A True Measure of a Country

To the Editor: A true measure of a country, and its people, is how it handles a crisis. The American people in 1941 faced their greatest crisis and challenge since the Civil War. Japanese aircraft attacked us on our own territory in Hawai’i. Hitler had already overrun most of Europe. Whether we liked it or not, the United States was being pulled into the raging global conflict. Would the American people rise to the challenge? Of course we did. People volunteered to serve in the armed services and many took jobs in factories and businesses to support the war effort.

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Conductor Writes Tell-All Book

Are you nostalgic for the “good old days” on Metro-North… the crowded trains, the inevitable delays, your often-times crazy fellow passengers?   If so, you’ll want to check out former conductor Michael Shaw’s great new book, “My Rail Life”. Shaw has just retired from a 36 year career as a conductor on the New Haven line.  His father also worked for the railroad as do 5 of his siblings.  And he clearly loved his job. He once told passengers on a standing-room only train: “OK, folks.  We are half way to Grand Central.  It’s time for everyone who’s been seated to

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Residents Deserve a Vote

There is no rule requiring that the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education win the approval of local residents before committing them to plans for a new multimillion-dollar sports field. The nine-member board could vote on the project as soon as Wednesday. In fact, school Superintendent Ian Neviaser, with the support of the board, has been salting away money for the project – to the tune of $2,107,873 — in an “undesignated” fund for years. Clearly, in the short term at least, the cost of the field is unlikely to explode budgets. But whether this amounts to fiscal prudence or fiscal

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Are You Being ‘Steered Away’ From Your Local Pharmacy?

A recent survey by the National Community Pharmacist Association, found that almost 80% of their community pharmacist members say they’ve lost patients because of unfair steering in the past six months by other larger pharmacy chains and that CVS Health is most often reported as the biggest culprit. “Many members have been telling us their patients are being transferred to larger competitors and in many cases the patients don’t know when, why or how. This survey sheds some light on the problem and the results are very disturbing.” According to Doug Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacist Association. According

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Overlooked Telling Details Invite Virus Policy Rethink

Amid the growing panic fanned by news organizations about the rebound in the virus epidemic, last week’s telling details were largely overlooked. First, most of the recent “virus-associated” deaths in Connecticut again have been those of frail elderly people in nursing homes. Second, while dozens of students at the University of Connecticut at Storrs recently were been found infected, most showed no symptoms and none died or was even hospitalized. Instead all were waiting it out or recovering in their rooms or apartments. And third, the serious case rate — new virus deaths and hospitalizations as a percentage of new

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Diverse Cargoes at State Pier is Common Sense

To the Editor: The long term consequences and costs of the CT Port Authority’s plan to redevelop State Pier in New London are being overlooked.   The capacity and flexibility of the current two pier design provides competitive advantages that will be lost by filling 7 acres of deep water between the piers.   In this 2004 article from The Day, New England Shipping Co. Vice President Joe Ciccia explained the real dollar value of being able to dock two ships at once at State Pier.  New London — For the first time since the state completed renovations at Adm. Harold E. Shear State Pier last fall, two ships

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The ‘Great Reset’ is knocking on our door

To the Editor: The Coronavirus has invaded America, and Americans have experienced what life would be like living under socialism.  Whether over the top or not, the reaction to the virus has thrown the blinds wide-open and given Americans a stellar glimpse of Socialist Rule. We have, for the time being, lost many of our civil liberties and Freedoms.  We now know first-hand how house arrest orders would affect us; weeks without intimate social contact has taken its toll on many already.  We have seen drones, a thunder-bolt to our civil liberties, flying overhead to control crowd size.  The Feds

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Even Hospital Capacity Can’t Be State’s Primary Objective

Maybe it will turn out to be only a fluke, but amid the renewed panic about the virus epidemic there is some interesting detail in the monthly death statistics of the state Department of Public Health. In the first three months of the epidemic — March, April, and May — there were 4,174 more deaths in Connecticut than in those months last year. Many if not most of these deaths were those of frail residents of nursing homes, which were unprepared for the epidemic. But as precautions were imposed by the extraordinary orders of Governor Lamont — business closures, mask

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With End in Sight, Don’t Give Up Fight on COVID

Now in its ninth month, the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to rage, though there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Pfizer and Moderna recently reported early figures regarding their COVID-19 vaccines, reporting them to be more than 90 percent effective. In addition to this reported success, several additional vaccines are deep in late-stage studies, and researchers continue to test other treatments. This is fantastic news. Assuming a smooth rollout of vaccines when they’re made available, several successful products would quash COVID-19’s pervasive ability to spread freely. After an arduous, difficult year, this is welcome news that should

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American Privilege

As Americans, we live in a country with a foundational belief that all people are created equal.  The specific purpose of our Constitution is to protect our Natural Rights. We are encouraged by the Declaration of Independence to pursue our own individual visions of happiness; whatever those might be. People, unfortunately, are flawed, and since nations are made up of people, all nations are flawed. In America, we still have much work to do to live up to our ideals. Historic wrongs were done to Native Americans and enslaved Blacks. Later more wrongs were inflicted with Jim Crow laws and

