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OP-ED: New businesses: CT economy energized by covid entrepreneuers

There’s little question that the prolonged pandemic has disrupted the workplace significantly. The degree to which that change is accelerated is now becoming clear as data reflects stark differences between what was and what is. Between 2010 and 2020,…

icon Posted: 18 January 2022 [08:30 PM]

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Monday 01/17/2022
YOUR VIEW: Herald should check Chris Powell's 'misinformation'
icon Posted: 17 January 2022 [08:36 PM]

To the Editor: It is time for the Herald to stop allowing misinformation on the coronavirus. In Chris Powell editorial of 01/15 he was hunting for someone to blame for virus related issues. He wrote "China might be the place…

YOUR VIEW: The story of Bob Story is about a person who cared
icon Posted: 17 January 2022 [08:35 PM]

To the Editor: I want to share some thoughts about Bob Story, owner of Story Brother’s, who passed away recently. Bob was also a good friend and supporter of the Klingberg Auto Restoration Program and our students. He helped us…

YOUR VIEW: Shortell: Sarra's loss is 'catastrophic'
icon Posted: 17 January 2022 [01:05 PM]

To the Editor: The loss of Superintendent Nancy Sarra to the New Britain Public Schools is a catastrophe. Her intelligence, her commitment to New Britain's students and educators are unmatched. She has managed to oversee deep improvements in our local…

Monday 01/10/2022
your-view-believing-in-kismet-and-karma YOUR VIEW: Believing in kismet and karma
icon Posted: 10 January 2022 [09:06 PM]

I believe in kismet and karma. Often people wonder, if God was actually real, why has He let all these natural disasters…

Tuesday 01/04/2022
YOUR VIEW: Property tax reform is necessary
icon Posted: 04 January 2022 [08:43 PM]

To the Editor: Let's get the obvious out of the way. Property taxes - regressively and disproportionally - hurt middle- and lower-income homeowners, so that others may benefit. Moreover, Connecticut's overreliance on property taxes to fund local services, such as…

Monday 12/27/2021
YOUR VIEW: A big thanks to Mayor Stewart for helping a mom
icon Posted: 27 December 2021 [01:55 PM]

To the Editor: On behalf of my mother, Jeanine Soychak, who lives in New Britain and is 92 years young, I want to thank the mayor, Erin Stewart and her crew for helping clean up leaves/debris from her yard and…

Monday 12/13/2021
YOUR VIEW: Kindness in the community at post office
icon Posted: 13 December 2021 [04:31 PM]

To the Editor: I witnessed two separate random acts of kindness at the New Britain Post Office. One day recently, the line was long and a young lady in the queue wanted to buy just one stamp. She asked…

YOUR VIEW: Support the Build Back Better bill
icon Posted: 13 December 2021 [04:31 PM]

To the Editor: The House has passed the Build Back Better Bill. Now it is time for the Senate to follow suit. This legislation encompasses a variety of issues that are critical for our nation to move in a…

Friday 12/10/2021
YOUR VIEW: Donations sought to help the hungry
icon Posted: 10 December 2021 [09:20 PM]

To the Editor: It’s no secret that life hasn’t gotten back to “normal”. And for those served by Bread for Life, whose “normal” was already troublesome, life’s burdens have only increased. Even here in Southington, food insecurity is…

Wednesday 12/01/2021
YOUR VIEW: Thanks for helping with Luminary display
icon Posted: 01 December 2021 [04:22 PM]

To the Editor: The Berlin Lions wish to thank all of the individuals and businesses that supported our recent Luminary display at Veterans Park. This was truly a community effort that made this event an overwhelming success and will provide…

Thursday 11/11/2021
YOUR VIEW: South Church staff thankful for repaired roof
icon Posted: 11 November 2021 [08:50 PM]

To the Editor: Earlier this year, the staff of South Church at 90 Main St. discovered damage to our roof. A flashing on the roof was partially displaced and disclosed a rotted beam underneath it. It is never pleasant when…

