Letters

Forum, May 25: Cherish Old Trees; War and Peace and Women; The Value of Free Trade

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cherish Stately Old Trees To the Editor: A May 17 forum letter from Michael Quinn about the plight of Windsor’s trees, “Windsor Needs a Tree Advocate,” really struck a chord. Many towns would sooner spend tax money on frills like pretty street lamps, big flower planters, and fake-brick sidewalks that crumble almost as soon as they are installed than take care of one of the most important assets they have: …

Sunday Forum: Norwich Project Needs Professional Management

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How Norwich Can Move Forward To the Editor: In response to the May 17 editorial “Divided Norwich,” the two failed bond votes this spring do indeed reveal rifts, and also confusion about the proposed project. There is widespread agreement in the community that the upgrades to police, fire and public works facilities are needed, and that 15 years of study ought to yield …

Forum, May 23: Fire When Ready, Everybody; Too Fast for Union Village, Barbecued Bugs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fire When Ready, Everybody To the Editor: The Waco shootout — what do we make of it? Gangs and cops shooting it out over a disputed parking place. From shouts to shots in a matter of minutes, and we are left with the spectacle of nine dead, hundreds of rounds fired, scores of weapons from knives to an AK-47, terrified people caught shopping …

Forum, April 18: Train Safety; Limits of Science; Bullying and Religion

Friday, April 17, 2015

Train Safety Is a Top Priority To the Editor: Congratulations to the Valley News for the April 12 article “Trains Freighted With Risk.” Finally, someone in the Vermont press has had the guts to alert the general public about the ever-increasing amounts of hazardous materials being transported by …

Forum: Friday, April 17

Friday, April 17, 2015

We Must Take Responsibility To the Editor: “Face it — whatever the climate does, it does due to outside influences we cannot control. We’re just along for the ride,” says Patrick O’Connor (“Our Current Ice Age,” Forum, April 2). No! We humans who now inhabit this planet in …

Forum, April 16: Schuller’s Religion; Say No to Casinos; Make Congress Younger

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Schuller’s Religion To the Editor: The Randall Balmer column concerning Robert Schuller in the April 12 Sunday Valley News brought to mind a “history of Christianity” that I heard from a Methodist minister several years ago. “Christianity began as an Agapean Feast in Palestine, moved to Greece and …

Forum, April 15: Honor Vietnam Veterans; Apply for Norwich Grants; Conformity Is the Problem

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Honor Vietnam Veterans To the Editor: On Saturday, the state of New Hampshire will recognize and honor Vietnam veterans with a third “Welcome Home” ceremony. This year’s special event will take place at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington, N.H., at 2 p.m. The first event, …

Forum, April 14: Republicans Have a Point; Price of Exporting Oil; Vanishing Bees

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Congress Flexes Its Muscles To the Editor: Republicans in Congress, worried about President Obama’s talks with Iran on nuclear weapons, recently warned Iran about signing an agreement. To add insult to injury, the Republican Speaker of the House invited the leader of Israel to speak before Congress about …

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alternatives for Panhandlers To the Editor: Alex Hartov’s April 9 Forum letter said, “Shame on you, Lebanon Police Department,” in reference to its request to the City Council to ban panhandling on Route 12A in West Lebanon, suggesting that this is unkind. Mr. Hartov is right that, as …

Sunday Forum: If You Care About the Co-op, Vote

Sunday, April 12, 2015

If You Care About the Co-op, Vote To the Editor: A friend recently told me she loves the Hanover Food Co-op but planned not to vote in the current board election because she doesn’t have strong feelings one way or the other about the firing of two Co-op …

Forum, April 11: Sierra Club and Science; Reporters Need Monitors; Rent Subsidy Loss Will Hurt Many

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sierra Club and Science To the Editor: The Sierra Club nationally was in favor of nuclear power many decades ago. I have a nuclear scientist colleague who was a member at the time, but quit when the club switched to being anti-nuke. The local club chairman charges “climate …

Forum, April 9: Look to Co-op’s History; It’s No Crime to Be Poor

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Look to Co-op’s History To the Editor: Sixty-six years ago, I moved to Hanover when my father accepted the job as manager of the Hanover Co-op. The Co-op’s bank account totaled less than $400 and the business was struggling to stay alive. Both my parents were deeply committed …

Forum, April 8: Male Domination in Hartford; Art and Politics at Hanover High

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Male Domination in Hartford Dear Editor: As a member of the Hartford School Board, I am concerned that the girls in our school system are being sent a destructive message by the very system taxpayers trust to teach them values: Males are the leaders of their world. Of …