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POWELL: Overlooked telling details invite virus policy rethink

By CHRIS POWELL 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…

icon Posted: 25 November 2020 [08:01 PM]

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Monday 11/23/2020
YOUR VIEW: The Bristol Veterans Councilis very appreciative
icon Posted: 23 November 2020 [08:11 PM]

By TIM GAMACHE To the Editor: The Bristol Veterans Council would like to express our appreciation to those high school student volunteers who assisted with reading the names of Bristol Veterans who passed away in the last year. Without…

POWELL: Censoriousness veers left; and Senator Murphy's Vietnam
icon Posted: 23 November 2020 [07:59 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Not so long ago censoriousness was a phenomenon of the political right. Mere liberals were called communists and spies and drummed out of their jobs. The political right sought to ban books and writers as subversive or…

Sunday 11/22/2020
POWELL: Even hospital capacity can't be state's primary objective
icon Posted: 22 November 2020 [09:14 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL 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…

Wednesday 11/18/2020
POWELL: Underneath the epidemic, economic disaster for state
icon Posted: 18 November 2020 [04:39 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL His handling of the virus epidemic has doubled Governor Lamont's public approval rating, giving him more fans than detractors. But judging from recent developments that are being overshadowed by the epidemic, the governor could be forgiven if…

Monday 11/16/2020
POWELL: Why should public cheer next education secretary?
icon Posted: 16 November 2020 [08:36 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Many teachers around the country are cheering the forthcoming change in national administration  because Betsy DeVos will be replaced as secretary of the U.S. Education Department. DeVos, an heiress and philanthropist, has been a fan of charter…

Thursday 11/12/2020
POWELL: 'Take back our grid'? That will be the day
icon Posted: 12 November 2020 [08:13 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After the supposedly slow response by Eversource Energy and United Illuminating to the widespread electricity outages in Connecticut caused by the tropical storm in August, there were calls for state government to take over the electricity distribution…

Tuesday 11/10/2020
POWELL: Too much voting by mail risks integrity of elections
icon Posted: 10 November 2020 [04:28 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After warning that the U.S. Postal Service might sabotage the vast increase in voting by mail for last week's national election, leading Democrats in Connecticut are renewing their calls for allowing everyone to vote by mail just…

Sunday 11/08/2020
POWELL: Serious cases, not tests, should measure epidemic
icon Posted: 08 November 2020 [07:35 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Everybody in Connecticut is tired of the virus epidemic, and no one is more entitled to be tired of it than Governor Lamont. It has devastated the finances of state government, commandeered its management, crippled education at…

Tuesday 11/03/2020
POWELL: 'Connecticut commitment' isn't for poor college kids
icon Posted: 03 November 2020 [09:01 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL When he was inaugurated as president of the University of Connecticut a year ago, Thomas C. Katsouleas made a grand gesture. He said that henceforth the university would waive tuition for new students from families with annual…

Monday 11/02/2020
POWELL: Politics gets more corrupt and takes journalism along
icon Posted: 02 November 2020 [07:51 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL For four years any disparaging story about President Trump has been touted by national news organizations even if its source was anonymous. Of course given his business record and character it is easy to believe almost any…

Sunday 11/01/2020
POWELL: Weakening police immunity isn't clear and needs review
icon Posted: 01 November 2020 [07:51 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Sailing against a heavy political wind, Republican candidates for the General Assembly have been heartened by the vigorous endorsements they are getting from police unions, which this year have broken away from the government employee union apparatus…

Thursday 10/29/2020
YOUR VIEW: Rasmussen-Tuller is the right choice for state rep
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:19 PM]

By MEL BARDELL To the Editor: Over the last 4 months, I have had the pleasure of volunteering with #andrewforbristol’s campaign. Not only has it been an incredibly rewarding learning experience - regarding even just a small portion of…

POWELL: Stop scaring Connecticut; and Murphy The Red Baiter
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:10 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Every day Governor Lamont conscientiously reports the "positivity rate" of coronavirus tests administered in Connecticut, and news organizations report it as if the state's fate hangs on the data. Lately the "positivity rate," the percentage of tests…

What is probate?
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:07 PM]

By ROBERT A. SCALISE, JR. In Connecticut, the Probate Courts handle a variety of matters including guardianships, emancipation and adoption of children, conservatorships, mental health commitments and guardianships of persons with intellectual disabilities. However, when most people think of “Probate”…

It's time to review your Medicare coverage
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:04 PM]

By SEEMA VERMA Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage. Under President Trump’s leadership, Medicare Advantage Plan premiums have fallen to historic…

Wednesday 10/28/2020
YOUR VIEW: I support my Democrat colleagues
icon Posted: 28 October 2020 [09:19 PM]

