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YOUR VIEW: I'm endorsing Angelico-Stetson

By FRED JORTNER To the Editor: As a lifelong resident of Berlin and a former elected official, I am proud to endorse JoAnn Angelico-Stetson to be our next state representative from the 30th District. JoAnn has extensive experience in…

icon Posted: 18 September 2020 [09:09 PM]

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Friday 09/18/2020
YOUR VIEW: Join me in voting for Angelico-Stetson
icon Posted: 18 September 2020 [09:07 PM]

By KAREN JACKIE To the Editor: In 2016, for numerous reasons, I attended an open house for the Berlin Democratic Town Committee. I knew a few members when I got there, but one person stood out: JoAnn Angelico-Stetson. Not…

Tuesday 09/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: We support Mike Camillo for state representative
icon Posted: 15 September 2020 [07:47 PM]

By JAY SLATER To the Editor: As seniors and independent voters from Newington, we asked candidates, Michael Camillo and Gary Turco the following question. Both are running for state representative from the 27th District in Newington. “Do you support…

YOUR VIEW: Puppy shooter needs to be punished
icon Posted: 15 September 2020 [07:45 PM]

By KATHLEEN BAICH To the Editor: So, another bully shoots and kills an innocent puppy in front of minors. What an accomplishment! This happened in Cromwell. This monster should be held on criminal animal cruelty and firing a…

YOUR VIEW: President Trump supports our military
icon Posted: 15 September 2020 [07:41 PM]

By JOHN GERDIS To the Editor: It’s ironic that John Bolton (no friend of President Donald Trump) and Sara Sanders were in the room when President Trump supposedly called soldiers who die in war suckers and losers. It’s…

Wednesday 09/09/2020
YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote for Angelico-Stetson
icon Posted: 09 September 2020 [08:16 PM]

By RICHARD PASKIEWICZ To the Editor: Dedication, commitment and experience. Three highly desirable qualities you would like to see in each candidate seeking a political office. JoAnn Angelico-Stetson is a candidate for the Connecticut House of Representatives District 30,…

YOUR VIEW: Angelico-Stetson for state representative
icon Posted: 09 September 2020 [08:14 PM]

By BRUCE LAROCHE To the Editor: Details matter. When you look for experience in your next state representative look at the facts. With two terms of Town Council, one on the Board of Education and a concurrent term on the…

Tuesday 09/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Hopefully visitors are self quarantining
icon Posted: 08 September 2020 [09:08 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: I hope visitors from states on the travel advisory list are complying with Executive Order No. 7III, and self quarantining. In the last two weeks, I’ve seen numerous cars driving around with license…

YOUR VIEW: People need to be more responsible
icon Posted: 08 September 2020 [09:06 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Just another example of a stupid, selfish, disrespectful adult. Let’s hope you and the eight children don’t contract the virus. “In Cicero, Indiana, 40-year-old Matt McInnis planned to continue with tradition by getting…

YOUR VIEW: Turco has my vote for state rep
icon Posted: 08 September 2020 [09:05 PM]

By JON TRISTER To the Editor: I was very disturbed by the recent allegations made against Councilman Michael Camillo. It is disturbing because I am left to conclude, based on the evidence, that either Councilman Camillo holds these disgusting…

Monday 09/07/2020
Wednesday 09/02/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote for Lopes for state Senate
icon Posted: 02 September 2020 [09:03 PM]

By EDWARD GRADY To The Editor: After distinctively serving at the State Capitol for the greater part of the past two decades, the last eight years in the House of Representatives, Rick Lopes has decided to pursue a seat in…

Monday 08/31/2020
YOUR VIEW: Support Turco for reelection
icon Posted: 31 August 2020 [04:54 PM]

By STANLEY SOBIESKI To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of state Rep. Gary Turco. Rep. Turco has accomplished a lot for Newington in his two years in office. He has worked with community leaders to…

Sunday 08/23/2020
YOUR VIEW: Well done by the Plainville police
icon Posted: 23 August 2020 [08:43 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Well done Plainville Police Department for arresting Crystal Davis, 40, for charges of second-degree robbery, fifth-degree larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace. She tried to steal $964 worth of items…

Friday 08/21/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Angelico-Stetson for state representative
icon Posted: 21 August 2020 [09:05 PM]

By KAREN PAGLIARO To the Editor: Now that the primary votes have been counted, we need to look to November to elect a person who will serve for the good of the people and represent all Berlin citizens. We…

YOUR VIEW: VFW 511 celebrating 100th anniversary
icon Posted: 21 August 2020 [08:58 PM]

By DENNIS TARICANI To the Editor: On Oct. 5 the Walter J. Smith VFW Post 511 of New Britain will commemorate its 100th anniversary. The VFW 511 has a long history in the New Britain community. The organization has…

