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YOUR VIEW: Proposed Berlin budget not fiscally responsible

To The Editor: Over the last couple of years, the Town Council Republican majority minimized the tax increases to our citizens, based on the fact that the State of Connecticut is in a downward spiral, we are seeing less and…

icon Posted: 23 April 2018 [07:39 PM]

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Monday 04/23/2018
YOUR VIEW: I will vote no on the Berlin budget
icon Posted: 23 April 2018 [07:38 PM]

To The Editor: On April 24, the Berlin residents have an opportunity to vote their opinion on the budget. I will be at the polls and I will be voting NO. I do not accept the budget and I…

Sunday 04/22/2018
Your View: State should restore cuts to Medicaid
icon Posted: 22 April 2018 [08:08 PM]

To The Editor: Medicaid lifts people out of poverty and improves their health. What’s more, children are more likely to be insured and to receive care when their parents are insured, making Medicaid coverage for parents especially effective at promoting…

Your View: There are a lot of good restaurants in Bristol
icon Posted: 22 April 2018 [08:07 PM]

To The Editor: This is an open letter to Mr. Alex Hamzy. Sir, I am very happy that you are opening your diner for dinner. It is always nice to have somewhere new to try for dinner. However, I take…

Tuesday 04/17/2018
YOUR VIEW: Memorandum is not about health and wellness
icon Posted: 17 April 2018 [08:09 PM]

By To The Editor: On Wednesday, March 14, Mayor Zoppo-Sassu announced that she had created a memorandum of understanding for the purpose of altering the fire schedule to 24/72 schedule; where firefighters work a 10 hour…

YOUR VIEW: 'Attack' on Aqua Turf was wrong
icon Posted: 17 April 2018 [08:07 PM]

By To The Editor: I have thought about this issue for a long time and have finally come to a decision on what we all are experiencing. These misguided public displays of emotion at honest, trustworthy…

Wednesday 04/11/2018
YOUR VIEW: Spring for Education Gala a success
icon Posted: 11 April 2018 [08:39 PM]

By To The Editor: The Southington Education Foundation would like to thank all Southington residents for their support of the Spring for Education Gala. The well-attended event was held on March 24 at Mt. Southington’s Mountain…

YOUR VIEW: Dispatchers are the heroes behind the headsets
icon Posted: 11 April 2018 [08:38 PM]

By To The Editor: I am writing you this letter today to remind your readers that this is National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, April 8-14. Our 911 dispatchers put forth heroic efforts every day to…

Tuesday 04/10/2018
Friday 04/06/2018
YOUR VIEW: Transparency has disappeared in Bristol
icon Posted: 06 April 2018 [10:13 PM]

By To The Editor: So much for the transparency campaign promise. In November, voters made a very strong statement. They put a new party in charge giving the Democrats a six to one majority on the City Council.…

YOUR VIEW: Tilcon proposal is unacceptable
icon Posted: 06 April 2018 [10:12 PM]

By To The Editor: I am a Town of Plainville business owner and a 15 year property owner. I am appalled with the Tilcon proposal and I am opposing their plan to expand the quarry onto 131 acres of…

Thursday 03/29/2018
YOUR VIEW: Official's statement on Tilcon was misleading
icon Posted: 29 March 2018 [08:50 PM]

By To The Editor: I read with interest the recent Herald/Press article where the Plainville Town Planner indicated Tilcon has about 12 years left at its Woodford Avenue quarry. Tilcon wants to expand that operation…

YOUR VIEW: Good information on Tilcon issue
icon Posted: 29 March 2018 [08:48 PM]

By To The Editor: First, I want to thank Margaret Minor, executive director of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, for her letter thanking the Herald/Press for it’s coverage of “The Plan.” The coverage is excellent.…

Wednesday 03/28/2018
YOUR VIEW: School's No One Eats Alone program is a good idea
icon Posted: 28 March 2018 [07:34 PM]

By To The Editor: I’d like to address the article in the Bristol Press on Tuesday March 27. The article’s headline was “Say Something,” about West Bristol school students. They have a No One Eats…

YOUR VIEW: 'Desirable schedule' is a win-win for taxpayers
icon Posted: 28 March 2018 [07:32 PM]

By To The Editor: Regarding the letter about the new firefighter contract that Ken Cockayne sent (but probably did not write) to The Bristol Press last week: The “desirable schedule” that previous administrations blocked is a…

Thursday 03/22/2018
YOUR VIEW: What is the Bristol mayor hiding?
icon Posted: 22 March 2018 [07:46 PM]

By To The Editor: I recently made a Freedom of Information Request to the City regarding the Fire Union’s new 24-hour schedule. I then listened to the March City Council meeting during which Mayor…

