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Forum, April 18: Train Safety; Limits of Science; Bullying and Religion

Friday, April 17, 2015

Train Safety Is a Top Priority To the Editor: Congratulations to the Valley News for the April 12 article “Trains Freighted With Risk.” Finally, someone in the Vermont press has had the guts to alert the general public about the ever-increasing amounts of hazardous materials being transported by rail throughout the state. It’s long overdue. Sadly, when it comes to rail freight safety, the Shumlin administration seems to have it …

Forum: Friday, April 17

Friday, April 17, 2015

We Must Take Responsibility To the Editor: “Face it — whatever the climate does, it does due to outside influences we cannot control. We’re just along for the ride,” says Patrick O’Connor (“Our Current Ice Age,” Forum, April 2). No! We humans who now inhabit this planet in large numbers must take responsibility for our obvious acceleration of the serious climate changes happening …

Forum, April 16: Schuller’s Religion; Say No to Casinos; Make Congress Younger

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Schuller’s Religion To the Editor: The Randall Balmer column concerning Robert Schuller in the April 12 Sunday Valley News brought to mind a “history of Christianity” that I heard from a Methodist minister several years ago. “Christianity began as an Agapean Feast in Palestine, moved to Greece and became a philosophy, then to Rome and became an institution, to Europe and became a …

Forum, March 12: Flinn Doesn’t Speak for All in Hartford; ‘Valley News’ Drops the Ball

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Flinn Doesn’t Speak for All To the Editor: We write to express our concern with how the Valley News covers political events in our town. Despite the fact that F.X. Flinn is no longer on the Hartford Selectboard, recent coverage suggests that he is the Valley News’ most …

Forum, March 11: Dog Owners, Show Some Respect; Vocal Minority Holds Up Gun Bill; Support Vermont Interactive Television

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dog Owners Should Show Some Respect To the Editor: It looks like, just as with everything else in life, that a few people want to ruin things for everyone else. Yes, that’s where we’re at with the subject of dogs in cemeteries ... again. I’ve written about this …

Forum, March 10: Support Child Care; An American Game for Americans; Infamy of Drugs in Schools

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Support Improved Child Care To the Editor: As a pediatrician who specializes in childhood development, I’m writing to support the Blue Ribbon Commission examining sustainable child care financing in Vermont. Child care is an important issue for Vermont’s …

Forum, March 9: Pot Dangers; Hidden Costs of Global Shopping

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pot May Have Dangers To the Editor: Rob Wolfe presented a fair account in his article on the marijuana debate in Vermont (“In Hartland, a Lively Debate on the Future of Pot in Vermont,” Feb. 27). Unfortunately, lobbyist Matt Simon hardly paints a credible picture about anti-marijuana propaganda. …

Sunday Form: Wind Farm Would Be Damaging; Unbearable Arms; Teen Production Triumphs

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wind Project Would Be Destructive To the Editor: We are writing in strong opposition to the proposed Spruce Ridge wind turbine “farm” (read “factory”) on the ridge lines near Mt. Cardigan. The Portuguese corporation responsible for this project wishes to build 29 industrial-sized turbines, each 500 feet high, …

Forum, March 7: Thanks for Town Meeting Coverage; Money, Science and Cholesterol; Be Cautious About Marijuana

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Keeping the Valley Connected To the Editor: I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the efforts made by this paper to connect the towns of the Upper Valley together with a sense of community. The comprehensive details of upcoming Town Meetings provided us all with …

Forum, March 6: Excess of Surpluses in Lebanon; Charlestown Voters Missed Out; Story Told With Sensitivity

Friday, March 6, 2015

An Excess of Lebanon Surpluses To the Editor: I have to ask why the Lebanon School Board continues to raise our taxes each year when the district has a huge surplus. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “rainy day” fund in excess of $2 million? But alas, …

Forum, March 4: Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy; Vermont GOP Talking Points; Local Link to Nigeria

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy To the Editor: On Feb. 10, public testimony for S.31 on criminal background checks was given in Montpelier. It is obvious that some Vermonters lack trust in their government, and voiced concerns that legislative regulation is a precursor to legislative confiscation. This is not …

Forum, March 3: Thank the Veterans; PETA’s Message; Tough Winter Made Better in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank the Veterans Today To the Editor: Town Meeting presents a golden opportunity to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen in our towns. I hope that moderators consider honoring those who have served or are now serving our country in the armed forces by asking them to stand and …

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 …