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YOUR VIEW: It's not about water, it's about a quarry

By To The Editor: I read with interest the comments of Ramon Esponda, New Britain’s Acting Deputy Director of Public Works-Utilities Division, in response to the Water Plannning Council’s finding that the Lenard…

icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:07 PM]

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Sunday 06/10/2018
YOUR VIEW: Plainville firefighters need your support
icon Posted: 10 June 2018 [09:09 PM]

By To The Editor: The Plainville Town Council is asking voters and eligible taxpayers to support the replacement of two fire trucks at a referendum to be held on June 19th. The appropriation is to…

Wednesday 05/30/2018
YOUR VIEW: Tilcon must never acquire watershed lands
icon Posted: 30 May 2018 [06:27 PM]

To The Editor: Almost over two years ago The City of New Britain held hearings at the Slade School pertaining to the sale of a watershed to Tilcon, Inc. The basic issue would be selling 13.6 acres of Class I…

Tuesday 05/29/2018
YOUR VIEW: Officials need to fix New Britain downtown issues
icon Posted: 29 May 2018 [06:43 PM]

To The Editor: The revitalization of New Britain downtown is going to take more than transferring Porter’s building into luxury apartments and a restaurant. Until New Britain takes responsibility to acknowledge that there is a problem within the Hispanic…

YOUR VIEW: Stanley golf course is a great one
icon Posted: 29 May 2018 [06:41 PM]

To The Editor: Just finished another round at the Stanley Golf Course and continue to be impressed with the facilities and personnel encountered each time I tee it up. From the friendly pro shop, under the leadership of Head Professional…

Sunday 05/27/2018
YOUR VIEW: Powell should apologize for column
icon Posted: 27 May 2018 [07:53 PM]

To The Editor: I write to strongly object to Chris Powell’s May 16 column where he implied that Connecticut public employee unions are worse than German armed forces under the direction of Adolf Hitler. This inept and ridiculous comparison…

Sunday 05/20/2018
YOUR VIEW: Help us help our veterans
icon Posted: 20 May 2018 [08:52 PM]

To The Editor: Once again, the Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain is looking for support from our community to help us continue to raise the necessary funds to enable our club to continue the work that we do on…

Friday 05/18/2018
YOUR VIEW: Many helped make Duck Race a success
icon Posted: 18 May 2018 [08:59 PM]

To The Editor, On behalf of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank the many people who helped make the 2018 Pequabuck River Duck Race a success. This was our 14th race and we couldn’t have done…

Thursday 05/10/2018
YOUR VIEW: State's budget dysfunction has hurt families
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:58 PM]

To the Editor: I recently met with Scott Gaudet, principal at Greene-Hills School, to discuss the impact of the state budget cuts on programs in his school. He introduced me to Linda Rich, the program director for the Family Resource…

Wednesday 05/09/2018
YOUR VIEW: Toby the pug would make a great mascot
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:08 PM]

To The Editor: A letter to Bristol Mayor Zoppo-Sassu Dear Mayor: We have a proposal for you! We think the town of Bristol needs a doggie mascot, and it should be our friend Toby. If you don’t take Toby…

Tuesday 05/01/2018
Monday 04/23/2018
YOUR VIEW: Proposed Berlin budget not fiscally responsible
icon Posted: 23 April 2018 [07:39 PM]

To The Editor: Over the last couple of years, the Town Council Republican majority minimized the tax increases to our citizens, based on the fact that the State of Connecticut is in a downward spiral, we are seeing less and…

YOUR VIEW: I will vote no on the Berlin budget
icon Posted: 23 April 2018 [07:38 PM]

To The Editor: On April 24, the Berlin residents have an opportunity to vote their opinion on the budget. I will be at the polls and I will be voting NO. I do not accept the budget and I…

Sunday 04/22/2018
Your View: State should restore cuts to Medicaid
icon Posted: 22 April 2018 [08:09 PM]

To The Editor: Medicaid lifts people out of poverty and improves their health. What’s more, children are more likely to be insured and to receive care when their parents are insured, making Medicaid coverage for parents especially effective at promoting…

Your View: There are a lot of good restaurants in Bristol
icon Posted: 22 April 2018 [08:07 PM]

To The Editor: This is an open letter to Mr. Alex Hamzy. Sir, I am very happy that you are opening your diner for dinner. It is always nice to have somewhere new to try for dinner. However, I take…

Tuesday 04/17/2018
YOUR VIEW: Memorandum is not about health and wellness
icon Posted: 17 April 2018 [08:08 PM]

