Letters

Forum, March 6: Excess of Surpluses in Lebanon; Charlestown Voters Missed Out; Story Told With Sensitivity

Friday, March 6, 2015

An Excess of Lebanon Surpluses To the Editor: I have to ask why the Lebanon School Board continues to raise our taxes each year when the district has a huge surplus. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “rainy day” fund in excess of $2 million? But alas, paying taxes in Lebanon will prevent that from ever happening to anyone in this city. The school district needs to stop overinflating …

Forum, March 4: Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy; Vermont GOP Talking Points; Local Link to Nigeria

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vermont Could Prevent Tragedy To the Editor: On Feb. 10, public testimony for S.31 on criminal background checks was given in Montpelier. It is obvious that some Vermonters lack trust in their government, and voiced concerns that legislative regulation is a precursor to legislative confiscation. This is not the case; the Legislature needs to bring gun safety legislation for our citizens in line …

Forum, March 3: Thank the Veterans; PETA’s Message; Tough Winter Made Better in Lebanon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Thank the Veterans Today To the Editor: Town Meeting presents a golden opportunity to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen in our towns. I hope that moderators consider honoring those who have served or are now serving our country in the armed forces by asking them to stand and be recognized for their sacrifices in defense of our nation’s freedom. Ask those present to …

Forum, Jan. 15: Recycling in Hartford; Merci, Republique Francaise; A Skilled, Compassionate Doctor; Help the Poor, Not the Rich

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recycling Serves Many Residents To the Editor: I read with interest in today’s Valley News (“Hartford Might Cut Recycling,” Jan. 13) Selectboard Co-Chairman Ken Parker’s comments regarding curbside recycling. Maybe during the current budget process, the same logic should be applied to other programs, such as recreation: “There …

Forum, Jan. 14: ‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful; A Bad Move in the Vermont House; What Is Shell’s Game?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

‘Charlie’ Isn’t Funny or Helpful To the Editor: Regarding the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, as a onetime editor of the Harvard Lampoon, I would like to add my two-cents’ worth. In the first place, that title is a joke and a mockery. It refers to Charles Schulz, a …

Sunday Forum: Rape Is a Reality, With or Without Names; Religion It’s Not; What Americans Could Learn in Cuba; Individual Players Slighted

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rape Is a Reality, Names or No Names To the Editor: While I agree with much of what Jim Kenyon had to say in his recent column (“Names That Matter,” Jan. 7), I worry about the implications of its headline and the reference to it on your front …

Forum, Jan. 10: No Need for Plastic; Join the March for Campaign Finance Reform

Saturday, January 10, 2015

No Need for Plastic To the Editor: I sent this letter to CVS Health’s customer relations office about corporate social responsibility: “CVS provides many useful services to the communities in which the stores are located. However, in one …

Forum, Jan. 9: CO2 Isn’t the Culprit; The Cheaters of Dartmouth; All You Need is Love

Friday, January 9, 2015

CO2 Isn’t the Culprit To the Editor: I think Messrs. Buttrey and Hillinger, who responded to my Forum letter on global warming, misread it or perhaps my explanation wasn’t clear enough. The point I wished to convey was not that we don’t have climate change, but that CO2 …

Forum, Jan. 8: Vote for Nader Caused Harm; Killers in the Mideast; Explain the Spike in Electric Rates

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vote for Nader Caused Much Harm To the Editor: Votes for Ralph Nader caused Al Gore to lose New Hampshire and cost him the election. At the time we didn’t know how much damage a Bush presidency would cause. But with the advantage of hindsight, we know that …

Forum, Jan. 7: Thanks for the Memories, Don Mahler; Empathy for Lebanon Workers; Behind the Closing of Lebanon College

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thanks for the Memories, Don To the Editor: As a Valley News subscriber and sports fan, I was sad to read of Don Mahler’s retirement (Going, Going, Gone: Longtime ‘Valley News’ Sports Editor Is Outta Here,” Jan. 4). I get my national news from other outlets, but read …

Forum, Jan. 6: What Message in the Courtroom?; Paying to Repair the Climate; Finding the Middle

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What Message in the Courtroom? To the Editor: I read in the Jan. 3 Valley News that there were a number of community members, including Oxbow High School teachers, attending Brian Musty’s recent court appearance to support him as he accepted a plea agreement for having sexually assaulted …

Sunday Forum: Civil War Names; Snowless Hanover; Fringe Science

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A New Birth of Names To the Editor: I would like to give a New Year gift to all those reading this letter who are expecting a “blessed event” in the near future. Actually, I stole this gift from Hartford High School’s principal, Joseph D. Collea Jr., author …

Forum, Jan. 1: Climate Paper Was Flawed; Fast Times in the Old Days; Thanks From Polar Express

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Climate Paper Was Flawed To the Editor: Olin Potter (Forum, Dec. 31) “looked at the state of affairs” with regards to global warming. In particular, he read a paper called Environmental Effects of Increased Carbon Dioxide, “published” by Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. Based on what he …