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Letters

Forum, April 1: Vermont Public TV Faces Cuts; The Hunger Banquet in Thetford; Voters Need to Make the Effort

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vermont Public TV Faces Cuts To the Editor: I recently learned of the Vermont Legislature’s proposal to cut all funding for our state’s only public television station, Vermont PBS. This is very disturbing. As a filmmaker who makes films about Vermont and Vermonters, I rely on Vermont PBS to help my films and my fellow filmmakers’ films reach a large public. In addition, PBS Kids programming (over 60 hours per …

Forum, March 31: Hard Times on Route 12A; What’s in the Water in Hanover?; Women Refs Deserve Respect

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hard Times on Route 12A To the Editor: Lebanon Police are asking for an ordinance on panhandling on the 12A corridor. Is it truly a safety concern or a way to sweep the poverty-stricken under the rug? If you’ve ever had the pleasure of walking down 12A in West Lebanon, you understand the fear. Dust and trash, speeding cars in traffic jams — …

Forum, March 30: Vote, Lebanon Voters; N.H. Tax Squeeze; Solar Power

Monday, March 30, 2015

Not Voting Is Not an Answer To the Editor: In response to the letter from Connie Kroner on the Lebanon school budget and voter turnout (“Lebanon Voters Are Worn Down,” March 25), I just want to say, I am sorry you feel that way. If you are unhappy with the budget proposed by the School Board or by anything happening in the city, …

Forum, March 7: Thanks for Town Meeting Coverage; Money, Science and Cholesterol; Be Cautious About Marijuana

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Keeping the Valley Connected To the Editor: I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the efforts made by this paper to connect the towns of the Upper Valley together with a sense of community. The comprehensive details of upcoming Town Meetings provided us all with …

Forum, March 6: Excess of Surpluses in Lebanon; Charlestown Voters Missed Out; Story Told With Sensitivity

Friday, March 6, 2015

An Excess of Lebanon Surpluses To the Editor: I have to ask why the Lebanon School Board continues to raise our taxes each year when the district has a huge surplus. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “rainy day” fund in excess of $2 million? But alas, …

Forum, March 4: Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy; Vermont GOP Talking Points; Local Link to Nigeria

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy To the Editor: On Feb. 10, public testimony for S.31 on criminal background checks was given in Montpelier. It is obvious that some Vermonters lack trust in their government, and voiced concerns that legislative regulation is a precursor to legislative confiscation. This is not …

Forum, March 3: Thank the Veterans; PETA’s Message; Tough Winter Made Better in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank the Veterans Today To the Editor: Town Meeting presents a golden opportunity to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen in our towns. I hope that moderators consider honoring those who have served or are now serving our country in the armed forces by asking them to stand and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Forum, Feb. 26: Norwich Project Explained; Keep Royalton’s Treasurer; Re-elect West Windsor’s Clerk; Drugs in Hartford

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Norwich Project Explained To the Editor: A full house came to hear the Norwich Selectboard presentation Monday on the $3 million bond article, supporting the construction of a combined police and fire department administration building, improvements to the current firehouse, the repair and expansion of the town garage …

Forum, Feb. 25: The New England Pipeline Scam; Cherish Windsor’s Trees; Historic Weather; Ukraine Disinformation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The New England Pipeline Scam To the Editor: “Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline,” Feb. 19), and a series of other recent news stories present one-sided industry information urging construction of new gas pipelines across New England. The twisted logic is, “help save ratepayer dollars by charging ratepayers more” …

Forum, Feb. 24: Hold the Line in Windsor, and Lebanon; Guns and Public Safety

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hold the Line on Taxes, Windsor To the Editor: As a longtime Windsor resident, I feel I must reach out to my fellow working-class property owners. Windsor property taxes have exceeded working-class people’s ability to pay for some time. Think about the impact these taxes are having on …