Klarides: This November, Start Your Town’s Success Story. Vote Republican.

It’s no secret that our government in Connecticut is too big, too expensive for our families and too unfriendly for businesses. I have been vocal about the poor leadership that has led us here. The good news is that many of our towns have local leaders that tune out the politics and focus on delivering for taxpayers. Over the past few months, I’ve been traveling across Connecticut and talking to voters as a part of my own decision-making process about whether to run for governor in 2022. I’ve been to over 50 towns across our great state, and I’ve seen

More

Dig Even Deeper and You’ll Find the Truth in Old Lyme

To the Editor: Last week, an op-ed in this paper from a lady in Old Lyme presented erroneous and disingenuous reasons for voting against Tim Griswold for First Selectman.  Dig even deeper and you’ll find the truth and see the absurdity in the statements made in that letter. First, the letter argued that Mr. Griswold is responsible for the economic impact of COVID on the economy and the shift away from retail business due to on-line shopping.  Wow, did she really say that? Next this discursive and misleading rambling claimed that, as First Selectman, Mr. Griswold has not addressed the

More

Lunch Pail Issues

Ned Lamont went to Washington last week. He visited the White House, with whose occupant he shares much in common, especially on the “lunch pail” issues of gas prices and jobs. Biden’s policies have already pushed gas prices to record seven-year highs. Lamont’s gas price hikes are only an ambition right now, since the Connecticut General Assembly has not yet approved Lamont’s proposed new gas tax, aka the multi-state Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) – emphasis on “yet.”  All summer and early fall, Connecticut Democrats talked about convening a special session to approve TCI, yet they couldn’t quite convince themselves to

More

Connecticut Drivers have Paid Hundreds of Millions in Clean Air and Emissions Fees. Where did They go?

If you’ve renewed your vehicle registration lately you may have noticed two separate fees on your bill: The Clean Air Act fee and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction fee. Together, they add an additional $15 to the cost of renewing your vehicle registration. Over the course of ten years, Connecticut drivers have paid $268 million in fees related to emissions and clean air, but instead of actually funding emission reduction measures the money was swept into the General Fund and the Special Transportation Fund, to be used for literally anything. Connecticut drivers may soon have to pay an additional fee or

More

Nickerson Hails ‘Huge Victory’ to Stop the Development of Oswegatchie Hills

For 22 years I have fought to stop the development of Oswegatchie Hills, East Lyme’s most important, precious, and fragile open space. We won a huge victory in the courts this week. The press release that follows is long but detailed to help explain where we are and where we hope to go. Although I am leaving office in 40 days, I will never stop fighting to preserve “The Last Mile”. Legal Victory for Oswegatchie Hills Judge denies developer’s attempt to re-zone entire property for project that would cause well-recognized and substantial environmental impacts East Lyme, Conn. – In long-awaited

More

Police Commission Must Not Turn its Back on Sworn Duty

To the Editor: In all the high drama some are bringing to the issue of the citizen complaint mailed to me and that I have retained, I ask that people not lose sight of why I made that decision.  It is not because I want to create controversy.  It is certainly not because I take pleasure from some family’s troubles.  It is simply because I take seriously my obligation as a member of the Old Saybrook Police Commission to provide civilian oversight for our Police Department.  The document in question is a civilian complaint against the department we oversee.  Pursuant

More

Terrie Wood: McNally is the Right Choice for Darien​

To the Editor: It’s a pleasure to write this letter in support of Monica McNally as Darien’s next first selectman. Currently serving on the Board of Selectmen, Monica brings a wide range of relevant experience to the responsibilities of first selectman.  She’s served in leadership roles for eight years on the RTM and knows the operations of our town.  She was a successful financial advisor for 10 years with Smith Barney and thoroughly understands bond markets, interest rates and cash flow.  Monica was a founding member of OPUS for Person to Person and has chaired several other community organizations.  I’ve

More

A Compromise For Mill Hill Neighborhood in Fairfield

To the Editor: If you drive through Southport’s Mill Hill neighborhood in Fairfield, you’ll travel through a bucolic and serene neighborhood that serves as a gateway to Greenfield Hill. It’s a precious area of Fairfield that is slightly off the beaten path. Right now, the face of that community could drastically change with a possible sale of the beloved Berg property on 461 Mill Hill Road which is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The Windcrest property was gifted to the organization in 1966 by Elizabeth Berg, to provide retired clergy and their families “living accommodations in pleasant surroundings with

