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Letters

Letter: Let’s Improve School Lunches

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: Earlier this week, I visited my mentee at a local elementary school during lunchtime. When my mentee brought over his school-provided hot lunch, he looked solemn and uninterested. His meal featured a few pieces of plain iceberg lettuce, white bread with one slice of turkey, and some red questionable-looking Jell-o. He spent most of the lunch period mindlessly poking at his food and ate very little. I …

Letter: Honoring Students Who Served

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: Tris Wykes’ well-written story about Evan Bloom (“A Big Impression: Dartmouth’s Bloom Has Left His Mark,” April 11) has a hidden story that few readers would understand. “He’s certainly proud of the path he’s chosen, but is wise enough to know there are many ways to regard military service and America’s role in international conflict,” wrote Wykes. I had to …

Letter: Literacy Night Draws a Crowd

Thursday, April 17, 2014

To the Editor: I would like to extend a gigantic thank you to the scores of individuals who volunteered their time and talents recently to make the first Towle and Richards elementary schools’ Family Literacy Night a tremendous, stupendous success. Sponsored by Title I, the theme was “Open the Doors to Reading,” and boy, did we ever. There were more than 252 people …

Letter: We Are a Plutocracy

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: The word “oligarchy” has appeared several times in the opinion pages. It’s a fair description of our government, but a better one comes to mind — “plutocracy,” which according to Webster’s dictionary is a “government by the wealthy” or a “controlling class of the wealthy.” …

Letter: Know What’s in Your Food

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: Vermont appears to be poised to become the first state to enact a law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Although Connecticut and Maine have passed laws to require GMO labeling, both state laws include “trigger clauses” that delay enactment until …

Letter: Turning Points Walk April 26

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the Editor: I will be walking in the Turning Points Network 8th annual 5K Walk and Fun Run on Saturday, April 26. Why do I walk? I walk to support the people who must run from violence, to share hope and to be a part of the …

Letter: Reading the Web, Reading Books

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the Editor: I just wanted to comment on you front page article “Reading Comprehension Hurt by Web” (April 7). At the Norwich Library the other day, I along with eight other people had our fourth and final meeting to discuss the 1,386 page book War and Peace, …

Letter: An End to Sexual Assault

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the Editor: Thank you for your Sunday editorial observations on the recent rape trial and Dartmouth’s student life (“After the Verdict,” April 6). I sympathize with your wish to point out the “uncomfortable truth” that “the world is full of dangers.” During my interviews and preparations for …

Letter: Roberts Court Ignores Common Sense

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To the Editor: The recent decision of the Supreme Court in McCutcheon (joined by the Republican National Committee) v. the Federal Election Commission sheds light on the path our nation is going down. The April 8 commentary by E.J. Dionne illuminates the reasoning of the court majority, which …

Letter: Dispatch from Russia

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the Editor: In support of Richard Dybvig’s April 5 letter objecting to a Glenn McCoy cartoon depicting Putin as a strongman, the following is from an email I just received from my daughter-in-law, a University of Richmond professor of Russian who spent last week visiting friends and …

Letter: Going Solar

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the Editor: We wanted to thank the Valley News for its March 7 article about the launch of Solarize Upper Valley and to update your readers on progress in our towns. Solarize Upper Valley is a joint effort with Vital Communities to double the number of homes …

Letter: Oxbow Board Deserves Support

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the Editor: I’d like to express my support and gratitude to the Oxbow School Board, six of our fellow residents who generously give many hours to help manage the school and improve the opportunities for Oxbow students. Though we will not always agree with their decisions, I …

Letter: Weakening Local Control

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the Editor: I want to express my utter disappointment in the attempt by the Vermont House Committee on Education to railroad through H883, a bill that would in essence take away from voters local control and, therefore, democratic power. Taking away local control from towns and pitting …