Letters

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive hearings, expert testimony and historical analysis — do not require sprinklers on the ground floor of child care facilities should have decided …

Forum: Girls, Women and Copy Editors; Disappointed in Vermont Party Leaders; Unneeded Airport Work

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Girls, Women and Copy Editors To the Editor: Anant Sundaram’s intemperate screed (“No Excusing ‘Girl’ Headline,” Feb. 9) smearing Kathryn Stearns for her thoughtful op-ed piece about “Girl Power” smacks of micro-aggression against women. My wife, an Oxford honors graduate, refers fondly to her friends of a certain age as “girls.” Yet all are feminist veterans of the unfinished struggle for women’s equality. …

Forum: Day Care Marketing Opportunity; No Need for Gas Pipeline; Football, Girls, Violence

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Marketing Opportunity To the Editor: I suggest that an attitude adjustment would allow Joe Asch and the River Valley Club to embrace the idea of sprinklers in the new day care center (“Day Care Builder Challenges Planning Board,” Feb. 5). Don’t think of it as overreach by the Lebanon Planning Board. Think of it as a marketing opportunity: Look what we’re doing …

Forum: Carbon Tax Benefits; Trekking to Hanover Parking Meters; Danger in Montpelier; Calamity Candidate in Claremont

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Carbon Tax Benefits To the Editor: In response to Willem Post’s Jan. 1 Forum letter, “Costs of a Carbon Tax”: If there is anything that I have learned in my lifetime, it is that Americans change only when there is a financial cost. This is especially true with …

Forum: Dealing With ISIS, Without Fear; Palestinian Hatred of Israel; No One to Trust at the Top

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dealing With ISIS, Without Fear To the Editor: ISIS is weak. As a state (caliphate), it has a limited number of adherents, controls mostly scrub land and desert, has no industry and few productive assets aside from some oil and lacks technical and professional staff. Its philosophy is …

Forum: Keep the Trail Going; Government Overreach on Pain Drugs; Omit Drug Promotions at Hospital

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Keep the Trail Going To the Editor: The Mascoma River Greenway is moving ahead nicely, with the fencing of the rail bridge over I-89 the most visible aspect. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next phase, connecting from the Twin State Sand and Gravel area via …

Column: Good Old-Fashioned Journalism; Prison Costs Are a Bargain; Revels Opened a New World; Sanders Has Grown in Presidential Stature

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Old-Fashioned Journalism To the Editor: Three cheers for “Serving Time,” the three-part series on Vermont prisoners. One cheer for Jim Kenyon, the excellent writer giving us the information and stories. Another cheer for whoever conceived or OK’d the idea. And a third cheer to the newspaper in general …

Forum: Health Care Fairness?; Money and Politics; Rudolph the Reindeer Research

Friday, January 1, 2016

Health Care Fairness? To the Editor: Is the “free market” always right? Should the selection of health care involve shopping from a long list of available plans consistent with the for-profit insurance model? Sharon Racusin in her recent Forum letter views health care as a human right and …

Forum: Costs of a Carbon Tax; Gifts Cheered Seniors; Thanks, Roller Rink

Friday, January 1, 2016

Costs of a Carbon Tax To the Editor: Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan has a goal of having 90 percent of all of Vermont’s energy (not just electrical energy, which is about 35 percent of all energy) from mostly homegrown renewables by 2050. No nation in the world, except …

Forum: Stolen Signs in Grafton; Better Reading Instruction; Addiction and Prison

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Stolen Signs in Grafton To the Editor: The candidacy of Bernie Sanders is apparently such a threat to some folks in the Grafton area that they’ve become brave enough to trespass upon another’s property to remove a Sanders yard sign. Maybe the possibility of a Sanders victory is …

Forum: West Hartford’s Vital Library; What We Can Bare; Sham Elections

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

West Hartford’s Vital Library To the Editor: A Dec. 22 news article on the West Hartford Library and a Forum letter on Monday missed some salient points.That “oasis” in West Hartford is not only a fully functioning library but a godsend, and a rescue place for Appalachian Trail …

Forum: Raise a Glass to Mortality; Mascoma River Greenway Nears Its Goal; Monolithic GOP

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Raise a Glass to Mortality To the Editor: Lead story in the Valley News, section B, on Dec. 23: “Americans Are Drinking Themselves to Death at Record Rates.” Lead story in same issue, section C, Food and Garden: “Bubble Up to the Bar: Let Your Guests Fix Their …

Forum: Presents From Prison; A Light in West Hartford; Health Clinic Welcomes Support

Monday, December 28, 2015

Presents From Prison To the Editor: My hat is off to the Windsor prison inmates who made toys for a Marine charity. What a wonderful thing to do at this time of year when, as the saying goes, “want is felt the most.” They deserve high praise for …