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YOUR VIEW: I support Donna Veach for state representative

By ALEX GIANNONE To The Editor: I support Donna Veach for state representative. The upcoming election is a pivotal time for our state. For many years Democrats have run our state and we continue to see the negative effects of…

icon Posted: 28 June 2020 [09:06 PM]

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Sunday 06/28/2020
Sunday 06/21/2020
YOUR VIEW: I'm outraged the Columbus statue was vandalized
icon Posted: 21 June 2020 [07:54 PM]

By ROSEANN BUCHIERE To the Editor: My ancestors, who were decent, hardworking and served this country honorably, paid to have this statue put up in our city. For some hoodlums to vandalize it just shows the lack of moral…

Friday 06/12/2020
Congratulations, Newington High graduates
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:25 PM]

By Gary Turco Dear Newington High School Graduate, Congratulations on your graduation from Newington High School as a member of the class of 2020! You have made Newington very proud and I am proud to represent some of…

YOUR VIEW: For our kids, don't cut essential services
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:20 PM]

By Shannon Martin To the Editor: I’m an intake investigator for Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. Before this pandemic, it was normal to get three cases of reported child abuse a week. Now, it’s half that. After 20 years…

YOUR VIEW: Our elected officials have to step up for us
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:18 PM]

By Paul Zagorsky To the Editor: Our country is fractured and suffering, with an inflammatory President incapable of consoling those who are suffering, while national Republican elected leaders are silent in the face of such abhorrent behavior. The Constitution…

Monday 06/08/2020
Sunday 06/07/2020
Finding ways to make change
icon Posted: 07 June 2020 [08:49 PM]

No words are sufficient to express the sadness and outrage we feel about George Floyd’s death, or to address the history that has led to that horrific event. As to all persons who are charged with a crime, in our…

Monday 06/01/2020
Friday 05/29/2020
Monday 05/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: We'll have to wait and see about fireworks
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [08:36 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: It seems pretty clear to me that Mayor Stewart can’t make plans for summer events, e.g., fireworks until she receives guidance from our governor as to how the Phase 2, June 20 reopening plan…

Sunday 05/24/2020
YOUR VIEW: Not all firearms owners are 'gun toting nuts'
icon Posted: 24 May 2020 [08:17 PM]

By David Sherman To the Editor: In Rachael Davis’ letter (May 12), Davis referred to firearms owners as “gun toting nuts.” This view of gun owners is based on an inaccurate stereotype. Most gun owners are decent, respectable people…

Friday 05/22/2020
YOUR VIEW: We need more New Britain-Berlin news
icon Posted: 22 May 2020 [07:57 PM]

By MARYANNE MURPHY Dear Management, I am very disappointed in the consolidation of the two newspapers. At first I applauded the economic strategy. Unfortunately, I am saddened by the lack of reporting for the Berlin-New Britain news. The reporting of the Bristol news…

Tuesday 05/19/2020
YOUR VIEW: Will the July 4th fireworks happen?
icon Posted: 19 May 2020 [07:31 PM]

By PAUL ZAGORSKY To the Editor: On the same day I read the Berlin Fair scheduled for Sept. 18, 2020 was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, New Britain’s mayor said the city couldn’t make plans for summer events such as…

Monday 05/18/2020
YOUR VIEW: State Rep. Turco supports our businesses
icon Posted: 18 May 2020 [04:23 PM]

By DON WOODS To the Editor: I am grateful to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco has chosen to run for reelection. The success of Newington’s businesses, especially small businesses, is especially important to him and he is always there…

Sunday 05/17/2020
Friday 05/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: Animal abuser should be deported
icon Posted: 15 May 2020 [07:15 PM]

To the Editor, I’m a little peeved at The Herald for not printing an article and writing about “Zero,” the poor, suffering dog who was beaten and then strangled by another scumbag. I would have let it go if I…

Tuesday 05/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: State Rep. Turco is protecting our environment
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:08 PM]

By SHARON DUNNING To the Editor: If the environment is as important to you as it is to me, you should be happy to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco is running for reelection this year. He’s been a true…

