Letters

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 the case; the Legislature needs to bring gun safety legislation for our citizens in line with Vermont hunting legislation. There is a …

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 be recognized for their sacrifices in defense of our nation’s freedom. Ask those present to …

Sunday Forum: Self-Defense Is a Natural Right; the Hartford Fire Department Goes Above and Beyond; Brian Williams Wasn’t Seeing Us, Either

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Natural Right to Self-Defense To the Editor: One of the core principles upon which our nation was founded is that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights,” among which is life. If we have an unalienable and unfettered right to life, do we not also have an equally unfettered right to defend that life? Do we not also have …

Forum, Feb. 17: A ‘Despicable’ Editorial on Guns; The Slippery, Violent Slope

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A ‘Despicable’ Editorial on Guns To the Editor: I cannot condemn strongly enough the despicable editorial printed in your supposedly responsible newspaper on Sunday regarding the gun-control package that is now headed for an ignominious and well-deserved death in the Vermont Legislature. It is disappointing to see a …

Sunday Forum: What It Will Take to Destroy ISIS; A Plea for Paul Keane to Stay on the School Board

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Coalition Needed to Destroy ISIS To the Editor: Experience confirms that air power alone may degrade but cannot destroy a determined enemy such as ISIS. Destruction requires a coalition of willing states, united in a long-term effort, each to play the part for which it is best equipped. …

Forum, Feb. 14: Snow Nearly Buried Me; Salt Reducation Area?; Our Obligations to Ukraine

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Snow Nearly Buried Me To the Editor: It has been eight years since I was buried by an avalanche of snow coming off the roof. Like now, we had several storms that dropped a lot of snow. I was 4 years old and chasing the dogs to the …

Forum, Feb. 13: Refs Deserve Credit, Too; Charge for Carbon Pollution; The Value of Preservation at Mt. Sunapee

Friday, February 13, 2015

Give Refs Credit, Too To the Editor: Appearing in the Feb. 6 edition of the Valley News was a photograph on the front of the sports page featuring action from the Rivendell/Whitcomb-Rochester girls basketball game. It was an excellent action shot. The Valley News identified each and every …

Forum, Feb. 12: The Price of Generosity; No Guarantee of Safety; Little Libraries; Hartford’s Flawed Process

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Price of Generosity To the Editor: Don’t gift a truck that you have been awarded for being an MVP to someone else. Here’s what will happen: You’ll be taxed on the value of the truck. The gift will not be deductible as a charitable contribution. You will …

Forum, Feb. 11: Let Taxpayers Speak; Trickle-Down Facts; Fairness and Taxes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let Taxpayers Speak To the Editor: I was one of the many citizens who attended the Claremont School Board deliberative session on Feb. 4. There, I received quite an education (no pun intended) on how this aspect of Claremont politics can sometimes operate. You’ll be fine so long …

Forum, Feb. 10: The Enemy Is Out There; Shots in the Dark; Keystone Alternatives

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I Fell, They Came to Help To the Editor: There are good people here! I was walking recently at 3:30 p.m. on the clear, dry sidewalk along North Main Street to cross to my car parked on a side road. However, the pathway across the street was not …

Forum, Feb. 9: Don’t Loosen Gun Regulations; Tanning Bed Dangers for Kids; Love Your Local Library

Monday, February 9, 2015

Don’t Loosen Gun Regulations To the Editor: The 14th bill introduced in the Republican-run New Hampshire Senate this session is SB116, “An act repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.” Its official analysis is brief: “This bill: I. Increases the length of time for …

Sunday Forum: Gun Rights and Responsibilities; Condoms Then and Now; the Enduring Value of Latin; Exceptional Op-Ed Voices; a Lovely Meadow Preserved

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rights Come With Responsibilities To the Editor: Although expected, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons is disappointing. Advocating for so-called “constitutional carry,” the spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Derek Dufresne, states, “The Second Amendment is a …

Forum, Feb. 7: Employment and the Pipeline; Patriarchy, Religion and Morals; Parents Spoil Youth Sports

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Employment and the Pipeline To the Editor: So let me see if I understand this: Republicans in Congress feverishly cobbled together the Keystone XL pipeline legislation. This pipeline will cross the entire U.S. wheat-growing belt and its huge and vital underground water aquifer. Republicans are touting this as …