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YOUR VIEW: Reader: City knew about drought last year

New Britain To the Editor: New Britain residents have been protesting the sale of the Patton Brook Well for almost a year. Despite repeated concerns about the lack of an appraisal, no competitive bid and water shortages, Mayor Stewart said…

icon Posted: 23 April 2017 [09:34 PM]

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Friday 04/21/2017
Your View: Thank a Girl Scout leader today
icon Posted: 21 April 2017 [07:56 PM]

Girl Scouts of Connecticut To the Editor: This April, as we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month, and Leader’s Day on April 22, Girl Scouts of Connecticut wishes to send a very large message of love and gratitude to the thousands of…

Your View: Get ready for International Firefighters Day
icon Posted: 21 April 2017 [07:56 PM]

Fire commissioner, New Britain To the Editor: Thursday, May 4, is International Firefighters Day, also celebrated as St. Florian’s Day. He is the patron saint of all firefighters. It is a day to support our firefighters worldwide and show our…

Wednesday 04/19/2017
Your View: Taxing soda not the answer for better health
icon Posted: 19 April 2017 [07:37 PM]

To the Editor: I strongly disagree with a Connecticut Post article about the soda tax. People are still going to buy sugary products regardless of cost because sugar is addictive, just like nicotine, and some of the poorest people I…

Your View: Reader: Lower tax rate to under 60 mils
icon Posted: 19 April 2017 [07:36 PM]

To the Editor: Congratulations to Mayor Erin Stewart on her proposed 2017-18 budget with no tax increase with her Republican council leadership. I believe it’s going to be difficult to find a stronger candidate to replace her. Mayor Stewart’s accomplishments…

Friday 04/14/2017
Your View: City urged to support Osgood food pantry
icon Posted: 14 April 2017 [08:36 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing to urge the city to provide essential funding for the food pantry, located in Osgood Park. Many New Britain residents with low-paying jobs, as well as those unable to work, rely upon the pantry…

Thursday 04/13/2017
Reader is appalled by repeat animal abuse
icon Posted: 13 April 2017 [07:34 PM]

Kensington To the Editor: Once again more depraved creeps, hot off the assembly line, are using their pea brains to abuse animals who are defenseless. Wow! If these creeps are ever caught, I say let the public decide…

Wednesday 04/12/2017
YOUR VIEW: Coffee for Open Gov't planned for April 22
icon Posted: 12 April 2017 [07:08 PM]

Alderman New Britain To the Editor: On Saturday, April 22, I will hold the 23rd Coffee for Open Government from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the newly opened Cracovia Restaurant, 994 West Main Street, New Britain. This is an…

Friday 04/07/2017
Your View: Salary hike request covers only 22 officials
icon Posted: 07 April 2017 [07:42 PM]

To the Editor: Whenever the subject of compensation for elected and appointed officials of New Britain comes up, many residents who choose to comment on the subject do so in a negative manner. Due to the advances in social…

Sunday 04/02/2017
Your View: Reader offers a correction, seeks more diversity
icon Posted: 02 April 2017 [07:00 PM]

On March 27, E.J. Dionne, in his column printed in the New Britain Herald, made the claim that the U.S. is the “only wealthy democracy in the world that doesn’t provide health coverage to all its…

Friday 03/31/2017
Your View: SMART trash program still in the what-if stage
icon Posted: 31 March 2017 [08:41 PM]

To the Editor: SMART Trash is ONLY a study…. There have been many people extremely concerned about a recent article in the New Britain Herald concerning how we throw our trash away. I want to assure you the city…

Thursday 03/30/2017
YOUR VIEW: Thanks for helping them to help vets
icon Posted: 30 March 2017 [06:47 PM]

Owen and Tim Cornish Southington To the Editor: My son and I recently started a project raising money for post-9/11 veterans. The benefit is called Run to Home Base and it is a 9K run and a 5K walk where…

