Letters

Sunday Forum: Restoring the Draft; Clinton’s Lifetime of Helping Others; Obama’s Presidency Was a Success; Sinclair Lewis’ Warning

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Draft Is a Way of Paying Your Dues To the Editor: In reference to the op-ed by Paul Marx (“Bring Back the Draft for a Better America,” Feb. 10), I agree heartily. Now that all branches of the military will apparently be open to women, including the Special Forces (the latter a titanic mistake, by the way, that will be admitted within 10 years, or maybe sooner — the …

Forum: Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle; Missing From the Dartmouth Green; Threat of Legalized Pot

Friday, February 12, 2016

Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle To the Editor: In a typical Republican design, New Hampshire Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has come up with a great idea (sarcasm): Let’s tax, fine or impose a fee on consumers who purchase vehicles that get good fuel mileage. I find this not only stupid, but counterproductive to reducing greenhouse gases or reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Major …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive hearings, expert testimony and historical analysis — do not require sprinklers on the ground floor …

Sunday Forum: The Misrule of Public Opinion; Kasich Shows Real Empathy; the Heroism of Lincoln and MLK

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Misrule of Public Opinion To the Editor: Regarding the suspension of Vermont state Sen. Norm McAllister, I know that it’s a done deal. And I’ve heard the reasoning on both sides of the issue. What I haven’t heard is any discussion of what example this presents to …

Forum: Background Checks for Guns; Muslim Empowerment; Executive Power Grabs

Friday, January 8, 2016

Background Checks for Guns To the Editor: It is appalling that some Americans oppose gun registration and background checks for potential gun owners. We lose more lives to gun violence than any other country. Many jobs require an applicant to undergo a background check prior to being hired. …

Forum: Carbon Tax Benefits; Trekking to Hanover Parking Meters; Danger in Montpelier; Calamity Candidate in Claremont

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Carbon Tax Benefits To the Editor: In response to Willem Post’s Jan. 1 Forum letter, “Costs of a Carbon Tax”: If there is anything that I have learned in my lifetime, it is that Americans change only when there is a financial cost. This is especially true with …

Forum: Dealing With ISIS, Without Fear; Palestinian Hatred of Israel; No One to Trust at the Top

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dealing With ISIS, Without Fear To the Editor: ISIS is weak. As a state (caliphate), it has a limited number of adherents, controls mostly scrub land and desert, has no industry and few productive assets aside from some oil and lacks technical and professional staff. Its philosophy is …

Forum: Keep the Trail Going; Government Overreach on Pain Drugs; Omit Drug Promotions at Hospital

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Keep the Trail Going To the Editor: The Mascoma River Greenway is moving ahead nicely, with the fencing of the rail bridge over I-89 the most visible aspect. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next phase, connecting from the Twin State Sand and Gravel area via …

Column: Good Old-Fashioned Journalism; Prison Costs Are a Bargain; Revels Opened a New World; Sanders Has Grown in Presidential Stature

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Old-Fashioned Journalism To the Editor: Three cheers for “Serving Time,” the three-part series on Vermont prisoners. One cheer for Jim Kenyon, the excellent writer giving us the information and stories. Another cheer for whoever conceived or OK’d the idea. And a third cheer to the newspaper in general …

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 …