Essex resident Sydney Williams writes to weigh in on volunteerism and local government in response to a recent article in CT Examiner, “Small Town Connecticut Faces the Limits of Volunteerism." Keep Reading
While it is vitally important that our municipal, state and federal government agencies work aggressively on environmental protection acts, our individual behavior and responsible approach to waste management is imperative. We must all learn to trim a little off of our waste, little by little, every day. Small changes can make a big difference over time. Keep Reading
To the Editor:
Your June 3 article "Shoreline Food Pantries Consider Split" was objectively written, but too “sanitized".
I feel you should have reported more thoroughly on the opinions of volunteers to whom you gave scant mention. They have the direct contact with the guests served and the knowledge of the way things have operated so well during the past 10+ years.Keep Reading
That was, at least, until Connecticut’s junior Senator Chris Murphy spoke before a crowd of two hundred at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce on May 31 in Groton. He argued, “…if we continue to let the northeast rail corridor atrophy, then Connecticut’s economy will atrophy.” “Every year,” he went on, “we always argue whether we’re going to give Amtrak $1.2 billion or $1.4 billion when you need $100 billion for this type of project.” The first step, he said, is to modernize commercial rail infrastructure in eastern Connecticut. He likes, he admitted, “big ideas.” Keep Reading
I think that most Old Lyme residents regardless of political affiliation agree on a few clear priorities: resolving the sewer situation for the shoreline, spending the town’s money wisely, obtaining public support before initiatives are undertaken by the town, executing town projects efficiently and in a timely manner, and maintaining the character of Old Lyme.
But in recent years, the town has hopscotched from major initiative to major initiative, without substantive public support, without deliberate consideration of alternatives, and without a defined timetable for deadlines and accomplishments. From sewering the entire shoreline, to street improvements on Hartford Avenue, to renovating Hains Park to merging our police force with East Lyme to promoting high-density residential development at the first and busiest corner in Old Lyme, there has been a major lack of focus. The result has been too few solid accomplishments among the shared public priorities at hand.Keep Reading
To the Editor:
While riding a SEAT [Southeast Area Transit] bus to catch Shore Line East -- yes, it is possible -- I read CT Examiner's interview with the New London mayor and his comments linking proposed tolls to the cost of mass transit (or perhaps it was just edited that way).
The otherwise helpful and capable SEAT driver happened to make a comment on what a waste of tax dollars the underused bus service is. I laughed to myself, thinking how I'd be fired if I publicly criticized my employer's business.Keep Reading
There is an enormous amount of press coverage available on underage vaping -- a serious issue that needs acknowledging and addressing. What I never see written, and what might help to give a fuller perspective on vaping overall, is a discussion of the positive aspects of vaping. Many, many thousands of ex-smokers owe their better health to vaping. I just hate to see it suggested that vaping is evil, only. That's like saying that methadone is evil. Keep Reading
Connecticut is one of twelve states that does not allow early voting. To do so, requires amending the State’s Constitution. A few days ago, the Connecticut Legislature endorsed early voting, 125-24, The Senate voted in favor of the bill 23-12, four votes shy of the super majority needed to send the proposed amendment to the voters. They will try again. Keep Reading
Metro-North, which I ride twice a week into Manhattan, is both necessity and bane. One can board the Shore Line East—another exasperating subject for another time—in Old Saybrook to make the connection in New Haven. Assuming a seamless transfer, there are standard non-trivial issues, like lateness, caused by long-term track work that has afflicted the schedule like a belated spring flu. Keep Reading