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Forum, July 22: The Decline of NPR News; Visiting Prison; Waste in the Landfill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National Picayune Radio To the Editor: In modern nations, political leaders meet the educated public’s demand for the public financing of discerning radio and television services. These media, such as the BBC, provide critical information and analysis to people who care about the duties of citizenship. In contrast, our country’s leaders generally discourage critical and insightful media in favor of cheaply entertaining diversion. For this reason, our leaders deny adequate …

Sunday Forum: Offensive License Plates; Trusting the Co-op Management, or Not; Community Support Saves Senior Meals

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Talk About Offensive License Plates To the Editor: While I am grateful that the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles will be applying renewed vigilance over offensive words on vanity license plates, it would also be appropriate for New Hampshire citizens to be able to own a license plate free of the state’s political message. In 1976, Chief Justice Warren Burger in Wooley …

Forum, July 19: Hartford Schools; Happy to Work at the Co-op; Israel Protects Its People

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Don’t Delay Alzheimer’s Diagnosis To the Editor: The words dementia and Alzheimer’s often evoke fear. Fear often leads to denial. Denial often leads to delay in diagnosis and help. The Annie’s Mailbox published in the July 16 edition of the Valley News includes an excellent letter on the subject, as well as an informative response. Here in the Upper Valley we are most …

Forum Letters for June 5: Climate Action, a Walkathon in Lebanon, Big Payouts at D-H

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Climate Action Is Welcomed To the Editor: Despite the endless discussions about climate change, gas emissions, global warming and all the clear impacts of our endless human population growth, very little has actually been done to try to reduce our horrible impact, even though it should be obvious …

Forum, June 7: Bike Rodeo; Power and Women; Support the Co-op

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Come to the Bike Rodeo To the Editor: The “Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Bike Rodeo” will be held today for the children of Lebanon, West Lebanon and surrounding areas. Jim was a well-known and respected coach in our community who started the bike rodeo many years ago. He …

Forum Letters, June 4: Hate, Solar Panels, War Stories

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pardon Your French To the Editor: In an issue of the Valley News, we noticed the headline on the sports page “Vive La Habs.” (“Vive La Habs: Canadiens Stop Bruins to Advance” May 15) While we are sure you have no bias for the Bruins and the headline …

Letter: Too Soon to Endorse

Monday, June 2, 2014

To the Editor: The recent endorsement of Scott Brown by Sen. Kelly Ayotte in this early stage of the primary season was uncalled for (“Ayotte, Ex-Govs. Back Brown’s N.H. Senate Bid” May 28). It gives Brown an edge over the other candidates. I voted for Sen. Ayotte and …

Letter: Disturbances in the Field

Monday, June 2, 2014

To the Editor: About “Trigger Happy” (editorial, May 22): Were I still in the academic game, every course announcement would be prefaced as follows: “With any luck, this course will be full of disturbing materials. If this prospect worries you, don’t take the course. Your reactions will be …

Letters for Monday, June 2

Monday, June 2, 2014

Free Speech Sacrificed To the Editor: Mark Latham’s ad hominem attack on me (“No Defense of Police Commissioner,” Forum, May 27) for defending the Wolfeboro police commissioner’s right to freedom of speech is very telling. He has chosen to ignore the obvious fact that defense of an individual’s …

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Let the Ideas Flow To the Editor: I agree that works of art and literature in schools shouldn’t have trigger warnings (“Trigger Happy,” editorial, May 22). But have you ever wondered why “political correctness pervades academia and in many cases perverts its purpose”? Do you really think academia …

Letter: Do the Math

Sunday, June 1, 2014

To the Editor: I challenge the big-mouth politicians who oppose raising the minimum wage to try living on $7.25 per hour for six months. Do the math. That’s $15,950 per year, probably with no benefits. And all we hear is, “Oh, it’s going to cost jobs.” John Arrison …

Letter: The Problems With Charter Schools

Sunday, June 1, 2014

To the Editor: Though I support equitable public choice and governance in education, public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors enter what they consider to be an “emerging market,” the charter school movement. Valley News columnist Steve Nelson (“Big Money …