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Forum: Saturday, Oct. 25

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ending the Greek System To the Editor: Congratulations to Lindsay Ellis, editor of The Dartmouth, for challenging Dartmouth’s Greek system. In 1947 at Amherst, my then-fiance John Sibley and his roommate Harry Barnes became friends of freshman Tom Gibbs, who was black. They thought he would be a worthy member of Phi Kappa Psi, and soon that chapter decided to pledge him. Accepting a black member had never happened at …

Forum, Oct. 24: A Bad Idea for Claremont; Debating About the Candidates; Mental Health and Dental Health

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Bad Idea for Claremont To the Editor: It was a bad idea when it was raised. It was a bad idea when it was discussed. It’s still a bad idea! Under the proposed Claremont charter, citizens will lose more control over their elected officials than they will gain. Currently, we have the ability to remove a manager with a simple majority vote …

Forum, Oct. 23: A Good Cause; Fair, or Partisan Coverage?; Windsor Needs a Tree Ordinance

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Article Highlighted a Good Cause To the Editor: On behalf of the community of people with any kind of special need, and their families, thank you for the wonderful and exquisitely written article by staff writer Aimee Caruso about transitioning for young adults with special needs (“Deciding Who They Want to Be,” Sunday Valley News, Oct. 19), and her article about Leah Wright. …

Forum, Sept. 30: Equal Care for Mental Health; Who’s Best for New Hampshire?; A Flawed History of the GOP; ‘Into the Woods’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Equal Care for Mental Health To the Editor: Thanks for your front page article, “Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System,” (Sept. 28) which they certainly do. And chief among them is that while passage of the Affordable Care Act offers the promise of incremental improvement in …

Forum, Sept. 29: True Heroes; Guns and Information; Real Health Care

Monday, September 29, 2014

Consider the True Heroes To the Editor: I just read a headline in USA Today: “Jeter a hero in final home game.” Hero? My mind went to the 1990 U.S. Open when Rich Parker faced a tough golf shot. Rich asked the spectators if he should try the …

Sunday Forum: Help a School Dental Program

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Help School Dental Program To the Editor: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently that “tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children.” The report said that about “23 percent of children nationwide aged 2-11 years have at least one primary …

Forum, Sept. 27: End the Education Dept.: Co-op Worker Policies; What Were They Thinking?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

End the Federal Education Dept. To the Editor: A Democrat Party political advertisement claims that, among other things, Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia wants to abolish the federal Department of Education. I would ask voters to answer three questions before accepting that claim as a negative towards Garcia. …

Forum, Sept. 26: Hartford Track; What Shaheen Stands For; Don’t Hit People

Friday, September 26, 2014

Track for a Healthier Hartford To the Editor: Here are some reasons why I hope you will support the Hartford High School track bond. 1. Hartford High School receives tuition students from other towns. To ensure that parents and students choose Hartford, we need superior facilities. Facilities that …

Forum, Sept. 25: Revenge; Patriotism; Gas Prices

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bloody Mistakes of the Past To the Editor: Westerners, including Kimball Union Academy graduate Steven Sotfoff, have been beheaded by ISIS. Beyond insulting our most basic human values, ISIS wants to incite the West into a new holy war. Regrettably, we appear to be taking the bait. Such …

Forum, Sept. 23: Decency; Travels With Tiko; Calm Down, Paul Keane

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Decent Thing to Do To the Editor: I applaud the Valley News for discussing decency (“When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?” Sept. 11), which is sorely absent in public discourse. Decency means respect, civility, good manners, courtesy, politeness, consideration and morality, and all were taught to …

Forum, Sept. 23: Piermont’s Business; Remember the Co-op; A Military Response to Ebola?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jim Kenyon’s Business in Piermont To the Editor: As a resident and property owner in Piermont since 1984, the recent column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News caught my attention. After reading the article (which obviously was not intended to be unbiased), I am left with …

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not …

Sunday Forum: New Hampshire’s Senate Choice; Smart Growth in Vermont; Cheryl Hannah’s Legal Legacy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Hampshire’s Senate Choice To the Editor: Now that the primary is over, Scott Brown is going to face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November’s election. With this in mind, New Hampshire is left with a choice. Do we want to move forward, or do we want to move …