Letter: Coronavirus a Poor Excuse to Forgo Public Participation

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Many thanks to CT Examiner regarding the Old Lyme WPCA meeting Tuesday April 14th. So glad someone was listening. We, the Old Lyme tax payers, waited patiently Tuesday evening for about 45 minutes even after the chairman accidentally disconnected the meeting line to attend an executive session.  We, the Old Lyme tax payers, wanted to know what was going on with the cost sharing agreement, with the changes to the benefit assessment calculations, with the easement agreement between Old Lyme and the private beaches.  We, the tax payers, wanted to know why a $615,000 contract was granted without going out

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A Devotional on Behalf of COVID-19 Caregivers

Avinu Malcheinu,  Our Father, Our King From different faith traditions, our professional and volunteer care-givers in hospitals, private practice and first-responders come before You dedicated to the preservation of lives, even while putting themselves in harm’s way You have led each one to choose his/her path, every act of which honors the gift of life You have given us … and the patients they care for. We humbly ask You to be manifestly present in the spirit of each and every care-giver and first responder.  Guide each care-giver to mindful reflection, wise decisions, competent acts and compassionate gestures. For those

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Letter: Amid Widespread Shortages, Farmers are Forced to Dump Scarce Goods

I read an article in The Day by Amanda Hutchinson “Farmers face volatile times amid restaurant closures, grocery shortages.”  The next day, I was visiting a friend that is a production dairy farmer.  He said milk co-op he sells to had to dump eight tractor trailer loads of milk so far. He said dairy purchaser Guida’s in New Britain has rejected a bunch of loads. There’s nothing wrong with the milk — its just with all the schools and restaurants closed no one is buying as much milk and the processors are out of storage. Meanwhile headlines warn of widespread

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Letter: Suspend Privacy Laws Isolating Nursing Home Residents from their Families

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AARP (the nation’s largest advocacy group for seniors) is urging Connecticut residents to petition state lawmakers to temporarily suspend privacy laws that effectively prevent nursing home residents from communicating with family members during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. For several weeks, nursing home visits have been banned, except in “compassionate care” circumstances.  In addition, privacy laws currently prohibit cameras in nursing homes. This includes the ability to connect through SKYPE, ZOOM and other virtual visitation technologies. This law effectively leaves more than 22,000 Connecticut chronically-ill and vulnerable long-term care patients cut off from their families. Particularly vulnerable are the thousands who

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Letter: Missing Notice, Discussion, of Canceled Vote

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There have been 19 Executive Orders issued in Connecticut by the Governor over the past 3 weeks. All under #7 (A-T). One 7I, that is #7 letter I, suspends the public’s right to vote on Regional School Budgets as well as your local municipal budget. That’s right you will not be voting on your local budget for the next year, it will be moved through by the Board of Finance and then put in place. End of story – no vote. With all of this going on I reached out to our 2 elected officials. Norm Needleman and Christine Palm, one

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Letter: Phrase “Wrong Side of the Achievement Gap” Sends Wrong Message

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Unfortunately, the debate between opponents and proponents of the CSUS consolidation plan resulted in the use of language that paid homage to a very traditional genuflection to ‘blame the victims.’   In this instance, the victims are the students in the CSCU system who were referred to as having come from the ‘wrong side of the achievement gap’ in the article, “As Labor Leaders Gather on Friday in Hartford, Faculty and Administrators Debate Consolidation of Community Colleges Across Connecticut,”  published March 6, 2020.  The value-laden and scornful phrase, “wrong side of the achievement gap,” sends the wrong message.  As a

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Letter: Anti-Vaccine Activists Want to Mislead Parents — Legislators Shouldn’t Let Them

Twice last month I woke at dawn to head to my state capitol of Hartford, Connecticut. Legislators were deliberating HB-5044, a bill that would remove non-medical exemptions for vaccines required for school and daycare enrollment and, ultimately, make our state’s schools safer and better protected from outbreaks. I wanted to provide testimony, not just as a Connecticut parent, but also as someone who has worked for decades to protect families from vaccine-preventable diseases as the executive director of the nonprofit organization Vaccinate Your Family. Several hundred people also came to Hartford to voice their opinions on this issue, as well

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Letter: “Plowing forward,” on Chester Main Street Project Puts Businesses at Risk

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As a commercial property owner, concerned for the downtown and its merchants, I write to express my ever growing concern that the Main Street project is “plowing forward” to be completed this year in spite of the mountain of uncertainties. To move ahead without detailed plans for all possible uncertainties is irresponsible. It risks intolerable delays, including the discouragement and elimination of traffic on Main Street for extended periods and forcing small business to close for lack of business. In anticipation, several businesses have already announced they are shutting their doors. Sadly, once people are forced to go elsewhere to

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Letter: Kobe’s “Total Effort” Leaves Legacy

For reasons I still cannot fully describe, I was never a fan of Kobe Bryant.  That feeling started to change after the 2006 NBA playoffs.  The Lakers were completely outmatched by the Suns, but, by sheer force of will, Kobe led the Lakers to a Game 1 victory in dramatic fashion.  Though they did not win that series (losing in seven games), Kobe earned my respect as a player who did not make excuses and always gave maximum effort. From that point forward everything that I had viewed with contempt slowly became emblematic of his unrelenting commitment to competing at

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Letter: Fort Trumbull State Park Seeks Volunteers for Civil War Park Day, April 4

In September of 1781, the British stormed Fort Trumbull.  On Saturday, April 4, 2020, a very different group of people will descend on Fort Trumbull State Park.  Members of the Civil War Trust are soliciting other history buffs, preservationists, community volunteers, and Coast Guard Cadets to join together to help clean and restore Fort Trumbull, one of Connecticut’s important historical sites. The mission of the Civil War Trust is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. During the Civil War, Fort Trumbull served as a center primarily for inducting and training

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