By ELLEN ZOPPO-SASSU To the Editor: I want to share a few reasons why I am enthusiastic about the election and the potential of electing Mary Fortier and Andrew Rasmussen-Tuller, as well as re-electing Chris Ziogas to represent Bristol in…

YOUR VIEW: We need to make sure we re-elect Pavalock-D'Amato
icon Posted: 28 October 2020 [09:18 PM]

By ERNIE PITTI To the Editor: “I am a senior and an unabashed, enthusiastic supporter of Cara Pavalock-D’Amato! To those who may ask why, let me say first and foremost, she works for all of us! She knows how to…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair, maintain Southington's roads
icon Posted: 28 October 2020 [09:17 PM]

By MARK J. SCIOTA To the Editor: On Nov. 3, 2020, there will be a $10 million referendum for road improvements on the ballot. If approved, it is a serious responsibility to utilize these funds as effectively as possible.…

Tuesday 10/27/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Sanchez for state representative
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:26 PM]

By PAUL ZAGORSKY To the Editor: I write in support of Emmanuel “Manny” Sanchez as New Britain state representative. He has served the city’s interests well as an alderman for 10 years and will do so as state representative.…

YOUR VIEW: I'm supporting the Bristol Democrats on Election Day
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:24 PM]

By TIM GAMACHE To the Editor: As Election Day nears, I would like to voice my support for the Democratic Team of Mary Fortier (state senate, 31st), Andrew Rasmussen-Tuller (state rep., 77th), Chris Ziogas (state rep., 79th) and Dean Kilbourne…

YOUR VIEW: Kilbourne for judge of probate
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:22 PM]

By CHRIS, TIM, LISA AND NICOLE MAYNARD To the Editor: The Maynard Family is proud to support Dean Kilbourne as judge of probate. Our father was Judge Robert Maynard. He was elected as probate judge and served honorably from…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair Southington's roads
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:19 PM]

By CHRIS PALMIERI To the Editor: I would like to share my support for the $10 million roads improvement referendum in Southington. This is the next step in a long-range plan to improve our 214 miles of this…

YOUR VIEW: I'm supporting Fortier for state senate
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:17 PM]

By ROSEMARY MORANTE To the Editor: I am writing in support of Mary Fortier, an outstanding candidate for the state senate in the 31st District. Mary has been elected to multiple terms on the Bristol City Council. She is…

YOUR VIEW: Let's vote to re-elect Martin to state senate
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:15 PM]

By MATT BENNETT To the Editor: I’m writing in support of Senator Henri Martin who is seeking re-election in Connecticut’s 31st Senatorial District which includes Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston. I moved to Bristol a couple of years…

YOUR VIEW: Some more balance would be nice
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:12 PM]

By DONALD CHAMBERLIN To the Editor: I believe some balance must be added to the op-ed article in the Thursday Oct. 22, 2020 Herald entitled, “Why Senate Republicans deserve to lose a number of seats.” Contrary to what the article…

Monday 10/26/2020
YOUR VIEW: Kilbourne is the choice for judge of probate
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:06 PM]

By FRANK N. NICASTRO, SR. To the Editor: The voters in Bristol and Plymouth will be electing a new judge of probate to fill the vacancy which will be left by our current retiring judge, Andre Dorval. With…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair, maintain our roads
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:03 PM]

By VICTORIA TRIANO To the Editor: “Shall the Town of Southington appropriate $10 million for cost related to the 2020-2021 road and bridge improvement program and authorize the issue of $10 million bonds and notes to finance the appropriation?” I…

YOUR VIEW: Support Southington's road referendum
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:02 PM]

By TOM LOMBARDI To the Editor: I am writing in support of the referendum question for infrastructure (roads and bridges) upgrades. The $12 million investment would be allocated over a period of four years and would provide the majority…

YOUR VIEW: Pick Sullivan for Congress
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:00 PM]

By HELEN BERGENTY To the Editor: I am supporting David X. Sullivan to represent us in the United States Congress. David supports commonsense law and order, not anarchy. This is the kind of representation we need in Washington…

YOUR VIEW: Vote Martin, Petit into public office again
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [08:59 PM]

By HELEN BERGENTY To the Editor: I am urging my fellow residents of Plainville to support the re-election of both Henri Martin to represent us in the state senate and Dr. William Petit to represent us in the state House…

YOUR VIEW: I'm supporting Trump for re-election
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [08:56 PM]

By CASSANDRA CLARK To the Editor: I am supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump. He turned the American economy around when the pundits said it couldn’t be done. He has cut down on the number of illegal…

POWELL: Spite all state Republicans, get tolls and higher taxes
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [08:53 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Should every Republican on the party's ticket with President Trump this year be defeated if he won't denounce or at least criticize the president for his demeanor, policies or both? That's the suggestion of New London Day…

Sunday 10/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair, maintain our roads
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:56 PM]