YOUR VIEW: State doesn't need more people with guns
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:04 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Thank you Gov. Lamont and Attorney General William Tong for suspending the state law that prohibits state police and local police officials from refusing to collect fingerprints, as part of efforts to prevent the…

Monday 05/11/2020
State Rep. Gary Turco is committed to education
icon Posted: 11 May 2020 [07:59 PM]

By Eileen Francolino To the Editor: I’m proud to support state Rep. Gary Turco for reelection because he has delivered on his promise to make smart investments in education. By bringing back more than $1 million in new aid…

Support state Rep. Gary Turco in November
icon Posted: 11 May 2020 [07:56 PM]

By Michael Duffek To the Editor: One of the many reasons I am very glad to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco is running for reelection is because he has worked so hard to keep us informed. He has continued…

Sunday 05/10/2020
YOUR VIEW: Give Dennis Rodriguez the maximum sentence
icon Posted: 10 May 2020 [07:56 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Dennis Rodriguez taken into custody!! Well done NBPD for taking this criminal off the streets of our city. He should get the maximum amount of time in prison, albeit I’d rather our tax dollars…

Monday 05/04/2020
Wednesday 03/11/2020
YOUR VIEW: Politicians need to remember 'the people'
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:11 PM]

To The Editor: In light of dishonorable and disappointing political and personal choices and actions that have created our current political and social crisis, this is written for those currently holding elected office and for those seeking one, at any…

YOUR VIEW: Efforts for preservation of Pigeon Hill applauded
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:10 PM]

To The Editor: Working Together for Preservation Save Pigeon Hill Team would like to thank, Mayor Ellen Zoppo Sassu, mayor of Bristol and Scott Heth executive director of the Barnes Nature Center and Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, The city…

YOUR VIEW: Celebrate Irish-American Heritage
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:09 PM]

To The Editor: March is Irish-American Heritage Month! It is estimated that almost 20 percent of the residents of Connecticut trace their ancestry to Ireland. The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest and largest, Irish, Catholic organization in…

Monday 03/09/2020
CHRIS POWELL: Expensive nonsense pushes transportation issues aside
icon Posted: 09 March 2020 [08:40 PM]

Now that highway tolls seem to have been dismissed for this year’s session of the General Assembly, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy has provided good suggestions for finding transportation infrastructure money elsewhere. Yankee’s suggestions show that Governor Lamont and…

Wednesday 03/04/2020
Erasing criminal records will mock many victims
icon Posted: 04 March 2020 [07:49 PM]

From California to Connecticut the political left is purporting to believe that the failure of former offenders to reintegrate fully into society is caused by the stigma of their criminal records. This is mistaken. Instead the problem is mainly the…

Sunday 03/01/2020
MAYOR'S COLUMN: Goal for this year is to keep tax rate stable
icon Posted: 01 March 2020 [08:26 PM]

Since early January, our Board of Finance and Taxation has been meeting to hear from department heads about their budget requests for the 2020-21 fiscal year. I, too, have met several times with my Finance Department budget team to forecast…

Friday 02/28/2020
THEIR VIEW: Raising 'red flag' concerns
icon Posted: 28 February 2020 [07:33 PM]

So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. But experiences in Florida, which has had such a statute…

THEIR VIEW: Blago is out of prison and still gaming the system
icon Posted: 28 February 2020 [07:30 PM]

By The (Moline) Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus Nobody should have been surprised when Rod Blagojevich called himself a victim and a “political prisoner” last week. Blagojevich never was very good at telling the truth. He is…

Thursday 02/27/2020
THEIR VIEW: Florida is 'charging people for the right to vote'
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:41 PM]

Florida punishes people who are unable to pay fines and fees by taking away their driver’s licenses, making it even harder for them to hold jobs that allow them to repay those debts. More than 2 million Floridians - or…

THEIR VIEW: 3-day waiting period to buy a gun is reasonable
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:39 PM]

The New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would impose a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. Last year, a similar bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The difference with this…

Wednesday 02/26/2020
THEIR VIEW: No room for hate
icon Posted: 26 February 2020 [08:02 PM]

