stricter Bike Rules; The South Is Coming North

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Enfield Dog Park Has Its Day To the Editor: We are pleased to announce that the Mascoma Valley Dog Park Supporters have raised almost $60,000 to build a dog park adjacent to the Shaker Recreation Park on Route 4A in Enfield. The dog park will be free and …

Forum, Sept. 9: Alternative Fuel; Climate Hope

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Begin Switch to Cleaner Fuels To the Editor: Media coverage of American economic policy has often focused on the need to ensure long-term energy supplies, ignoring evidence that CO2 (carbon dioxide) releases from our currently used fuels are a major factor in global warming. Linking abundant energy with …

Sunday Forum: Valley News Should Keep Doing What It’s Doing; School Renovations Lack Foresight

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Keep On Keepin’ On To the Editor: Regarding the Sept. 4 Forum letter headlined “Time to Turn the Page,” I have to take an opposing view: The Valley News provides a great service to its readers and should keep doing what it’s doing. At a time when almost …

Forum: Sept. 6: High Gas Prices in Fairlee; 9/11 Revisited; A Cheer for a Yankees Fan

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fairlee Gas Prices Are Too High To the Editor: I can’t help but wonder who is making the decision to gouge the citizens of Fairlee with gasoline prices. The adjacent town gas stations are charging 20 cents less than all three gas stations in Fairlee; prices here are …

Forum, Sept. 15: Fragrance Sensitivities; Religious Speech at Work; Safe Bicycling in Hanover

Friday, September 5, 2014

Smells Like Strong Chemicals To the Editor: I am a person who loves to be around people. However, I am finding it increasingly difficult to be in social situations because most people, public places and private homes reek of chemical fragrances (from laundry detergents, dryer sheets, air fresheners …