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Sunday Forum: Self-Defense Is a Natural Right; the Hartford Fire Department Goes Above and Beyond; Brian Williams Wasn’t Seeing Us, Either

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Natural Right to Self-Defense To the Editor: One of the core principles upon which our nation was founded is that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights,” among which is life. If we have an unalienable and unfettered right to life, do we not also have an equally unfettered right to defend that life? Do we not also have the right to choose the tools by …

Forum, Feb. 28: Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon; Keep Dogs Out of Cemeteries; Unintended Consequences of Transfer Station Decals

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon To the Editor: Friends of Lebanon Recreation & Parks hosted its first “Community Skating Party” at Walsh Park a week ago Friday. The purpose was to introduce the community to the mission of our organization and to encourage children and adults to make use of this local resource. Despite the frigid weather, some 60 people came out …

Forum: Feb. 27: Hartford Candidates; What’s Up in Orford?; Memories of Iwo Jima

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hartford Candidates’ Agenda To the Editor: We are asking Hartford voters to vote for School Board candidates Ron Dwinell (three-year term) and Jeff Arnold (two-year term) on March 3. Together, we will make academic outcomes as they relate to budget inputs clearer for the public to understand; work for increased academic rigor at the middle and high schools; find ways to build school …

Forum, Feb. 4: Save Natural Assets on Mount Sunapee; Don’t Blame Third-Party Voters; The Right to Bear Arms

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Save Our Natural Assets for All To the Editor: It’s true that Mount Sunapee is a lovely place for all things snow and that leaseholders Okemo/MSR have made improvements the state couldn’t have imagined. But they are only leaseholders, and the mountain still belongs to the people of …

Forum, Feb. 3: Lebanon Surpluses Are Excessive; Lebanon Police Expense Is Worthwhile; Concealed Weapons

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lebanon Surpluses Are Excessive To the Editor: Many taxpayers have wondered why for the past few years the Lebanon School District has managed to get away with a surplus in excess of $2 million and yet the School Board continues to ask for more money each year. By …

Sunday Forum: Drug War Is Misguided; Health Care Is Indeed a Right

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Police Can’t Be Choosers To the Editor: While I agree with Jim Kenyon that marijuana prohibition is a mistake, and is starting to be overturned, I must disagree with his complaint about how the Lebanon Police handled the case he wrote about (“Failing The Sniff Test,” Jan. 25). …

Forum, Jan. 31: Hartford Recycling Facts; Keystone Pipeline and Big Money; What’s Inflated, What’s Not

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Recycling in Hartford: The Facts and Figures To the Editor: Since the Hartford Selectboard unanimously voted to put the question of townwide curbside recycling to the voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, a number of residents have asked questions that the Hartford Solid Waste Advisory Committee …

Forum, Jan. 30: Should I Stay or Go?; Value of Religion; The Mail Didn’t Go Through

Friday, January 30, 2015

Should I Stay Or Go? To the Editor: Between now and Town Meeting I will be considering whether or not to stay on the Hartford School Board. After the board’s refusal to even consider discussing the motion I proposed at the Jan. 28 meeting — “That any student …

Forum, Jan. 29: Accessibility Is Good Business; Why I’m Running in Hartford; What’s the Real Story About Lebanon Pot Busts?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Accessibility Is Good Business To the Editor: I am a part-time resident of Vermont with the other part of my time spent in the incredibly inaccessible town of Freeport, Maine. Since being in a car accident seven years ago, I have walked with crutches, and it has been …

Forum, Jan. 27: Pot Has a Cost; Defend the Right to Bear Arms; Peccadilloes of the Fishermen

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marijuana Leads to Problems To the Editor: The people, representatives and senators need to think more about legalizing marijuana. First, they are spending all kinds of money to get people to stop smoking tobacco products and not letting them smoke anywhere, and now some are trying to convince …

Forum, Jan. 24: Deregulation and Cost Increases; Lead with News, Not Opinion; GMOs and Wheat

Monday, January 26, 2015

Deregulation and Cost Increases To the Editor: Meredith Angwin of the Ethan Allen Institute is a rock star among energy analysts, and she hits the right chord by blaming the recent run-up in electric rates on our big regional embrace of natural gas as a generation fuel (“Why …

Forum, Jan. 26: A Feeling of Power; This Pope Is No Marxist; Recycle That Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Feeling of Power To the Editor: Thank you, Meredith Angwin, for your statement that “it would be better to choose conservation and grid diversity” than to depend on “cheap” natural gas (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Perspectives, Jan. 18). The challenge is creating a diverse grid in a …

Sunday Forum: Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response to Cancer; Battling Climate Change on the Home Front

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cassandra C.’s Misguided Response To the Editor: How fortunate for Cassandra C. that the Connecticut Supreme Court has seen fit to save her from suicide by treatment refusal. Here is what Cassandra’s opinion piece last Sunday (“A 17-Year-Old Asks, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?”) doesn’t tell you: This …