Letters

Forum: Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle; Missing From the Dartmouth Green; Threat of Legalized Pot

Friday, February 12, 2016

Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle To the Editor: In a typical Republican design, New Hampshire Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has come up with a great idea (sarcasm): Let’s tax, fine or impose a fee on consumers who purchase vehicles that get good fuel mileage. I find this not only stupid, but counterproductive to reducing greenhouse gases or reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Major feels it’s a good way to replace …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive hearings, expert testimony and historical analysis — do not require sprinklers on the ground floor …

Forum: Girls, Women and Copy Editors; Disappointed in Vermont Party Leaders; Unneeded Airport Work

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Girls, Women and Copy Editors To the Editor: Anant Sundaram’s intemperate screed (“No Excusing ‘Girl’ Headline,” Feb. 9) smearing Kathryn Stearns for her thoughtful op-ed piece about “Girl Power” smacks of micro-aggression against women. My wife, an Oxford honors graduate, refers fondly to her friends of a certain age as “girls.” Yet all are feminist veterans of the unfinished struggle for women’s equality. …

Forum: Broken Bonds in Bethel; The Montshire Looks Forward; Excessive Executive Power

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Broken Bonds in Bethel To the Editor: For the past three years, I have been a member of the Windsor-Orange Association Council of the United Church of Christ Vermont Conference, and I would like to respond to a number of errors of fact and interpretation contained in Jim …

Forum: Better Budgeting in Hartford; Keeping Us Safe; Forum on Sustainable Future

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Better Budgeting in Hartford To the Editor: Last May, I made some recommendations to the Hartford Selectboard about streamlining the budget process and presentations. The board also decided to hold meetings in each village to encourage feedback from residents about the budget and priorities. To give credit where …

Sunday Forum: Physical Barriers Can Help Prevent Suicide; Reading the Fine Print; Kasich Could Actually Govern; Clinton’s Commitment to Women’s Health Is Unparalleled

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Remedial Action Can Prevent Suicides To the Editor: I was quite disheartened Thursday morning as I crossed the bridge on Route 4 in Quechee while Hartford emergency crews were responding to another potentially preventable death at this notorious suicide hotspot. This fall I wrote to Gov. Shumlin pointing …

Forum: Give West Hartford Library a Chance; Why So Angry?; CCBA’s New Playground

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Give W. Hartford Library a Chance To the Editor: A new tragedy has struck the village of West Hartford. In 2011, Irene crippled the village. Floods rendered the village library, the post office and the general store unusable. The post office had to be torn down. The general …

Forum: A Winning Idea; Religious Liberty for All; Sanders’ Primary Chances

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Winning Idea To the Editor: Two weeks ago, with $500 million dangling as an incentive, I bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets. The result was that only one out of 60 possible numbers was a match. Struck by that dramatic example of futility, along with my general …

Forum: Two-Tiered Justice System; Law and Executive Action; Rights Trampled; Art Returned Home in Chelsea

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Two-Tiered Justice System To the Editor: It was recently reported that, despite pledges of full cooperation, Volkswagen (conveniently citing German privacy laws) now refuses to provide key information, such as emails, to federal and state investigators. This requested information is crucial to the ongoing civil and criminal investigations …

Forum: To the Sign Stealer; Ballot Issues in Hartford; Sanders Is Electable

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

To the Sign Stealer To the Editor: We would like to address the person who took the “Bernie for President” sign from our property: You can purchase your own signs at store.berniesanders.com. The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees that the United States government will not abridge the …

Forum: The Costs of Train Accidents; Socialists and Democrats; History Overturned

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Cost of Train Mishaps To the Editor: I read “Stories that Caught On in ’15,” in the Jan. 1 Valley News. I have to respond to the No. 4 and No. 10 stories: “Windsor Teen Killed by Train Was ‘Gentle Soul’ ” and “Windsor Man Dies, Other Victim …

To Your Good Health: Treatment Available for Pseudogout

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I was prescribed tamoxifen, but after one and a half months, I developed pain in my hip and groin, so bad that I had to use a walker. An X-ray showed only early arthritis. My cancer doctor took me off the tamoxifen, and my pain …

Sunday Forum: The Misrule of Public Opinion; Kasich Shows Real Empathy; the Heroism of Lincoln and MLK

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Misrule of Public Opinion To the Editor: Regarding the suspension of Vermont state Sen. Norm McAllister, I know that it’s a done deal. And I’ve heard the reasoning on both sides of the issue. What I haven’t heard is any discussion of what example this presents to …