Carney: Griswold and Row B for Fight Against State Government Overreach

For Old Lyme, no one has been a stronger leader than First Selectman Tim Griswold. I have gotten to know Tim as extremely knowledgeable on municipal issues, as a steady hand during the COVID crisis, and as a fiscal conservative who always fights for the taxpayer. He has the decision-making capabilities we need to move Old Lyme forward and to guide us as we continue to deal with the issues COVID brings. He believes Old Lyme is a welcoming, generous community and routinely promotes our businesses. In addition, his partnership to me has been essential in information sharing and grant

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We Have Trouble Right Here in Old Lyme City

To the Editor: With apologies to “The Music Man”, we have trouble. Oh we got trouble, right here in Old Lyme City! With a capital “T” that rhymes with “B” that stands for beaver. As I was strolling through my beautiful town today, I saw many handwritten signs about beavers voting for Tim Griswold. At first, I was dumbfounded about who would have illegally posted all of these early grade school quality signs on privately owned utility poles. But instead of calling in a complaint to our local constabularies for suspicion of trespassing and criminal mischief, I decided to look

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Twining: Now is the Time to Make Needed Changes

To the Editor: Thank you for your comments. The Halls Road Master Plan includes zoning language for establishing a village district along Halls Road. The town’s consultant, BSC Group, took three months to create it. They started with existing town zoning regulations, worked closely with the HRIC zoning subcommittee, and consulted with the town’s zoning enforcement officer (ZEO).  This was distributed among the HRIC on August 16th asking for their reactions, suggestions, or changes by September 9th.  No suggestions to change the regulations were made about the document at that point. On September 13th the Halls Road Village District rezoning proposal was recorded

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Hall Road Process Byzantine, Not Nefarious or Sneaky

To the Editor: Your editorial, (Oct. 22, “Has Anyone Actually Read the New Rules for Halls Road (and Flo Gris)?”] seems to have been based on Dave Kelsey’s email of the same date to his fellow members of the Halls Road Improvements Committee (HRIC). The article even includes some of his phrasing. You added a few things and subtracted a few, the net result of which was to make it more alarmist and strident than the original. I can’t fault you for that. It’s what sells papers. Besides: you’re good at it. 🙂 I think the article as a whole

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Darien Democrats Bring ‘Win-at-All Costs’ Politics to Town

To the Editor: Following the League of Women Voters candidate debate, Darien Democrats took a photo of a Republican Board of Education member touching their fingertip to their thumb in a resting position and posted it to their official social media accounts, and falsely claimed they were making a supposed white supremacy signal with their hand.  The slanderous post was reshared by State Senator Bob Duff and other Connecticut Democrats.   To be clear, they were not intentionally making any symbol.  It was an innocent hand gesture speakers often make while talking and has been seen in photographs of Bob

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In Crunch Time, Doug Lefko Synched Well With Killingworth Board of Finance

To the Editor: I write this letter in enthusiastic support of Doug Lefko’s candidacy for a full term on the Killingworth Board of Finance. Doug was a replacement for another Republican who resigned from the board for personal reasons this past winter. Doug was thrown into board deliberations during the crunch time of budget season and synched well with the board and was knowledgeable and capable during deliberations. I later found that this was not surprising given his background in budget formulation for numerous years for another town and his years of financial consultancy with several large corporate entities.  Before

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Veteran Teacher and Union President Responds to Clinton Reporting

To the Editor: As a 35 year veteran of the teaching profession (retired) as well as a local union president (East Haven Education Association) for over 25 years, I feel the need to respond to some of the information put forth in your article regarding Clinton teachers complaints. Let me start by saying that my heart goes out to the Clinton Community on the tragic loss of a beloved teacher and my prayers are for his family. I must say however that I find it inappropriate for that story to be associated with an article about past teacher grievances. After

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TED Makes DEI Fairer for All