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Rebates Raise Drug Costs 30 Percent

Direct and Indirect Remuneration Fees, yes, I know you’ve never heard of them and you’re saying, why should I be interested? The simple reason is this – every time you get your prescription drugs filled at your local pharmacy, you’re paying far more than you should for your drugs and that adds up to hundreds of dollars every year and your pharmacy is having to pay for those drugs as well and BOTH of you have no say in the matter. And who’s behind all of this? Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM’s), you’ll recall we discussed them is a previous article

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Gas is Too Cheap

Gasoline is too cheap. Wait!  Don’t turn the page!  This is not another tree-hugger train-guy rant. Hear me out. President-elect Biden has made the argument for weaning us off fossil-fuels, mostly for environmental reasons.  Anybody who remotely believes in science or has witnessed the cataclysmic changes in our weather, knows we must do something to stop global warming. But I still drive a car (albeit a hybrid) and am not ready to give it up for a bicycle or skateboard like some crazed Gen-Z’er.  We need cars to get around in Connecticut despite our meager attempts at mass transit… especially

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Why ‘Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Are Hurting You And Your Local Pharmacy

So, just who are ‘Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ or ‘PBM’s as they’re more commonly known. They’re the quiet middlemen that stand between drug manufacturers and your local pharmacy and even though you’ve never heard of them, they know all about YOU. Pharmacy Benefit Managers were originally created to assist the healthcare industry by acting as a liaison between parties and administering costs and procedures that actually helped everyone. But over the years they have morphed into a super powerful group of organizations that now dictate how much YOU as a consumer pay for your prescription drugs. And it doesn’t end there.

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Bits and Pieces

But before I go, a little advice for candidates and would-be candidates next go around…. For campaign materials shared across social media, I really would encourage you to avoid shooting your portraits in portrait mode, and shoot your portraits in landscape mode instead. A horizontal aspect is nearly always better across a variety of social media platforms. But as a rule of thumb, if your materials are roughly twice as wide as tall, you’ll rarely, if ever, lose your head.

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Pharmacy Group Warns Over Anti-Competitive Partnership

If you’re taking prescription medication and if you have Medicare Part D Drug coverage, you know how expensive it’s become. But according to the National Community Pharmacists Association, which calls itself the “voice for independent pharmacy” for 21,000 pharmacies across the United States, a pending partnership between two pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s) — Express-Scripts and Prime Therapeutics “will squash local pharmacies and ultimately limit consumer choices.” According to Doug Hoey, CEO for the group, “these two companies operating separately already exert tremendous downward pressure on independent pharmacies. By joining forces, they can put many out of business and steer their

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Treasure Hunt

The headline a few days ago was encouraging:  “CT gets $400K grant to study improvements to Metro-North lines”.   But what’s $400,000 going to tell us that we don’t already know?  Any rider of Metro-North knows the infrastructure is crumbling, the station parking and seating on trains (until COVID) are inadequate and, on the branch lines, the service is terrible.  So why another study? Turns out, this Federal grant is different, as Francis Pickering, the Executive Director of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCOG) explains:  “We know what needs to be fixed.  We just don’t know how to pay for

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Essex Resident Questions Accuracy of Voter Rolls

With the Secretary of State’s significant changes to the voting process for November 3rd, a group of us as concerned voters in Essex performed a full audit on the voter rolls in Essex, Connecticut.  Our volunteer group was apprehensive that with the mass mailing of absentee ballot request forms, there might be an opportunity for either extra ballots distributed or duplicate voting. We checked every name on the Voter Roll against “People Finder” apps, Town Land Records, and Obituaries ahead of the November 3, 2020 elections.  Our findings were disturbing. There are 6,082 registered voters on the Registered Voter List

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Carney a ‘Champion for Health Care’

As a nurse, healthcare is clearly an important issue for me. Devin Carney has always been a champion for health care and has supported reducing burdensome costs. Looking at his record, you will find someone who has supported lower costs for tomosynthesis, insulin, breastfeeding supplies and many vital medications. He co-sponsored legislation that preserves protections for those with pre-existing conditions in Connecticut. He has been a staunch advocate for veterans’ healthcare — including veterans with PTSD and brain injuries and veterans affected by Agent Orange. He has stood up for seniors against elder abuse, for reduced costs on hearing aids,

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Carney ‘the Only Candidate Keenly Aware of the Local Economy’

As the chair of the Old Saybrook Board of Finance and a financial advisor, I am constantly focused on Connecticut’s fiscal health. To me, it is vital that we have a Connecticut legislature that will keep an eye on taxes and spending and will work to bring people and industry to Connecticut. Devin Carney has always been fiscally responsible and constantly tries to find ways to make it more affordable to live and do business in Connecticut. With many retirees leaving or thinking about leaving the state, Devin understands that the state needs to do a better job by reducing

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Comparing Carney and Rubino on the Environment