YOUR VIEW: Plainville Republicans thankful for Nov. 2 voters
icon Posted: 11 November 2021 [08:49 PM]

To the Editor: The Plainville Republican elected candidates for Board of Education and Town Council extend  our most sincere thanks to the voters for their overwhelming support during the recent election.  We will honor our pledge to maintain services within…

Tuesday 11/09/2021
YOUR VIEW: Government should require all people vaccinated
icon Posted: 09 November 2021 [09:04 PM]

To the Editor: To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we should require everyone to get fully vaccinated (including a possible third dose) – unless exempted by a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition. We should write to our…

YOUR VIEW: Something has to be done about rental crisis
icon Posted: 09 November 2021 [08:57 PM]

To the Editor: I, like hundreds of thousands in Connecticut and hundreds of millions nationwide, am struggling to afford rent. Just in Hartford County, rent is increasing on average 23% from last year. You can go on any community forum…

Monday 11/08/2021
YOUR VIEW: Nation's EMS system needs lots of help soon
icon Posted: 08 November 2021 [07:04 PM]

To the Editor The nation's EMS system is facing a crippling workforce shortage, a long-term problem that has been building for more than a decade. It threatens to undermine our emergency 9-1-1 infrastructure and deserves urgent attention by the Congress.…

Wednesday 11/03/2021
YOUR VIEW: Pay to play for Newington vets banner unfair
icon Posted: 03 November 2021 [09:22 PM]

To the Editor: Newington Parks & Recreation hung a beautiful banner on Willard Avenue, just outside the Skatepark, honoring Newington veterans. The banner gives the impression that the town is honoring ALL Newington veterans, and listed their names in…

Wednesday 10/27/2021
YOUR VIEW: A 'Tribute to the Saints' of St. Thomas Aquinas HS
icon Posted: 27 October 2021 [09:13 PM]

To the Editor: The razing of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School building, now scheduled for October 28, only marks the end of the edifice. More importantly, the demolition will mark a unique opportunity. It is a point in time…

Monday 10/25/2021
YOUR VIEW: Turco: Please vote for Dems in Newington
icon Posted: 25 October 2021 [08:51 PM]

To the Editor: Next week’s municipal election will have long-lasting effects on the quality of life and future of Newington. There are three top priority issues at stake that, if you care about as much as me, need the entire…

Friday 10/22/2021
YOUR VIEW: Local rep's words are very wrong
icon Posted: 22 October 2021 [09:35 PM]

To the Editor: The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus is correct in condemning State Representative Gale Mastrofrancesco's faulty comparison of George Floyd's dying words, “I can't breathe” to those of children wearing masks in school. A man lying on the…

YOUR VIEW: Newington mayor: 'Keep it Going' for Republicans
icon Posted: 22 October 2021 [09:34 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing to let Newington residents know why they should vote for the Republicans to “Keep it Going” for another two years. The six of us have worked hard to ensure that Newington continues to grow…

YOUR VIEW: LWV president takes accusations personally
icon Posted: 22 October 2021 [09:31 PM]

To the Editor: Lying and liars are such harsh words and very hurtful. They also question an organization’s integrity. In the case of the accusations against the New Britain Area League of Women Voters (Herald, Oct. 7, 2021), I have…

Thursday 10/21/2021
Wednesday 10/20/2021
YOUR VIEW: Sweet memories about Sussman's grocery store
icon Posted: 20 October 2021 [01:29 PM]

To the Editor: Wonderful memories of times gone by: It was with great sadness to read about Dorothy Sussman’s death. I wonder if the family knew how much their grocery store meant to so many people that shopped there. For…

Monday 10/18/2021
YOUR VIEW: City needs to address safety issues at NBHS
icon Posted: 18 October 2021 [08:54 PM]

To the Editor: My daughter recently attended a high school football game and witnessed two girls fighting until the police intervened. Other students, including one girl’s boyfriend, did not like the police’s rough handling of the girls and confronted officers.…