To the Editor: TED succeeds where the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs fail because it targets specific individual opportunities to equalize and not ill-defined outcome “inequities” between collective groupings. TED achieves Equality not by disadvantaging other groups but by honoring our American tradition of merit, effort, grit and equal individual opportunity. Equal opportunity programs can improve on their degree of equality but equal outcome programs cannot. DEI programming began in government, spread to corporate America and has now reached our schools. The reality is that equity and inclusion operates in conflict with our constitution.   Equity in education means extra resources

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Where are Moderate Democrats Disagreeing with their Colleagues on Violence

When I read the headline of Scott Deshefy’s opinion piece ‘Democracy Won’t Keep Pace When Celebrity Justifies Press Attention’, I expected to read something about celebrities getting exaggerated press coverage. There is no mention of this in the article. Instead Mr. Deshefy correctly points out the evils of McCarthyism and how moderate Republicans helped put an end to it. Then he goes on to compare Trump to McCarthy, indignantly complaining that Trump supporters are ‘attacking his detractors’. I am not sure what Mr. Deshefy means by ‘attacking’. If it means strongly disagreeing with these detractors orally and in writing, so

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Cunningham Details Accomplishments in Bid for Re-election

To the Editor: Plainfield residents, I am asking for your support and your vote on November 2nd. I have brought in hundreds of jobs including an Amazon Fulfillment Center, increased tax revenues, and no increase of taxes in both budgets, installed HVAC in the town hall, updated the infrastructure with new sewer upgrades, and paved roads, added surveillance cameras, brought back NECCOG transportation, and added a new town website. We’ve added much needed small business in our town, applied for sidewalk grants, upgraded all of our Memorial Parks and military tanks, and upgraded all of our recreation programs and parks.

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Rob Sampson: Connecticut is an Endangered State

Every day it seems we are seeing another serious crime in the headlines. Connecticut residents are concerned, scared, and increasingly more frustrated with the inaction and excuses they are receiving from leaders in their state government.  Despite claims by legislative Democrats to the contrary, people across Connecticut can see with their own eyes that crime is off the chart!  It’s not news to me either.  I have been sounding the alarm for a decade!   These are the facts:  The dramatic rise in juvenile crime that began with car thefts and has now escalated into violence, child endangerment and armed robbery

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Dig Deeper and You will Find Significant Reasons Why we Need New Leadership

To the Editor: I am writing in regards to the upcoming elections for political leadership positions within Old Lyme.  Old Lyme needs new leadership. On the surface things seem to be moving along fine, but dig deeper and you will find significant reasons why we need new leadership.  The economic impact resulting from both the COVID epidemic and the significant challenges facing our retail businesses from the paradigm shift to online shopping means that we no longer can afford to wait until issues surface and deal with them as one-offs. We need leadership with a clear vision of how to

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On Middletown P&Z, You have 3 Votes, Make them Count

To the Editor: Planning and Zoning Commissioners are on the ballot November 2 in Middletown. I am running for re-election as an independent candidate because Planning and Zoning is central to Middletown’s economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and housing opportunities. Vote Stephen H. Devoto, row C. I want to continue the work that is documented in our Plan of Conservation and Development: make our city thriving, vibrant, connected, and sustainable. We must have a zoning code that supports local business establishment and growth, promotes environmental sustainability, and encourages a diversity of housing options. I have more experience than any other candidate, having

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Plainfield Needs Proven Leadership

Plainfield needs proven leadership, and that is exactly what we have with First Selectman Kevin Cunningham. Over the past two years, we have seen the town moving forward in leaps and bounds, and we need to continue moving forward, not altering the course. Kevin Cunningham has proven that he can keep taxes low, with NO increase over his two years of service. He has helped bring in jobs and revenue with a new Amazon facility and a bunch of small businesses. He has brought back transportation to our town with NECCOG buses. He brought back recreation, refurbished the Memorial Parks,

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A Commitment to Truly Understanding their Role

As election day draws near, I encourage all Old Saybrook residents to exercise their rights to cast a ballot. Old Saybrook municipal elections are won and lost by very small margins, so please let your voice be heard. Know the person behind the name on the ballot and decide who is the best candidate based on facts, not rhetoric. As some residents seek to politicize everything about the Old Saybrook Police Commission, I remain steadfast in my resolve to do what is best for our community and all commissioners should do likewise. In my six years as a member of

