How do we Come to Terms Politically?

To the Editor: President Biden on his inauguration gave this wonderful speech on how with his whole being he was going to unite the country. In his address he spoke about conciliation, and making sure he would work together with Republicans.  “I believe the power of the Presidency and the purpose is to unite this nation, not divide it; to lift us up, not tear us apart; to be about us not about me” …This is not a land of dictators or autocrats. We are a nation of laws; of order, not chaos; but of piece, not violence.” So far,

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Griswold: Ames Property Purchase Ends Without Success

The Old Lyme Open Space Commission deeply regrets that, despite its diligent work over the past 18 months, and the work and support of other Town boards and commissions including the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Finance and the Planning Commission, its efforts to acquire two parcels of the “Ames Property” for addition to the Town’s open space lands have not been successful and have concluded. In the end, it proved impossible to overcome obstacles posed by the recorded documents that created the five-parcel subdivision of which the two open-space parcels were a part. This outcome is especially unfortunate

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Twice Job Postings for the Office of Dyslexia Violated Legal Requirements

To the Editor: In 2021, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed bipartisan legislation, Public Act 21-168, that created and funded a new Office of Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities (ODRD) within the state’s Department of Education. The office was created in response to Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker’s testimony that the Department of Education lacked the internal expertise, lack of capacity and resources to implement section 1 of legislation recommended by the state’s Dyslexia Task Force, after finding that prior legislation dating to 2014-2017 had not yet been fully implemented. On December 29, 2021, a job for Office of Dyslexia Education Bureau Chief was posted,

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Opposition to the Planned Storage Facility at 224 Shore Rd, Old Lyme

To the Editor: I am writing in opposition regarding the project at 224 Shore Rd in Old Lyme that is requesting a modification. This project was approved very quickly during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic with little input and/or opposition from public. Notice given to property owners within 100 feet. People across the street weren’t notified! The project was approved on July13, 2020 after multiple cancellations of meetings, none virtual. This project was approved with 4 buildings that were supposed to be in size 1,800-4,200 sf are now up to 6400 sf  and 6600 sf with no renderings of the

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Open and Transparent Election Security is Non-Negotiable

To the Editor: As we begin a new year, one can’t help but read or hear about “New Year’s Resolutions”. What are we reassessing, what do we want to do better, change and improve? When it comes to government policy and service to citizens, a key area for change is our election security. This is a great place to start for the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office.  This unique office is unlike most other elected offices in our state because it is constitutionally and statutorily bound to serve the interests of all citizens, businesses and state government. It is not,

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Lamont Has Continued the Downward Slide of the State

To the Editor: Governor Lamont has yet again proven he is an incompetent figure head.  The most recent example of his lack of vision and leadership ability is his failure to deliver on his promise to provide 500,000 sets of COVID home test kits this week. The Governor never secured the kits.  Who will be fired as a result of this failure to execute? His abysmal approval ratings pre-Covid (less than 30%) were improved by daily press briefings where questions posing anything other than sycophantic, figurative air-kisses were non-existent from the lapdog press in Connecticut. COVID question responses are not a substitute for

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‘Be Smart, Be Kind, Stay Safe’

Newshounding is a word nigh extinct nowadays, with the word reporting instead holding sway. That’s OK, but ya can’t take the newshound out of some oldsters, particularly those who like me wrote for newspapers back in the day, as we graysters like to say. Write tight, get it right, keep in mind you’re writing for the reader not for yourself, a New London Day editor named Ray Rankin wisely advised me when a cub reporter under his wing I was way back in ’68. He could see that there was nothing I liked better than brazenly and boldly treeing some

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About that Civil Violence

We’re Teetering on the Edge of Civil Violence Northern Ireland once Endured — this was the headline of a column by Scott Deshefy, published by the CT Examiner.  Mr Deshefy is wrong because we have already experienced Civil Violence….by Progressives and their ANTIFA surrogates. We have already had the civil unrest and bombings that Northern Ireland suffered.  Here are examples — all riots and violence by Progressives and their ANTIFA. Remember when ANITIFA destroyed buildings at Berkeley because a Conservative wanted to speak there?   This is open-minded Progressivism?  This is freedom of speech?  These examples go on and on.   Yes, Conservatives rioted

