Letters

Forum, Jan. 27: Pot Has a Cost; Defend the Right to Bear Arms; Peccadilloes of the Fishermen

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marijuana Leads to Problems To the Editor: The people, representatives and senators need to think more about legalizing marijuana. First, they are spending all kinds of money to get people to stop smoking tobacco products and not letting them smoke anywhere, and now some are trying to convince people it is all right to smoke marijuana, which is a lot worse than any cigarette has ever been. Just the smell …

Forum, Jan. 24: Deregulation and Cost Increases; Lead with News, Not Opinion; GMOs and Wheat

Monday, January 26, 2015

Deregulation and Cost Increases To the Editor: Meredith Angwin of the Ethan Allen Institute is a rock star among energy analysts, and she hits the right chord by blaming the recent run-up in electric rates on our big regional embrace of natural gas as a generation fuel (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Jan. 18). She is also gracious enough not to point out that …

Forum, Jan. 26: A Feeling of Power; This Pope Is No Marxist; Recycle That Glass

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Feeling of Power To the Editor: Thank you, Meredith Angwin, for your statement that “it would be better to choose conservation and grid diversity” than to depend on “cheap” natural gas (“Why Electricity Costs Spiked,” Perspectives, Jan. 18). The challenge is creating a diverse grid in a cost-effective and timely manner. Fortunately, there are ways that individuals can help. In an effort …

Forum: Nov. 30: Risk and Rewards of Rock Climbing; Small Protest Numbers; Misleading Progressive Theater

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Risk and Rewards To the Editor: Steve Nelson’s good column (Perspectives, Nov. 23) on risk and, in particular, Alex Honnold, who is a free-solo climber, elicits a response from this retired climber. I had the opportunity to be on a panel with Alex a few years back. …

Forum, Nov. 28: Sour Grapes of Wrath; Plutocracy in America; Shop in Enfield

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sour Grapes of Wrath To the Editor: With regard to Winifred Anthony Stearns’ enjoinder to us “sour grapes” non-Republicans that we adopt some of the GOP’s “ideas for fiscal responsibility,” I wonder if she is referring to the most recent instance? The last Republican president mounted two unwinnable …

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Upper Valley Came Through To the Editor: In 2012, the Carter Community Building Association Board of Trustees launched a three-year youth scholarship fund drive to assist needy youngsters — for many years to come — to learn to swim, play basketball, enjoy summer camp and exercise. We …

Forum, Nov. 26: The Comeback Republicans; Poor Investment in Windsor; The Right Smoke Alarm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Comeback Republicans To the Editor: We Republicans can only laugh at the crescendo of sour grapes unloaded on the public in your editorial Nov. 16 about the national election. Guys! We won, you lost big time. Better that you set forth some of our ideas about fiscal …

Forum: Nov. 25: A Misstep in Canaan; Who’s Your Emperor?; Haters and the ACA

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Misstep in Canaan To the Editor: Reading the front page of Saturday’s Valley News (“Taxes Pit Canaan, Mascoma”) certainly did nothing to alleviate the dismay I felt upon opening my tax bill yesterday. The use of town resources (paper, postage, time) to disseminate misinformation, promote the opinions …

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Guns and Hunting in Thetford To the Editor: I read with interest the recent articles about the Fish and Game Club of Thetford. Here is a little history of the club: My late husband, Ben Cadwell, Jim Banker, Arthur Palmer, Harry Nash, Frank Barker, George Davenport and others …

Sunday Forum: Clean Air, Save Energy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Action Needed on Clean Air To the Editor: Many of us consider climate change among the foremost issues requiring public action now that the flurry of the midterm election is behind us. Right after the election, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, now majority leader, implausibly declared, “We (the …

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 …

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 …

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 …