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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. He is perhaps the most grievously wounded soldier to survive the war, or any war. On any number of occasions, his parents …

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 a week ago, the New Hampshire GOP did us all a favor. They finally decided …

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 the disparity among the ways various illnesses are treated, the basic premise under which mental …

Forum, Aug. 13: The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings; The Spirit in Dorchester; Let’s Talk About Gun Violence

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bible’s Inconvenient Teachings To the Editor: I appreciated the Aug. 3 column by Randall Balmer (“Welcome the Stranger? Politicians and the Bible Have Conflicting Message on Immigrants”). Like a poker player who calls the bluff of an opponent and finds that the opponent has a very weak …

Forum, Aug. 12: Finally, a Democrat Speaks; Profit in Public Service; Headrest Is an Asset

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally, a Democrat Speaks To the Editor: Finally, a prominent Democrat, in this case Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, has had the integrity to publicly condemn the CIA spying on members of the Senate. It’s about time! Some things are just plain wrong, and it shouldn’t matter who …

Sunday Forum: Giving Thanks Where It’s Due; the Wilderness Act Turns 50; What Makes a Church; Jim Brady Remembered

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Much Service to Be Thankful For To the Editor: People frequently say, “Thank you for your service” to members of the military and to veterans. When this is said to me, I acknowledge it but feel that little is owed me. In 1963, I, and all men aged …

Forum, Aug. 9: Remember the Orchestra; Change in Vermont; Thanks, Kathy Hoyt

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Don’t Overlook the Orchestra To the Editor: In reading Nicola Smith’s narratives of each of Opera North productions this summer, including a “back stage account,” I noticed that the 27 orchestral musicians and their work were never mentioned in any capacity. This is scary to me because it …

Forum, Aug. 8: Poison Parsnips, Co-op Plaudits; Rethinking Mideast Headlines; The Mascoma River Greenway

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poison Parsnip, Co-op Plaudits To the Editor: Odd bedfellows, perhaps — a toxic invasive plant and the oft-discussed (of late) Co-op Food Stores. But Upper Valley residents should know about this noxious relative of our beloved carrot, and how the Co-op recently took quick action to stem its …

Forum, Aug. 7: Unchristian Act by a Church; Beware of Single-Payer Critics; The Real Oppressor in Gaza and Israel

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Unchristian Act by a Church To the Editor: At the Dorchester Selectboard meeting of July 17, the trustees of the Dorchester Community Church, Grace Fraser, Patricia Franz and Michelle Fistek, presented arguments opposing the actions of the Selectboard, which holds the opinion that while there is a historic …

Forum, Aug. 6: The Great War; Sharing the Wealth; Rewriting Gaza Headlines, Neighbors Need Help

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Great War, Reconsidered To the Editor: Nicola Smith did a fine job in describing the many ways the Great War influenced “almost everything that happened afterward,” inviting thoughtful contributions from our community. Jim Fox interestingly pointed out that Rudyard Kipling’s history of the Irish Guards in World …

Forum, Aug. 5: Oppression in Palestine; Co-op Coverage; Gun Sense; Health Insurance for the People

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oppression in Palestine To the Editor: I am writing in deep appreciation of the letter from Mary J. Wilson in the Valley News (“The Abuse in Palestine,” July 18). I am not anti-Semitic. I have great respect for the Jewish religion and for Jewish people and their many …

Forum, Aug. 4: Silent Warriors Update; The Social Lives of Chickens; What I Meant to Say; Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Peanuts

Monday, August 4, 2014

Silent Warriors Update To the Editor: Silent Warriors, an organization that supports Upper Valley homeless citizens, would like to update the Upper Valley with how our mission is going. On average right now we support two to three citizens a week by providing items needed to live here …

Forum, Aug. 3: Origins of the Mammoth Tooth, the VA and the Free Market

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Origins of the Mammoth Tooth To the Editor: As a lifelong fossil collector, I found the front page story of the discovery of a mammoth tooth fossil in New Hampshire interesting (“Plymouth State Professor Makes Mammoth Fossil Discovery,” July 31). However, it seems to me that finding one …