Wednesday 03/22/2017
Your View: Hospital opposes tax on real property
icon Posted: 22 March 2017 [07:33 PM]

Lynn Ricci President & CEO, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain To the Editor: For more than 75 years, Hospital for Special Care has been a proud part of the New Britain community. We are the fourth largest long-term acute…

Monday 03/13/2017
Mayor thanks resident for a gift
icon Posted: 13 March 2017 [08:55 PM]

Mayor Erin Stewart New Britain To the Editor: A long-time city resident recently presented me with a very precious hand-crafted gift. It was a scrapbook filled with newsworthy New Britain events since I first took office. It took her many…

Tuesday 02/21/2017
Reader advocates for privatizing mail delivery
icon Posted: 21 February 2017 [08:11 PM]

To the Editor: A few days ago an editorial from The Washington Post appeared in The Bristol Press about the U. S. Postal Service needing more than a Band Aid. I believe it’s about time we did eliminated…

Right to Life reader opposes hospital cuts
icon Posted: 21 February 2017 [08:09 PM]

To the Editor: While taxes and the state budget are important to the financial ability to raise families in Connecticut, legislators in Hartford have consistently failed to provide that stability. Subsequent revisions as well as the recent departure of General…

Friday 02/17/2017
Your View: Plan expenses to manage town funds
icon Posted: 17 February 2017 [07:55 PM]

To the Editor: Now what? On Feb. 11, Berlin citizens had a great event! A milestone for our community. We were shown the renovated as-new high school. It is truly a beautiful building. It doesn’t matter if you supported the…

Friday 02/03/2017
Your View: First responders earn reader's gratitude
icon Posted: 03 February 2017 [08:08 PM]

To the Editor: As a 29-year veteran of the Bristol Fire Department, I thought I knew something about first responders. I have experienced many times when we approached seemingly insurmountable tasks with fellow firefighters and have a favorable outcome after…

Tuesday 01/24/2017
Fingers crossed for Stewart "three-peat"
icon Posted: 24 January 2017 [08:09 PM]

To the Editor: Erin Stewart is attempting a “three-peat” and I know I speak for many in applauding her decision. [“Mayor officially kicks off bid for third term”, Jan. 19] Even though I was unable to attend Mayor Erin Stewart’s…

Sunday 01/22/2017
YOUR VIEW: A look ahead for city, state and national government
icon Posted: 22 January 2017 [09:12 PM]

To the Editor: Mayor Erin Stewart opened her reelection campaign on Thursday evening. A huge group of supporters - well over 200 - filled the St. George Hall on West Main Street. The mayor outlined the accomplishments of her administration…

Wednesday 01/18/2017
Your view: Alderman wants to hear what's on your mind
icon Posted: 18 January 2017 [07:12 PM]

Daniel M. Salerno Alderman at Large/Majority Leader To the Editor: On Saturday, Jan. 28, the. 21st Coffee for Open Government to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Paradise Pizza Restaurant, 10 East St., New Britain. This is…

Tuesday 01/17/2017
Monday 01/16/2017
YOUR VIEW: Thank you to a Good Samaritan
icon Posted: 16 January 2017 [09:24 PM]

To the Editor: I want to again thank the man who helped me get up after I fell in my driveway this morning (Jan. 12). I’m in my late 80’s and no vision in one eye and could not get…

YOUR VIEW: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
icon Posted: 16 January 2017 [09:22 PM]

To the Editor: What we see today is failing the human race. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visions were right on point; that is, his dream that all God’s children will one day live together as people, doing his will.…

Wednesday 01/11/2017
Reader: Headline reinforces negative opinions
icon Posted: 11 January 2017 [08:05 PM]

Nora Pasco New Britain To the Editor: I am writing in response to your Jan. 7th front page headline, “Cellphone sting catches two suspected hookers” As journalists, you shouldn’t need to be reminded that even the closest synonyms have varying…