In response to Mr. Noel Bishop’s endorsement of Devin Carney as per his letter to the editor on Oct. 29: Mr. Bishop fails to acknowledge that Carney is a member of the party that denies climate change, mistrusts science, and works to viciously undo legislation that preserves and protects wildlife and conservation sites. He cites some of Carney’s recognitions in the environmental and land preservation space, but they are not the result of a proactive agenda, nor one that is particularly informed by the biggest threat to our nice beach/boating/fishing lifestyles: Climate change. Carney’s opponent, Dave Rubino, on the other

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Leave D.C. to our Congressman and Senators, Vote Carney For Our Local Needs

I believe it’s important that we have local elected officials that are focused on issues that affect us here. For federal issues, we have a Congressman and two Senators who were elected to represent us in DC. Our State Rep, Devin Carney, has consistently been there for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook and has been focused on our needs. As an Old Lyme Selectman, I want a representative who will not support giving additional power to the State of Connecticut. I think we run things well in Old Lyme – our property taxes are low, our schools are

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Don’t Enable Trump, Vote Rubino

As a CNN television correspondent for “Moneyline with Lou Dobbs,” I was four blocks away from the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. In that terrorist attack, it was the second tower to go down and the tragedy immediately struck me as the Pearl Harbor of my lifetime as nearly 3,000 people died. Now, with 1,000 people dying nearly every day, we have a 9/11 scale fatal event every three days due in large part to the monumental mishandling of the pandemic by Donald Trump and Republican elected officials everywhere. Many Republican governors and legislators resist

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Rubino a ‘Champion for the Downtrodden,’ Will Stand Up for Women

There are some people who just bring out the best in everyone.  They can work with anyone, they do what they say they will and they genuinely care.  David Rubino is one of those people.   He cares about us, listens to us.  More than that.  He cares about our community and wants to work to make it the best it can be, for us.  He is also someone who is a fierce advocate for what he sets his mind to. He has been a champion for the downtrodden and he has shown up for the vulnerable, again and again.  His

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Carney a ‘Staunch Advocate,’ Environmentalist, Says Bishop

As the First Selectman of Westbrook, I have had the pleasure of working alongside State Representative Devin Carney for the past six years. He has been a staunch advocate for Westbrook residents and businesses and has always worked to ensure our voices are heard. Devin looks out for Westbrook’s precious environmental resources and was recognized by the “Friends of Westbrook Barrier Islands” for his work supporting Salt Island, Duck Island, and Mennunketsuck Island. He was also recognized by the League of Conservation Voters as an “Environmental Champion” for his preservation efforts, which are vital to our community. The Connecticut Marine

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Carney’s ‘Steady Hand Will Serve us Well’

This letter is to support Devin Carney for reelection to the Connecticut House of Representatives. Devin has been and continues to be a dedicated, focused, and sincere lawmaker who represents his constituents and our town very well. I have watched him over his past terms of service. He is well-respected by his colleagues and is laser-focused on issues that effect all us here in Old Saybrook. As a former member of the Connecticut General Assembly from Plainville, New Britain, and Southington prior to retiring here in Indian Town Beach, I am so proud  and thankful for Devin’s contributions to our

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Rubino Brings ‘Fresh Perspective,’ Right Kind of Experience

I am writing in strong support of Dave Rubino for State Representative for Connecticut’s 23rd District, which includes the towns of Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.  Dave will bring a unique background and a fresh perspective to the work he will do on our behalf in Hartford. He is an attorney and small business owner in Old Lyme with a lengthy career in promoting democracy in other nations. This is the kind of experience the constituents in the 23rd District need to navigate the challenges of a state suffering through a pandemic and the aftermath of these circumstances.

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Rubino a ‘Leader Who is Not Afraid to Tackle the Difficult Issues of our Times’

Dave Rubino is a newcomer to the 23rd District, but he brings an extraordinary range of experience as a human rights attorney who has committed his life to the values and principles of democracy. As an attorney, his work abroad focused on fair election process, legislative reforms, anti-corruption policies, human trafficking, and gender inequality. These experiences have enriched his view of the world and reinforced his commitment to improve the quality of life for others through the legislative process. He would be a tremendous asset in the Connecticut General Assembly! Let’s face it. It takes guts to relocate your family,

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Marx is the ‘Healthcare Advocate Old Lyme Needs’

I am enthusiastically supporting Martha Marx in her bid to replace Paul Formica as State Senator for District 20. I am impressed by her commitment to representing everyone, not just the wealthy and privileged few whom her opponent, Paul Formica, is primarily interested in serving and making richer. This has been made abundantly clear to me in recent years through personal experience.  Since 2015, I have lived in a senior community in Old Lyme, where 70% of the residents are enrolled in Connecticut’s Medicare Savings Program, which helps pay Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles, co-insurance and prescription drug costs for

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Griswold: Carney ‘Knows the Ropes,’ Effective in Hartford

As the Chief Elected Official of the Town of Old Lyme, I am pleased to endorse the re-election of Devin Carney as our State Representative.  Devin has several important attributes that make him an extremely effective voice for us in Hartford. Experience:  Devin is a six year incumbent who, despite the political imbalance in Hartford, has a firm grasp on how to get things done for his constituent towns.  He serves on important committees and knows the key issues that affect Old Lyme. Commitment:  Devin devotes significant time to representing the four small towns in his district, as evidenced by

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