Old Saybrook Would be ‘Fortunate’ to Have Notar-Francesco

I whole heartedly endorse Jill Notar-Francesco for Old Saybrook Police Commission. I served with Jill as a member of the Southington Board of Education for eight years. She was a veteran when I was brand new. I saw her as a board member to emulate for a lot of reasons: her unwavering commitment to doing what was best for students, her quiet but effective leadership, her broad and deep participation in the work that resulted in a wealth of knowledge, her calm and thoughtful approach to problem solving, and her willingness to give her attention and her time whenever it

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Colchester Decision on Drive-Thru ‘Not Realistic’

Following up on Brendan Crowley’s August 20th article, “Small Town Connecticut Re-thinks the Drive-Thru,” we are disappointed that Colchester’s Planning and Zoning Commission declined to adopt the proposed zoning regulation amendment that would have given potential businesses the right to apply for drive-through service.  To be clear – the regulation change proposed was NOT a drive through by right.  Rather it was merely the right to APPLY for such by special permit; the special permit would be a separate review and could be approved or denied.   The regulations of other area town’s were researched and considered.  Care was taken in

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Fuchs: ‘Taxes Can Always be Kept Low if Expensive Town Projects are Pushed into the Future’

Some of Mr. Nixon’s assertions (Aug. 13, “Focused Leadership: ‘Checking the Right Boxes'”) should be looked at more carefully. Taxes can always be kept low if expensive town projects are pushed into the future. As an example, waiting until another administration is in office to move forward on the Grassy Hill Bridge is unlikely to make it less expensive. The Hains Park restroom project took almost 4 years to complete although the money for it was allotted three years ago. Also, there was $42,000 shortfall on the project. Perhaps it could have been less expensive if it had been started

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Harrison: Fairfield Has Two Chances to Fight State’s Water Decision

With recent hurricane activity, it’s easy to forget that we’ve faced severe drought in the past and will in the future, brought on by climate change and expanded water usage from development. It is impossible to predict the future, but unfortunately, the Department of Energy & Environment Protection has done just that — it has decided that we don’t need seven million gallons a day of water from the Hemlocks Reservoir for the next 25 years; and that we don’t need to monitor the downstream impact because there ‘will be no downstream impact”.   This was the comment in DEEP’s ‘proposed final decision’ which

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Bordelon Is No Hero

Councilor Portia Bordelon: you are not a hero nor are you my voice.  I do not support your continued lack of decorum in meetings, your bullying of fellow Democrats (7/27/2020 Board of Ed meeting) and that you have opened up all citizens of Groton to a lawsuit by ignoring the town attorney’s advice to not comment on the Mystic Education Center (Committee of the Whole 5/4/2021).  Rest assured yours is the name that will be prominently featured in any future lawsuit in regards to the Mystic Education Center. To those supporting Bordelon due to concerns over the Mystic Education Center,

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Bellotti: We Cannot Continue to Allow the Liberal Left to Preach Appeasement and Dependency on Government

When I listen to President Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, the squad I think of them branding everyone who opposes liberalism as a white supremist.  If conservatives give in to such lunacy we will lose our freedoms.  The left’s attacks on our Constitution are slowly eating away at our freedoms.  Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights represents our ability to self-govern.  The left has made it their mission to attack the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, the 5th Amendment, the 10th Amendment, etc.  No were in the world does a country allow the freedoms we have.  If

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Schools Are a Place to Develop Academic Discipline and Not Ideological Activism.

The Connecticut department of education and its network of resource groups have developed a K-12 public school program aimed at segmenting groups by broad racial, identity and cultural generalizations as a method to address racial academic outcome differences driven by systemic racism.  The primary objective being to activate a civically engaged student body to carry out this ideological worldview to end white institutionalized racism. Somers School’s like many others throughout the state, have embraced this program, calling it Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training. It’s critical to point out that this program was not legislated nor was it approached in a

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The Transportation Climate Initiative is Not a Tax

The Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaborative of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states dedicated to increasing transportation equity, developing a robust green economy, and reducing the air pollution caused by carbon emissions. What it is not, is a tax.    As designed in Connecticut, TCI-P is a tool to advance racial justice. Those who oppose it now stand at a precarious crossroads where they are using misinformation and engaging in unethical behavior to stop equity and environmental justice from being realized here in Connecticut, especially in Waterbury.  For example, the Yankee Institute published a draft letter that outlined positions

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Win One for the Environment. For Now.

