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Forum, July 12: Help us keep the Prouty safe

Published: 7/11/2019 10:00:14 PM
Modified: 7/11/2019 10:00:04 PM
Help us keep the Prouty safe

Bikers, walkers, rowers and golfers will be on the roads, sidewalks, river and fairways on Friday and Saturday to participate in the 38th Prouty.

It takes an entire community to produce and host an event that brings 3,000 participants and 1,200 volunteers from here in the Upper Valley and around the U.S. to raise money for cancer research and patient supportive services at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The Prouty depends on everyone’s cooperation and support to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the event.

An event this size cannot be produced without the commitment, warm welcome, kindness and patience of the entire community. We thank you for sharing your spaces with Prouty participants. And we thank you for helping us to keep the event safe for everyone. We are grateful to have you join the effort. It is truly a day when the community comes together to fight cancer.







The writers are volunteer members of the Prouty Executive Committee.

Right in the middle of things

We were thrilled to see the front-page article in the Sunday Valley News about the resurgence of White River Junction (“The Junction at a crossroads,” July 7). Happily, we think of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic as being right in the middle of the revolution.

We moved downtown from our previous home up on Taft’s Flat in 2004, renovating the former Gates Memorial Library at 70 N. Main St. with a federal grant. Now in our 27th year, our twin clinics offer free medical and dental care to underserved clients from 34 towns in the Upper Valley. We love being in White River Junction, and invite our neighbors to stop in for a visit.





The writers are board president and executive director, respectively, of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic.

A slant on slanted news

A couple of thoughts regarding recent letters about the liberal slant of the Valley News: One is, what would you expect of a news organization based in an area dominated by large liberal organizations such as Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system? Of course the reporting is biased, even if the reporters and editors don’t recognize it, because that’s the social climate they live in. How about news organizations based in strongly conservative areas? Don’t you realize their reporting is also biased?

If you stop getting your local news from this newspaper, where will you get it from? And why would you believe that they’re not biased?

So what news do you want to receive? Only that which agrees with your point of view? Or do you want to have news from all points of view, so we all can better understand each other and work together in the best interest of all?

The liberal slant of the Valley News has been pointed out many, many times over the years, and while I see some conservative reporting, I agree there should be more. But canceling your subscription does nothing to improve the situation. It can only improve by readers expressing their opinions.

I personally feel that with a publication based in a highly conservative state, with a highly liberal state next door, we should be well positioned to get balanced reporting on all issues. But if readers simply give up and withhold their opinions, no one benefits.




We encourage Valley News readers to write to the Forum to comment on matters of general public interest. We publish letters regardless of their politics, providing they are in good taste and address a subject of broad concern. To keep the Forum open to all, we request that you keep letters to about 350 words, and that you write no more often than once every two weeks. Please email letters to You may also send a letter using the form at our website, (click on “Opinion,” and then “Submit a Letter”). If you cannot send email or use the website, address letters to Forum, Valley News, P.O. Box 877, White River Junction, Vt. 05001. In all cases, please be sure to include your name and address, along with a daytime telephone number (for confirmation purposes only). All letters are subject to editing.

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