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Letters

Letter: Misguided School Officials

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Editor: I read your April 15 editorial, “Not So Great Expectations,” with much pleasure. You have done the public and particularly the residents of Lebanon a good public service in exposing the petty, small-minded behavior of the Lebanon school superintendent and the Lebanon School Board. I found especially outrageous the self-congratulatory, pat-on-the-back talk about having made a “tough call.” The policies they relied on were of recent vintage …

Letter: Help Preserve Hartford’s Schoolhouse

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Editor: Last January, the Valley News featured the drive to preserve the vintage one-room schoolhouse in Hartford’s Jericho Rural Historic District. Fund-raising began in December and continues in coordination with the Hartford Historical Society and the Hartford Historic Preservation Commission. The building is believed to be the only former schoolhouse in the town of Hartford that has been preserved in its …

Letter: Putting Children First

Friday, April 18, 2014

To the Editor: We want to begin by thanking the anonymous donor for his most generous contribution, which allows our grandson Lucian Vigneault to finish the school year at Hanover Street School in Lebanon. You chose to place a child’s well-being and stability above all else. Your good deed places children first and teaches a lesson that matters most. Next, we are extremely …

Letter: Push Back Against Casino Interests

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: The persistence in New Hampshire of casino interests and their lobbyists and supporters is impressive and speaks to the huge profits they anticipate. It is important for those of us concerned about the welfare of our fellows (and ourselves) to keep speaking up. The latest …

Letter: Men's Behavior Is at Issue

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the Editor: Robert Spottswood’s thoughtful reasoning (“An End to Sexual Assault,” Forum, April 10) gives me hope if we can manage to maintain focus on the core problem with sexual assault. I worry, however, that in the aftermath of the trial involving two Dartmouth students we are …

Letter: Screen-Obsessed Children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Screen-Obsessed Children To the Editor: Twenty years ago, one of my 11th-grade English students told me, “I never finished a book in my life until I took your class.” He was the canary tweeting in the coal mine about the mouse-click, digital, touch-screen tsunami about to inundate America, …

Letter: Protect People From High-Interest Loans

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: I write on behalf of the United Valley Interfaith Project, people of faith from 13 faith communities spanning a number of faith traditions in our community. We find ultra-high interest rates on loans to consumers — often called usury — offensive. All faith traditions have …

Letter: Sen. Shaheen on Guns

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: You may or may not be aware of U.N. Resolution 2117. It is a highly restrictive anti-gun measure that would compel members of the U.N. to support a global ban on the importation and exportation of small arms. It would also implement an international gun …

Letter: Legislation Forum Tuesday

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Lebanon representatives Susan Almy, Laurie Harding, George Sykes, Andy White and Sen. David Pierce will be participating in a Lebanon Town Hall Legislative Forum tomorrow, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kilton Library. We are half way through the legislative session, and it …

Letter: Two Reasons to Elect Sanders

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Among the many reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders should be elected president of the United States, two stand out. First, we need to escape the increasingly corrupt stranglehold of our political parties. Second, we should avoid the Clinton and Bush dynasties given that Hillary and Jeb …

Letter: That House on the Green

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To the Editor: I am flabbergasted by the position of the Lebanon Zoning Board of Adjustment regarding the property on Colburn Park (“City: House Can’t Be Apartments,” April 9). Anyone who has lived in Lebanon for any amount of time understands the significance of that particular property. Myric …

Letter: Independent Investigation at the Co-op?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To the Editor: I was at the Co-op’s annual meeting, and I am one of the members whose curiosity is aroused by the allegations of employee complaints. The management acknowledges it needs to make changes, as it has hired a staff member whose title is “professional development.” Management …

Letter: The Facebook Generation

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To the Editor: The case of the Claremont teacher who resigned rather than “unfriend” students on Facebook and your editorial April 8 (“Teachers and Facebook”) show a generational gap in how the world is seen. Using Facebook to facilitate a secret relationship is akin to secretly meeting your …