On August 26, 2021 the Connecticut Superior Court dismissed the developer’s appeal of a Wetlands denial of a large apartment complex proposed for 980 High Street (known as the Judd Estate) in Fairfield’s already over-developed Holland Hill neighborhood. This may be appealed further to the higher courts, but for now, the environment won. The Court found that the intervening parties, represented by Attorney Joel Green, proved with expert testimony, that the development, especially the drainage system would  unreasonably impair our wetlands resources.  The intervenors presented substantive evidence of adverse impacts by either starving or flooding the wetland. The Court found that

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When Will Hartford Lawmakers Listen to Election Officials?

With the municipal elections rapidly approaching, Hartford Lawmakers are dictating new electionlaws without the funding to ensure they can be implemented effectively. This is like someone“writing checks with no money in the account”. Using the worn-out COVID related excuses forincreasing mail in voting, their recommendations fall on our election officials in our 169 townsand cities, who are already short on resources and budget, budgets that were locked in thespring. Most towns do not have the personnel or funds to process abnormally higher levels ofrequests for absentee ballot applications. Luckily, this is not a mandate–but the extension creates169 different problems and

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Letter: Notar-Francesco ‘One of the Best People I’ve Met in My 20+ Years of Volunteer Public Service’

I strongly endorse Jill Notar-Francesco as a candidate for Old Saybrook Police Commission.  You would struggle to find a more passionate, dedicated, hard working and focused public leader than Jill.  I had the privilege of working closely with her for over 8 years on the Southington Board of Education.  For many of those years she served as the Board Secretary and represented our community at the state level for regional educational planning.  I was the BOE Chairperson during our time together and there could not have been a better colleague to assist with planning, coordination and communication with the other

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A Decades Long Relentless Attack on the Constitution

For decades our own government relentlessly has attacked the Constitution.  Although gradual, there has been a continual wearing down of Constitutional limitations within government.  Under the current administration the radical left would like to turn the Constitution into a living document.  In that matter they could change whatever they wanted to.  They continue to disrespect the Constitution by removing the constraints that we conservatives hold dearly, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, 5th Amendment, the 10th Amendment, etc.  The goal of the extreme left in the party is to elevate the US government into a national government with supreme authority

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Captivity Kills Belugas and it’s Time to Talk About it

Here we go again—Mystic Aquarium bewildered over the death of a beluga—this time one it recently imported from Canada. The cause of this whale’s death is not known, so the body was sent to University of Connecticut for examination. So-called “mysterious illnesses” have claimed the lives of belugas at Mystic over the years—Aurora, Winston, Naku, to name a few. They all died despite “extraordinary efforts by aquarium veterinarians and animal care staff.” It’s time to address the elephant in the room—captivity kills belugas. To prevent these “illnesses” and deaths, simply leave belugas in the ocean. Stop trading them. Stop trying to breed them. Stop

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Somers Schools Show Downside of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs

Americans have never complained when politicians and adults played politics because the players and the rules were always clear and understood. But this has changed. It is now fair game for administrators to politicize public schooling and our children’s education. Students are now being exploited as malleable pawns in the manufacturing of a militia of political activist. This hijacking of public education has occurred by well-intentioned but overly righteous activists. The fundamental principles of objective truth, scientific reasoning and universal educational standards are being abandoned in favor of a highly political and ideological pseudo-pedagogy.  It’s therefore not a surprise when

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Focused Leadership: ‘Checking the Right Boxes’