Tuesday 10/12/2021
YOUR VIEW: Catanzaro supports all Plainville Republicans
icon Posted: 12 October 2021 [09:24 PM]

To the Editor:  I am lending my endorsement to the endorsed Republicans municipal candidates in Plainville.  They have demonstrated their experience in leadership, their capability to be fiscally responsible, and have shown time and time again their capacity and willingness…

YOUR VIEW: New Britain Alderman Thompson backs Catanzaro
icon Posted: 12 October 2021 [09:23 PM]

To the Editor: I Michael Thompson, alderman in the 4th Ward for New Britain, CT, have the pleasure of writing this letter of endorsement for Joey Catanzaro. I have known Joey Catanzaro for 10 years and find his character to…

YOUR VIEW: Stanley Golf Course needs to restore cart paths
icon Posted: 12 October 2021 [09:22 PM]

To the Editor: The greens, fairways and rough at the Stanley Golf Course continue to be maintained in an immaculate manner, thanks to the efforts of Superintendent Kevin DeVaux and his hard-working crew. There is, however one "fly in the…

Monday 10/11/2021
YOUR VIEW: Re-elect Pugliese to Plainville Town Council
icon Posted: 11 October 2021 [09:27 PM]

To the Editor:  I am writing to support Kathy Pugliese for re-election to the Plainville Town Council. Under Kathy's leadership the Republican led council has held the line on taxes and even lowered the mill rate for this year. She…

YOUR VIEW: Underwood for Plainville Town Council
icon Posted: 11 October 2021 [09:26 PM]

To the Editor: I am excited to vote for Dave Underwood again this November! Dave is an active and involved Town Council member in Plainville and was instrumental in keeping our mill rate at 0% two years in a row.  We…

YOUR VIEW: Keep the GOP majority on Plainville Town Council
icon Posted: 11 October 2021 [09:24 PM]

To the Editor: Plainville voters need to vote to keep the Republican majority for the Town Council. Under GOP leadership the Council has effectively responded to the Covid 19 crisis while keeping a control on spending and taxes. That is…

YOUR VIEW: These moms are choice for Plainville school board
icon Posted: 11 October 2021 [09:12 PM]

To the Editor:  Lori Consalvo, Cassandra Clark, and Rachel Buchanan are moms who actively pay attention to what their children are learning in school. They are exactly what every Board of Education needs, parents who care about what our children…

YOUR VIEW: Helvie is right person for Newington school board
icon Posted: 11 October 2021 [09:11 PM]

To the Editor: It was of no surprise to hear that a fellow Newington resident and friend was interested in joining the Board of Education. Forrest Helvie would be a valuable member for this town position. Forrest has a background…

Monday 10/04/2021
YOUR VIEW: NBHS Class of 1961 reunion was great
icon Posted: 04 October 2021 [09:09 PM]

To the Editor: On Saturday the 2nd of October the New Britain Class of 1961 held their 60th class luncheon at the Farmington Country Club due to the generosity of one of their classmates’ membership. There were not as many…

Sunday 10/03/2021
YOUR VIEW: Support for Bobby Sanchez for NB mayor
icon Posted: 03 October 2021 [09:07 PM]

To the Editor: I am supporting Bobby Sanchez to be Mayor of New Britain in the November Election. I have known Bobby for decades from his work with children and young families at HRA to his time on the Board…

Friday 10/01/2021
YOUR VIEW: Vote Row B in New Britain elections on Nov. 2
icon Posted: 01 October 2021 [09:47 PM]

To the Editor: The voters in the First Ward district of the City of New Britain will have the opportunity to cast their ballots once again in the fall of this year on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 6 a.m.-when the…

Thursday 09/30/2021
YOUR VIEW: Vote Timothy Manke - A time to stand strong
icon Posted: 30 September 2021 [09:04 PM]

Vote Timothy Manke - A Time to Stand Strong Since 2015, I, as a Lifetime Democrat, have expressed the importance of needing to put the right people into office, regardless of party affiliation.Therefore, it is my intent to vote…

