Letters

Forum: About Hanover Lutherans; Local Churches React to Racism; A Kosher Solution at Dartmouth

Friday, September 4, 2015

Lutherans in Hanover To the Editor: In the latter part of July, the Valley News printed a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story concerning action by the hierarchy of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). It was reported that a minister who is a professor at Valparaiso University (a Lutheran-affiliated school) was ousted from the LCMS for his repeated questioning of its refusal to discuss opening ordained pastoral ministry to women. Also, he …

Forum: Nixon’s Still the One; Making Enemies in the World; Sanders Inspired Me

Thursday, September 3, 2015

An Advocate for Women To the Editor: “Here’s to moving forward! Not because the work for women’s equality is done, but because we have so much still to fight for: equal pay, reproductive rights and more.” So said Hillary Clinton recently as we celebrated Women’s Equality Day — 95 years after women won the right to vote. I marched in the 1960s for …

Forum: Politicians Misunderstand Teachers; Misuse of My Tax Money; Seabrook and Safety

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Politicians and Teachers To the Editor: In this “Trumpian” election cycle, in which the winner may be the person who can say the boldest, meanest and, usually, the most incomprehensibly stupid thing possible, Gov. John Kasich tossed his tongue into the ring in a comment he made in a forum on education. According to Gov. Kasich, the problem with education is that teachers, …

Friday Forum: An Old Dreamer for Trump; Those Huddled Masses

Friday, August 21, 2015

An Old Dreamer for Trump To the Editor: Although it’s early in the presidential election process, two contrasting personalities are rapidly beginning to stand out, drawing significant energy, crowds and TV ratings from their corresponding constituent bases — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and billionaire Donald Trump. Sanders …

Thursday Forum: Questions for Control Advocates; Democracy Deserves Better; Welcome Visitors to Nursing Homes

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rapid Fire Questions To the Editor: The recent spate of columns, cartoons and letters advocating stricter gun laws begs many questions, a few of which follow: If an unprovoked assault on an innocent victim is an immoral act, what is the moral justification for failing to act immediately …

Wednesday Forum: A Picture Captured Our Better Natures; Mascoma Clinic Is Developing a Flat Fee Option

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Photo Worth 234 Good Words To the Editor: Every so often a photograph seems to carry a sound track, which I suppose validates the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The wonderful, playful photo by Tris Wykes on page B1 of the Aug. 18 …

Tuesday Forum: From Fieldhouse to Fitness Center; A Good Education Requires Parental Vigilance

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Behind a Name Change To the Editor: Thanks for Geoff Hansen’s front page photo on Monday of “the 6,000-square-foot fieldhouse under construction at Hartford High School.” For the record, a brief recapitulation of the Hartford School Board’s voting history in this matter is in order. The Hartford School …

Forum: Jimmy Carter, Man of Peace; Fetal Tissue and Research

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jimmy Carter, Man of Peace To the Editor: The very sad news that former President Jimmy Carter has metastasized cancer has caused me to contrast his presidency with the current candidates running for that office. None of them possess the moral compass that embodied the Carter years. They …

Sunday Forum: Iran Deal Is a Diplomatic Achievement; Thanks for Local Focus; Clinton’s Thoughtful Response on Education; Is Vermont’s Future Agriculture or Energy?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nuclear Deal Is a Diplomatic Achievement To the Editor: The deal by six major world powers with Iran to prevent the latter’s development of nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief is a diplomatic achievement of the first order. The compliance mechanisms are the most severe ever negotiated. …

Forum: When Solar Makes Sense; Awaiting Lebanon Fountain; Give Sanders a Chance

Friday, August 14, 2015

When Solar Is Appropriate To the Editor: Your front-page headline about the Windsor meeting concerning the proposed solar array was misleading (“Windsor Residents Oppose Solar,” Aug. 11). Windsor residents do not “oppose solar.” Most of the people who voiced opposition to the state’s plan also said that they …

Forum: The Back to Nature Cure; Seek a Free-Market Solution; Cat Champions in Claremont

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Back to Nature Cure To the Editor: The Aug. 8 article “Figuring Things Out,” about Warrior Hike, the end-to-end Appalachian Trail hikes for veterans, struck me as very important. I have also found that sustained contact with nature is healing for the mind, body and soul. Most …

Forum: Scurrilous Is the Word; Don’t Single Out Israel

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scurrilous Is the Word To the Editor: I have always wanted to use the word “scurrilous,” defined by the dictionary as “of a malicious or slanderous nature; defamatory.” Which makes it the perfect word for the pseudo-documentary vilifying Planned Parenthood. This so-called documentary sneakily deleted remarks by the …

Tuesday Forum: Student Debt Poses an Economic Threat; Clinton’s Bold Promises on Climate Change

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Clinton on Climate Change To the Editor: Recognizing how the health of our families, our communities, our economy and our fragile planet are all connected to climate change, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made some pretty bold and forward- thinking promises. Building on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, …