Letters

Forum: A Dumb Search for Intelligent Life; Newsworthy Video; Overprotective Vermont

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dumb Search for Intelligent Life To the Editor: How sad to read that the otherwise genius Stephen Hawking has lent his name to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He now joins those starry-eyed types we often see proclaiming in deep, solemn tones that they seek to answer “that ultimate question — Are We Alone In The Universe?” Um, excuse me? We already know darn well humans aren’t alone. Right here …

Forum: A Long Voyage, but Not That Long; A Life-Saving Suggestion; Support for Hartland Dog Census

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Long, But Not That Long To the Editor: To set the record straight: My apologies for incorrectly stating in a recent Forum letter that if Voyager-1 was headed in the right direction it would take billions of years to reach planet Kepler-452b. It should have been only 25 million years. Abner J. Schlabach East Barnard A Life-Saving Suggestion To the Editor: Having just …

Forum: Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail; Better Than One-Liners

Monday, July 27, 2015

Assessing Suicide Risk in Jail To the Editor: In an Associated Press article printed in the Valley News last week, there were disturbing revelations in the case of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who has been reported to have committed suicide after she was arrested after a minor traffic violation stop in Texas. The article stated that questionnaires and interviews by “jailers” disclosed …

Monday Forum: Pet From Woolworth’s; Peddling Fear; Volunteer at Heater Road

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Pet From Woolworth’s To the Editor: Regarding the story about the former Woolworth’s building (“Lebanon College Buildings Auctioned to Bank,” May 21): My daughter bought a red-eared slider turtle there in 1971. At that time it was legal to sell turtle hatchlings. After purchasing a book on …

Sunday Forum: Special Needs Support Center; Outrageous Bonuses

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Support Center Provides Vital Help To the Editor: The Special Needs Support Center in Lebanon is coming up on its 35th year of service to the Upper Valley. It will have an anniversary celebration during its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at Howe Library in …

Saturday Forum: WMDs; Campy Headline; Waste of Money; Endorsement for O’Malley

Friday, June 5, 2015

Confusing Debate Over WMDs To the Editor: What a confusing debate. Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons and used them against Iran, then against the Kurds. After we invaded Iraq, as a letter May 28 (“Now That We Know”) said, the United Nations said there were no weapons of …

Friday Forum: An Offensive Reference to Freemasons; How Public an Information Session Was It?; The Importance of Sexuality Education

Friday, June 5, 2015

How Public a Process? To the Editor: Is Valley Green Natural Gas prepared to explain to the public and to the state and local permitting authorities: 1. How “public” is an informational process with no advance notice save a May 15 legal notice, so buried in the Valley …

Forum, June 4: Outsourcing at DHMC; The NRA and Hunting; Truths About GMOs; Sharia Law

Thursday, June 4, 2015

What Would Be Lost at DHMC? To the Editor: As a nurse who has worked at DHMC for over 30 years, I wish to respond to the June 2 Forum letter “Outsourcing Can Make Sense.” The writer speaks to the “sense” of moving jobs to outside contractors as …

Forum, June 3: Co-op Survey Was Confidential; Run for Research in Lebanon; Out on a Limb in Windsor

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Co-op Survey Was Anonymous To the Editor: In her May 28 Forum letter, Renee Risingsong responded to a comment from a Co-op employee that stated in part that Co-op employees had no issues with management, based on the results of the recent employee satisfaction survey. Ms. Risingsong asserted …

Forum, June 2: Beyond American Dominance; Outsourcing Can Make Sense; Let the People Decide on Bernie

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beyond American Dominance To the Editor: Since its inception, I have supported the Osher (formerly ILEAD) summer lecture series. Some of the visiting speakers have been excellent. I have learned a lot. But this year I am disappointed and a bit dismayed by the topic: “The Future of …

Forum, June 1: Digital School Days; Parking Trouble in Woodstock; Wear Orange June 2

Monday, June 1, 2015

School Days, Digital School Days To the Editor: “Maybe I’m just clogging the pipes,” said David Letterman as he ended his 33-year reign as a late-night talk show host at age 68. Translation: I should get out of the way so the young blood can flow freely through …

Sunday Forum: The Other Side of the Alpha Delta Story; a Pipeline Reconsidered

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Alpha Delta Does a Lot of Good To the Editor: Your recent article headlined “Dartmouth’s ‘Animal House’ Frat Fights to Keep Its Residence” (May 27, 2015) was well-written and fair. However, I do have a couple of comments and complaints. First, why do you and other publications always …

Forum, May 30: What Direction in Norwich?; Koch Brothers, and Ben & Jerry; Adult Topics on the Comics Page

Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrating Town Forests To the Editor: Thank you for the excellent article on May 23, “For Town Forests, a Quiet Century of Regrowth.” As we celebrate these forests as community treasures, may I also suggest a tip of the hat to The Trust for Public Land? The nonprofit …