Since the Old Lyme municipal elections in 2019, Town Leadership under Mr. Timothy Griswold has been steadfastly focused on completing major town projects and undertakings while keeping town spending under control.  Numerous town projects were floundering prior to this change in leadership.  Subsequently as promised, the Board of Selectman, in concert with prudent support from the Board of Finance, has checked the boxes for campaign promises made in 2019.  Here are a few salient examples of those accomplishments: Completion of the Mile Creek Bridge Replacement Project. Completion of the Hains Park Restroom Facilities Project. Planning set in motion for studying

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Candelora, Somers, Petit Helped Move State in Right Direction on Healthcare

Like every state, Connecticut is experiencing a healthcare provider shortage that was only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.   To expand access to healthcare in our state, one of the first steps to take is ensuring that medical providers are able to perform key functions to maximize quality and access to healthcare services.   For PAs (physician assistants), outdated regulations can hinder the ability to provide the best possible care to as many patients as possible. PAs are licensed medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider.    Fortunately,

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ABC’s to CRT

The COVID pandemic upended every aspect of schooling, family life, and society; it came uninvited, unwanted and with a vengeance never seen by anyone living today.  Of all institutions, schools made a superhuman effort to move 50 million children from schools to homes for schooling.  However, another pandemic has surfaced—[Marxist] Critical Race Theory.  It’s brewing a heated and emotional battle among parents and boards of education (BOE) spawning over 165 opposing parent groups.   The resistance has nothing to do with teaching the history of racism, but rather what and how it’s being taught.   So why should everyone be concerned?   “A

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No ‘sensitive’ way to Inflict this Level of Environmental and Cultural Destruction.

In December 2016 I traveled from Rhode Island to Connecticut to a meeting at the Old Lyme Town Hall where one of Connecticut’s US Senators, Richard Blumenthal, promised to do everything in his power to stop the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan for the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” including tying himself to the railroad tracks. I loved the imagery of Senator Blumenthal tied to the tracks, not because I would ever want to see him hurt (I have great admiration for the senator), but because the image showed such uncompromising opposition. On July 16’th the Connecticut Examiner reported that both

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Are Connecticut Politics Serving The Greater Good?

Just last week we celebrated Independence Day. Do we need to return to the words of the US Constitution? America’s founding fathers laid the foundation for our political climate. Within the Constitution it read “When government no longer serves the people; the people have the right to alter or abolish it and reinstitute new government.” Those who hold governmental power must always be cognizant their power derives from the people being governed.   “We the people” must guide their actions or we face tyranny.  In the past several months I have witnessed a government out of control. A government that

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Questions Why the Department of Education Would Mandate Masks

I question why the Connecticut Department of Education insists on forcing children to wear masks.  They have an infinitesimal chance of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid.  On the other hand, a study in Germany shows how children wearing masks during a full day at school is truly detrimental to their health.  A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states “German schoolchildren who are forced to wear a mask all day long are inhaling at least 300 percent more CO2 than is legally allowed, putting them at serious risk of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation.”  The

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Torture as a “Necessary Tool” Shows How Sadistic and Inhumane We Have Become

On June 30, 2021 with the stroke of the Governor’s pen Connecticut’s democracy took a hit. The people’s voice was nullified. At a time when human decency called for a limit to be placed on solitary confinement, another group demanded the Governor ignore the people’s voice and the will of our legislators because torturing people is “a necessary tool” to maintain safety behind bars. “A necessary tool.” I cringe whenever I hear that phrase. It triggers the recalling of America’s long history of establishing “necessary tools” to control the lives of African people from the time they were brought here

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Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi Responds

A recent column by Jim Cameron ignores the facts of Metro-North service – painting our railroad as indifferent to the needs of returning riders when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Since last year, our team at Metro-North has continuously reviewed ridership with an eye toward planning for an increase in commuters as the pandemic continues to wane. This ongoing analysis resulted in the plan announced Monday that comprehensively increases service for the first time since schedules were pandemic-modified more than a year ago.  Starting June 21, we are adding 24 new peak trains on all three east of Hudson

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Letter Details Lawsuit and Disagreement in Salem

