Letters

Sunday Forum: The Origins of Residential Colleges; Charlestown Planning Board Did Not Act Arbitrarily

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How Residential Colleges Came to U.S. To the Editor: I read with interest the Associated Press article in the March 23 Valley News describing Dartmouth College’s plan to respond to the related problems of sexual assault and drinking by completely overhauling its housing into a system of residential colleges. Brief reference was made to the prototypical residential college systems introduced in the 1920s at Harvard, where the residences are known …

Forum, March 28: An Effective Diversion Program; Free Help With Taxes; Free Snowden

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Our Diversion Program Works To the Editor: We are replying to Dr. Michael Schorsch’s letter of March 25 discussing the failure of public policy in the current opioid epidemic. Although we agree with much of what Dr. Schorsch identified, especially the lack of local quality affordable treatment options, we were shocked and chagrined …

Forum, March 27: Big Tent, Big Troubles; Good Co-op Candidates; Many Books for Many Families

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Troubles in the Big Tent To the Editor: The opinion column by Dana Milbank published in the Valley News March 12 got me thinking more about what leadership in the Republican Party means today, as well as exactly how the “Big Tent” concept has worked out. So let me take the “Big Tent” idea first. It seems to me that to be …

Forum, Feb. 19: No Mail In Bad Weather?; The Royalton Treasurer; Making a Difference in Hartford

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Post Office Fails to Deliver To the Editor: In the three score and 10 of my lifespan I have seen many changes in this country, and not all of them for the better. Sadly, it now seems that the noble motto of the U.S. Post Office (“Neither snow …

Forum, Feb. 18: First Primary Isn’t a Goldmine, Vermont; Weekly Bingo Is No Go; An Adult’s Guide to Drinking

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

First Primary Isn’t a Goldmine To the Editor: Vermont, you may want to see presidential candidates coming to your state for the sheer interest of it, but don’t expect the economic bump you keep talking about. If you will look at New Hampshire’s revenues over the decades, you …

Forum, Feb. 17: A ‘Despicable’ Editorial on Guns; The Slippery, Violent Slope

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A ‘Despicable’ Editorial on Guns To the Editor: I cannot condemn strongly enough the despicable editorial printed in your supposedly responsible newspaper on Sunday regarding the gun-control package that is now headed for an ignominious and well-deserved death in the Vermont Legislature. It is disappointing to see a …

Sunday Forum: What It Will Take to Destroy ISIS; A Plea for Paul Keane to Stay on the School Board

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Coalition Needed to Destroy ISIS To the Editor: Experience confirms that air power alone may degrade but cannot destroy a determined enemy such as ISIS. Destruction requires a coalition of willing states, united in a long-term effort, each to play the part for which it is best equipped. …

Forum, Feb. 14: Snow Nearly Buried Me; Salt Reducation Area?; Our Obligations to Ukraine

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Snow Nearly Buried Me To the Editor: It has been eight years since I was buried by an avalanche of snow coming off the roof. Like now, we had several storms that dropped a lot of snow. I was 4 years old and chasing the dogs to the …

Forum, Feb. 13: Refs Deserve Credit, Too; Charge for Carbon Pollution; The Value of Preservation at Mt. Sunapee

Friday, February 13, 2015

Give Refs Credit, Too To the Editor: Appearing in the Feb. 6 edition of the Valley News was a photograph on the front of the sports page featuring action from the Rivendell/Whitcomb-Rochester girls basketball game. It was an excellent action shot. The Valley News identified each and every …

Forum, Feb. 12: The Price of Generosity; No Guarantee of Safety; Little Libraries; Hartford’s Flawed Process

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Price of Generosity To the Editor: Don’t gift a truck that you have been awarded for being an MVP to someone else. Here’s what will happen: You’ll be taxed on the value of the truck. The gift will not be deductible as a charitable contribution. You will …

Forum, Feb. 11: Let Taxpayers Speak; Trickle-Down Facts; Fairness and Taxes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let Taxpayers Speak To the Editor: I was one of the many citizens who attended the Claremont School Board deliberative session on Feb. 4. There, I received quite an education (no pun intended) on how this aspect of Claremont politics can sometimes operate. You’ll be fine so long …

Forum, Feb. 10: The Enemy Is Out There; Shots in the Dark; Keystone Alternatives

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I Fell, They Came to Help To the Editor: There are good people here! I was walking recently at 3:30 p.m. on the clear, dry sidewalk along North Main Street to cross to my car parked on a side road. However, the pathway across the street was not …

Forum, Feb. 9: Don’t Loosen Gun Regulations; Tanning Bed Dangers for Kids; Love Your Local Library

Monday, February 9, 2015

Don’t Loosen Gun Regulations To the Editor: The 14th bill introduced in the Republican-run New Hampshire Senate this session is SB116, “An act repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver.” Its official analysis is brief: “This bill: I. Increases the length of time for …