Letters

Forum: Nixon’s Still the One; Making Enemies in the World; Sanders Inspired Me

Thursday, September 3, 2015

An Advocate for Women To the Editor: “Here’s to moving forward! Not because the work for women’s equality is done, but because we have so much still to fight for: equal pay, reproductive rights and more.” So said Hillary Clinton recently as we celebrated Women’s Equality Day — 95 years after women won the right to vote. I marched in the 1960s for these rights and I continue to fight …

Forum: Politicians Misunderstand Teachers; Misuse of My Tax Money; Seabrook and Safety

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Politicians and Teachers To the Editor: In this “Trumpian” election cycle, in which the winner may be the person who can say the boldest, meanest and, usually, the most incomprehensibly stupid thing possible, Gov. John Kasich tossed his tongue into the ring in a comment he made in a forum on education. According to Gov. Kasich, the problem with education is that teachers, …

Forum: Reality and Politics; Attacking the Messenger; Social Security’s Problems

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reality and Politics To the Editor: The Aug. 18 Valley News Editorial referred to Gov. John Kasich, aspiring presidential candidate, as a “reality-based Republican,” but also mentions that “he doesn’t really address climate change.” Failing to address climate change is delusional, not “reality-based.” Several weeks ago, NASA’s former top climatologist, James Hansen, released …

Forum: A Hunting Offense Here; Making Beautiful Music; Praise for a Hartford Coach

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Hunting Offense Here To the Editor: In two separate, but widely publicized cases, Dr. Jan Casimir Seski now joins Dr. Walter James Palmer as international personae non gratae for poaching in Africa. Once the hunters, now they are the hunted. Meanwhile, closer to home, we have a …

Forum: Gun Laws and Violence; Politics and Tom Brady; Was Lethal Force Necessary?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bernie Sanders’ Economics To the Editor: Thanks for your coverage of Bernie Sanders’ Claremont speech (“Sanders Fires Up Claremont,” Aug. 3). As Bernie mentioned, U.S. billionaires have way too much money. That’s why his plan — to move more of that cash to the neediest Americans — makes …

Forum: The Leftist Fringe; Thanks for Mental Health Series

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Leftist Fringe To the Editor: I am responding to Steve Nelson’s commentary of July 19 (“Who Is the Real Fringe Candidate — Sanders or Trump?”). Much of what Nelson says applies to his own liberal wing of the political divide. Here is an example: Nelson states that …

Forum: Make Way for Reprints; No Defending Planned Parenthood; Truman’s Fateful Decision

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Make Way for Reprints To the Editor: In your July 31 issue, there was an article (“A Quiet Mastery”) about children’s book author and illustrator Robert McCloskey. In the early 1960s, I worked for The Viking Press (McCloskey’s publisher), in charge of reprinting children’s books. All of McCloskey’s …

Forum: Treated With Respect at the VA; Same Red Sox, Different Day; Support N.H. Drug Czar

Monday, August 3, 2015

Treatment With Respect at the VA To the Editor: I was thinking, how is it that we are quick to find fault and slow to give praise? When I returned from overseas in the early 1970s, the war was not popular and there was a very large anti-war …

Sunday Forum: Upper Valley Has Many Mental Health Resources; a Bad Ride on Route 120; Sanders’ Silence on Gun Violence

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Upper Valley Mental Health Resources To the Editor: We commend staff writer Rick Jurgens for his excellent series last month on mental health care in Vermont and New Hampshire. He captures the suffering of clients and families struggling to survive within these broken and woefully underfunded systems. We …

Forum: Bad Site for Solar Panels in Windsor; Bright Outlook in Claremont

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bad Site for Solar Panels To the Editor: Let me begin by stating that solar power is a good thing and certainly in our future as an alternative energy source. But at what cost? There are 900 acres of state-owned land in Windsor that Green Mountain Power has …

Forum: Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor; Enfield Trail Blazer; Welcome, Sports Editor

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stop Solar Sprawl in Windsor To the Editor: Solar power is a good energy source in most cases, an important tool to reduce climate change. The current proposal for a massive solar farm in Windsor is a bad idea, an example of misplaced solar sprawl to export energy …

Forum: Merchants of Doubt and Death; Republicans and Workers; Don’t Mock Caitlyn Jenner

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Merchants of Doubt and Death To the Editor: Saturday night my wife and I went with some English friends to the Hopkins Center to see the film Merchants of Doubt, which documents how skepticism about the reality of climate change is being purveyed by many of the very …

Forum: A Dumb Search for Intelligent Life; Newsworthy Video; Overprotective Vermont

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dumb Search for Intelligent Life To the Editor: How sad to read that the otherwise genius Stephen Hawking has lent his name to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He now joins those starry-eyed types we often see proclaiming in deep, solemn tones that they seek to answer “that …