YOUR VIEW: Connecticut must end unjust staffing laws
icon Posted: 22 March 2018 [07:45 PM]

By To The Editor: I have been employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a skilled nursing facility for 21 years. For years before we unionized, my life was full of uncertainty. The facility offered no…

Tuesday 03/20/2018
YOUR VIEW: Give to your local animal shelter
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [07:09 PM]

By To The Editor: Friday is National Puppy Day, so it’s as good an excuse as any for sending cute dog videos around the office or posting them on Facebook. And if you want to…

Monday 03/19/2018
Shooting straight from the lip
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [07:59 PM]

To The Editor, The attempt of former BOE Commissioner Genard Dolan to impugn my integrity in his Feb. 28 letter to the editor, is a disappointing development. It appears that after losing his base of support, then his office, Mr.…

Friday 03/16/2018
YOUR VIEW: Let's salute women in the workforce
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [10:02 PM]

By To The Editor: March is National Women’s History Month, and now more than ever women are achieving great things for our economy. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and own just under 40 percent of…

Wednesday 03/14/2018
YOUR VIEW: Lawmakers must just say no to spending
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [07:27 PM]

By To The Editor: In a time when every penny is counted and counted on it is not the time to further burden the already overburdened. I have serious doubts of the true intention of…

Friday 03/02/2018
Your View: Billboards are a driving distraction
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:50 PM]

To The Editor: Distractive driving has been responsible for many accidents on our highways. Most are attributed to those who are on their cell phones. It would seem incongruous that the state would aid and abet the practice of distractive…

Your View: Trail gap will be a burden to Plainville taxpayers
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:49 PM]

To The Editor: Much to my consternation, I am NOT amazed that our Plainville Town Council unanimously approved the ridiculous, over-extended, negatively-impacting “Trail Gap Closure.” All the signals were obvious during several months of Plainville homeowners and taxpayers…

Your View: Berlin must reinstate school resource officer
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:47 PM]

To The Editor: The decision to remove the School Resource Officer from McGee Middle School is troubling and unwise. Our towns’ government has a responsibility to provide public safety services to this entire community and that includes ALL Berlin…

Wednesday 02/28/2018
YOUR VIEW: We should consider arming some teachers
icon Posted: 28 February 2018 [07:55 PM]

By To The Editor: The article in The Bristol Press: “Union head says the idea of arming teachers is ‘preposterous’” should read “Union head says that protecting children is preposterous.” If David Hayes…

YOUR VIEW: Chairwoman is causing 'chaos' in Berlin
icon Posted: 28 February 2018 [07:52 PM]

By To The Editor: Republican Town Committee chairwoman Anne Riley has no “risk” in this town like many of our students and residents do. She runs attacks on the Democrats, and other residents in our town…

Wednesday 02/14/2018
YOUR VIEW: A 'souper' success at the Friendship Center
icon Posted: 14 February 2018 [09:30 PM]

By To The Editor: Congratulations to all who made the Souper Bowl event held to benefit the Friendship Center soup kitchen a big success. However, two groups of young people deserve special recognition. First, kudos…

YOUR VIEW: No rail, no trail and no, thank you
icon Posted: 14 February 2018 [09:28 PM]

By To The Editor: It was very disconcerting to see so many out-of-town people at the recent Trail Gap Closure Hearing/Town Council Meeting using seemingly coercive rhetoric, trying to cajole Plainville citizens into building a toll-free…

Tuesday 02/13/2018
YOUR VIEW: Berlin should have fired the council
icon Posted: 13 February 2018 [09:28 PM]

By To The Editor: It has been a year. One year since the Republican members of the Berlin Town Council secretly and suddenly forced out our Town Manager Denise McNair. One year since Ms. McNair was…

Thursday 02/01/2018
YOUR VIEW: City's debt will never go away
icon Posted: 01 February 2018 [07:47 PM]

By To The Editor: The first month of 2018 has hardly been a quiet one for local government or politics. Regardless of what position anyone takes on the complicated issues surrounding restructuring city finances and debt…

YOUR VIEW: Democrats right to oppose mayor's plan
icon Posted: 01 February 2018 [07:47 PM]

By To The Editor: I applaud the Democratic Council members and former Republican Council member Jim Sanders, Jr. opposing the mayor’s proposal to again refinance the city’s debt by adding additional years and tens of millions…

Tuesday 01/30/2018
YOUR VIEW: Taxpayers shouldn't cover fund shortage
icon Posted: 30 January 2018 [08:59 PM]

