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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 cigarette has ever been. Just the smell …

Forum, Jan. 24: Deregulation and Cost Increases; Lead with News, Not Opinion; GMOs and Wheat

Monday, January 26, 2015

Deregulation and Cost Increases To the Editor: Meredith Angwin of the Ethan Allen Institute is a rock star among energy analysts, and she hits the right chord by blaming the recent run-up in electric rates on our big regional embrace of natural gas as a generation fuel (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Jan. 18). She is also gracious enough not to point out that …

Forum, Jan. 26: A Feeling of Power; This Pope Is No Marxist; Recycle That Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Feeling of Power To the Editor: Thank you, Meredith Angwin, for your statement that “it would be better to choose conservation and grid diversity” than to depend on “cheap” natural gas (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Perspectives, Jan. 18). The challenge is creating a diverse grid in a cost-effective and timely manner. Fortunately, there are ways that individuals can help. In an effort …

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 …

Forum, Dec. 16: Misleading Cost Figures in Norwich; Renew the Cooperative Spirit; Preserve Mount Sunapee Trail

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cost Figures Can Mislead To the Editor: I read with dismay the comparative square-foot construction cost figures for the proposed public safety facility in Norwich. This was produced by Selectboard member Steven Flanders in the Dec.10 Selectboard packet. In particular, I question the figures referenced to the construction …

Sunday Forum: A Changed View of Co-op Management; Precious Citizenship; Investing in the World’s Young People

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What a Difference Six Months Makes To the Editor: Hooray for Nancy Parker (“Stop Badmouthing the Co-op,” Forum, Dec. 9) for articulating so well my own thoughts last June in my letter to the Valley News. Like me, she urged Jim Kenyon to stop harassing the Hanover Co-op …