This country waged a civil war over slavery in the mid-19th century. It struggled with the advancement of civil rights for all people, regardless of race and religion, in the 20th century. The fight for equality has been going on…

Thursday 02/20/2020
THEIR VIEW: Start-ups boost the economy
icon Posted: 20 February 2020 [08:05 PM]

The business climate of our region is transforming. Organizations like Valley Venture Mentors (VMM) and TechSpring have been instrumental in developing a culture of collaboration that will build a foundation of support in entrepreneurship that will last for years to…

Wednesday 02/19/2020
THEIR VIEW: Achievement gap endures
icon Posted: 19 February 2020 [08:04 PM]

Another legislative session is already producing more prattle about the “achievement gap” between white and minority students in Connecticut’s public schools. Last week Sen. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, Senate chairman of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, called it “a sin” that…

Monday 02/17/2020
THEIR VIEW: If there's an app for that, this isn't it
icon Posted: 17 February 2020 [07:42 PM]

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go…

Friday 02/14/2020
THEIR VIEW: Last call for alcohol when DNC comes to town
icon Posted: 14 February 2020 [07:49 PM]

By The Journal Times of Racine “There’s nothing good that happens after 1 a.m.” That’s what one Racine bartender had to say when he learned of a proposal to allow bars and restaurants throughout southeastern Wisconsin to stay…

Thursday 02/13/2020
Wednesday 02/12/2020
Enough of Dulos already
icon Posted: 12 February 2020 [07:18 PM]

For eight months most television evening newscasts and newspaper front pages in Connecticut have highlighted the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos and the suspicion cast on her estranged husband, Fotis. Now Fotis has killed himself and Jennifer remains missing and presumed…

Tuesday 02/11/2020
YOUR VIEW: The curse of Markus
icon Posted: 11 February 2020 [07:51 PM]

After months of speculation and rumors, the bad news was finally announced by the Red Sox a few days ago: After on again off again negotiations with a few stumbles and false starts, their superstar outfielder, hitter, MVP and Gold…

Wednesday 02/05/2020
Democrats fail at relevance
icon Posted: 05 February 2020 [08:17 PM]

Simple relevance remains a big challenge in politics and activism in Connecticut. State government is as insolvent as ever, facing big projected annual deficits and unfunded pension obligations beyond $100 billion. But the state Senate Democratic majority’s agenda for the…

Tuesday 02/04/2020
YOUR VIEW: Slap on the wrist for ex-city worker
icon Posted: 04 February 2020 [08:50 PM]

To The Editor: Former New Britain city worker accused of stealing grant funds gets court-appointed program?? Are you kidding me? What ever happened to accountability? The only disabilities she has are greed and arrogance. A jail cell is where…

Sunday 02/02/2020
YOUR VIEW: Thankful for kindness of strangers
icon Posted: 02 February 2020 [01:22 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing to thank Bristol residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Bristol and across the United States, Operation Christmas…

Friday 01/31/2020
THEIR VIEW: Save the planet, now
icon Posted: 31 January 2020 [07:48 PM]

Timing can be everything. For advocates for climate action, the stars seem aligned. Because of our dependence on the natural world, coupled with our quality of life, Vermonters have traditionally been mindful of our carbon footprint and our role in…

Wednesday 01/22/2020
YOUR VIEW: Democratic party in action
icon Posted: 22 January 2020 [07:21 PM]

To The Editor: The Democratic Town Committee is the governing body of our party in every town. In New Britain, there are 50 positions, 3, 4, or 5 from each of the 15 voting districts in the city, depending on…

Tuesday 01/21/2020
Bleeding-heart approach won't help ex-convicts
icon Posted: 21 January 2020 [07:30 PM]

Now that the majority in the General Assembly is more Democratic and liberal, the legislature is paying more attention to the plight of prisoners and former offenders. While the attention is welcome, it has been entirely of the bleeding-heart variety,…

Sunday 01/19/2020
THEIR VIEW: Ban on free expression at Olympics is shortsighted
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:51 PM]

Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is a statue of U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrusting their clenched fists into the air as they received their…