Letters

Forum: Dedication of a Coxswain; Fertile Ground for Hatred; Extremism Is No Virtue

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Dedication of a Coxswain To the Editor: Congratulations to David Desaulniers for a great Valley News article on his success as a coxswain — and for his beautifully articulated description of the art of coxing a rowing crew (“The Best Seat on the Water: Etna’s Desaulniers Set to Power UNH Men’s Crew Team,” July 1). What the article didn’t mention is how many summer mornings he gave up sleep …

Forum: Time to Examine Our Roots; Co-op Leadership Success; Co-op Leadership Failure

Friday, July 3, 2015

It’s Time to Examine Our Roots To the Editor: This letter is in response to the article “PBS Puts ‘Finding Your Roots’ on Hold” published in the June 25 Valley News. While I fully appreciate efforts by PBS to ensure the integrity of the Finding Your Roots research and programming, now is not the time to delay or postpone this excellent program. We …

Forum: Thanks, Dr. Conger; One More Upper Valley Graduation; Corporations Protest Too Much

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thanks, Dr. Conger To the Editor: The June 21 Sunday Valley News article concerning Dr. Beach Conger described a physician well known to this Vermont community. This letter is from the standpoint of another physician, myself, who was also his patient and one thankful to him. I have known Beach for a number of years, ever since I was first recommended to him …

Forum, May29: Next Exit: Another Development; Execution Won’t Bring Healing; Big Wall, Bad Neightbor

Friday, May 29, 2015

Next Exit: Another Development To the Editor: I was horrified this morning to read in the Valley News about the potential development off of I-89 near Randolph (“Fight Over Exit 4 Land Begins: Randolph Man Makes Case for I-89 Development,” May 23). If Vermont wants to resemble the …

Forum, May 28: Tough Choices in Vermont; Medication Dangers for Cats; Recognize Women Veterans

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tough Choices in Vermont To the Editor: The Vermont legislative session is over and politicians are patting themselves on the back for a job well done, despite some sobering realities. At the beginning of the session, Gov. Peter Shumlin correctly identified that the $110 million-plus budget hole was …

Forum, May 27: Resolve Quechee Dispute; Wallet Returned, Safe and Sound; Accolades for Bob Hingston

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Resolve Quechee Dispute To the Editor: Can’t resolve a conflict? Call in a mediator. We have excellent professional mediators in the Upper Valley. As a business owner of property in Quechee and thereby a member of Quechee Lakes Landowners’ Association, I am both dismayed and embarrassed by this …

Forum, May 26: Time for Change at the Co-op; Things are Fine at the Co-op; Splendid Art in Manchester

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time for Change at Co-op To the Editor: On Wednesday, the Co-op’s new board of directors will meet for the first time since the April elections. As has been widely reported, the Co-op membership elected four new members to the board. Three of the new members belong to …

Forum, May 25: Cherish Old Trees; War and Peace and Women; The Value of Free Trade

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cherish Stately Old Trees To the Editor: A May 17 forum letter from Michael Quinn about the plight of Windsor’s trees, “Windsor Needs a Tree Advocate,” really struck a chord. Many towns would sooner spend tax money on frills like pretty street lamps, big flower planters, and fake-brick …

Sunday Forum: Norwich Project Needs Professional Management

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How Norwich Can Move Forward To the Editor: In response to the May 17 editorial “Divided Norwich,” the two failed bond votes this spring do indeed reveal rifts, and also confusion about the proposed project. There is widespread agreement in the community that the upgrades to police, fire …

Forum, May 23: Fire When Ready, Everybody; Too Fast for Union Village, Barbecued Bugs

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fire When Ready, Everybody To the Editor: The Waco shootout — what do we make of it? Gangs and cops shooting it out over a disputed parking place. From shouts to shots in a matter of minutes, and we are left with the spectacle of nine dead, hundreds …

Forum, May 22: Taking Issue With Jim Kenyon; Hike for Democracy; Contented at the Co-op

Friday, May 22, 2015

Taking Issue With Jim Kenyon To the Editor: Jim Kenyon needs to get some new material. Like a dried-up old comic, his shtick has gotten a little timeworn. I believe Mr. Kenyon is a pro-pot guy. He would appear to hate police officers as well (or “cops” as …

Forum, May 20:War, in Hindsight; Hillary Clinton’s Qualifications; When Men Win, Do Women Lose?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

War, in Hindsight To the Editor: It would be humorous if it were not so sad. Republicans around the country, and some Democrats, are confessing that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq if they had known then what they know now. They claim faulty intelligence, …

Forum, May 19: More Hanover Ballots Next Time; Safety on Sidewalks; Diagnosis: Insensitive

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Ballots Next Time To the Editor: The frugality of the finance director undermined the town clerk’s smooth execution of the Hanover Town Meeting last week. The awkward thing: I currently hold both positions. To save a modest amount of money, I ordered machine-readable ballots based on voter …