YOUR VIEW: Mr. Powell: Universities don't lend to totalitarianism
icon Posted: 30 September 2021 [09:01 PM]

To the Editor: Chris Powell (Do colleges in Connecticut make students totalitarians? New Britain Herald 9-30-21) gets it part right, even if the assigned title has it completely backwards. First, this notion, often bandied about, that college professors are indoctrinating…

Tuesday 09/28/2021
YOUR VIEW: It's your choice. Your life or a carbon tax?
icon Posted: 28 September 2021 [09:29 PM]

To the Editor: Your life or carbon tax? Do you remember the recent floods in New York that killed people in their apartments?  Or our state police officer in Woodbury who tragically got swept away from the river.  Did you…

Wednesday 09/22/2021
YOUR VIEW: Mayor Stewart capable of taking city to new heights
icon Posted: 22 September 2021 [11:57 PM]

To the Editor: It is clear that Mayor Stewart understands her most critical duty as our Mayor is the honest, transparent, and wise management of our hard-earned tax dollars. She knows that no other form of progress can be made…

Monday 09/13/2021
Sunday 09/12/2021
YOUR VIEW: Pawlak endorses Scalise for Probate Judge
icon Posted: 12 September 2021 [12:03 PM]

(The following letter is meant as an open letter to New Britain residents.) Dear Neighbor: As we continue to respond to COVID-19 in a variety of ways, I write about an event that will not be cancelled or postponed. I…

Thursday 09/09/2021
YOUR VIEW: Support Row A in New Britain Sept. 14 primary
icon Posted: 09 September 2021 [09:22 PM]

To the Editor: New Britain will be a better place to live over the next two years if it elects a Common Council committed to addressing public health, budget, environmental and economic issues in a cooperative, bipartisan way. That's why I support…

Thursday 08/19/2021
YOUR VIEW: Gostin to Shortell: My actions were not racist
icon Posted: 19 August 2021 [09:26 PM]

To the Editor: I write in reply to Mr. Bill Shortell’s editorial (“No love for city GOP Registrar Peter Gostin,” Aug. 19, 2021) in which he accuses me of racism for having a difference of political opinions. First, regarding the…

Wednesday 08/18/2021
YOUR VIEW: No love for New Britain Registrar Gostin
icon Posted: 18 August 2021 [09:06 PM]

To the Editor: (Editor’s note: The author is former New Britain Democratic Town Committee chair.) I was very disappointed to read your puff piece on Peter Gostin, New Britain Republican Registrar. New Britain Herald – “New Britain man keeps Registrars…

Thursday 08/12/2021
YOUR VIEW: Sanchez offers fresh, progressive perspective
icon Posted: 12 August 2021 [07:02 PM]

To the Editor: This election cycle, residents of New Britain will have the opportunity to elect a mayor who puts the interests and values of working-class people first, State Representative Bobby Sanchez. From our city’s poor performance regarding vaccination rates…

Tuesday 08/10/2021
YOUR VIEW: Strong mischaracterizes New Britain DTC
icon Posted: 10 August 2021 [07:14 PM]

To the Editor: I, like former New Britain Democratic Town Committee (NBDTC) member Alicia Strong, believe that the people of New Britain should select their candidates for mayor and common council. I respect that Ms. Strong and her colleagues…

Tuesday 08/03/2021
YOUR VIEW: State community college union against school consolidation
icon Posted: 03 August 2021 [08:57 PM]

Community college union against school consolidation Since the initial proposal to consolidate Connecticut’s twelve independently accredited community colleges into a single institution with 12 campuses in April 2017, CSU-AAUP has consistently voiced its opposition to the restructuring. Although the state…

Thursday 07/22/2021
YOUR VIEW: For those who haven't, please GET YOUR SHOT
icon Posted: 22 July 2021 [01:43 PM]

To the Editor: The divide between those that have been vaccinated vs. those who have not, is wide and dangerous. I may be wrong but I believe that insurance/government covers all Covid-related expenses including hospital stay. Since we the people…