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Monday, November 24, 2014

Guns and Hunting in Thetford To the Editor: I read with interest the recent articles about the Fish and Game Club of Thetford. Here is a little history of the club: My late husband, Ben Cadwell, Jim Banker, Arthur Palmer, Harry Nash, Frank Barker, George Davenport and others I have forgotten started the club. It was started to make a firing range to sight-in guns and to eliminate the danger …

Sunday Forum: Clean Air, Save Energy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Action Needed on Clean Air To the Editor: Many of us consider climate change among the foremost issues requiring public action now that the flurry of the midterm election is behind us. Right after the election, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, now majority leader, implausibly declared, “We (the Senate) haven’t seen an energy bill in seven years.” Where has he been? Sens. Jeanne …

Forum, Nov. 22: Happier Holidays in Hartland; Appreciating the Co-op; Building Better Internet in Woodstock

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Happier Holiday in Hartland To the Editor: The Hartland Christmas Project is underway, marking its 39th year. The Hartland Church, the Universalist Church, schools, businesses and individuals in town sponsor this wonderful project. Anyone knowing of a Hartland family that might need a hand up with food or clothing, please call 802-436-2792. With times as trying as they are now, it is …

Forum, Oct. 11: America Loses Its Smarts; Cherish Each Child; Help the Haven

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Help the Upper Valley Haven To the Editor: The Upper Valley Haven is in need of toiletries for people using the Haven as a shelter. To meet this need, the Hanover Senior Center is sponsoring a collection of toiletries during October and November. Boxes for new items have …

Forum, Oct. 10: Charities That Ask Too Much; Keep off the Tracks; While Fairlee Slept

Friday, October 10, 2014

Some Charities Ask Too Much To the Editor: This is a letter of concern directed to any local, national or international charity. If you would like me to consider making a contribution to your cause, please do not send me multiple mailings in the same month or same …

Forum, Oct. 9: Assessing the Ebola Crisis; A Welcoming Church in White River Junction; Good Riddance to ISIS Volunteers

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Assessing The Ebola Threat To the Editor: The Valley News has done an exemplary job of tracking the rapidly unfolding Ebola crisis. It appears to me that these daily updates have become a virtual timeline on this particularly lethal virus. The current scenario reminds me of another virus …

Forum, Oct. 8: A Failed Education Department; Single-Payer for All; Why I’m Running in Grafton House District 17

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Failed Department To the Editor: Vermont is praised these days for courage in firmly telling off the U.S. Department of Education, which gave a failing grade to most Vermont schools for not forcing every student in every school to pass a standardized test — the requirement of …

Forum: Tuesday, Oct. 7

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Towing Carnival in Hanover To the Editor: When it comes to parking in Hanover, there’s a long-standing quid pro quo that has worked well for decades. Offices, banks and college-owned properties in the commercial zone use their lots for their Upper Valley employees during the day. At night, …

Forum, Oct. 6: Concerns Were Well-Founded; Domestic Violence Awareness; Mascoma School Project Will Waste Energy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Concerns Were Well-Founded To the Editor: Rep. Jim Masland (D-Thetford) recently stated on the Sharon listserv that, “When legislators crafted language calling for the Governor to present a plan to finance Green Mountain Care by January 2013, neither the Legislature nor the Governor fully grasped the complexity of …

Sunday Forum: Disappointment in Quechee; Scott Milne’s Thoughtfulness; Energy Costs; and Universal Recycling

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bridge Decision Disappointing To the Editor: The decision by the Hartford Selectboard to put off restoration of the area around the Quechee Covered Bridge is disappointing to say the least. It is not just a letdown to people of Quechee, but to many in Hartford and the Upper …

Forum, Oct. 3: Free Speech, Stolen Signs; A Nice Movie Moment; Good Times, Good Causes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Speech, Stolen Signs To the Editor: For many years a biannual ritual in Grantham is the emergence of political signs to signal the latest round of democracy in our small corner of the nation. Property owners give permission, and political activists are respectful of the privilege: not …

Forum, Oct. 2: Drive ISIS From Iraq; Keep the Garipay House Heated; Nice Views in Enfield

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Drive ISIS Fighters Out of Iraq To the Editor: With Republican or Democrat leadership, we never fail to get it wrong. Now we are fighting against ISIS, which has armament we supplied just a short time ago in an effort to stabilize the region. Does this remind anyone …

Column: The Hawks at Home, and a Soldier Who Paid the Price

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In the first days of the Iraq war 11 years ago, Army reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of the head at a Baghdad market. The bullet left him blind, brain-damaged, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to communicate, eat or breathe on his own. …