Letters

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 with making suggestions about light fixtures for …

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: End Planned Parenthood Inquiry; Not an Endorsement; Ignore the Fear-Mongers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several “Disband the Special Committee on Planned Parenthood” petitions are gathering signatures for presentation to House …

Forum: Health Care Fairness?; Money and Politics; Rudolph the Reindeer Research

Friday, January 1, 2016

Health Care Fairness? To the Editor: Is the “free market” always right? Should the selection of health care involve shopping from a long list of available plans consistent with the for-profit insurance model? Sharon Racusin in her recent Forum letter views health care as a human right and …

Forum: Costs of a Carbon Tax; Gifts Cheered Seniors; Thanks, Roller Rink

Friday, January 1, 2016

Costs of a Carbon Tax To the Editor: Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan has a goal of having 90 percent of all of Vermont’s energy (not just electrical energy, which is about 35 percent of all energy) from mostly homegrown renewables by 2050. No nation in the world, except …

Forum: Stolen Signs in Grafton; Better Reading Instruction; Addiction and Prison

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Stolen Signs in Grafton To the Editor: The candidacy of Bernie Sanders is apparently such a threat to some folks in the Grafton area that they’ve become brave enough to trespass upon another’s property to remove a Sanders yard sign. Maybe the possibility of a Sanders victory is …

Forum: West Hartford’s Vital Library; What We Can Bare; Sham Elections

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

West Hartford’s Vital Library To the Editor: A Dec. 22 news article on the West Hartford Library and a Forum letter on Monday missed some salient points.That “oasis” in West Hartford is not only a fully functioning library but a godsend, and a rescue place for Appalachian Trail …

Forum: Raise a Glass to Mortality; Mascoma River Greenway Nears Its Goal; Monolithic GOP

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Raise a Glass to Mortality To the Editor: Lead story in the Valley News, section B, on Dec. 23: “Americans Are Drinking Themselves to Death at Record Rates.” Lead story in same issue, section C, Food and Garden: “Bubble Up to the Bar: Let Your Guests Fix Their …

Forum: Presents From Prison; A Light in West Hartford; Health Clinic Welcomes Support

Monday, December 28, 2015

Presents From Prison To the Editor: My hat is off to the Windsor prison inmates who made toys for a Marine charity. What a wonderful thing to do at this time of year when, as the saying goes, “want is felt the most.” They deserve high praise for …

Forum: Political Discourse Is Suffering; Sanders Is Running Strong; Christmas in Canaan

Friday, December 25, 2015

Political Discourse Is Suffering To the Editor: It is tempting to take some satisfaction about the Republican Party’s current bout of candidate indigestion, brought on this time by Donald Trump’s latest rant. After all, Republicans have nurtured and pandered to its extremist wing for many years — on …

Forum: Case for a Carbon Tax; Helping Refugees; Mistakes of the Past

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Case for a Carbon Tax To the Editor: The Valley News ran a Bloomberg View editorial Nov. 30 that said, “the best climate policies rely on a carbon tax.” I hope this opinion gains increasing visibility and support in the Twin States. This is an opportunity for historic …

Forum: Hartford’s Search Process; Painful Forced School Budget Cuts; Nonprofits, Big Money

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hartford’s Search Process To the Editor: In response to Friday’s Forum letter from Jeff Arnold about the principal search process in Hartford, my intent is not to exclude anyone from either search. In fact, I have gone to great lengths to make sure the process provides an opportunity …

Forum: Vermont’s Ponderous Planning; Pay for Better Roads; Raise the Smoking Age

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vermont’s Ponderous Planning To the Editor: In your Dec. 12 edition, in a story about I-89 projects in Vermont, we read that landowner Jesse Sammis “has to hit a variety of deadlines, including having completed his Act 250 application by July, and receiving an Act 250 permit by …