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78 Million Reasons to Temper Reporting on the Connecticut Port Authority

To the Editor: There are at least 78 million reasons Brendan Crowley should have tempered his recent article with an opposing view. Confidence is a prerequisite to leadership.  The ability to deliver on what you say you’re going to do is a requirement of good leadership. Connecticut Port Authority was upbeat and smiling when they told the Public, that the remake of State Pier would cost $93 million. A year and a half later the cost had grown to $157 million, but the Port Authority remained so confident that they obliged the CT taxpayer to cover all cost over runs. The project climbed

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So What… I Don’t Care

To the Editor: President Trump defeated himself via his abrasive personality, not his record in office.  When I ask my Democrat friends which of Trump’s policies they most disagree with (economic, domestic, border control, foreign, etc.) they cannot name one.  They say ‘all of them’. ‘All of them’ is a cop-out.  It displays a hatred for the person, not his policies or results. OK, people hate Trump because he is an egotistic, narcissistic bully.  So what?  Do we elect presidents based on their personalities or what they can do for the country?   Jimmy Carter is a beloved person, but he was not a good president.  Joe Biden

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Residents and Businesses Invited to Help Inform Old Lyme’s Use of Federal Aid

To the Editor: Old Lyme residents, business owners, and organization leaders are invited to participate in the Old Lyme Pandemic Recovery Survey. The survey, which is available online at OldLymeSurvey.com or in print form at Town Hall, will help the Old Lyme American Recovery Plan Act (“ARPA”) Committee assess the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the community. Participants of the survey will be asked about the effects of the pandemic on their household, business, or nonprofit organization as well as their consideration of funding categories they feel most important for the community. A call for funding requests and/or applications will go

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Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance: Think Long and Hard Before Bans on Pesticides, Biotech

To the Editor: Across the northeast this fall, we’ve seen unprecedented weather events.  Tornadoes in November, record rain, major temperature swings. Signs of climate change are right outside our window, or for the region’s farmers, right in their fields.: Farmers and growers across the region have had to work harder, with an even greater number of creative solutions to keep up with these changes and to sustain their crops & livelihood.  With the challenges they’re already facing, it is frustrating to see lawmakers continue to create even more issues for farmers by limiting safe options to protect their crops.  With

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Government-Labor Alliance Left us on the Hook for Billions of Dollars

To the Editor: In recent weeks, Connecticut’s public sector union leaders have been fussing about future staff reductions and wage hikes. In the wake of undue hardship and risk, Connecticut needs to focus on “investing in people; investing in services,” David Glidden, head of the CSEA-SEIU Local 2001, said recently. Like toddlers in their high chairs gumming their cookie, the unions know if they cry for more, government leaders will cater to their demands to shush them up. No doubt Lamont will do the same This past year, as thousands across the state saw their jobs and their businesses evaporate,

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Guns Versus No Guns

To the Editor: This one actually carries across most party lines and it seems no politician or group of politicians either has the political courage or determination to make meaningful changes in how Americans interact with guns. Each and every day there are thousands of people killing each other by guns. Other countries have shown much more chutzpah like Australia after their last mass shooting to immediately go out and collect all the guns in the country. Would this make it safer on the streets? Would this make it so “peace” officers don’t need to go out and think someone

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Blacker: State Pier Should be Developed To Serve All Classes of People

It was something I’d never done before. So last Thursday I worked as a day laborer at the Port of Providence.  An unexpected phone call from a friend the day before informed me a 700’ ship was in port and help was needed loading. I got up at 3:50 a.m. Had coffee. Drove to the address I was given, where I was told all the longshoremen and day laborers would meet. “Be there 0600.” I’d been told.  It was dark when I arrived a half hour early. Not owning a smart phone or GPS, the dozens of cars running with their lights

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Reader Questions the Need to Vaccinate Young People

