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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 caught selling or distributing drugs on school property will be expelled from school”— I have serious doubts that I can be effective …

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 an ongoing education in the difficulty of negotiating life when you have a disability. Because …

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 people it is all right to smoke marijuana, which is a lot worse than any …

Forum, Jan. 6: What Message in the Courtroom?; Paying to Repair the Climate; Finding the Middle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What Message in the Courtroom? To the Editor: I read in the Jan. 3 Valley News that there were a number of community members, including Oxbow High School teachers, attending Brian Musty’s recent court appearance to support him as he accepted a plea agreement for having sexually assaulted …

Forum, Dec. 31: Keep La Salette Going; C02 and Global Warming; Set Boundaries for Young People

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Support La Salette’s Future To the Editor: My family and I have been blessed to have lived nearly across the street from the La Salette Shrine, in the historic Mary Keane House, for over a decade now. Mary Keane was a benefactress of the La Salette priests back …

Forum, Dec. 30: Methane, Yes, but It Doesn’t Stink; Don Mahler Strikes Out; Don’t Sell Windsor Church Paintings

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Methane, Yes, but It Doesn’t Stink To the Editor: As a user of the Lebanon landfill/recycling center, I share Donald Koury’s concern (“Something Smells Rotten,” Dec. 27) about the sickening odor that drifts up along Route 12A and elsewhere. However, his concern is misdirected — methane is odorless. …

Forum, Dec. 28: Main Street Memories in Enfield; Thanks, DHMC; Be Fair to FairPoint

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Maple Street Memories in Enfield To the Editor: Something momentous happened on Maple Street in Enfield recently. Before I explain, I have to clarify that the “era” I am speaking of is mostly personal but also historical. I grew up on Maple Street, originally in a big 100-year-old …

Forum, Dec. 26: The Koran and Peace; Morals and Harsh Interrogation; Profits and Wall Street

Friday, December 26, 2014

Real Teachings of the Koran To the Editor: I have never read the Koran. What little I know about it tells me that it does not promote violence. The brutal murder of schoolchildren and teachers in Peshawar, Pakistan — indeed, all violence — is in violation of the …

Sunday Forum: Negative Coverage of Track Purchase; Shumlin Finally Sees the Light; Torture Is an Old Story

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Track Purchase a Positive Development To the Editor: I am very upset that the Valley News put a negative spin on a very positive development for the future of Claremont and the local race track. You took information that had no bearing on track’s recent purchase and turned …

Forum, Dec. 20: Lebanon Priorities; Peace and the Koran; Dance and Lyrics

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Priorities In Lebanon To the Editor: I see we can afford to hire another assistant for the Lebanon Public Works Department at a salary of $85,000, but cannot afford to spend $6,000 to protect our employees from the cold and wind at the landfill with a bus stop-type …

Forum, Dec. 19: Edit “Lord of the Dance”; Join the Revelry; Let Consumers Know About GMOs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Edit ‘Lord of the Dance’ To the Editor: Having served as the stage director of the 2012 and 2013 Christmas Revels, and being of the Jewish faith, I have to agree with Robert Baum’s assessment of the lyrics of Lord of the Dance (“Dark Side of a Revels …

Forum, Dec. 18: Revels Celebrates the Light; A Failure to Cooperate in Hartford; Tortured Logic of Chaney

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Revels Celebrates the Light To the Editor: I am president of Revels North, and I applaud Mr. Baum for his thoughtful expression of concern about an element of our 40-year-old Hanover Christmas Revels. (“Dark Side of a Revels Song,” Dec. 17). Professor Baum’s essay on the potential for …

Forum, Dec. 17: Dark Side of a Revels Song; the National Conscience; Why Not Display the Flag in West Lebanon?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dark Side of a Revels Song To the Editor: The Valley News, together with Dartmouth College and various community groups, have been marking the 40th anniversary of the Christmas Revels. It is hailed as great family fun in almost daily notices. Unfortunately, it is a profoundly painful experience …