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Forum, Nov. 8: Dartmouth’s dorm plan

Published: 11/9/2022 10:26:40 AM
Modified: 11/9/2022 10:26:13 AM
Dartmouth housing plan misses the mark

Dartmouth’s planning committee for the Lyme Road North expansion project is either myopic or deaf. After five ill-timed presentations open to the public this summer, followed by two recent Hanover Planning Board meetings, the college has failed to comprehend fully the ramifications of building a four-story, 400-student housing facility in a quiet residential part of Hanover. The deleterious effects on traffic, public safety and the environment are clear. To forge ahead with such a project would be foolish and can only damage Dartmouth’s relations with the community further. The townspeople and the faculty have spoken. Now it is time for Dartmouth to go back to the drawing board and choose another location.

John Lubin


‘Doonesbury’ is insensitive about Alzheimer’s

I have been reading Doonesbury Flashbacks in the Valley News, and must say I find the recent thread a bit insensitive to those with Alzheimer’s disease. While comics routinely poke fun at individuals, typically they focus on situations people bring on themselves, such as Dagwood Bumstead’s love of big sandwiches, or Beetle Bailey’s efforts to avoid army labor and his menacing Sarge. And we laugh at this.

But the recent Doonesbury thread shows the elderly Lacey Davenport portrayed as an Alzheimer’s victim, with the joke each day being that she cannot remember things! To me, this is the same as laughing at a blind person who walks into a wall, or at a paraplegic who falls out of their wheelchair. In other words, the person with the disability is not part of the joke, but rather is the butt of the joke and solely because of their disability. And let’s remember Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease. I am surprised Garry Trudeau let this one get republished.

J.M. Phillips


Some Christians are
more ‘real’ than others

Rebecca Kvam Paquette “Some Words Require Clarification,” Oct. 4) wrote that some varieties of Christians are getting a bum rap because of beliefs and activities of others, whom she terms “conservative” Christians.

First, let’s clarify that conservative Christians are just as much involved in many social activities she lauds. However, they take a more literal view of the Bible, which they consider the inspired Word of God, instead of cherry-picking verses out of context as California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently did while attempting to make California a magnet state for those seeking abortion. I agree that there are at least two streams of Christianity, one of which Scripture describes as “having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” Jesus described the real test of Christianity: “Who do men say that I am?” The disciples’ answers included John the Baptist, Elijah, and others, but Apostle Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Conservative Christians take His atoning death seriously and don’t consider Him just one of many wise teachers. Apostle James said, “Faith without works is dead,” so the good works of conservative Christians result from their salvation and don’t produce it. Accepting Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice on the cross is the sine qua non of true Christianity that offers eternal life, whereas some who profess Christianity believe that many roads including good works give entrance into heaven.

In my childhood we watched the game show To Tell the Truth, recently revived by ABC. Its premise is there’s one genuine person with a secret and two impostors who try to convince the panel they’re the “real deal.” When the emcee asks, “Will the real please stand up?” their phoniness is revealed. Many cults and phony variants of Christianity are circulating today, and the Bible offers the tests for those who will read and understand them. Many who were deceived will be appalled to discover they’ve placed their faith and hopes in incorrect beliefs. What’s at stake isn’t the prize of a TV game show, but their eternal destiny.

William A. Wittik


Inflation is
a global problem

To address problems of inflation and the economy, it is important to get to the root of the problem. Politicians like to point fingers and blame their opponents, but this is foolishness. Inflation is a problem all over the world. For example, Great Britain’s inflation rate is over 12%. China is suffering inflation and a steep decline in their economic growth rate.

Current inflation and economic problems are caused by several factors, most importantly the war in Ukraine and supply disruptions lingering from the pandemic. Exacerbating the problem is profiteering by corporations. For example, oil companies are reporting profits two to three times higher than a year ago, and there are widespread reports of price gouging by giant food corporations.

The solution to these problems is not to listen to politicians who blame other politicians; the solution is to support politicians taking appropriate actions to rein in corporate profiteering and fixing infrastructure problems. Turn off the political propaganda and pay attention to factual news.

David Allen

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