Wednesday 08/19/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote for Stetson for state represenative
icon Posted: 19 August 2020 [08:58 PM]

By JULIE ERICKSON To the Editor: On Nov. 3, voters who live in the 30th District will vote to elect a new state representative. There is no debate that both candidates running truly care about Berlin and Southington, but…

Tuesday 08/18/2020
YOUR VIEW: Thank you for replying Mayor Stewart
icon Posted: 18 August 2020 [08:56 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Mayor Stewart, Thank you for the update re: storm debris. I hope our city will qualify for the funds to pay crews, already strained, to pick up resident debris. Part of my…

Sunday 08/16/2020
YOUR VIEW: We need more info on debris pickup
icon Posted: 16 August 2020 [08:08 PM]

By Rachael Davis To the Editor: The towns of Newington and Berlin will be collecting storm debris but sadly the City of New Britain won’t. So what happens when our neighbors leave their debris on the side of…

Monday 08/03/2020
YOUR VIEW: Stop & Shop needs to be clear on its policies
icon Posted: 03 August 2020 [08:25 PM]

By DAVID O’BRIEN To the Editor: After my recent shopping visit to Stop & Shop Berlin I was surprised to learn the policy of Stop & Shop for masks wearing was voluntary and not mediatory. I saw three young…

Friday 07/31/2020
YOUR VIEW: Our state's legislative process must be better
icon Posted: 31 July 2020 [08:17 PM]

By DAVE RACKLIFFE To the Editor: The State House of Representatives and the State Senate passed a bill - HB6004 - that includes a series of reforms aimed at police accountability, including the removal of qualified immunity. In the days…

Wednesday 07/29/2020
YOUR VIEW: Lamont's executive order is unconstitutional
icon Posted: 29 July 2020 [04:55 PM]

By STEFAN ZWOLINSKI To the Editor: This is, without a doubt, a troubling time for the state of Connecticut. Covid-19 has affected everyone’s lives. As a result, Gov. Ned Lamont has issued many executive orders to help the state deal…

Sunday 07/26/2020
Friday 07/17/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote for Veach in GOP primary
icon Posted: 17 July 2020 [02:58 PM]

By MARY KATHRYN LAROSE To the Editor: On Aug. 11, Republican voters in the 30th House District, representing Berlin and Southington, have the opportunity to vote for Donna Veach, the endorsed Republican candidate. Donna is the candidate who can…

Monday 07/13/2020
YOUR VIEW: I love saying I'm from New Britain
icon Posted: 13 July 2020 [04:52 PM]

By MARGARET BAYLOCK RENZELLA To the Editor: James Taylor sings a song titled “My Town” which brings to mind the town of New Britain. Taylor sings these lyrics “...you watched it grow, it was your town. Time goes by,…

Sunday 07/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: There is a way to improve schools
icon Posted: 12 July 2020 [08:47 PM]

By MARY ROGERS To the Editor: This is in response to the letter from Frank Murphy on July 9, titled, “What exactly are my taxes going to?” I disagree with his assessment that the closed schools have saved money during…

YOUR VIEW: The staff at Stanley Golf Course has been amazing
icon Posted: 12 July 2020 [08:46 PM]

By JOE ARNONE To the Editor: New Britain has always had great parks and recreation programs. The recent renovations to the facilities at A. W. Stanley have enhanced that reputation. I believe at the top of the list of…

Thursday 07/09/2020
Parades out as Disney World reopens
icon Posted: 09 July 2020 [08:10 PM]

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Forget about up-close “meet-and-greet” sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or parades - those would draw too many people together - and both…

Wednesday 07/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: What exactly are my taxes going to?
icon Posted: 08 July 2020 [08:45 PM]

By FRANK MURPHY To the Editor: Despite the challenges faced by families and businesses these past months due to mandated shutdowns and the resultant loss of income/business revenue, the City of New Britain successfully sent my approximately $6,000 in property…

Monday 07/06/2020
YOUR VIEW: Support Veach in GOP primary
icon Posted: 06 July 2020 [07:55 PM]

By ANDRA LOU MILLERD To the Editor: On Aug. 11, 2020 Connecticut Republicans are being asked to vote in a primary in order to finalize the candidates for November’s election. Voters in Berlin and Southington who live in Legislative District…

This is a pandemic of misinformation
icon Posted: 06 July 2020 [07:54 PM]

By HOWARD SCHNEIDER About a week ago, a friend sent us a post from Stanford University about how to self-diagnose the coronavirus and kill it once it enters the body. The diagnosis included holding your breath for at least 10…

Sunday 06/28/2020
YOUR VIEW: I support Donna Veach for state representative
icon Posted: 28 June 2020 [09:06 PM]

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…

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…