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Letters

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not be allowed that luxury. It can be sorted out from news items every day, and no explanation is really necessary. The question …

Sunday Forum: New Hampshire’s Senate Choice; Smart Growth in Vermont; Cheryl Hannah’s Legal Legacy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Hampshire’s Senate Choice To the Editor: Now that the primary is over, Scott Brown is going to face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November’s election. With this in mind, New Hampshire is left with a choice. Do we want to move forward, or do we want to move backward? Sen. Shaheen has been an elected official for more than two decades for a …

Forum: Legacy at Humane Society, Ambulance Proposal and Picoult Tickets

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Quite a Legacy at Humane Society To the Editor: The Upper Valley Humane Society Board of Directors extends its heartfelt gratitude to Deborah Turcott, its former executive director, for the impressive legacy she leaves behind. During her four-year tenure with UVHS, Deb initiated many positive changes, including: ∎ A significant reduction in the euthanasia rate to well under 5 percent (and only when the …

Forum, Sept. 4: Message to a Driver in a Hurry; The ‘Valley News’ Is in a Rut; Rebuilding West Hartford

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Message to a Driver in a Hurry To the Editor: To the woman in the dark Ford on Tuesday morning — I didn’t realize what a hurry you were in when I saw you a good distance away, coming from Norwich. I was coming down the ramp and …

Forum, Sept. 3: The Ideal Representative; Candidates; The Co-op

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Ideal Representative To the Editor: The New Hampshire Primary is almost upon us. When considering whom to vote for on Sept. 9, consider Edmund Burke’s description of what a good representative ought to aspire to be. In his speech to the electors of Bristol, Nov. 3, 1774, …

Tuesday Forum: A Wonderful Father; An Exemplary Candidate; Peter Welch’s Many Strengths

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Wonderful Father and Example To the Editor: It was a nice surprise to see my father, George G. Gyorky, mentioned in the Aug. 27 editorial, “A Day in the Life: Bright Moments in a Dark World.” My father was a wonderful man, and all my life I’ve …

Sunday Forum: A Disappointing Library Vote; the Dangers of Deer and Bicycles

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Disgusted With Proctor Library Vote To the Editor: I am thoroughly upset, disappointed and disgusted with the residents of Weathersfield who voted against providing the funds to renovate and improve Proctor Library (“Proctor Library Gets Second Defeat,” Aug. 28). They say that “ignorance is bliss,” but it is …

Forum, Aug. 29: Congrats, Candidates; The Takeaway From Ferguson; Pro and Con on Peter Welch

Friday, August 29, 2014

An Independent for the House To the Editor: Congratulations to Tim Briglin and Jim Masland on winning the Democratic primary for the house seats representing Norwich, Thetford, Sharon and Strafford. Thanks too to Irv Thomae and Jill Michaels for running vigorous and thoughtful campaigns. Now on to the …

Forum, Aug. 28: Why Lebanon College Canceled Classes; Waiting for Annie Kuster; Hanover’s Yard Sale; Are Volunteer Jobs Really Jobs?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Classes Were Called Off To the Editor: You have suggested that the board and administration of Lebanon College should explain our unanticipated decision that the college was not financially strong enough to offer classes this fall (“A College Drops Out: Lebanon College Was an Asset,” Aug. 23). …

Forum, Aug. 27: Be Wary of TV Campaign Ads; Police Power; Good Candidates

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Wary of TV Campaign Ads To the Editor: As we enter into the midterm election cycle, I shudder to imagine what voters will learn from political candidates seeking success. How does one decide whom to vote for? Citizens’ political views can be influenced by many sources. My …

Forum, Aug. 26: Rieseberg’s Contract; A Mess in Quechee; Life on the Mascoma River

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rating Hartford’s Manager To the Editor: As the Hartford Selectboard considers the extension of Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg’s contract, residents need to reflect on conflicting aspects of the town management’s performance. The response to Tropical Storm Irene for example, was arguably excellent. The town, and town manager, were …

Forum: Aug. 25: That’s William Cullen Bryant; Robin Williams, R.I.P.; West Hartford Village, R.I.P.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Real William Cullen Bryant To the Editor: The Sunday Valley News’ feature on New York’s Central Park credited “William Bryant” with its conception (“Central Park: A Green Island in Manhattan,” Aug. 17). How fleeting, fame! Only his wife called him William; to all others, he was Cullen. …

Sunday Forum: Racism Isn’t the Whole Problem; Corporate Media and the Valley News; the Joys of Sandlot Baseball; Hanover Soccer’s Trip to Ireland

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It’s More Complicated Than Racism To the Editor: Jeannette Birge says that it is unsafe to be born with dark skin in this country (“When Shall We Overcome Racism?,” Aug. 22). She blames it on continued racism. I submit that the problem is much more complex. Black-on-black violence …