Letters

Forum: Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon; the Moral Issue in Doctor Training; Bitterweet Memories of Buddy Cianci

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon To the Editor: Although many tout natural gas as a bridge fuel to clean energy, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, natural gas emissions have less carbon dioxide when burned, but we are failing to look at the other factors that cause environmental degradation and health concerns from its production. The recent negative recommendations for a natural gas depot in the …

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several “Disband the Special Committee on Planned Parenthood” petitions are gathering signatures for presentation to House …

Forum: Reject Anger; Fear Socialism; Executive Council Zealotry

Friday, February 5, 2016

Reject the Anger Industry To the Editor: Fellow citizens, please vote against anger. I’m one whose vote hinges more often on who I’m against than who I’m for. No shame in that. Evil-avoidance is the most basic level of human rationality. This year I don’t know who I’m for. But I am certain what evil I most oppose — namely anger-mongering and candidates …

Forum: To the Sign Stealer; Ballot Issues in Hartford; Sanders Is Electable

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

To the Sign Stealer To the Editor: We would like to address the person who took the “Bernie for President” sign from our property: You can purchase your own signs at store.berniesanders.com. The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees that the United States government will not abridge the …

Forum: The Costs of Train Accidents; Socialists and Democrats; History Overturned

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Cost of Train Mishaps To the Editor: I read “Stories that Caught On in ’15,” in the Jan. 1 Valley News. I have to respond to the No. 4 and No. 10 stories: “Windsor Teen Killed by Train Was ‘Gentle Soul’ ” and “Windsor Man Dies, Other Victim …

To Your Good Health: Treatment Available for Pseudogout

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I was prescribed tamoxifen, but after one and a half months, I developed pain in my hip and groin, so bad that I had to use a walker. An X-ray showed only early arthritis. My cancer doctor took me off the tamoxifen, and my pain …

Sunday Forum: The Misrule of Public Opinion; Kasich Shows Real Empathy; the Heroism of Lincoln and MLK

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Misrule of Public Opinion To the Editor: Regarding the suspension of Vermont state Sen. Norm McAllister, I know that it’s a done deal. And I’ve heard the reasoning on both sides of the issue. What I haven’t heard is any discussion of what example this presents to …

Forum: Background Checks for Guns; Muslim Empowerment; Executive Power Grabs

Friday, January 8, 2016

Background Checks for Guns To the Editor: It is appalling that some Americans oppose gun registration and background checks for potential gun owners. We lose more lives to gun violence than any other country. Many jobs require an applicant to undergo a background check prior to being hired. …

Forum: Carbon Tax Benefits; Trekking to Hanover Parking Meters; Danger in Montpelier; Calamity Candidate in Claremont

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Carbon Tax Benefits To the Editor: In response to Willem Post’s Jan. 1 Forum letter, “Costs of a Carbon Tax”: If there is anything that I have learned in my lifetime, it is that Americans change only when there is a financial cost. This is especially true with …

Forum: Dealing With ISIS, Without Fear; Palestinian Hatred of Israel; No One to Trust at the Top

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dealing With ISIS, Without Fear To the Editor: ISIS is weak. As a state (caliphate), it has a limited number of adherents, controls mostly scrub land and desert, has no industry and few productive assets aside from some oil and lacks technical and professional staff. Its philosophy is …

Forum: Keep the Trail Going; Government Overreach on Pain Drugs; Omit Drug Promotions at Hospital

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Keep the Trail Going To the Editor: The Mascoma River Greenway is moving ahead nicely, with the fencing of the rail bridge over I-89 the most visible aspect. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next phase, connecting from the Twin State Sand and Gravel area via …

Column: Good Old-Fashioned Journalism; Prison Costs Are a Bargain; Revels Opened a New World; Sanders Has Grown in Presidential Stature

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Old-Fashioned Journalism To the Editor: Three cheers for “Serving Time,” the three-part series on Vermont prisoners. One cheer for Jim Kenyon, the excellent writer giving us the information and stories. Another cheer for whoever conceived or OK’d the idea. And a third cheer to the newspaper in general …

Forum: Health Care Fairness?; Money and Politics; Rudolph the Reindeer Research

Friday, January 1, 2016

Health Care Fairness? To the Editor: Is the “free market” always right? Should the selection of health care involve shopping from a long list of available plans consistent with the for-profit insurance model? Sharon Racusin in her recent Forum letter views health care as a human right and …