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Letters

Forum: Buying Elections, Islamic State, A Course Correction for Vermont

Monday, September 22, 2014

Politics for Sale? To the Editor: There is a huge question (philosophical or ethical, I don’t know which to call it) that should be haunting the country right now, including here in northern New England. Many of us would prefer not to answer it, but we should not be allowed that luxury. It can be sorted out from news items every day, and no explanation is really necessary. The question …

Sunday Forum: New Hampshire’s Senate Choice; Smart Growth in Vermont; Cheryl Hannah’s Legal Legacy

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Hampshire’s Senate Choice To the Editor: Now that the primary is over, Scott Brown is going to face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in November’s election. With this in mind, New Hampshire is left with a choice. Do we want to move forward, or do we want to move backward? Sen. Shaheen has been an elected official for more than two decades for a …

Forum: Legacy at Humane Society, Ambulance Proposal and Picoult Tickets

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Quite a Legacy at Humane Society To the Editor: The Upper Valley Humane Society Board of Directors extends its heartfelt gratitude to Deborah Turcott, its former executive director, for the impressive legacy she leaves behind. During her four-year tenure with UVHS, Deb initiated many positive changes, including: ∎ A significant reduction in the euthanasia rate to well under 5 percent (and only when the …

Forum, Aug. 13: The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings; The Spirit in Dorchester; Let’s Talk About Gun Violence

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings To the Editor: I appreciated the Aug. 3 column by Randall Balmer (“Welcome the Stranger? Politicians and the Bible Have Conflicting Message on Immigrants”). Like a poker player who calls the bluff of an opponent and finds that the opponent has a very weak …

Forum, Aug. 12: Finally, a Democrat Speaks; Profit in Public Service; Headrest Is an Asset

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally, a Democrat Speaks To the Editor: Finally, a prominent Democrat, in this case Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, has had the integrity to publicly condemn the CIA spying on members of the Senate. It’s about time! Some things are just plain wrong, and it shouldn’t matter who …

Sunday Forum: Giving Thanks Where It’s Due; the Wilderness Act Turns 50; What Makes a Church; Jim Brady Remembered

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Much Service to Be Thankful For To the Editor: People frequently say, “Thank you for your service” to members of the military and to veterans. When this is said to me, I acknowledge it but feel that little is owed me. In 1963, I, and all men aged …

Forum, Aug. 9: Remember the Orchestra; Change in Vermont; Thanks, Kathy Hoyt

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Don’t Overlook the Orchestra To the Editor: In reading Nicola Smith’s narratives of each of Opera North productions this summer, including a “back stage account,” I noticed that the 27 orchestral musicians and their work were never mentioned in any capacity. This is scary to me because it …

Forum, Aug. 8: Poison Parsnips, Co-op Plaudits; Rethinking Mideast Headlines; The Mascoma River Greenway

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poison Parsnip, Co-op Plaudits To the Editor: Odd bedfellows, perhaps — a toxic invasive plant and the oft-discussed (of late) Co-op Food Stores. But Upper Valley residents should know about this noxious relative of our beloved carrot, and how the Co-op recently took quick action to stem its …

Forum, Aug. 7: Unchristian Act by a Church; Beware of Single-Payer Critics; The Real Oppressor in Gaza and Israel

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Unchristian Act by a Church To the Editor: At the Dorchester Selectboard meeting of July 17, the trustees of the Dorchester Community Church, Grace Fraser, Patricia Franz and Michelle Fistek, presented arguments opposing the actions of the Selectboard, which holds the opinion that while there is a historic …

Forum, Aug. 6: The Great War; Sharing the Wealth; Rewriting Gaza Headlines, Neighbors Need Help

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Great War, Reconsidered To the Editor: Nicola Smith did a fine job in describing the many ways the Great War influenced “almost everything that happened afterward,” inviting thoughtful contributions from our community. Jim Fox interestingly pointed out that Rudyard Kipling’s history of the Irish Guards in World …

Forum, Aug. 5: Oppression in Palestine; Co-op Coverage; Gun Sense; Health Insurance for the People

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oppression in Palestine To the Editor: I am writing in deep appreciation of the letter from Mary J. Wilson in the Valley News (“The Abuse in Palestine,” July 18). I am not anti-Semitic. I have great respect for the Jewish religion and for Jewish people and their many …

Forum, Aug. 4: Silent Warriors Update; The Social Lives of Chickens; What I Meant to Say; Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Peanuts

Monday, August 4, 2014

Silent Warriors Update To the Editor: Silent Warriors, an organization that supports Upper Valley homeless citizens, would like to update the Upper Valley with how our mission is going. On average right now we support two to three citizens a week by providing items needed to live here …

Forum, Aug. 3: Origins of the Mammoth Tooth, the VA and the Free Market

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Origins of the Mammoth Tooth To the Editor: As a lifelong fossil collector, I found the front page story of the discovery of a mammoth tooth fossil in New Hampshire interesting (“Plymouth State Professor Makes Mammoth Fossil Discovery,” July 31). However, it seems to me that finding one …