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Forum: Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle; Missing From the Dartmouth Green; Threat of Legalized Pot

Friday, February 12, 2016

Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle To the Editor: In a typical Republican design, New Hampshire Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has come up with a great idea (sarcasm): Let’s tax, fine or impose a fee on consumers who purchase vehicles that get good fuel mileage. I find this not only stupid, but counterproductive to reducing greenhouse gases or reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Major feels it’s a good way to replace …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive hearings, expert testimony and historical analysis — do not require sprinklers on the ground floor …

Forum: Girls, Women and Copy Editors; Disappointed in Vermont Party Leaders; Unneeded Airport Work

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Girls, Women and Copy Editors To the Editor: Anant Sundaram’s intemperate screed (“No Excusing ‘Girl’ Headline,” Feb. 9) smearing Kathryn Stearns for her thoughtful op-ed piece about “Girl Power” smacks of micro-aggression against women. My wife, an Oxford honors graduate, refers fondly to her friends of a certain age as “girls.” Yet all are feminist veterans of the unfinished struggle for women’s equality. …

Forum: When Dartmouth Beat Harvard; Trump’s Service to the Nation; Pull Plug on Fracking

Saturday, January 30, 2016

When Dartmouth Beat Harvard To the Editor: As my sharp-eyed neighbor pointed out to me, no British, Italian or Russian troops fought at Verdun, and the U.S. would not declare war for almost 14 months; the first sentence of Jaime Seaton’s Nugget history (Sunday Valley News, Jan. 24) …

Forum: Thanks, Chief Locke; Restrain Your Dogma; The Candidates Debate

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thanks, Chief Locke To the Editor: In the wake of a transition this week in the town of Hartford, I want to send a fond farewell and a note of appreciation to Steve Locke, interim town manager, previous public safety director/fire chief, and always, friend. He and I …

Forum: Friends, Indeed; Dogs at the Cemetery; Candidates’ Letters

Thursday, January 28, 2016

True Friends, Indeed To the Editor: The past November, my former wife and the mother of our three young children, Frederique Thibault, died at the age of 44 of a malignant brain tumor. Her death was very difficult for the many who loved her, particularly her children; however, …

Forum: Preaching to the Choir; Supporting Sanders; The Case for Clinton; Book Donations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Preaching to the Choir To the Editor: Bill McKibben may be on the right side of history when he rails against continued investment in fossil fuels (“Can Zombie-Like Fossil Fuels Be Killed?,” Jan. 25), and righteous zealots have their place (see John Brown), but one reason the environmental …

Forum: Thankful for Bethel Pastor; Climate Change Dogma in the ‘Valley News’; Supporting Sanders; Supporting Clinton

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thankful for Bethel Pastor To the Editor: I would like to respond to Susan White’s criticism of Jim Kenyon’s column regarding the United Church of Bethel and Pastor Tom Harty printed in the Valley News on Jan. 21. I believe Kenyon spent time conversing with members of the …

Forum: Medicare for All; Stolen Sign in Lebanon; Grow Up, Humans

Monday, January 25, 2016

Medicare For All To the Editor: The U.S. has always prided itself on being ahead of the curve. On health care, we are pretty far behind. Our country spends more money and has less care. Large numbers of people still don’t have any coverage at all. Single-payer, universal …

Sunday Forum: Licensing Without the Facts; the Importance of Paid Sick Days; Taxes and Universal Health Care; Dreamer Vs. Doer

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Licensing Association Lacked Facts To the Editor: Susan White writes in her Jan. 21 letter to the editor (“Broken Bonds in Bethel”): “We license men and women to serve specific congregations in ministerial capacities (including preaching, worship leadership and pastoral care) on behalf of the Windsor-Orange Association, the …

Forum: What We Lost to Thieves; Not as Green as It Seems; Hartford Woolen Bell Returns

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What We Lost to Thieves To the Editor: To the robbers who stole the 7,500-watt generator and the new Ariens snowblower from Second New Hampshir Turnpike in Unity between 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 21: First, I ask for their safe return. Second, for your information, …

Forum: Lay Ministers Are Respected; Start With the Constitution; Thanks to Adults Who Help

Friday, January 22, 2016

Lay Ministers Are Respected To the Editor: I read with a heavy heart Jim Kenyon’s column about the situation in the Bethel church (“Mysterious Ways,” Jan. 17). I do not know the details of that situation, and do not wish to address that. As a licensed pastor in …

Broken Bonds in Bethel

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To the Editor: For the past three years, I have been a member of the Windsor-Orange Association Council of the United Church of Christ Vermont Conference, and I would like to respond to a number of errors of fact and interpretation contained in Jim Kenyon’s column about our …