Letters

Forum: LED Longevity Skeptic; Jeckyl and Hyde in Providence; Health Care Overhead

Monday, February 8, 2016

LED Longevity Skeptic To the Editor: Breaking from politics, this is some commentary about LED lights. First, I’ve been an electrician for 35 years, and before that spent a few years in electronics, where we had LEDs. They’re not new, but back then they were only for indicators; they were incapable of projecting light. So I’m not new to this, and I deal with making suggestions about light fixtures for …

Forum: Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon; the Moral Issue in Doctor Training; Bitterweet Memories of Buddy Cianci

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Off the Natural Gas Bandwagon To the Editor: Although many tout natural gas as a bridge fuel to clean energy, this could not be further from the truth. Yes, natural gas emissions have less carbon dioxide when burned, but we are failing to look at the other factors that cause environmental degradation and health concerns from its production. The recent negative recommendations …

Forum: End Planned Parenthood Inquiry; Not an Endorsement; Ignore the Fear-Mongers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

End Planned Parenthood Inquiry To the Editor: Now that a grand jury in Texas called for by a Republican has not only cleared Planned Parenthood of all charges trumped up by the misleadingly named anti-abortion organization “Center for Medical Progress,” but in fact indicted CMP’s video misleaders, several “Disband the Special Committee on Planned Parenthood” petitions are gathering signatures for presentation to House …

To Your Good Health: Fibrates Not Effective Alternative To Statins

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: On a number of occasions, you have written about statins and mentioned their side effects, notably muscle damage. My physician put me on a statin about seven years ago, and after only 35 days I had a frighteningly bad episode. I gave up on the …

Sunday Forum: School Spending Caps Are Painful, but Necessary; Hanover Rotary’s Generosity Is Appreciated

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Spending Caps: Painful, but Necessary To the Editor: Regarding the Dec. 13 front-page article, “The Price of Education: Act 46 Spending Caps Stoke Schools’ Fears of Staff Cuts,” Vermont is a state where change comes slowly. This in general is a good thing, but it has been a …

Forum: Our Own Source of Terror; Origins of Radicalization; A Couple of Loose Ends

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Source of Terror To the Editor: Today, some believe the most dangerous people in the world are refugees escaping from their homes. Our leaders and potential leaders seem to believe if we keep them out of the United States, a country made up almost entirely of past …

Forum: A Better Process in Hartford; To Those Who Helped Me Achieve; Cost of Foreign Adventures

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Better Process in Hartford To the Editor: Hartford’s superintendent has chosen to form a single search committee comprising 12 people to look over resumes and decide which candidates will be interviewed to replace two long-serving principals at the high school and middle school. The School Board agrees …

Forum: Peace in Hanover, Gun Violence and Laws, Trump Legacy

Friday, December 18, 2015

Peace on Earth, in Hanover To the Editor: Many things may be coming, perhaps Trump, perhaps terrorists, but Christmas has a set date. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols beautifully awaits and celebrates the birth of a Savior. The story of the fall of humankind, the promise …

Forum: From Menace to Mainstream; Thetford’s Special Teacher; Syrians to the North of Us

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

From Menace to Mainstream To the Editor: In an article last week, The Menace was described as a virulently anti-Roman Catholic weekly newspaper published from 1911 to 1919, with a circulation greater than newspapers in New York and Chicago (“In 1915, Anti-Catholic Paper Was the Rage,” Dec. 11). …

Forum: The Speed Limits of Norwich; The High Cost of Terror; Trump Is Dangerous

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Speed Limits of Norwich To the Editor: “Norwich Holds Off on OKing Budget,” in last Thursday’s Valley News, stated that Selectboard members unanimously voted to lower the speed limit along a section of the Turnpike Road that leads to the parking lot for the Gile Mountain Trail. …

Forum: Women, Men, and War; Pandering for the Presidency; Preserving Easements in Vermont

Monday, December 14, 2015

Women, Men, and War To the Editor: Tom Brody, in a Dec. 10 Forum letter (“Women and Killing in Combat”), about the prospect of large numbers of women warriors, writes: “Pugilists, linebackers, Navy SEALS — these have been the roles for that half of humanity to which pulverizing …

Sunday Forum: An Emotional Moment at Dartmouth

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Emotional Moment at Dartmouth To the Editor: I want to respond to your Dec. 6 editorial “Offense Taken.” I was one member of a community contingent that attended the Black Lives Matter rally at Dartmouth College in support of the students of color. For some students it was …

Forum: Trump Unleashes a Storm

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Trump Unleashes a Storm To the Editor: The fire set by a billionaire businessman and presidential candidate, who would impose a religious exclusion for any Muslim wanting to come to America, whether Syrian refugee, Jordanian leader, Saudi businessman or Pakistani family hoping to visit their children, has started …