We have all seen the recent news that the CDC approved use of the Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 12 year olds. And now there is a push by many authorities to get the shot into young people. Let’s look at vaccinating kids. First, young people aren’t at any material risk from COVID, certainly no more than the risk from the flu. Of the 760,000 US deaths from COVID, about 2/100’s of 1% were below the age of 13. Clearly a de-minimis risk. So why would any parent stick an arguably experimental drug into the arm of their precious child? Remember,

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Readers Deserve to Know Who Donates to The Day

To the Editor: Are you guys telling me that if I wanted to make a $5,000 donation to The Day to fund further investigative reporting on State Pier and CPA, but asked to remain anonymous,  you think that would be fair to the reader?   How about if Orsted offered to donate $100,000 to further investigative reporting on climate change?  I don’t care how hard you try, when you’re taking a donation from someone you’re beholden.  Impact can be mitigated to where it’s tolerable, but if you’re accepting donations from a known source, the reader deserves to know the source

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Alarm About Middletown Board Education Response

To the Editor: I am writing to express alarm about the Middletown Board of Education’s response to concerns that were brought to the Board’s attention by four different unions on October 14th, in a memorandum from the City’s Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, and in detailed allegations that were sent anonymously from 15 current or former employees.  I believe the Board of Education members, with the possible exception of members newly elected on November 2nd , have seen the “anonymous” statements detailing very serious allegations – and I am appalled that their response has not demonstrated more urgency. The

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Planned Middletown Board ‘Retreat’ Breaks Freedom of Information Law

To the Editor: Yesterday afternoon a notice was posted indicating the Middletown Board of Education would hold a special meeting as a “Board Retreat” in executive session. The same agenda was posted at 8:27 AM this morning on the city’s web site. I object to holding the planned meeting as posted for the following reasons: The indicated agenda items do not meet the criteria for executive sessions as set forth in Connecticut General Statutes §1-200(6). The indicated agenda does not provide for a vote by the Middletown Board of Education to enter executive session as required by Connecticut General Statutes

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Praise for Senator Blumenthal

To the Editor: As a lifelong Democrat and social justice activist I write to praise Senator Richard Blumenthal’s announcement that he will not seek reelection to encourage CT Democrats to nominate a woman, and preferably, a woman of color.   No issue defines Democrats like social justice.  President Biden noted that “systemic racism” is an “ugly poison” that has “long plagued the United States”.  After the murder of George Floyd, Senator Chris Murphy launched his “Juneteenth Agenda”, a substantive program, not another gimmick, from a leader who feels the pain of disadvantaged communities.  Vice President Kamala Harris recently said, “Sadly, we

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Wind Energy Cost Increase a Sign of What’s to Come

Utility company Dominion recently reported a $2 billion increase on the price of their offshore wind project. The price increase was largely blamed on “commodity pressures” (inflation, i.e.: Shipping has more than doubled. Steel more than tripled.). Dominion also admitted initial cost estimates were based on incomplete design documents. This sounds alarmingly similar to the explanation Kosta Diamantis and the CT Port Authority gave in attempting to explain how costs to remake the State Pier in New London jumped from $93 million to $157 million to $235 million. Has anyone started thinking about what’s likely to happen when the the

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Guilford has Almost Destroyed Itself as a Community

To the Editor: An editorial by Gregory Stroud (“On the Matter of Equity and East Lyme,” Sept. 15) discussed the recent Equity study of the East Lyme Schools. He made an insightful comment about the town of Guilford at the conclusion of the article. Referring to the general turmoil in this community over equity, social justice issues and changes to the curriculum, Mr. Stroud described the town as “tearing itself apart and that East Lyme should want to “avoid the fate of Guilford”. As a resident, I can personally testify to the truth of this description. In fact, it’s an understatement.

