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Editorial: It’s Walkable. It’s Sewered. It’s Sound View.

As I've been told in planning meetings across the state -- change is inevitable -- but if ever there was a neighborhood that mocks that notion it's Sound View. While we debate the beautification and housing and walkability of Halls Road -- a business district which is nearly fully occupied -- a mile or so down the coast, Hartford Avenue and three other beach communities languish, waiting for a go-ahead from Old Lyme on Sewers.

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Editorial: Four Points

Editor in chief Gregory Stroud touches on recent news from Halls Road, the Old Lyme Beaches, Essex and Mystic Harbors, and local farmers. Keep Reading

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Letter: “Slim down your waste”

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

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Letter: “Sanitized” Report on Pantries Misses Point

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.

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Editorial: Mis-marketing the Budget

Just months after Connecticut voters overwhelmingly embraced the idea that transportation funds should be used for transportation, the legislature proved itself unable to abide by that commitment. Of course, given decades of negligence by the state (and its people) to properly account for pension costs, we understand that crafting a satisfactory budget is near impossible, but still in the process the legislature cast doubt on every supposedly designated stream of funding, whether for infrastructure or the environment. Keep Reading

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Letter: Northeast Rail Corridor – Still Alive?

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

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Letter: Madly Off in Every Direction

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 Keep Reading

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Editorial: DEEP Weighs in on Stonington Development

Two months ago, the town of Stonington provided the Connecticut of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) with a zoning map amendment for the proposed Smiler’s Wharf development in downtown Mystic for review. Two months later — the day of a key hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission — Brian Thompson, Director of DEEP’s Land… Keep Reading

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