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Letters

Forum, Oct. 21: What Scott Brown Stands For; Sen. Ayotte Helped Me; Danger: Lebanon Crosswalk

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Scott Brown Stands For To the Editor: Do Scott Brown and Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell know that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that Obamacare has contributed to a decrease on a per-person basis in Medicare spending, part of a significant fall in national health care spending? Willfully ignoring these facts, Brown charged during his primary campaign that insurance rates under the new law are going up, …

Birth Announcements: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center CHASE — A son, Mateo Armani Chase, born on May 1, 2014, to Wendy and Charles Chase, of Hartford. MERLO — A daughter, Alexandra Ruth Merlo, born on Oct. 8, 2014, to Sarah and Daniel Merlo, of Windsor. Gifford Medical Center HAMLETT — A son, Colton James Hamlett, born on Sept. 20, 2014, to Samantha Blakeney and James Hamlett, of …

Forum, Oct. 19: Early Experiences Help Children; Holiday Basket Helpers; White House’s Open-Door Policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Children Need Good Early Experiences To the Editor: As the director of The Family Place, the local parent-child center serving over 1,900 children and families every year, I see the impact of early experiences on young children. The research is clear: Giving young children a strong start improves their chances for success, yielding healthier and more prosperous communities. Eighty percent of a child’s …

Sunday Forum: A Disappointing Library Vote; the Dangers of Deer and Bicycles

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Disgusted With Proctor Library Vote To the Editor: I am thoroughly upset, disappointed and disgusted with the residents of Weathersfield who voted against providing the funds to renovate and improve Proctor Library (“Proctor Library Gets Second Defeat,” Aug. 28). They say that “ignorance is bliss,” but it is …

Forum, Aug. 29: Congrats, Candidates; The Takeaway From Ferguson; Pro and Con on Peter Welch

Friday, August 29, 2014

An Independent for the House To the Editor: Congratulations to Tim Briglin and Jim Masland on winning the Democratic primary for the house seats representing Norwich, Thetford, Sharon and Strafford. Thanks too to Irv Thomae and Jill Michaels for running vigorous and thoughtful campaigns. Now on to the …

Forum, Aug. 28: Why Lebanon College Canceled Classes; Waiting for Annie Kuster; Hanover’s Yard Sale; Are Volunteer Jobs Really Jobs?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Classes Were Called Off To the Editor: You have suggested that the board and administration of Lebanon College should explain our unanticipated decision that the college was not financially strong enough to offer classes this fall (“A College Drops Out: Lebanon College Was an Asset,” Aug. 23). …

Forum, Aug. 27: Be Wary of TV Campaign Ads; Police Power; Good Candidates

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Wary of TV Campaign Ads To the Editor: As we enter into the midterm election cycle, I shudder to imagine what voters will learn from political candidates seeking success. How does one decide whom to vote for? Citizens’ political views can be influenced by many sources. My …

Forum, Aug. 26: Rieseberg’s Contract; A Mess in Quechee; Life on the Mascoma River

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rating Hartford’s Manager To the Editor: As the Hartford Selectboard considers the extension of Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg’s contract, residents need to reflect on conflicting aspects of the town management’s performance. The response to Tropical Storm Irene for example, was arguably excellent. The town, and town manager, were …

Forum: Aug. 25: That’s William Cullen Bryant; Robin Williams, R.I.P.; West Hartford Village, R.I.P.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Real William Cullen Bryant To the Editor: The Sunday Valley News’ feature on New York’s Central Park credited “William Bryant” with its conception (“Central Park: A Green Island in Manhattan,” Aug. 17). How fleeting, fame! Only his wife called him William; to all others, he was Cullen. …

Sunday Forum: Racism Isn’t the Whole Problem; Corporate Media and the Valley News; the Joys of Sandlot Baseball; Hanover Soccer’s Trip to Ireland

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It’s More Complicated Than Racism To the Editor: Jeannette Birge says that it is unsafe to be born with dark skin in this country (“When Shall We Overcome Racism?,” Aug. 22). She blames it on continued racism. I submit that the problem is much more complex. Black-on-black violence …

Forum, Aug. 23: Candidates; Rick Perry; the Co-Op; and Bees

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Need Speaks Volumes To the Editor: Weathersfield Proctor Library has not been expanded since it was built in 1902. Perhaps more people would use it if it was bigger. I have taken my children there for functions and you sit on top of other people. I cannot …

Forum: Aug. 22: No to Glenn McCoy; Yes to Shawn Braley; Worthy Candidates

Friday, August 22, 2014

Glenn McCoy’s Nasty Scratchings To the Editor: I strongly agree in principle with those who defend the publication of Glenn McCoy’s nasty scratchings. I too am interested in all points of view that are relevant, offered in good faith, and based on appropriate evidence. Subversive imagination also makes …

Forum, Aug. 21: When Shall We Overcome Racism?; Turning the Other Cheek in Dorchester; Co-op Transparency

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When Shall We Overcome Racism? To the Editor: It rips my heart out and utterly stuns me that even now, in this wonderfully blessed nation, it is unsafe to be born with dark skin. When will this end? And how do we end it? Having grown up in …