Letters

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 even more crucial that we consider helping …

Forum, Nov. 21: Clean Hands, a Strategy; Book Angels Are Back; Keystone Pipeline Isn’t Needed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good, Healthy Habits To the Editor: In response to Abner Schlabach’s letter on Nov. 18 (“Clean Hands, Dirty Doors?”), which proposed a foot-operated door for restrooms to avoid contamination from people’s unwashed hands, I want to suggest an alternate cost-free strategy. I use the paper towel I dried my hands with to open the door, or failing that, a tissue, or failing that, …

Forum, Nov. 20: Lessons of Life and Death; Sunapee Ski Area Needs to Grow; Poor Decisions in Hartford

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lessons of Life and Death To the Editor: This is a difficult letter to write, for it may tread on sacred ground. Now is the time to take that risk. Over my 25-year teaching career in Vermont, 10 of my 3,000 students have died young: by car, motorcycle and snowmobile accidents; by overdose; by their own hand; by natural death; and by sacrifice …

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. …

Forum, Oct 1: Bad Policies, Continued; Republicans Against Choice; A Loser in the Debate

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bad Policies, Continued To the Editor: With all the failures of the last six years, both domestic and international, how can anyone support a candidate who favors the continuation of this president’s misguided policies? Jeff Lehmann Lyme Center Republicans Against Choice To the Editor: A little more than …

Forum, Sept. 30: Equal Care for Mental Health; Who’s Best for New Hampshire?; A Flawed History of the GOP; ‘Into the Woods’

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Equal Care for Mental Health To the Editor: Thanks for your front page article, “Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System,” (Sept. 28) which they certainly do. And chief among them is that while passage of the Affordable Care Act offers the promise of incremental improvement in …