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Forum: Politicians Misunderstand Teachers; Misuse of My Tax Money; Seabrook and Safety

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Politicians and Teachers To the Editor: In this “Trumpian” election cycle, in which the winner may be the person who can say the boldest, meanest and, usually, the most incomprehensibly stupid thing possible, Gov. John Kasich tossed his tongue into the ring in a comment he made in a forum on education. According to Gov. Kasich, the problem with education is that teachers, when not in class, spend their time …

Forum: Reality and Politics; Attacking the Messenger; Social Security’s Problems

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reality and Politics To the Editor: The Aug. 18 Valley News Editorial referred to Gov. John Kasich, aspiring presidential candidate, as a “reality-based Republican,” but also mentions that “he doesn’t really address climate change.” Failing to address climate change is delusional, not “reality-based.” Several weeks ago, NASA’s former top climatologist, James Hansen, released …

Forum: Teachers and Testing; Anger on the Left; Buy, Sell, Recyle

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Teachers Dislike the Testing To the Editor: It would be fair to say that I am, overall, a Valley News enthusiast. Perhaps because of that, I was disappointed in a recent editorial reprinted from The Washington Post, which I felt offered a far too simplistic portrayal of why many good and dedicated teachers are less than happy with Common Core assessments. One …

Forum: Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail; Better Than One-Liners

Monday, July 27, 2015

Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail To the Editor: In an Associated Press article printed in the Valley News last week, there were disturbing revelations in the case of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who has been reported to have committed suicide after she was arrested after a minor …

Sunday Forum: Soup Kitchen Firing Was Insensitive; Woodstock Parking Policy Is Fair; Tear Down This Wall

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bunnell Firing Was Clumsy, Insensitive To the Editor: I read with considerable disappointment that the Claremont Soup Kitchen’s board of directors had fired Jan Bunnell. I don’t pretend to know the motivation of the board members or the factors that caused them to take this action. But as …

Forum: A Very, Very Long Voyage; Paying It Forward

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Very, Very Long Voyage Ahead To the Editor: Scientists using the Kepler space telescope have caused a stir in the news by recently identifying “the most Earth-like planet.” I’m also a scientist and generally applaud new discoveries, but I find myself a little underwhelmed by the discovery …

Forum: Kudos to Windsor Library Director; Positive Steps in Cornish; Don’t Swallow Those Sound Bites

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kudos to Library Director To the Editor: The Windsor Public Library Board of Trustees is both pleased and proud to announce that Director Christine Porter ​has been elected the vice president of the public libraries section of the Vermont Libraries Association. She will take on the role of …

Forum: Woodstock’s Meter Problem; Advantages of a Union; Dangers of an Isolated Elite

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Woodstock’s Meter Problem To the Editor: Once again, a complaint has been aired about the parking meters in our lovely town. Sonja Hakala’s letter (“Parking Violation in Woodstock,” July 21) is simply the most recent in a continuing, if intermittent, series of complaints about these archaic machines. As …

Forum: The Republican Reality; Not Interested in a Union; Diplomacy, Not War

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Republican Reality To the Editor: In Greg Jaffe’s July 16 Washington Post article (“Obama Says War Was Next Absent Deal”), Speaker Boehner’s aide described Obama as “hopelessly disconnected from reality” in the nuclear deal with Iran. If anyone is outside reality, it is the Republicans. This is …

Sunday Forum: A School District Looks to the Future; the Primacy of Natural Law; a Humanitarian Crisis in the Making; a Myopic View of Donald Trump

Sunday, July 19, 2015

District Looks to Future To the Editor: On June 2 , Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Act 46. This landmark education legislation calls on school boards and administrators to lead changes in their districts and supervisory unions that will result in greater opportunities for students, increased efficiency …

Forum: Local Boost in the Upper Valley; Bush Editorial a Cheap Shot; Diacritical Remarks

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Local Boost in the Upper Valley To the Editor: John McClaughry’s review of local shopping promotional campaigns and the work of economist Michael Shuman (“The Local Economy Solution,” July 12) provided an important overview of the impact locally owned businesses deliver to their communities. His appraisal, however, missed …

Forum: Voting Procedures in N.H.; Enjoy the River Carefully; Good Theater, Right Here; Thanks, Lebanon

Friday, July 17, 2015

Voting Procedures in N.H. To the Editor: I am writing to express my concern regarding a front-page story in the July 12 Sunday Valley News regarding Bernie Sanders being on the ballot for the upcoming Democratic primary (“Can Sanders Get On N.H. Ballot?”). Specifically, I am concerned about …

Forum: Hitting a Wall in Hanover; Republican Concern for the Poor in N.H.?; Thanks for the Memories

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hitting a Wall in Hanover To the Editor: I appeared recently before the Hanover Zoning Board to request a variance, but it turns out that’s where good ideas and personal freedom go to die. I wanted to put a second floor on top of an existing first floor, …