Change to Workers’ Comp “Won’t be a Panacea”

I read with interest Anna Elizabeth’s January 30 article about State Senator Cathy Osten’s initiative to expand Workers’ Compensation coverage for mental health conditions. While I haven’t seen the senator’s proposed legislation, I know from my professional experience as a veteran commercial insurance executive that any change won’t be a panacea. As with any Worker’s Compensation claim for an occupational injury or disease, the claimant has the burden of providing the causal relationship between injury and employment. That’s a dicey proposition in the shadowy world of mental health, even in the wake of a definable triggering event. Claimants and insurers alike will

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Lack of Support Wasn’t Due to Legitimate Concerns.

With allegations of voting and election fraud constantly in the news the last few months, stories of dangerous, anti-democratic efforts to impact the November 2020 election continue to permeate the news – with former President Donald Trump leading several efforts. Most recently, Business Insider reported the White House’s Office of Management and Budget delayed efforts to create a poll worker recruitment website for up to a month in July and August 2020, a crucial time gap in the runup to the election. The latest in a string of previously known attempted electoral interference, most prominently Louis DeJoy’s attempted dismantling of

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‘Please Do More Real Homework’

The article about “seniors” 75 and older getting the COVID-19 vaccine within the next two weeks is inaccurate reporting. Most people we know are unable to schedule appointments until March or April. Please do more real homework before distributing such misleading information. Chris & Roddy RooseveltLyme, CT The Editor replies: When Gov. Ned Lamont said at a news conference on Jan. 19, that he expected that individuals 75 and older would receive their first doses of vaccine within two weeks, we reported it. Just five days later, we are aware of a variety of anecdotal reports of speedy and delayed

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You Can’t Change the Landscape Until You Till it Yourself

That collective “Phew” rising up over our fruited plain is the national sigh of relief that the ugly politic season of 2020 is one for the books. Not so fast. We are officially in the year of the Municipal Election. Across Connecticut, hundreds of elected officials are weighing their re-election options. I hope, thousands more are seriously considering a challenge to the status quo. Consider this: despite the vitriol and violence that infected the political landscape throughout 2020, voters returned 94 percent of incumbents to office. Connecticut re-elected 95 percent of its incumbents. The only national branch infused with new

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Unity? Not So Fast

It seems that the 46th President is calling for unity and peace with the seventy-five million plus American citizens who voted for Donald J. Trump.  Not so fast.  Trump and his supporters have endured psychotic rage, slander, obfuscation and, wholesale abuse for four-plus years.  If Biden and his devoted sycophants expect those of us who see Trump as a hero who has lanced the boil of the bile smelling elitist to giggle and give in, they are smoking funny cigarettes. It is not going to happen-not without a mass mea culpa. What is the root of their unprecedented abuse?  Hatred

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Clarification on the Tantummaheag Road Landing

I read your article regarding the landing and as always found it well written, factually accurate and unbiased with all opinions reported. As mentioned at the Harbor Management Commission meeting, I planned to meet with Mr. Frampton, however, due to both our travel schedules, it was not possible to meet in person so we had a lengthy telephone conversation on Dec. 9, the day after the Harbor Management Commission meeting. During that conversation, I made it clear that the boulders on Town property must be moved and the Town will do so if he does not. The issue of the

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East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson must Resign Immediately.

There are many signs around town, many are simply ignored (speed  limits), but one sign in particular has gained a lot of attention. Maybe a lot more than it deserves.  It is the sign on Boston Post Road placed by Mr. Rando, the subject of a lot of talk in town, mainly due to the First Selectman of East Lyme Facebook attack against him.  Love it or hate it,  this is not the first sign Mr. Rando has placed by the roadside and probably won’t be the last. He is a small business owner and with each sign takes a risk  to be

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$288 Billion Solution to America’s Problems

American leadership has failed Americans. American leadership has failed the entire globe. The strongest, best country in the world has, time and time again, failed to strategically overcome the coronavirus that has plagued the country. Let’s look at the numbers: Over $4 trillion dollars is now being allocated to coronavirus relief. Much of these dollars are going towards people and organizations that desperately need and want them, while at the same time, much is going to frivolous places that do not even help our country overcome such a tragic, terrible issue. What if we could learn from other countries? What if

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Did Journalist Report Crimes?

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This reporter claims she was given information about illegal activity on behalf of cops in Old Saybrook. Did she report these crimes to the state’s attorney as she should? Did either of the ex-cops sign an affidavit or contact the state’s attorney as they would legally be required to? Does this report realize she published confessions from those 2 cops where they admitted they did something illegal? Crazy that all this was published without any fact-checking Jim BartellOld Saybrook

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50 Years of the EPA

Congratulations to EPA on 50 years On December 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated its 50th anniversary. Created by President Nixon in 1970, EPA consolidated the environmental responsibilities of the federal government into one agency to more effectively address environmental concerns. Over the past 50 years, the agency has set a worldwide standard for using scientific consensus as the foundation for regulations.  As the head of the trade association representing the pesticide industry, I know all too well how complex and divisive regulatory decisions can be, yet I cannot overstate the importance of the work that EPA scientists have done

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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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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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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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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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Democrat and Independent Say They’ll Vote Carney

We are a home of 1 Democrat and 1 Independent and have supported folks across the political spectrum. In the State Rep race for the 23 rd District, though, we will be supporting State Rep. Devin Carney for re-election. Devin is thoughtful in his approach to governance and always works hard for the people he represents.  For us, we like that Devin has actively worked to find bipartisan solutions by forming both the Young Legislators’ Caucus and the Clean Energy Caucus. He actively engages with legislators of both parties in order to find a compromise that will move Connecticut forward. He’s even done

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Fortuna: Carney a Non-Stop Advocate for Local Towns

This November, please don’t let your attention to our local political races fall victim to the national election. Connecticut will be electing its House of Representatives and State Senate for the next two years and it is more important than ever that we elect Devin Carney for Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Old Lyme and Lyme. Devin is a champion for our towns at the state capitol. He never misses a vote and is always asking for input from his residents. I find Devin to be highly educated on the issues and not boxed into a corner on how he approaches the

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