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Letters

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ending the Greek System To the Editor: Congratulations to Lindsay Ellis, editor of The Dartmouth, for challenging Dartmouth’s Greek system. In 1947 at Amherst, my then-fiance John Sibley and his roommate Harry Barnes became friends of freshman Tom Gibbs, who was black. They thought he would be a worthy member of Phi Kappa Psi, and soon that chapter decided to pledge him. Accepting a black member had never happened at …

Forum, Oct. 24: A Bad Idea for Claremont; Debating About the Candidates; Mental Health and Dental Health

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Bad Idea for Claremont To the Editor: It was a bad idea when it was raised. It was a bad idea when it was discussed. It’s still a bad idea! Under the proposed Claremont charter, citizens will lose more control over their elected officials than they will gain. Currently, we have the ability to remove a manager with a simple majority vote …

Forum, Oct. 23: A Good Cause; Fair, or Partisan Coverage?; Windsor Needs a Tree Ordinance

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Article Highlighted a Good Cause To the Editor: On behalf of the community of people with any kind of special need, and their families, thank you for the wonderful and exquisitely written article by staff writer Aimee Caruso about transitioning for young adults with special needs (“Deciding Who They Want to Be,” Sunday Valley News, Oct. 19), and her article about Leah Wright. …

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 …

Thursday Forum: Women’s Health; Milestones for Rail Trail; Hanna’s Voice on VPR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Look Beyond the Rhetoric To the Editor: I stood at the polls a week ago Tuesday, struck by the absence of younger women ­­— women between 18 and 50. Their absence worries me a great deal. When I began my work as a nurse in reproductive health in …

Sunday Forum: Ambiguity in Norwich; an Honor in Orange; a Muddle in the Mideast

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ambiguity in Norwich To the Editor: The contretemps between the Norwich town manager, Neil Fulton, and Selectwoman Linda Cook appears to be a symptom of a dysfunctional Selectboard. A town manager was forced out three years ago without explanation, and now issues of manager insubordination and, possibly, questionable …

Forum, Sept. 13: Muddle in the Middle East; Oktoberfest in Hanover?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Muddled Thinking on the Mideast To the Editor: Let me see if I have this straight: A few months ago, we were considering giving weapons to and otherwise aiding Sunni rebels in Syria in their fight against the Syrian government, led by President Bashir al-Assad, who is supported …

Forum, Sept. 12: Solar Power Looks Good to Me; Hartford Police Academy; Hard Times for College Grads

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Power Looks Good to Me To the Editor: The SunCommon solar company is in negotiation with a neighbor in East Barnard and we are unsure whether to remain part of the global warming problem or become part of the solution. New technology can be upsetting. Vermont has …

Forum, Sept. 11: Justice, but No Seat; Bye-Bye Birdies?; Help Chad Denning’s Family

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Justice, but No Place to Sit To the Editor: On Thursday, Sept. 4, I was at the District Court in White River Junction participating in a jury draw for upcoming trials. For some reason, the court staff had assembled a much larger group of prospective jurors than normal. …

Forum, Sept. 10: Enfield Dog Park; Stricter Bike Rules; The South Is Coming North

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Enfield Dog Park Has Its Day To the Editor: We are pleased to announce that the Mascoma Valley Dog Park Supporters have raised almost $60,000 to build a dog park adjacent to the Shaker Recreation Park on Route 4A in Enfield. The dog park will be free and …

Forum, Sept. 9: Alternative Fuel; Climate Hope

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Begin Switch to Cleaner Fuels To the Editor: Media coverage of American economic policy has often focused on the need to ensure long-term energy supplies, ignoring evidence that CO2 (carbon dioxide) releases from our currently used fuels are a major factor in global warming. Linking abundant energy with …

Sunday Forum: Valley News Should Keep Doing What It’s Doing; School Renovations Lack Foresight

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Keep On Keepin’ On To the Editor: Regarding the Sept. 4 Forum letter headlined “Time to Turn the Page,” I have to take an opposing view: The Valley News provides a great service to its readers and should keep doing what it’s doing. At a time when almost …

Forum: Sept. 6: High Gas Prices in Fairlee; 9/11 Revisited; A Cheer for a Yankees Fan

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fairlee Gas Prices Are Too High To the Editor: I can’t help but wonder who is making the decision to gouge the citizens of Fairlee with gasoline prices. The adjacent town gas stations are charging 20 cents less than all three gas stations in Fairlee; prices here are …