Letters

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 weather shelter. Our tax money would be better spent on problems such as the downtown parking lot, paving roads and repairing the …

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 Song,” Dec. 17). While some of the words have indeed been changed, and the song …

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 offense with the words of the song Lord of the Dance is well-taken. It is …

Forum, Nov. 22: Happier Holidays in Hartland; Appreciating the Co-op; Building Better Internet in Woodstock

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Happier Holiday in Hartland To the Editor: The Hartland Christmas Project is underway, marking its 39th year. The Hartland Church, the Universalist Church, schools, businesses and individuals in town sponsor this wonderful project. Anyone knowing of a Hartland family that might need a hand up with food …

Forum, Nov. 21: Clean Hands, a Strategy; Book Angels Are Back; Keystone Pipeline Isn’t Needed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good, Healthy Habits To the Editor: In response to Abner Schlabach’s letter on Nov. 18 (“Clean Hands, Dirty Doors?”), which proposed a foot-operated door for restrooms to avoid contamination from people’s unwashed hands, I want to suggest an alternate cost-free strategy. I use the paper towel I dried …

Forum, Nov. 20: Lessons of Life and Death; Sunapee Ski Area Needs to Grow; Poor Decisions in Hartford

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lessons of Life and Death To the Editor: This is a difficult letter to write, for it may tread on sacred ground. Now is the time to take that risk. Over my 25-year teaching career in Vermont, 10 of my 3,000 students have died young: by car, motorcycle …

Forum, Nov. 19: No Bargain With Obama; Sour Grapes Served Sunday; Scouts Did a Good Deed

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No Bargain With Obama To the Editor: Not long before the recent elections, President Obama stated that they would be a referendum on his policies. Now that the referendum is behind us, he has said that his policies and tactics will remain unchanged — this from the man …

Forum, Nov. 19: High Cost of Simple Medical Procedures; Co-op Protest; Clean Hands and Dirty Doors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why Health Costs Rise To the Editor: Each month, I visit the D-H Warfarin clinic on Heater Road for a blood reading to test blood clotting ability. If the number has varied significantly, I am scheduled to return the following week. The procedure is simple: One of the …

Monday Forum: N.H. Politics; Second Languages; Early Learning

Monday, November 17, 2014

Proud of New Hampshire Politics To the Editor: While crumpling paper to light my wood fire in the days before the election on Nov. 4, a full-page Valley News ad caught my attention. The top half was a picture of Scott Brown in front of an American flag …

Sunday Forum

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Greek Plan Falls Short To the Editor: Although many of their proposals have merit, Greek leaders at Dartmouth have failed to address the most disturbing and anachronistic characteristics of their organizations’ social structure: discrimination and exclusivity. Under the proposed “New Social Contract,” Greek houses will still be permitted …

Saturday Forum: Immigration Reform; Library Survey in Weathersfield

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Immigration Reform Is Imperative To the Editor: A number of Americans are angry with undocumented immigrants because they contend that they are breaking civil laws. They fail to acknowledge the fact that not all of our laws are necessarily moral or just; one only has to look back …

Friday Forum: Civil Campaigns; Noise Pollution; Flying the Flag

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Civil Campaign To the Editor: In reporting on the election results, you noted that the campaign of Teo Zagar and Scott Woodward for a place in the Vermont House “was marked by civility,” an all too rare quality in the wider political world these days. We are …

Thursday Forum: Arrogant View of Taxation; Funds for Child Care Center; Terrorism Unreported

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arrogant View of Taxation To the Editor: To quote from Steve Nelson’s opinion on wealth redistribution (Perspectives, Nov. 9), “What a great cosmic joke!” When Nelson’s granddaughter shared her Halloween candy with others, she joined a great American tradition of charity and giving to others. But she did …