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YOUR VIEW: Big Daddy Laundromat came to the rescue

By To the Editor: Late Sunday our clothes dryer suddenly stopped working, leaving us with two loads of wet laundry. Desperate for options, we decided to rush over to Big Daddy 2 Laundromat at 145 Stanley…

icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [08:18 PM]

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Thursday 07/13/2017
YOUR VIEW: Registrar disputes Merrill's stand on voter privacy
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:28 PM]

By To the Editor: Chris Powell’s recent column in this paper regarding his criticism of Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s refusal to comply with the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity’s request for voter information was…

Sunday 07/02/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader: Erin Stewart should run for governor
icon Posted: 02 July 2017 [10:05 PM]

By To the Editor: The time has come for Erin Stewart to announce her candidacy for governor of Connecticut. Ms. Stewart has proven herself as an effective leader. She is smart and she knows her politics. She has…

Friday 06/30/2017
Your View: Tilcon project would destroy protected watershed
icon Posted: 30 June 2017 [08:50 PM]

To the Editor: At a recent Council of Environmental Quality meeting, which has oversight along with the Water Planning Council of the independent environmental study on the impact of Tilcon’s proposal to quarry 131 acres of protected watershed, an issue…

Your View: Free Bees tickets for Monday's game
icon Posted: 30 June 2017 [08:49 PM]

To the Editor: In honor of 4th of July weekend, our very own New Britain Bees will be giving away free tickets for Monday’s game starting at 2:05 p.m. As a part of “New Britain Day,” the Bees…

Wednesday 06/28/2017
Monday 06/19/2017
Your View: Alderman says city compensation is too low
icon Posted: 19 June 2017 [09:11 PM]

To the Editor: Compensation for elected officials in city government, a sticky subject in our city. What is fair and how does one answer that question? Very often you will hear some people say, “… whatever it says in the…

Friday 06/16/2017
YOUR VIEW: Candidate stands with African-American firefighters
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [10:02 PM]

To the Editor: To our African-American firefighters: we stand with you against discrimination. We need answers, not silence from our city. Our community was bombarded with news media letting the whole world know African-American firefighters’ treatment was far more…

Thursday 06/15/2017
YOUR VIEW: Girl Scout cookie sales were a success
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:35 PM]

To the Editor: I wanted to express my deepest thanks and appreciation on behalf of the 32,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut, to those who supported our 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Because of your generosity and support, more…

Friday 06/09/2017
Your View: Reader suggests consolidating towns into 8 districts
icon Posted: 09 June 2017 [08:04 PM]

To the Editor: Property taxes are out of control mainly because the state of Connecticut’s legislature has failed in its responsibility to provide a safe and affordable place to live. Every time a new budget with increases is considered, it…

Thursday 06/01/2017
Reader: Stewart is a popular, respected mayor
icon Posted: 01 June 2017 [09:03 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: I have been a homeowner in New Britain since 1990. Prior to the election of Mayor Erin Stewart, I felt we would always have stagnant growth and a dismal future. Her love of the city…

Wednesday 05/31/2017
Reader redefines what makes a great country
icon Posted: 31 May 2017 [07:40 PM]

Steven Andrychowski New Britain To the Editor: What makes a nation great? Is it the ability to destroy the planet several times over? Does it depend on how many warships a country has? Or is it something harder to fathom,…

Tuesday 05/30/2017
YOUR VIEW: Alderman to host Coffee at Stanley Golf Course
icon Posted: 30 May 2017 [10:02 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: On Saturday, June 3, I will hold the No. 24 Coffee for Open Government from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Back Nine Tavern at Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Road, New…

Wednesday 05/24/2017
YOUR VIEW: Jefferson House residents thank public for donations
icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:46 PM]

Community Outreach Assistant To the Editor: After Jefferson House announced that it welcomed donations of CDs and DVDs for the residents’ enjoyment, within days boxes began arriving. Susan Vinal, Jefferson House executive director, said the public response has been…

Monday 05/22/2017
YOUR VIEW: Vote 'yes' on renovations to Wheeler School
icon Posted: 22 May 2017 [09:43 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: On June 6, there will be an all-day vote at the Plainville Fire Station regarding renovations to Wheeler Elementary School. I strongly encourage you to vote Yes to this much-needed project. I have a…

Friday 05/19/2017
Your View: Woman's Club selling flags to honor vets
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:23 PM]

Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain To the Editor: “Flags on the Green,” presented for the seventh consecutive year by the Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain, will again honor those veterans who have served our nation in the past…

Thursday 05/18/2017
YOUR VIEW: Updated Wheeler will 'level the learning field'
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:23 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of the Wheeler School Renovation project. I am a recently retired teacher from the Plainville Community Schools. My teaching career spanned 34 years, working at all the Plainville…

Tuesday 05/16/2017
YOUR VIEW: Thanks to Rebuilding Together volunteer crew
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:30 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: It has been a horrible month in the news, especially with dogs getting abused. Also last week while I was sitting on my front porch, three policemen came walking up the street with shotguns and…

YOUR VIEW: Thanks to Rebuilding Together volunteer crew
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:30 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: It has been a horrible month in the news, especially with dogs getting abused. Also last week while I was sitting on my front porch, three policemen came walking up the street with shotguns and…

YOUR VIEW: Candidate urges readers to get involved, vote
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:29 PM]

Candidate for Mayor 2017, New Britain To the Editor: Our community needs men of color who can connect with the people - who are willing to help contribute to change. For hundreds of years, we have been a part of…

YOUR VIEW: Candidate urges readers to get involved, vote
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:29 PM]

Candidate for Mayor 2017, New Britain To the Editor: Our community needs men of color who can connect with the people - who are willing to help contribute to change. For hundreds of years, we have been a part of…

Monday 05/15/2017
YOUR VIEW: Independent Living Centers are an investment
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:08 PM]

Terryville To the Editor: I am proud to say that I am a Connecticut resident who can get the help I need to be a productive citizen again after a devastating car crash. The state helps fund Independent…

Sunday 05/14/2017
YOUR VIEW: A note of appreciation for columnist Reagan
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:02 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: The following is a reply that was sent to Michael Reagan relative to his article that appeared in the May 13th edition of the Bristol Press. Michael, your dad must be smiling after reading your…

Thursday 05/11/2017
YOUR VIEW: Proposed Wheeler renovation 'over the top'
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:14 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: Well, folks, some people have no problem spending other people’s money. We have the architect of the Wheeler renovation project, who would seem to say: the higher the cost of the project, the more money they…

Wednesday 05/10/2017
YOUR VIEW: Students excel at Police Academy contests
icon Posted: 10 May 2017 [08:56 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: My name is Andrianna Baez, I am an 11th grade student at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation. As many of you know, I am a New Britain Police Explorer. The pride I have in…

Friday 04/28/2017
Your View: To help shelter pets, give locally
icon Posted: 28 April 2017 [08:05 PM]

Center for Consumer Freedom To the Editor: April 30th is “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day,” and with an estimated 6.5 million pets entering shelters every year, there’s no shortage of furry friends looking for a new home. One way…

Thursday 04/27/2017
YOUR VIEW: Remembering Drs. Formica, father and son
icon Posted: 27 April 2017 [08:00 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: The cities of New Britain and Bristol and their environs lost an excellent physician 10 days ago in a tragic automobile accident. Since my arrival in New Britain in 1975, I had the pleasure of…

Sunday 04/23/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader: City knew about drought last year
icon Posted: 23 April 2017 [09:34 PM]

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…

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…