Letters

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 also damaging to our reputation at a …

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 for people of the Upper Valley who come from a Jewish religious or ethnic background. …

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 cost estimation website www.rsmeans.com/models. It is helpful to have an idea of the range of …

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 …

Wednesday Forum: Single-Payer Can Be Done; Campaign Spending Rules Are Needed

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Single-Payer Can Be Done To the Editor: “Single-Payer Supporters Push Ahead” (front page, Nov. 6) has it just right. We do not see Gov. Shumlin’s near-defeat as a referendum on health care reform at all. Vermonters are hungry for a universal, simplified and less costly system and so …

Forum, Nov. 11: Reflections on the Election and the Civil War

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mixed Feelings About the Election To the Editor: As an active Democrat in New Hampshire trying to assess the voting results across the country, I realized I am not sad about the following: ∎ That candidates who bailed out on President Obama lost. (How much worse would they have …