Letters

Sunday Forum: Self-Defense Is a Natural Right; the Hartford Fire Department Goes Above and Beyond; Brian Williams Wasn’t Seeing Us, Either

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Natural Right to Self-Defense To the Editor: One of the core principles upon which our nation was founded is that we are endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights,” among which is life. If we have an unalienable and unfettered right to life, do we not also have an equally unfettered right to defend that life? Do we not also have the right to choose the tools by …

Forum, Feb. 28: Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon; Keep Dogs Out of Cemeteries; Unintended Consequences of Transfer Station Decals

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Help Make Skating Fun in Lebanon To the Editor: Friends of Lebanon Recreation & Parks hosted its first “Community Skating Party” at Walsh Park a week ago Friday. The purpose was to introduce the community to the mission of our organization and to encourage children and adults to make use of this local resource. Despite the frigid weather, some 60 people came out …

Forum: Feb. 27: Hartford Candidates; What’s Up in Orford?; Memories of Iwo Jima

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hartford Candidates’ Agenda To the Editor: We are asking Hartford voters to vote for School Board candidates Ron Dwinell (three-year term) and Jeff Arnold (two-year term) on March 3. Together, we will make academic outcomes as they relate to budget inputs clearer for the public to understand; work for increased academic rigor at the middle and high schools; find ways to build school …

Forum, Jan. 23: Outstanding Piece of Journalism; ‘Valley News’ Cowardice; Taxing Wealthy Vermonters

Friday, January 23, 2015

Outstanding Piece of Journalism To the Editor: The article “Under the Gun” by John Lippman in the Sunday Valley News is an outstanding piece of journalism. In-depth and thoroughly researched, the story was clear and informative with not a word too many or too few. The graphics were …

Forum, Jan. 22: Keystone is a Health Threat; New Cardigan Trail; Who Profits?; Hanover’s Precious Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Keystone is a Health Threat To the Editor: Yes, Keystone is back in the news. I am not going down the climate change road, trying to defend the majority of scientific evidence supporting human activity as contributing to the natural cyclic climate variation, resulting in overall global warming. …

Forum, Jan. 21: Raise the Tobacco Tax; Good Cop in Lebanon; Remembering Dr. Krasnoff; Thanks, Coach Whelan

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raise the Tobacco Tax To the Editor: As legislators return to Montpelier to grapple with Vermont’s budget deficit, they should consider that raising tobacco taxes is one way to address our state’s deficit and keep kids from smoking. In times like these we need to look at every …

Forum, Jan. 20: Get With the Program, Hartford; A Pipeline to Nowhere; Consider the Source; Publish Offensive Cartoons

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Get With the Program, Hartford To the Editor: Come on, Hartford! First, no fluoride in the water. Now, less than half in town recycle? What’s up? Kudos to Skip Chalker for pointing out how backward this thinking is, and how the Selectboard enables it (“Recycle for the Common …

Sunday Forum: The Subtext of the First Amendment; Bring Vermont Inmates Home; Universal Health Care Can’t Wait

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Subtext of the First Amendment To the Editor: As a fellow Harvard grad (though not a former Lampoon editor!), I’d like to reply to the letter from David Binger (“ ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful,” Jan. 14) about Charlie Hebdo. He takes issue with the title, the …

Forum, Jan. 17: The Future of Cheaters; Israel Shares the Blame; Fluoride Helps Oral Health

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Future of Cheaters To the Editor: As a Dartmouth alumnus, I congratulate the college for suspending the cheaters. Cheating unchecked becomes a lifelong pattern. These students will become the Bernie Madoffs, the Wall Street financiers who cheat any way possible and lose honest people’s money, and the …

Forum, Jan. 16: A Worthy Column on Haiti; Why Publish That Letter?; No Underlings in Vermont; A Christmas Dinner to Remember

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Worthy Column On Haiti To the Editor: What a treat to see Greg Trotter’s column in the Perspectives section of the Valley News on Sunday (“Haiti On Our Minds,” Jan. 11). His reporting in the Valley News following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was outstanding; Jason …

Forum, Jan. 15: Recycling in Hartford; Merci, Republique Francaise; A Skilled, Compassionate Doctor; Help the Poor, Not the Rich

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recycling Serves Many Residents To the Editor: I read with interest in today’s Valley News (“Hartford Might Cut Recycling,” Jan. 13) Selectboard Co-Chairman Ken Parker’s comments regarding curbside recycling. Maybe during the current budget process, the same logic should be applied to other programs, such as recreation: “There …

Forum, Jan. 14: ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful; A Bad Move in the Vermont House; What Is Shell’s Game?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful To the Editor: Regarding the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, as a onetime editor of the Harvard Lampoon, I would like to add my two-cents’ worth. In the first place, that title is a joke and a mockery. It refers to Charles Schulz, a …

Sunday Forum: Rape Is a Reality, With or Without Names; Religion It’s Not; What Americans Could Learn in Cuba; Individual Players Slighted

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rape Is a Reality, Names or No Names To the Editor: While I agree with much of what Jim Kenyon had to say in his recent column (“Names That Matter,” Jan. 7), I worry about the implications of its headline and the reference to it on your front …