By To The Editor: Well folks, how do you like your extra tax bill? I’ll tell you why you received the bill! Your elected Town Council decided to use several million dollars of your undesignated fund…

Tuesday 01/23/2018
YOUR VIEW: Impact of Tilcon's proposed project is obvious
icon Posted: 23 January 2018 [08:51 PM]

By To The Editor: Thanks so much for continuing to report in detail on New Britain’s apparent determination to go forward with rock mining in reservoir lands. Tilcon sometimes seems to imply that, after…

Monday 01/15/2018
YOUR VIEW: City needs to face debt head on
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [07:54 PM]

By At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, a representative from Mesirow Financial, the city’s debt advisor and a major advocate for the proposed $115 million debt restructuring, said the city’s current debt problems are no…

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Your View: Refinancing debt could hurt the city
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [07:52 PM]

To The Editor: For the third time in three years, Mayor Stewart is proposing to refinance the city’s debt. Each time, it has been for one purpose, to get her through the next budget without a tax increase or…

Tuesday 01/09/2018
YOUR VIEW: New projects for city in new year
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [10:08 PM]

By To The Editor: 2017 was a year of great progress for the City of New Britain, and it has set the stage for an even more exciting 2018. Over the past year, we have seen more…

YOUR VIEW: U.S. must address Alzheimer's dilemma
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [10:05 PM]

By To The Editor: It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the US develops…

Friday 12/29/2017
YOUR VIEW: Bonds could fund infrastructure projects
icon Posted: 29 December 2017 [09:25 PM]

By To The Editor: In response to the recent Herald editorial concerning how to pay for infrastructure repair, I propose setting up infrastructure “war bonds” similar to what was done at the federal level during WWII, where individuals…

YOUR VIEW: Bats are amazing creatures, but need help to thrive
icon Posted: 29 December 2017 [09:23 PM]

By To The Editor: Fluttering through the night sky, they conjure fear and disgust in people around the nation. When the word bat is mentioned, one thinks of dark forests and haunted tales. But have you ever stopped…

Friday 12/15/2017
Sunday 12/10/2017
Your View: In support of community college consolidation
icon Posted: 10 December 2017 [08:04 PM]

To the Editor: Save $28 million by ridding the system of all those unneeded presidents of each and every Connecticut community college. Brilliant idea! Thank you, Mark Ojakian! You have my vote for this. Thanks to the staff…

Wednesday 12/06/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader says city taxes are too high
icon Posted: 06 December 2017 [06:58 PM]

By To the Editor: I think our town needs to stand back a little and take a look at our spending. As a taxpayer for over 40 years, I can no longer absorb higher taxes and…

Sunday 12/03/2017
Your View: NRZ leader seeks community support against blight
icon Posted: 03 December 2017 [07:01 PM]

To the Editor: Our NRZ was disrespected recently and I want to set the record straight. We work hard in our neighborhood to improve it. North Oak is not being run by inmates; it is being run by residents who…

Thursday 11/30/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader urges action to save Stanley buildings
icon Posted: 30 November 2017 [09:44 PM]

By To the Editor: Last week the Historic Preservation Commission approved a motion to remove two 1970s buildings from the 90-day delay of demolition of the historic Stanley Works complex on Myrtle Street so that demolition permits…

Thursday 11/23/2017
Your View: Remembering the Rev. Hugh Penney
icon Posted: 23 November 2017 [07:44 PM]

To the Editor: Last week our community lost an exemplary citizen and leader. Hugh Penney, former Pastor of South Church in New Britain and a leader in so many spiritual, civic and social justice issues, was remembered at a…

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Your View: Stay involved in the community, says candidate
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:38 PM]

To the Editor: I want to be the first to say it was worth the fight whether you win or lose. New Britain people should be very happy about every candidate’s efforts to bring something to them to think about.…

Your View: City is lucky to host New Britain Symphony conductor Sener
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:37 PM]

To the Editor: On Nov. 2, Maestro Ertan Sener, conductor for the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, came to deliver an inspiring talk to the orchestration class I teach at Central Connecticut State University about the upcoming concert on Nov. 5.…

Monday 11/13/2017
Your View: Reader takes issue with letter writer's viewpoint
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:43 PM]

To the Editor: Wednesday’s Herald (11/8/17) carried a letter from one Faithe Gregory of Tunxis Community College. This letter was one of the more ridiculous letters I have ever seen. The writer boasts that as a college representative she…

Wednesday 11/08/2017
YOUR VIEW: City has new bloodhound, thanks to CPOA
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:47 PM]

By To the Editor: New Britain residents are fortunate to have the services of our Police Department and Chief James Wardwell, his staff and aggressive police service dogs for the safety of all our citizens. These trained…