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Turnout in New London Sends Mixed Message

To the Editor: Re (“From 5% in Hartford to 61% in Guilford — Voter Turnout By the Numbers,” Nov. 4) It’s concerning for sure, that turnout in New London was barely higher than it was for the August referendum on the police staffing mandate. Interestingly, results from this year’s local elections sent opposite messages, one overturning a City Council action and the other maintaining status quo in its makeup. The one consistency was that incumbent John Satti, the lone dissenter when Council rescinded the 80 officer mandate, was Tuesday’s high vote getter. Ronna StullerChair, New London Green Town Committee

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Biden’s Oil Misstep

During the Presidential election all the liberal media outlets spent thousands of hours promoting the Trump Russian Collusion.  In reality Russia wanted Joe Biden to get elected or any Democrat.  So did Saudi Arabia and all the other oil producing countries.  Let’s look at why we are paying so much at the pump remembering under Trump one year ago the US was oil independent producing enough oil to supply the US and become a major exporter of oil and gas to the rest of the world.  Two weeks into his Presidency Biden shut down the XL Pipeline.  Immediately after he

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Do You Believe our Elections are Fair?

I have only one question for Republican candidates.  Do you believe our elections are fair and will you accept the results of the November 2nd election? I am sorry I have to ask this question but according to polls, three out of four Republicans believe Donald Trump won the Presidency.  Our local RTC and elected Republicans have not told me their feelings, nor have they addressed the issue of the January 6th “riot” in Washington, DC. My family was Republican. But they were a different ilk. My cousin, who described himself as “an Eisenhower man,” was named to SCOTUS by

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We All Know that Prices Up? Why did this Happen?

We all know that prices are up especially for gasoline, home heating oil, groceries, cars, appliances, etc. Why did this happen? Let’s look at energy prices. Biden shut down the Keystone pipeline on day one and severely restricted production of oil and gas in the US. Now that prices have spiked he is asking OPEC to increase their oil production! Where would we rather rely upon for our energy supplies…the US and Canada or Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Venezuela? The same amount of CO2 is produced from US and the foreign oil that Biden is pleading for. Ok, we should reduce

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Griswold Not a Good Fiscal Manager

Old Lyme First Selectman Tim Griswold has not been a good fiscal manager, often failing to follow through on a timely basis with matters affecting the town’s budget. For example, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) approved early this year a proposal for the substantial renovation of the Grassy Hill Bridge with a state grant reimbursing 50% of the cost.  Tim failed to put that decision before the Board of Finance for funding but, instead, continued to contemplate alternative plans for the bridge.  Indeed, he did not move the project forward at all (as he said he would when he was running for

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Margules: We Should Not Lose Sight of Context and the Bigger Picture

The Halls Road zoning food fight ramping up on the CT Examiner’s Facebook pages is a tempting distraction. The zoning is not perfect, and certainly needs review and revision, but we should not lose sight of the context and the bigger picture. The zoning proposal is just a way to implement and make real a future Halls Road described in the master plan.  The key elements in the master plan were developed with significant input from the community and are widely supported. The HRIC incorporated the work produced by our consultant AdvanceCT including surveys, SWOT workshops, and an Economic Development

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Education Seat Too Far-reaching to Also Sit on Board of Selectmen

I’ve just reviewed the Board of Education panel discussion and am concerned with the potential conflict of interest which Ms Shoemaker noted she may be facing. Although a long shot, it may come to pass that she is elected as both a Selectperson and a returning Board of Education member. Ms Shoemaker, if elected as Selectperson, noted she would recuse herself from voting (and I presume discussions, otherwise that would be awkward) on the District budget. The District budget is literally 4 -5 months of discussion and a significant topic on every agenda- which also encompasses every topic before the

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Formica: Seery ‘the Most Qualified to Lead Our Town’

I write to strongly endorse Kevin Seery as the next First Selectman of the Town of East Lyme. Kevin raised his family here and has served our great town for 24 years including 10 years on the Board of Selectmen — 7 of those years as Deputy First Selectman — and 14 years on the Board of Education, with 6 years as its Chair. He has decades of service in town volunteering both as a sports coach in soccer and lacrosse and helping with the drive to install the Miracle League Field in Flanders. Kevin has strong leadership and management skills, which he has honed with

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