We are dedicated and passionate volunteers, who are here to serve the community of Salem, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We respond to all calls. We are your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, your family. We put in hundreds of hours of training. We spend a lot of time together, and we do not always get along, just like family.  But at the end of the day, we are here for one reason, to save your life. We are also here to fight fires, to aid in vehicle accidents, or other types of accidents, rescue horses, rescue

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On Arguments Against Exploring the Idea of Systemic Racism

I am continually struck by the meeting of predominantly white audiences within predominantly white communities arguing that systemic racism does not exist, and that to even explore and objectively examine the issue is, in itself, a threat, bad, wrong or — and this is the richest hypocrisy of all — racist. Richard W. Stout IIIOld Lyme, CT

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The Benefits of Homeschooling — Educational, Practical, Ideological, Medical…

My name is Sarah Dzialo, and I am a young, 25 year-old woman living in Connecticut, who is five months married and four months pregnant with twin girls. For the last several years, I have been socially plugged into the network of homeschooling families and have been planning on homeschooling my now-imminent children. There are serious educational, practical, ideological, political, financial, religious and even medical benefits that families can reap from homeschooling, the main ones of which I plan to enumerate in this short piece. Flexibility of schedule. A homeschool schedule can be tailored entirely to fit the other needs

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‘Is it Any Wonder That so Many Voters Distrust the Elected Officials?’

In May we learned that the former Mayor of Danbury Mark Boughton had taken a job with the state working for the Lamont administration.  Boughton’s endorsement for a second term for Lamont followed shortly thereafter.  No one is alleging any illegal activity.  However one can’t help but conclude Boughton, a Republican, has been “bought” with his job, the attendant benefits and, one supposes, pension opportunities. Connecticut is rife with politicians who have strayed from the model envisioned by the Founding fathers of citizen legislators serving for limited terms.  We have multiple examples of seemingly life-time politicians in the state Assembly.  The wonderfully named Martin Looney,

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Sampson: A Wake Up Call Against Counter Systemic Racism

Recently, I’ve been the subject of numerous hate-filled attacks because I dared to speak the truth about a dangerous, radical ideology promoted by progressive Democrats here in Connecticut and across the nation. This ideology is advanced under many different names: “white privilege,” “implicit bias,” “social justice,” “equity,” and “critical race theory.” These policies are being written into our laws on a state and national level and organized efforts like the largely discredited “1619 Project” promoted by the New York Times are tearing at the fabric of our country. They suggest that America began in 1619, when the first slaves set

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A Testament to the Spirit and Will of Our Community, 200 Years in the Making

While a most challenging, unprecedented year forced the Darien community to postpone all bicentennial festivities in 2020, it hasn’t confiscated the will of its people to carry on. In our community of doers and go-getters, we’re seeing to it that such festivities happen – regardless of it occurring a year later than expected. After all, we have much to celebrate. In Darien, our can-do spirit and collective will has led us through 200 years of incredible history, including two pandemics, and we’re ready for the next chapter and new milestones. Despite the challenges and setbacks COVID-19 has presented to us

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HB6107 is no Threat to CT’s Historic Architectural Heritage

As the owner and resident of a historic property in Guilford that was built in 1769, I feel a unique responsibility to preserve what makes my hometown so special. That entails a duty to speak out in favor of legislation that would actively enhance the quality of my town. With this responsibility in mind, I would like to applaud Governor Ned Lamont for signing HB 6107 into law. HB 6107, the so-called Desegregate CT bill, will increase the architectural beauty and inclusivity of my town, as well as our state as a whole. What makes this bill unique is its

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You Don’t Cure Prejudice With Prejudice

Dear Governor Lamont, I am writing to you to voice my objections to SB1, and though I am willing to ascribe only the noblest motivations to the legislators who sponsored the Bill, the final draft currently awaiting your signature contains some language that is highly offensive and some that is nothing short of dangerous. While SB1’s stated objective is to simply equalize the healthcare outcomes for all CT residents, it sets out to do so exclusively through the prism of race and blames racism alone for the unequal outcomes we see today. Setting aside the question of scientific merit of

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