By MIKE SEL SANTO To the Editor: This Election Day, the taxpayers of Southington have a very important decision to make. We need to decide whether or not to spend $10 million to repair and/or replace hundreds of miles…

YOUR VIEW: Vote Kilbourne for probate judge
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:51 PM]

By DANIEL O. TULLY To the Editor: Over the next two weeks you will see numerous letters about how great the candidates are, encouraging you to vote on November 3rd. I believe my letter is a bit different in…

What are the goals you want to achieve?
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:35 PM]

Jimmy Buffett once sang, "We all got 'em, we all want 'em. What do we do with 'em?" Although he was talking about relationships, the same could be said about goals. Many people have goals, and many people want…

Wednesday 10/21/2020
YOUR VIEW: We support the election process
icon Posted: 21 October 2020 [09:04 PM]

By THE PLYMOUTH DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE To the Editor: From the Plymouth Democratic Town Committee to our friends and neighbors of every party: As we approach Election Day, many in town have expressed concern over the plan for in-person voting…

Monday 10/19/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Fortier for state senate
icon Posted: 19 October 2020 [09:09 PM]

By SANDY STAFFORD To the Editor: I am writing this letter to express my support for Mary Fortier for State Senate. Many people know Mary from her distinguished record of service as a city councilwoman: the thoughtful communicator, the…

YOUR VIEW: Angelico-Stetson for state rep
icon Posted: 19 October 2020 [09:03 PM]

By Mike Urrunaga To the Editor: I like to elect leaders I know will get things done. That is why I am endorsing JoAnn Angelico-Stetson as our representative in the state house. JoAnn’s extensive experience in business coupled with…

Sunday 10/18/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Veach for state representative
icon Posted: 18 October 2020 [08:50 PM]

By SALVATORE BORDONARO To the Editor: Donna Veach is a great candidate who will work hard towards restoring fiscal sanity in this state. As a business and community leader, Donna has the experience and toughness to fight for us.…

YOUR VIEW: Thanks for the memories Nuchie's
icon Posted: 18 October 2020 [08:49 PM]

By LAURIE WOJCULEWICZ To the Editor: Sometime in the 1970s, I became active with the Guild of the Blessed Sacrament of St. Matthew Parish here in Forestville. I’m still active to this day, or I will be after this…

YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote Sullivan for Congress
icon Posted: 18 October 2020 [08:48 PM]

By NANCY L. JOHNSON To the Editor: I write in enthusiastic support of David Sullivan for 5th District Congressman. He listens well, acts effectively and brings to Washington a desperately needed problem-solver approach. He is an active listener, listening…

Thursday 10/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote Martin for state senate
icon Posted: 15 October 2020 [09:11 PM]

By JEFFREY CAGGIANO To the Editor: Senator Henri Martin should be re-elected to the state Senate. His strong commitment to our district has been consistent. Henri has worked to keep individuals and families financially intact, both before and during the…

Wednesday 10/14/2020
YOUR VIEW: We need Sullivan in Congress
icon Posted: 14 October 2020 [09:17 PM]

By MARIANNE HEFFERNAN To the Editor: When I was a newspaper reporter, I met a fierce defender of justice. He was a relentless assistant U.S. Attorney who started his days earlier than anyone I knew, and ended them late.…

YOUR VIEW: Veach is the right candidate to choose
icon Posted: 14 October 2020 [09:16 PM]

By TIM GRADY To the Editor: Once again it’s election year and once again the Democrat candidate for the 30th House seat, JoAnn Angelico-Stetson is running from her own progressive liberal agenda. Less than a year ago she authored…

YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote Martin for state senate
icon Posted: 14 October 2020 [09:15 PM]

By JACOB ROCCO To the Editor: Senator Henri Martin understands the needs of locally owned small businesses. He has been a part of the Bristol business community for years and is the man to represent Bristol in the 31st Senate…

Tuesday 10/13/2020
YOUR VIEW: I'm voting to re-elect Martin
icon Posted: 13 October 2020 [08:17 PM]

By DANNY CARRIER To the Editor: State Senator Henri Martin has been a strong advocate for our public schools here in Plainville. We need a voice like Sen. Martin’s representing us in Hartford. That’s why I am voting to re-elect…

YOUR VIEW: Sullivan is my choice for U.S. representative
icon Posted: 13 October 2020 [08:15 PM]

By GAYLE DENNEHY-CARRIER To the Editor: I am supporting David Sullivan to be our next United States Representative because he is for the rule of law not the rule of the mob. That’s why Connecticut’s Fraternal Order of Police has…

YOUR VIEW: I urge you to re-elect Petit as state rep
icon Posted: 13 October 2020 [08:12 PM]

By DAVE UNDERWOOD To the Editor: State Rep. Bill Petit has done a great job providing us, his constituents, with updates about covid-19. Doc Petit’s medical background and knowledge are what we need in Hartford. I am urging my…