Reader remembers CPOA's Helene Groman
icon Posted: 11 January 2017 [08:04 PM]

Ann Mikulak, former president of the Citizens Property Owners Association and board member; New Britain To the Editor: This is a tribute to Helene Groman who served as secretary of the Citizens Property Owners Association. Helene died on Dec.…

Friday 01/06/2017
Reader: New Year's essay got it just right
icon Posted: 06 January 2017 [08:31 PM]

To the Editor: What a way to start the New Year! The Bristol Press front page article was a fantastic summary that encompassed what can be possible if we really want to improve our national environment. It addressed the…

Wednesday 01/04/2017
THEIR VIEW: If GOP plays winner-takes-all, everyone loses
icon Posted: 04 January 2017 [08:58 PM]

The Washington Post For the most part, Tuesday’s opening session of the 115th Congress was about pomp and circumstance. Still, the prepared speeches and swearing-in ceremonies reminded everyone that - for all the ferment over an impending…

YOUR VIEW: Reader: Firing McNair means a real loss
icon Posted: 04 January 2017 [08:57 PM]

To the Editor: The Republican members of the Berlin Town Council have sacked our professional town manager for no reason. We have lost a first-rate ambassador! There has never been a single complaint about her performance these past eight years!…

Tuesday 01/03/2017
Reader urges Stewart to run for re-election
icon Posted: 03 January 2017 [08:18 PM]

To the Editor: I was disappointed while reading the Dec. 27 article about next year’s upcoming local elections and the comments that were made about our city by a potential candidate. As a lifelong resident, I have never in…

Sunday 01/01/2017
Your View: Should the city shut down for Kwanzaa?
icon Posted: 01 January 2017 [06:56 PM]

To the Editor” When I heard that the city was shut down to observe the celebration of Kwanzaa on Monday, Dec. 26, an immediate red flag went up as this is an extra holiday day off. Mayor, these are…

Your View: Reader commends mayor for 'tremendous job'
icon Posted: 01 January 2017 [06:55 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing to you to inquire about the article that was written with regards to a potential candidate to run for office of the mayor in the 2017 election. I strongly believe that Mayor Stewart has…

Sunday 12/18/2016
YOUR VIEW: Trump's Carrier move saved money
icon Posted: 18 December 2016 [09:22 PM]

To the Editor: President-elect Trump is seeking to improve the business climate in this nation even before he is officially sworn into office. His action that will allow 1,000 workers in the Carrier plant in Indiana to keep their jobs…

Thursday 12/15/2016
Reader: City's water resources must be preserved
icon Posted: 15 December 2016 [06:30 PM]

Paul E. Zagorsky New Britain To the Editor: I am concerned that critical information about our valuable water resources has been withheld from the public. In August, the Common Council approved selling Patton Brook Well (which has a 1.207 million…

Thursday 12/08/2016
Your view: Thanks to all for successful annual tree lighting
icon Posted: 08 December 2016 [06:59 PM]

Gerry Amodio Executive Director, New Britain Downtown District To the Editor: Last Thursday (Dec. 1) the Downtown District, in partnership with the city of New Britain, held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Central Park. This event has become the…

Monday 12/05/2016
Your view: Tercyak authored law that aided workers
icon Posted: 05 December 2016 [08:13 PM]

James Bhandary-Alexander, Staff attorney New Haven Legal Assistance, New Haven To the Editor: I represent a group of six workers at a grocery in New Haven who were illegally underpaid. In 2015, my clients talked about what happened…

Your view: Reader remembers Boukus' warmth
icon Posted: 05 December 2016 [08:11 PM]

Jill Price Newington To the Editor: Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus was not someone I was really familiar with as a politician even with her long tenure. What brought me to take a second look at Betty Boukus was, when…

Wednesday 11/30/2016
Your view: Next 'Coffee' set for Angelo's Dec. 10
icon Posted: 30 November 2016 [07:04 PM]