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With Lampos, Affordable Housing Need Not be a ‘Scary Monster’

To the Editor: Affordable housing does not need to be the scary monster that many fear it to be, and we have to change that narrative! With thoughtful planning, affordable housing can be a win-win for the town of Old Lyme. Jim Lampos, candidate for the Board of Selectman, has excellent ideas for how to make that happen. Being an Old Lyme historian, Jim is very conscious of the importance of protecting the character of Old Lyme. He points out that affordable housing units can enhance that character by improving properties that now conflict with it. Affordable housing projects could

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Clinton Education Community Deserves Better

All of us in the education community are grieving the loss of well-known and beloved educator Jack Reynolds. We are working hard to ensure our students, educators, and parents have the resources to heal from this tragic loss. The CT Examiner has thrown salt on our open wounds using the tragedy to pry into Jack’s life and harass us for comments and confidential information about Jack and other teachers. This is nothing more than an attempt to exploit a traumatic situation. When one of us is attacked, all of us feel the pain. As the President of the Education Association

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Cowell: After Sitting Side by Side, Personal Attacks are Disheartening

It is an honor to be running for the Board of Education in Old Lyme and I thank the Republican Town Committee for endorsing my candidacy as an unaffiliated voter for this important volunteer position within our community.  Recently, two letters were submitted to the CT Examiner in an attempt to slander my character and candidacy. The authors, David Rubino and Christine Gianquinto, members of the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee, do not know me nor have we ever met. My husband and I have lived in Old Lyme with our three children for over seven years. We moved here

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CEA’s Kate Dias Responds

From fairness to justice, the values of the Connecticut Education Association are as enduring as its long history of aggressively defending teacher rights. The right to personal privacy is a key pillar of our commitment to our members. Therefore, your recent attempt to bait our organization into speaking publicly about any current or former members’ employment is a failed attempt.  We work every day to make teaching a profession marked by trust and respect—never would we violate that trust no matter how hard your Internet site hurls accusations and repeats toxic rhetoric (Oct. 16, litany of accusations by Julia Werth).

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A Republic, if We can Keep it

A wave of unprecedented government overreach is racing toward us.  National and state Democrats are on a drive to change policies in energy, education, health, and even zoning in our towns.  Inflation is up 5.4%, gas and grocery costs are rising each week, and store shelves are expected to be bare in the coming months.    A pair of intentionally deceptive “infrastructure” bills that will saddle Americans with trillions more in debt and increase an already massive bureaucracy is their solution.  Our community must engage in civics and push back. Communicate with our delegates in Hartford and Washington D.C., study the

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When the Party Process Fails, the Electorate Needs to Be Informed and Vote

Parents and taxpayers of Old Lyme, please pay close attention to this year’s November municipal elections, particularly to the candidates for the Region 18 Board of Education. Old Lyme enjoys a school system that is broadly recognized for its quality across the region, the state, and indeed the nation. Based on my tenure of sixteen years as a former member and chair of the Region 18 Board of Education, I cannot adequately stress the importance of having a Board composed of well-qualified members to maintain that level of quality.  Political and personal agendas and extremist rhetoric have no place at

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Baseless Claims of Ageism as Community Heals

To the Editor: Today you have committed an absolute crime against education and mental health. Allowing your “writer” to hijack and sensationalize a town’s tragedy to catch the attention of readers? As a family and community tries to heal from an unthinkable loss, your “paper” uses it to connect to baseless ageism claims from years ago and a previous administration? With all the obstacles, mental health issues and struggles education systems are handling you think this is productive? You think this is journalism? You are completely aware that the administration can not comment on individual cases due to privacy but

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Clinton PTA: Article One-Sided

To the Editor: The Board of the Clinton PTA is incredibly disappointed with the recent article [Oct.16, “After Tragedy, Clinton Teachers Claim Age Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment“] in the CT Examiner. This reporter sensationalized the passing of one of our beloved teachers, and for no clear reason tied it into an article about dated teacher grievances with a previous administration. As the PTA, we can share that to date no Clinton teacher has ever come to us to bring to our attention anything that was discussed in the article. The article is one sided, especially since administration is legally not

