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Letters

Forum: Make Way for Reprints; No Defending Planned Parenthood; Truman’s Fateful Decision

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Make Way for Reprints To the Editor: In your July 31 issue, there was an article (“A Quiet Mastery”) about children’s book author and illustrator Robert McCloskey. In the early 1960s, I worked for The Viking Press (McCloskey’s publisher), in charge of reprinting children’s books. All of McCloskey’s books were constantly being reprinted, especially Make Way for Ducklings. The artwork for this book was originally drawn directly on lithographic stones …

Forum: Treated With Respect at the VA; Same Red Sox, Different Day; Support N.H. Drug Czar

Monday, August 3, 2015

Treatment With Respect at the VA To the Editor: I was thinking, how is it that we are quick to find fault and slow to give praise? When I returned from overseas in the early 1970s, the war was not popular and there was a very large anti-war movement. Returning vets were not treated very well. I never talked much about the war, …

Sunday Forum: Upper Valley Has Many Mental Health Resources; a Bad Ride on Route 120; Sanders’ Silence on Gun Violence

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Upper Valley Mental Health Resources To the Editor: We commend staff writer Rick Jurgens for his excellent series last month on mental health care in Vermont and New Hampshire. He captures the suffering of clients and families struggling to survive within these broken and woefully underfunded systems. We know, thanks to research by the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and others, which mental health …

Forum: The Republican Reality; Not Interested in a Union; Diplomacy, Not War

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Republican Reality To the Editor: In Greg Jaffe’s July 16 Washington Post article (“Obama Says War Was Next Absent Deal”), Speaker Boehner’s aide described Obama as “hopelessly disconnected from reality” in the nuclear deal with Iran. If anyone is outside reality, it is the Republicans. This is …

Sunday Forum: A School District Looks to the Future; the Primacy of Natural Law; a Humanitarian Crisis in the Making; a Myopic View of Donald Trump

Sunday, July 19, 2015

District Looks to Future To the Editor: On June 2 , Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Act 46. This landmark education legislation calls on school boards and administrators to lead changes in their districts and supervisory unions that will result in greater opportunities for students, increased efficiency …

Forum: Local Boost in the Upper Valley; Bush Editorial a Cheap Shot; Diacritical Remarks

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Local Boost in the Upper Valley To the Editor: John McClaughry’s review of local shopping promotional campaigns and the work of economist Michael Shuman (“The Local Economy Solution,” July 12) provided an important overview of the impact locally owned businesses deliver to their communities. His appraisal, however, missed …

Forum: Voting Procedures in N.H.; Enjoy the River Carefully; Good Theater, Right Here; Thanks, Lebanon

Friday, July 17, 2015

Voting Procedures in N.H. To the Editor: I am writing to express my concern regarding a front-page story in the July 12 Sunday Valley News regarding Bernie Sanders being on the ballot for the upcoming Democratic primary (“Can Sanders Get On N.H. Ballot?”). Specifically, I am concerned about …

Forum: Hitting a Wall in Hanover; Republican Concern for the Poor in N.H.?; Thanks for the Memories

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hitting a Wall in Hanover To the Editor: I appeared recently before the Hanover Zoning Board to request a variance, but it turns out that’s where good ideas and personal freedom go to die. I wanted to put a second floor on top of an existing first floor, …

Forum: Coolidge Remembered Fondly; Poker With Clinton and Sanders; Questions About Shooting

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Coolidge Remembered Fondly To the Editor: It was disconcerting to see President Calvin Coolidge described by opinion writer Petula Dvorak as “lackluster” and “remembered by nobody” in her July 6 column, “Racing Calvin Coolidge.” It was especially peculiar to see these contentions in The Washington Post, whose owners …

Forum: Lessons From the South; Supporting Hillary Clinton; Not Impressed by Sanders

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lessons From the South To the Editor: My mother’s people, as we say in the South, were from Richmond, Va., known as “the heart of the Confederacy.” I went to college in North Carolina and married a man born in Albany, Ga. We both grew up loving the …

Sunday Forum: Release the Video of Police Shooting; How to Build Trust in Financial Institutions; the Answer to One Cemetery Conundrum; Drawing Life Lessons From Ancient Objects

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Release Video of Shooting To the Editor: I read with interest the July 8 article on the shooting by Haverhill police of a Canterbury, N.H., man “armed” with a knife. The circumstances of the death of Mr. Hagen Esty-Lennon remain mysterious. This present case may have been suicide, …

Karl Rove and Karma; Trump Rises in N.H.; Market Basket’s Example

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Karl Rove and Karma To the Editor: While offering a conservative rebuttal to “An Outrage in the South,” Michael Long denounced the “Unfair Liberal Tactics” used to malign and associate Republicans with what many perceive as a racist symbol, the Confederate flag. I do not wish to add …

Forum: Tenure Is an Anachronism: Cornish Exit Strategy; Pulling the Plug on Grateful Dead

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tenure Is an Anachronism To the Editor: Randall Balmer’s column on tenure is misleading, but not unexpected given the source (“Scott Walker and the War on Tenure: College Professors Need Security and Independence,” July 5). He attempts to put the important issue of tenure in a political context …