By To The Editor: On Wednesday, March 14, Mayor Zoppo-Sassu announced that she had created a memorandum of understanding for the purpose of altering the fire schedule to 24/72 schedule; where firefighters work a 10 hour…

YOUR VIEW: 'Attack' on Aqua Turf was wrong
icon Posted: 17 April 2018 [08:07 PM]

By To The Editor: I have thought about this issue for a long time and have finally come to a decision on what we all are experiencing. These misguided public displays of emotion at honest, trustworthy…

Wednesday 04/11/2018
YOUR VIEW: Spring for Education Gala a success
icon Posted: 11 April 2018 [08:39 PM]

By To The Editor: The Southington Education Foundation would like to thank all Southington residents for their support of the Spring for Education Gala. The well-attended event was held on March 24 at Mt. Southington’s Mountain…

YOUR VIEW: Dispatchers are the heroes behind the headsets
icon Posted: 11 April 2018 [08:38 PM]

By To The Editor: I am writing you this letter today to remind your readers that this is National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, April 8-14. Our 911 dispatchers put forth heroic efforts every day to…

Tuesday 04/10/2018
Friday 04/06/2018
YOUR VIEW: Transparency has disappeared in Bristol
icon Posted: 06 April 2018 [09:20 PM]

By To The Editor: So much for the transparency campaign promise. In November, voters made a very strong statement. They put a new party in charge giving the Democrats a six to one majority on the City Council. However, at…

YOUR VIEW: Tilcon proposal is unacceptable
icon Posted: 06 April 2018 [09:20 PM]

By To The Editor: I am a Town of Plainville business owner and a 15 year property owner. I am appalled with the Tilcon proposal and I am opposing their plan to expand the quarry onto 131 acres of valuable…

Thursday 03/29/2018
YOUR VIEW: Official's statement on Tilcon was misleading
icon Posted: 29 March 2018 [08:50 PM]

By To The Editor: I read with interest the recent Herald/Press article where the Plainville Town Planner indicated Tilcon has about 12 years left at its Woodford Avenue quarry. Tilcon wants to expand that operation…

YOUR VIEW: Good information on Tilcon issue
icon Posted: 29 March 2018 [08:49 PM]

By To The Editor: First, I want to thank Margaret Minor, executive director of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, for her letter thanking the Herald/Press for it’s coverage of “The Plan.” The coverage is excellent.…

Wednesday 03/28/2018
YOUR VIEW: School's No One Eats Alone program is a good idea
icon Posted: 28 March 2018 [07:34 PM]

By To The Editor: I’d like to address the article in the Bristol Press on Tuesday March 27. The article’s headline was “Say Something,” about West Bristol school students. They have a No One Eats…

YOUR VIEW: 'Desirable schedule' is a win-win for taxpayers
icon Posted: 28 March 2018 [07:32 PM]

By To The Editor: Regarding the letter about the new firefighter contract that Ken Cockayne sent (but probably did not write) to The Bristol Press last week: The “desirable schedule” that previous administrations blocked is a…

Thursday 03/22/2018
YOUR VIEW: What is the Bristol mayor hiding?
icon Posted: 22 March 2018 [07:46 PM]

By To The Editor: I recently made a Freedom of Information Request to the City regarding the Fire Union’s new 24-hour schedule. I then listened to the March City Council meeting during which Mayor…

YOUR VIEW: Connecticut must end unjust staffing laws
icon Posted: 22 March 2018 [07:44 PM]

By To The Editor: I have been employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a skilled nursing facility for 21 years. For years before we unionized, my life was full of uncertainty. The facility offered no…

Tuesday 03/20/2018
YOUR VIEW: Give to your local animal shelter
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [07:09 PM]

By To The Editor: Friday is National Puppy Day, so it’s as good an excuse as any for sending cute dog videos around the office or posting them on Facebook. And if you want to…

Monday 03/19/2018
Shooting straight from the lip
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [07:59 PM]

To The Editor, The attempt of former BOE Commissioner Genard Dolan to impugn my integrity in his Feb. 28 letter to the editor, is a disappointing development. It appears that after losing his base of support, then his office, Mr.…

Friday 03/16/2018
YOUR VIEW: Let's salute women in the workforce
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:57 PM]

By To The Editor: March is National Women’s History Month, and now more than ever women are achieving great things for our economy. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and own just under 40 percent…

Wednesday 03/14/2018
YOUR VIEW: Lawmakers must just say no to spending
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [07:27 PM]

By To The Editor: In a time when every penny is counted and counted on it is not the time to further burden the already overburdened. I have serious doubts of the true intention of…

Friday 03/02/2018
Your View: Billboards are a driving distraction
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:51 PM]

