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Letters

Sunday Forum: Let’s Find Out the Facts in Cornish

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Let’s Find Out the Facts in Cornish To the Editor: At the June 18 Cornish School Board meeting, the public suggested that the School Board entertain the idea of exit interviews to determine why over 50 percent of the staff was leaving. Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin objected, stating that New Hampshire statutes did not permit that process. I then asked the board what would prevent resigning staff from sending a letter …

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 …

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, 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 …

Forum, May 18: Corporate Power; It’s a Woman’s World; ‘Guys and Dolls’

Monday, May 18, 2015

Corporations Are Too Powerful To the Editor: What have we created? Imagine an entity that can only exist in one’s mind (a corporation). It lives indefinitely. It amasses great wealth and power. It’s granted the rights of a human being, yet it cannot feel the pain or wisdom …

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tenure and Teachng at Dartmouth To the Editor: Your May 14 editorial, “Teaching and Tenure at Dartmouth College,” is right to declare that good teaching should be the central aim of every academic institution; however, it falls short in its understanding of teaching at Dartmouth. The legendary “Dartmouth …

Forum, May 16: Train Safety in Vermont; Mount Sunapee Resort

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Train Safety in Vermont To the Editor: On Saturday, May 9, I accompanied a newspaper reporter and a friend to Braintree, Vt., to view the site where Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger train struck and killed a trespasser on the railroad tracks. Since police on the scene wouldn’t allow anyone …

Column: Fix the Lake Fairlee Dam

Friday, May 15, 2015

Over the course of many decades, the aging and deteriorating dam located on the outflow brook of Lake Fairlee, which controls as much as 9 feet of the water level in the lake, has continued to deteriorate; and the pace of that deterioration is accelerating. Recent engineering studies …

Forum, May 14: Bad Strategy in Quechee; Speeders on Fairview Terrace; Shine a Light on Torture

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bad Strategy in Quechee To the Editor: As a citizen of Hartford, a resident in the village of Quechee and a member of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association (QLLA), I am both saddened and dismayed by the email I received Monday evening from the QLLA executive committee announcing …

Forum, May 13: Questions for Christie; Proud Co-op Worker; Support After a Suicide

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tough Questions for Christie To the Editor: Thanks for your fine report on Chris Christie’s visit to One Mile West in Sunapee (“Christie Comes to Chat,” May 8). Though he may be able to avoid responding to questions about Bridgegate, he’ll also face questions about New Jersey’s sinking …

Forum, May 12: Did You See These Troops?; Amazed in Enfield; Happy Cows in Vermont

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Did You See These Troops? To the Editor: My name is James Pratt. My father, Charles A. Pratt, was in the 366th Infantry Regiment, a “colored” infantry regiment, from the time it was organized at Fort Devens, Mass., in March 1941, before the U.S. entered the war, until …

Sunday Forum: The Value of Whole Genome Testing

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Value of Whole Genome Testing To the Editor: The recent op-ed by Drs. Welch and Burke (“Whole Genome Testing: More Data, but Not Better Health,” May 2) downplaying the potential benefit of the Precision Medicine Initiative and whole genome testing is shortsighted and misses the point. The …

Forum, May 9: Voting in Hanover, Norwich

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Don’t Expand Kendal To the Editor: Kendal in Hanover has proposed Article 3 on the Hanover Town Meeting warrant to remove its cap of 250 dwelling units and be subject only to the limitations of five units per acre. At its present size of 65.5 acres, this would …