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Forum: Support West Hartford Library; Responsible Use of Cemeteries; No Excusing ‘Girl Power’ Headline

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Support West Hartford Library To the Editor: To the Selectboard of the town of Hartford: On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of White River Junction, we urge you to reconsider the recommendation for reduced funding of the West Hartford Library. The destruction wrought by Tropical Storm Irene here in northern New England captured the sympathies of people nationwide. Two Rotary activities helped with reconstruction efforts. First, the …

Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 8, 2016

LED Longevity Skeptic To the Editor: Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights. First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; they were incapable of projecting light. So I’m not new to this, and I deal …

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 …

Forum: A Winning Idea; Religious Liberty for All; Sanders’ Primary Chances

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Winning Idea To the Editor: Two weeks ago, with $500 million dangling as an incentive, I bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets. The result was that only one out of 60 possible numbers was a match. Struck by that dramatic example of futility, along with my general …

Forum: Two-Tiered Justice System; Law and Executive Action; Rights Trampled; Art Returned Home in Chelsea

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Two-Tiered Justice System To the Editor: It was recently reported that, despite pledges of full cooperation, Volkswagen (conveniently citing German privacy laws) now refuses to provide key information, such as emails, to federal and state investigators. This requested information is crucial to the ongoing civil and criminal investigations …

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 …