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YOUR VIEW: Jefferson House residents thank public for donations

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…

icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:46 PM]

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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…

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…