Letters

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 weather shelter. Our tax money would be better spent on problems such as the downtown parking lot, paving roads and repairing the …

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 Song,” Dec. 17). While some of the words have indeed been changed, and the song …

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 …

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 …

Forum, Nov. 10: A Blast From the Past at Mount Lebanon School; Rat Poison Kills Other Animals; The Gun Issue in Vermont

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Blast From the Past in Lebanon To the Editor: Breaking News! Who’s up for sharing memories and friendships, refreshments and old photos from the good old days? Please come and join the excitement with our Mount Lebanon School family. On Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., …

Sunday Forum: A Track for Hartford; Lebanon’s Superintendent Search; Law School Students and Voting; Economic Development for Working Lands

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Track Option for All To the Editor: While supporters are no doubt disappointed by the recent defeat of the bond to build a track and artificial turf field at the high school, it is important to remember that it was not a vote against a track. Many …

Forum, Nov. 8: The Measure of Our Days; Sharp-Looking Signs; Thanks, Hanover Firefighters

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Measure of Our Days To the Editor: I have just finished reading a book titled Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, M.D. His thesis is that the modern medical machine robs us of the dignity of death — not to be confused with the state law on “death …

Forum, Nov. 7

Friday, November 7, 2014

We Have a Free Clinic Here, Too To the Editor: The Valley News ran a heart-warming article last week about remote area free clinics (“National Free Clinics: Event Showcases American Health Care for the Poor,” Nov. 3). It’s important to remember that we also have a free medical …

Forum, Nov. 6: Have Coffee With a Cop; Heroes Who Run; Rotary Buys Books

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Have Coffee With a Cop To the Editor: Media tend to portray the police acting or reacting with violence, as recently occurred in Ferguson, Mo. But after the death of my husband, I experienced unexpected and remarkable support from the Hanover Police Department. So it was no surprise, …

Forum, Nov. 5: Your God Is Not Everyone’s God; The Value of Solar Power; Take Care of Pine Park, So Many Political Ads, So Little Time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Your God Is Not Everyone’s God To the Editor: How insulting! What chutzpah! The Rev. Douglas Moore (“If Religious Doctrine Is Dangerous, in What Shall We Believe?,” Nov. 1) suggests, indeed more than suggests, that we cannot love our neighbors, live humbly, or love justice without believing in …

Willem Lange: Our Anniversary Weekend With Zombies, Witches and Ghouls

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Montpelier Halloween was a Friday this year. I woke up just as dawn was filtering into our hotel room and wondered briefly where I was. Then I remembered: shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Hampton, N.H. I peeked around. Mother had pulled a chair up to the gliding …

Forum, Nov. 4

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Morality Without God To the Editor: Douglas Moore (“If Religious Doctrine Is Dangerous, in What Shall We Believe?,” Nov. 1) goes right to the heart of the matter when he asks what one is to believe if one does not believe in a God and heaven, because then, …