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Birth Announcements: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center CHASE — A son, Mateo Armani Chase, born on May 1, 2014, to Wendy and Charles Chase, of Hartford. MERLO — A daughter, Alexandra Ruth Merlo, born on Oct. 8, 2014, to Sarah and Daniel Merlo, of Windsor. Gifford Medical Center HAMLETT — A son, Colton James Hamlett, born on Sept. 20, 2014, to Samantha Blakeney and James Hamlett, of Bethel. FENTUN — A daughter, Eleanor Teresa …

Forum, Oct. 19: Early Experiences Help Children; Holiday Basket Helpers; White House’s Open-Door Policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Children Need Good Early Experiences To the Editor: As the director of The Family Place, the local parent-child center serving over 1,900 children and families every year, I see the impact of early experiences on young children. The research is clear: Giving young children a strong start improves their chances for success, yielding healthier and more prosperous communities. Eighty percent of a child’s …

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Would Garcia Make Us Safer? To the Editor: Marilinda Garcia, who opposes Annie Kuster in the race to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, told a gathering at Dartmouth College this week that government’s essential function is to keep us safe, and it is failing. She seems to mean that our country must be more aggressive internationally and the Centers for Disease Control …

Forum, Sept. 25: Revenge; Patriotism; Gas Prices

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloody Mistakes of the Past To the Editor: Westerners, including Kimball Union Academy graduate Steven Sotfoff, have been beheaded by ISIS. Beyond insulting our most basic human values, ISIS wants to incite the West into a new holy war. Regrettably, we appear to be taking the bait. Such …

Forum, Sept. 23: Decency; Travels With Tiko; Calm Down, Paul Keane

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Decent Thing to Do To the Editor: I applaud the Valley News for discussing decency (“When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?” Sept. 11), which is sorely absent in public discourse. Decency means respect, civility, good manners, courtesy, politeness, consideration and morality, and all were taught to …

Forum, Sept. 23: Piermont’s Business; Remember the Co-op; A Military Response to Ebola?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jim Kenyon’s Business in Piermont To the Editor: As a resident and property owner in Piermont since 1984, the recent column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News caught my attention. After reading the article (which obviously was not intended to be unbiased), I am left with …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Thursday Forum: Women’s Health; Milestones for Rail Trail; Hanna’s Voice on VPR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Look Beyond the Rhetoric To the Editor: I stood at the polls a week ago Tuesday, struck by the absence of younger women ­­— women between 18 and 50. Their absence worries me a great deal. When I began my work as a nurse in reproductive health in …

Sunday Forum: Ambiguity in Norwich; an Honor in Orange; a Muddle in the Mideast

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ambiguity in Norwich To the Editor: The contretemps between the Norwich town manager, Neil Fulton, and Selectwoman Linda Cook appears to be a symptom of a dysfunctional Selectboard. A town manager was forced out three years ago without explanation, and now issues of manager insubordination and, possibly, questionable …

Forum, Sept. 13: Muddle in the Middle East; Oktoberfest in Hanover?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Muddled Thinking on the Mideast To the Editor: Let me see if I have this straight: A few months ago, we were considering giving weapons to and otherwise aiding Sunni rebels in Syria in their fight against the Syrian government, led by President Bashir al-Assad, who is supported …

Forum, Sept. 12: Solar Power Looks Good to Me; Hartford Police Academy; Hard Times for College Grads

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Power Looks Good to Me To the Editor: The SunCommon solar company is in negotiation with a neighbor in East Barnard and we are unsure whether to remain part of the global warming problem or become part of the solution. New technology can be upsetting. Vermont has …