To The Editor: Distractive driving has been responsible for many accidents on our highways. Most are attributed to those who are on their cell phones. It would seem incongruous that the state would aid and abet the practice of distractive…

Your View: Trail gap will be a burden to Plainville taxpayers
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:49 PM]

To The Editor: Much to my consternation, I am NOT amazed that our Plainville Town Council unanimously approved the ridiculous, over-extended, negatively-impacting “Trail Gap Closure.” All the signals were obvious during several months of Plainville homeowners and taxpayers…

Your View: Berlin must reinstate school resource officer
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:48 PM]

To The Editor: The decision to remove the School Resource Officer from McGee Middle School is troubling and unwise. Our towns’ government has a responsibility to provide public safety services to this entire community and that includes ALL Berlin…

Wednesday 02/28/2018
YOUR VIEW: We should consider arming some teachers
icon Posted: 28 February 2018 [07:54 PM]

By To The Editor: The article in The Bristol Press: “Union head says the idea of arming teachers is ‘preposterous’” should read “Union head says that protecting children is preposterous.” If David Hayes…

YOUR VIEW: Chairwoman is causing 'chaos' in Berlin
icon Posted: 28 February 2018 [07:52 PM]

By To The Editor: Republican Town Committee chairwoman Anne Riley has no “risk” in this town like many of our students and residents do. She runs attacks on the Democrats, and other residents in our town…

Wednesday 02/14/2018
YOUR VIEW: A 'souper' success at the Friendship Center
icon Posted: 14 February 2018 [09:30 PM]

By To The Editor: Congratulations to all who made the Souper Bowl event held to benefit the Friendship Center soup kitchen a big success. However, two groups of young people deserve special recognition. First, kudos…

YOUR VIEW: No rail, no trail and no, thank you
icon Posted: 14 February 2018 [09:22 PM]

By To The Editor: It was very disconcerting to see so many out-of-town people at the recent Trail Gap Closure Hearing/Town Council Meeting using seemingly coercive rhetoric, trying to cajole Plainville citizens into building a toll-free…

Tuesday 02/13/2018
YOUR VIEW: Father's connection to story unclear
icon Posted: 13 February 2018 [09:27 PM]

By To The Editor: I am writing to express my disappointment with an article that you published in The Bristol Press on Friday, January 26, 2018, titled “Terryville VFD funds missing, treasurer fired.” While I recognize…

Thursday 02/01/2018
YOUR VIEW: Bristol Council lacks transparency
icon Posted: 01 February 2018 [07:46 PM]

By To The Editor: Over the last few months, I have sat back and watched how the current administration has been conducting itself. Following my election loss, I proclaimed I would work with my Democratic colleagues.…

Tuesday 01/30/2018
YOUR VIEW: Taxpayers shouldn't cover fund shortage
icon Posted: 30 January 2018 [08:59 PM]

By To The Editor: Well folks, how do you like your extra tax bill? I’ll tell you why you received the bill! Your elected Town Council decided to use several million dollars of your undesignated fund…

Tuesday 01/23/2018
YOUR VIEW: Impact of Tilcon's proposed project is obvious
icon Posted: 23 January 2018 [08:52 PM]

By To The Editor: Thanks so much for continuing to report in detail on New Britain’s apparent determination to go forward with rock mining in reservoir lands. Tilcon sometimes seems to imply that, after…

Tuesday 01/09/2018
YOUR VIEW: U.S. must address Alzheimer's dilemma
icon Posted: 09 January 2018 [10:05 PM]

By To The Editor: It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the US develops…

Friday 12/29/2017
YOUR VIEW: Bonds could fund infrastructure projects
icon Posted: 29 December 2017 [09:25 PM]

By To The Editor: In response to the recent Herald editorial concerning how to pay for infrastructure repair, I propose setting up infrastructure “war bonds” similar to what was done at the federal level during WWII, where individuals…

YOUR VIEW: Bats are amazing creatures, but need help to thrive
icon Posted: 29 December 2017 [09:23 PM]

By To The Editor: Fluttering through the night sky, they conjure fear and disgust in people around the nation. When the word bat is mentioned, one thinks of dark forests and haunted tales. But have you ever stopped…

Friday 12/15/2017
Sunday 12/10/2017
Your View: In support of community college consolidation
icon Posted: 10 December 2017 [08:04 PM]

To the Editor: Save $28 million by ridding the system of all those unneeded presidents of each and every Connecticut community college. Brilliant idea! Thank you, Mark Ojakian! You have my vote for this. Thanks to the staff…

Thursday 12/07/2017