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Forum: Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle; Missing From the Dartmouth Green; Threat of Legalized Pot

Friday, February 12, 2016

Penalizing Wrong Type of Vehicle To the Editor: In a typical Republican design, New Hampshire Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has come up with a great idea (sarcasm): Let’s tax, fine or impose a fee on consumers who purchase vehicles that get good fuel mileage. I find this not only stupid, but counterproductive to reducing greenhouse gases or reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Major feels it’s a good way to replace …

Column: Lebanon Planning Board Makes Up the Rules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tuesday’s Valley News editorial showed the same lack of research and understanding about fire safety and sprinklers shown by the Lebanon Planning Board at its Monday night hearing on the River Valley Club’s child care center application. The fact that national fire codes — the result of extensive hearings, expert testimony and historical analysis — do not require sprinklers on the ground floor …

Forum: Girls, Women and Copy Editors; Disappointed in Vermont Party Leaders; Unneeded Airport Work

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Girls, Women and Copy Editors To the Editor: Anant Sundaram’s intemperate screed (“No Excusing ‘Girl’ Headline,” Feb. 9) smearing Kathryn Stearns for her thoughtful op-ed piece about “Girl Power” smacks of micro-aggression against women. My wife, an Oxford honors graduate, refers fondly to her friends of a certain age as “girls.” Yet all are feminist veterans of the unfinished struggle for women’s equality. …

Forum: Presents From Prison; A Light in West Hartford; Health Clinic Welcomes Support

Monday, December 28, 2015

Presents From Prison To the Editor: My hat is off to the Windsor prison inmates who made toys for a Marine charity. What a wonderful thing to do at this time of year when, as the saying goes, “want is felt the most.” They deserve high praise for …

Forum: Political Discourse Is Suffering; Sanders Is Running Strong; Christmas in Canaan

Friday, December 25, 2015

Political Discourse Is Suffering To the Editor: It is tempting to take some satisfaction about the Republican Party’s current bout of candidate indigestion, brought on this time by Donald Trump’s latest rant. After all, Republicans have nurtured and pandered to its extremist wing for many years — on …

Forum: Case for a Carbon Tax; Helping Refugees; Mistakes of the Past

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Case for a Carbon Tax To the Editor: The Valley News ran a Bloomberg View editorial Nov. 30 that said, “the best climate policies rely on a carbon tax.” I hope this opinion gains increasing visibility and support in the Twin States. This is an opportunity for historic …

Forum: Hartford’s Search Process; Painful Forced School Budget Cuts; Nonprofits, Big Money

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hartford’s Search Process To the Editor: In response to Friday’s Forum letter from Jeff Arnold about the principal search process in Hartford, my intent is not to exclude anyone from either search. In fact, I have gone to great lengths to make sure the process provides an opportunity …

Forum: Vermont’s Ponderous Planning; Pay for Better Roads; Raise the Smoking Age

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Vermont’s Ponderous Planning To the Editor: In your Dec. 12 edition, in a story about I-89 projects in Vermont, we read that landowner Jesse Sammis “has to hit a variety of deadlines, including having completed his Act 250 application by July, and receiving an Act 250 permit by …

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 …