Daniel M. Salerno Alderman at Large/Majority Leader To the Editor: On Saturday, Dec. 10, I will host the No. 20 Coffee for Open Government to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Angelo’s Market and Catering, 349…

Sunday 11/27/2016
Your view: Another successful year for Southington Y
icon Posted: 27 November 2016 [10:36 PM]

John Myers, executive director Joe Eddy, YMCA board president, Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs To the Editor: What a night! Once again the Southington community came out to overwhelmingly support the Y’s annual Forever in Blue Jeans event. We are thrilled…

Friday 11/18/2016
YOUR VIEW: Armenian church celebrates 75 years in New Britain
icon Posted: 18 November 2016 [09:07 PM]

To the Editor: While the year 1941 bears in our minds a most tragic event in American history, the Armenians of the greater New Britain area remember it also as the year in which the Armenian Church of the Holy…

YOUR VIEW: Better choice would have been Sanders
icon Posted: 18 November 2016 [09:06 PM]

To the Editor: The protesters are not protesting that Mr. Trump won. These individuals are protesting that Mrs. Clinton did not win. They must take this matter with the Clinton’s or with all the Democrats that thought she was the…

YOUR VIEW: WWII vet: Trump is president. Accept it
icon Posted: 18 November 2016 [08:58 PM]

To the Editor: I am a 92-year-old veteran of World War II who joined the U.S. Naval Amphibious Forces right out of high school in 1942 and participated in five D-Days in the Mediterranean while still a teenager. Veterans Day…

Sunday 11/13/2016
Sarah Joyce-Grikis fondly remembered
icon Posted: 13 November 2016 [10:46 PM]

To the Editor: As one travels through life, one meets many people. Rarely, however, does one meet someone as wonderful as Sarah Joyce-Grikis. I first met Sarah many years ago when she started volunteering in the Friendship Center’s Community Kitchen.…

Friday 11/04/2016
Supports Beloin-Saavedra for 6th District rep
icon Posted: 04 November 2016 [07:17 PM]

Dennis Taricani Kensington To the Editor: I urge voters of the 6th District to vote for Sharon Beloin-Saavedra. Sharon is a proven leader as the president of the New Britain Board of Education. She is an unrelenting supporter of education.…

Berlin reader responds to Nov. 3 letter
icon Posted: 04 November 2016 [07:17 PM]

Stephen J. Anderson Berlin To the Editor: Nowhere in his Nov. 3 letter does Mr. Argazzi dispute or otherwise challenge the accuracy of my opinion that major portions of the proposed Berlin charter changes are illegal and or contradictory and…

Your view: Rep. Boukus 'brings home the bacon'
icon Posted: 04 November 2016 [07:16 PM]

Paul D. Catanzaro Former alderman, New Britain To the Editor: As a former alderman and a lifelong resident of New Britain, I am honored to offer my support to state Rep. Betty Boukus in next week’s election. With 151 members…

Tuesday 11/01/2016
YOUR VIEW: Supports Sanders, challenger for Rep. Lopes
icon Posted: 01 November 2016 [08:39 PM]

Heidi Lagasse New Britain To the Editor: It’s time for a change in the 24th District. Rep. Rick Lopes has had an opportunity to make positive changes and, in my opinion, failed to do so. We need new blood and…

YOUR VIEW: Alderman: City shouldn't be selling assets
icon Posted: 01 November 2016 [08:38 PM]

Alderman Emmanuel Sanchez New Britain To the Editor: In both a press release and an NBC interview, Mayor Erin Stewart stated we are in a “first water alert,” but all facts and statistics show that we’ve been in one since…

YOUR VIEW: Reader: Boukus is good for New Britain
icon Posted: 01 November 2016 [08:36 PM]

Ron Jakubowski New Britain To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of the re-election of Betty Boukus to the state General Assembly. Betty represents all of Plainville and the residents of New Britain who vote at…