Letters

Forum: Feb. 27: Hartford Candidates; What’s Up in Orford?; Memories of Iwo Jima

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hartford Candidates’ Agenda To the Editor: We are asking Hartford voters to vote for School Board candidates Ron Dwinell (three-year term) and Jeff Arnold (two-year term) on March 3. Together, we will make academic outcomes as they relate to budget inputs clearer for the public to understand; work for increased academic rigor at the middle and high schools; find ways to build school spirit and praise school accomplishments; and invite …

Forum, Feb. 26: Norwich Project Explained; Keep Royalton’s Treasurer; Re-elect West Windsor’s Clerk; Drugs in Hartford

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Norwich Project Explained To the Editor: A full house came to hear the Norwich Selectboard presentation Monday on the $3 million bond article, supporting the construction of a combined police and fire department administration building, improvements to the current firehouse, the repair and expansion of the town garage and the provision of a shed for the town’s major equipment. The takeaway message was …

Forum, Feb. 25: The New England Pipeline Scam; Cherish Windsor’s Trees; Historic Weather; Ukraine Disinformation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The New England Pipeline Scam To the Editor: “Firms: Ratepayers Can Fund Pipeline,” Feb. 19), and a series of other recent news stories present one-sided industry information urging construction of new gas pipelines across New England. The twisted logic is, “help save ratepayer dollars by charging ratepayers more” to subsidize pipeline construction. In fact, neither the pipelines nor the expanded use of fracked …

Forum, Jan. 21: Raise the Tobacco Tax; Good Cop in Lebanon; Remembering Dr. Krasnoff; Thanks, Coach Whelan

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raise the Tobacco Tax To the Editor: As legislators return to Montpelier to grapple with Vermont’s budget deficit, they should consider that raising tobacco taxes is one way to address our state’s deficit and keep kids from smoking. In times like these we need to look at every …

Forum, Jan. 20: Get With the Program, Hartford; A Pipeline to Nowhere; Consider the Source; Publish Offensive Cartoons

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get With the Program, Hartford To the Editor: Come on, Hartford! First, no fluoride in the water. Now, less than half in town recycle? What’s up? Kudos to Skip Chalker for pointing out how backward this thinking is, and how the Selectboard enables it (“Recycle for the Common …

Sunday Forum: The Subtext of the First Amendment; Bring Vermont Inmates Home; Universal Health Care Can’t Wait

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Subtext of the First Amendment To the Editor: As a fellow Harvard grad (though not a former Lampoon editor!), I’d like to reply to the letter from David Binger (“ ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful,” Jan. 14) about Charlie Hebdo. He takes issue with the title, the …

Forum, Jan. 17: The Future of Cheaters; Israel Shares the Blame; Fluoride Helps Oral Health

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Future of Cheaters To the Editor: As a Dartmouth alumnus, I congratulate the college for suspending the cheaters. Cheating unchecked becomes a lifelong pattern. These students will become the Bernie Madoffs, the Wall Street financiers who cheat any way possible and lose honest people’s money, and the …

Forum, Jan. 16: A Worthy Column on Haiti; Why Publish That Letter?; No Underlings in Vermont; A Christmas Dinner to Remember

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Worthy Column On Haiti To the Editor: What a treat to see Greg Trotter’s column in the Perspectives section of the Valley News on Sunday (“Haiti On Our Minds,” Jan. 11). His reporting in the Valley News following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was outstanding; Jason …

Forum, Jan. 15: Recycling in Hartford; Merci, Republique Francaise; A Skilled, Compassionate Doctor; Help the Poor, Not the Rich

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recycling Serves Many Residents To the Editor: I read with interest in today’s Valley News (“Hartford Might Cut Recycling,” Jan. 13) Selectboard Co-Chairman Ken Parker’s comments regarding curbside recycling. Maybe during the current budget process, the same logic should be applied to other programs, such as recreation: “There …

Forum, Jan. 14: ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful; A Bad Move in the Vermont House; What Is Shell’s Game?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful To the Editor: Regarding the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, as a onetime editor of the Harvard Lampoon, I would like to add my two-cents’ worth. In the first place, that title is a joke and a mockery. It refers to Charles Schulz, a …

Sunday Forum: Rape Is a Reality, With or Without Names; Religion It’s Not; What Americans Could Learn in Cuba; Individual Players Slighted

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rape Is a Reality, Names or No Names To the Editor: While I agree with much of what Jim Kenyon had to say in his recent column (“Names That Matter,” Jan. 7), I worry about the implications of its headline and the reference to it on your front …

Forum, Jan. 10: No Need for Plastic; Join the March for Campaign Finance Reform

Saturday, January 10, 2015

No Need for Plastic To the Editor: I sent this letter to CVS Health’s customer relations office about corporate social responsibility: “CVS provides many useful services to the communities in which the stores are located. However, in one …

Forum, Jan. 9: CO2 Isn’t the Culprit; The Cheaters of Dartmouth; All You Need is Love

Friday, January 9, 2015

CO2 Isn’t the Culprit To the Editor: I think Messrs. Buttrey and Hillinger, who responded to my Forum letter on global warming, misread it or perhaps my explanation wasn’t clear enough. The point I wished to convey was not that we don’t have climate change, but that CO2 …