More

One Senate Seat for Darien, Not Two

In concert with the Federal census, Connecticut is constitutionally bound to review the state population every ten years and reapportion legislative district boundary lines. The 2020 census was completed four months behind schedule and as a result, Governor Lamont has appointed a Reapportionment Commission; Senator Bob Duff (D) is a member of the Commission. The Commission has until the end of November to complete their analysis and vote on the reallocation of district boundaries. Darien is presently divided by the 25th and 27th State Senate Districts; the incumbent State Senators are Bob Duff (D) and Patricia Billy Miller (D). The

More

Old Lyme Deserves Competent Leadership, Democrats Will Bring the Change We Need

To the Editor: Tim Griswold, the current First Selectman in Old Lyme, is unresponsive to town concerns. Griswold’s years of inaction on the flooding of Black Hall Pond, and months of inaction on the Tantummaheag Landing dispute have contributed to anger and divisiveness within the community. Additionally, Griswold has allowed Old Lyme’s insurance against cyberattacks to lapse. Griswold’s failure means that if Old Lyme were attacked, the town would be on the hook for substantial costs. For a town that spends a lot of time worrying about mill rates, this fiscal irresponsibility is inexcusable. Griswold also appears to live by

More

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

More

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

More

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

More

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

More

Train Service Door to Door

Imagine this:  using an app to book a car, a train ride and another car to your destination in one step.  Such a service has just been announced by the innovative Brightline rail service in south Florida. It’s the “last mile” that’s always been a challenge for would-be rail riders.  Assuming you can get to your “home” train station (maybe if you’ve waited 5+ years for a parking permit), when you get off the train in an unknown town, how do you get to your final destination? Visit the smallest town in Europe and on arrival at the train station

More

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

More

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

More

Zoning – Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?

Most people probably have not thought much about zoning – unless there has been a controversial issue in their own neighborhood. Last year, zoning became a big topic in Connecticut. Legislation was introduced to move control of local zoning ordinances back to the state legislature (where such jurisdiction originates) in order to encourage higher density housing in Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities. A pitched battle was fought between progressives pushing a wholesale re-write of Connecticut’s zoning laws and conservatives seeking to retain local control. This debate is back on the agenda. Recently the CT Mirror began a sponsored series –

More

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

More

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

More

So Why Did No One Outbid Alden for Tribune Papers?

More complaining about Alden Global Capital’s dismemberment of the storied newspapers it recently acquired from the Tribune chain appeared this month in a long and — to journalists, anyway -– infuriating essay in The Atlantic magazine by its reporter McKay Coppins. This dismemberment, Coppins noted, includes the Chicago Tribune’s former headquarters, the landmark Tribune Tower, which has been converted into an apartment building. But at least what remains of the newspaper still has modest offices in an industrial area across town near the newspaper’s press. Another former Tribune property, the Hartford Courant, no longer has even that much. Somehow Alden

More

Has Anyone Actually Read the New Rules for Halls Road (and Flo Gris)?

On Oct. 12, with little fanfare, Old Lyme’s Zoning Commission took up a petition to change the existing rules determining what owners of private parcels of land can and cannot do in a new “village district,” stretching from Huntley Rd. and the shopping center, clear across to the Florence Griswold Museum and the Krieble Gallery. Town officials are now ‘on the clock,’ through the election and into the holidays, to decide whether to approve or reject a 61-page plan that includes several dozen significant changes governing everything from the style guidelines for acceptable architecture and renovations to what sorts of

More

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

More

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.

More

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

More

Democracy Won’t Keep Pace When Celebrity Justifies Press Attention

Bedeviled by disinformation, advertising and political deceit within our own species, only ethologists, such as I, preoccupy ourselves with deviations between perception and reality among other animals. How senses evolve to narrow that gap with increasing resolution is amazing. Visual communication on land is seriously constrained by light scattering, creating veils between objects of interest and observers’ eyes, as anyone with cataracts can relate. Because shorter wavelengths (blue) scatter more than lower-energy light (red), diurnal and aquatic animals, living in shallows, adapted accordingly. Filters in front of photoreceptor surfaces selectively reduce transmission of shorter wavelengths like specialized camera lenses. These

More

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

More

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

More

Republican Senators Leave Juvenile Court Unaccountable

Success in politics is often believed to require making a lot of noise purporting to address issues without really doing anything about them, since doing anything might upset people invested in the status quo. Introducing their juvenile crime proposals last week, the state Senate’s Republican minority followed this formula. The juvenile crime issue exploded in Connecticut in June when a man jogging on a sidewalk in New Britain, Henryk Gudelski, was run down and killed by a stolen car apparently driven by a 17-year-old boy who had been arrested 13 times in the last 3½ years. Though some of the

More

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,

More
1 2 3 20