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SRO’s Not the Issue in Old Saybrook

To the Editor: As a member of the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee, I am INCENSED by letters written to support Republican Candidates for the Police Commission  continually focusing on SRO policing in our School system.  They falsely intimate  Democratic candidates running for the Police Commission want to eliminate SROs.   The topic of removing SROs has never been a discussion at any of the OSDTC  meetings or sub committees.  Not a word about SROs is in our platform for election.  The authors of these letters have manufactured an issue without substance to gain the vote of concerned parents.   I had always held

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Old Lyme DTC: Carter Can’t Have it Both Ways

To the Editor: On October 7, the CT Examiner published a response by Chris Carter, chairman of the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee (RTC), to Dave Rubino’s letter of October 6 regarding the candidacy of Mona Colwell for the Region 18 Board of Education.  Mr. Rubino cited Colwell’s history of Facebook posts and public statements promoting extreme and debunked anti-vax conspiracy theories. One might have assumed that the RTC chair would either try to distance the Republican slate from these views or else claim them to be somehow false, despite the fact that they were his candidate’s own words.  Instead, Carter did

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Vote for Plainfield Republicans ‘to Keep us Moving Forward’

The past couple of years have been difficult in many ways. Families all over have struggled, the economy has been weakened, and our lives have been upended. The Town of Plainfield can tell a different story. With the help of our Republican leadership team, we have hundreds of jobs coming in with the new Amazon facility, more small businesses opening up, and have held our mill rate to a zero percent increase. Voters in the upcoming election have the opportunity to continue that momentum and vote for a full slate of 21 dedicated Republican candidates. Don’t simply hand over seats

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Nobody Works Harder for Killingworth than Eileen Blewett

To the Editor: Over the last two years, I have attended numerous Board of Selectman and Board of Education meetings.  One constant presence at these meetings and many more is Selectwoman Eileen Blewett.  Nobody works harder in her roles within the town than Eileen.  A person without such work ethic wouldn’t be able to keep up with such a grueling schedule between work, family and volunteering for our community.  Killingworth needs a Selectman who has lived in own, raised children here, and understands Killingworth’s needs and challenges.  Our most important accolade in this town is volunteerism and Eileen is no

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Old Saybrook Police Commission Candidate Challenges Board Democrats

Republican candidates running for seats on the Old Saybrook Police Commission have conducted a positive campaign focused on public safety, transparency, honesty, professionalism, and respect. In the meantime, our Democrat challengers, and their surrogates on social media, have run a campaign based largely on disparaging the Old Saybrook Police Department and the Police Commission itself. That said, I’d like to pose two questions we should all be asking. The Democrat candidates claim to support an SRO program, but are silent as to who might staff it. The Republican candidates are clear — we support the exceptional existing program staffed by

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Shouldn’t High School Students Have a Say on a Topic That Will Affect us?

To the Editor: My name is Abby Moore and I am a senior at Guilford High School. As many of you may know, a group calling themselves, “Truth in Education,” (TIE), has been working to overtake many of the seats on the Guilford Public Schools Board of Education. And while adults throughout our town argue contentiously about what should be taught in our schools, Guilford High School students have been left out of the conversation. Shouldn’t we, as high school students and young adults, have a say in a topic that will affect us and other students more than any

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Joseph Campbell Lays Out Qualifications for Westbrook Selectman

To the Editor: It has been a long and successful run under Noel Bishop’s leadership.  He has helped Westbrook maintain it’s status as the gem of the shoreline.  Alas, as all good things must come to an end, this spring Noel announced his decision not to run for an 8th term.  Often such a momentous decision leaves a vacuum in local governance, but Westbrook is fortunate to have John L Hall III, our current 12-year Board of Selectman member, announce his candidacy for the now vacant First Selectman’s seat.  John has been an integral part of the decisions that have

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