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YOUR VIEW: Reader is looking forward to the mayoral campaign

By To the Editor: While I read the front-page article about the allegations against the mayor, something jumped out at me. It wasn’t the question of his guilt or innocence; that is for the court to decide.…

icon Posted: 21 June 2017 [09:04 PM]

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Wednesday 06/21/2017
YOUR VIEW: What to do to prepare for a hurricane
icon Posted: 21 June 2017 [09:02 PM]

By To the Bristol Community: As the summer hurricane season approaches, it is time to take a look at how prepared we are for it. We have just experienced another relatively mild winter and thoughts of hurricanes…

Monday 06/19/2017
Your View: Reader offers a history lesson on presidential power
icon Posted: 19 June 2017 [09:10 PM]

To the Editor: The poet Carl Sandberg once said “freedom is taken for granted until one day you wake up and you don’t have it any more.” The president doesn’t have to have anyone’s approval to fire someone in…

Friday 06/16/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader decries low level of political dialogue
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [09:59 PM]

To the Editor: With the start of the summer comes a variety of fun and engaging community activities. From family picnics and barbecues to beach outings and baseball games (which includes our Bristol Blues), summer brings a lot of…

YOUR VIEW: Don't follow past procedures without thinking
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [09:58 PM]

To the Editor: Mary was preparing food. Her son was sitting next to her and noticed that she always cut off the head and tail of fish before placing it in frying pan. He asked, “Mother, why did you cut…

Thursday 06/15/2017
YOUR VIEW: Girl Scout cookie sales were a success
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:33 PM]

To the Editor: I wanted to express my deepest thanks and appreciation on behalf of the 32,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut, to those who supported our 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Because of your generosity and support, more…

Friday 06/09/2017
Your View: Republicans asked to repudiate negative letter
icon Posted: 09 June 2017 [07:54 PM]

To the Editor: I was saddened to read a recent letter to the editor by former Republican mayoral candidate and Town Committee member Elbert Huckaby. I have known Mr. Huckaby for years and have held him in high regard…

Your View: State described as 'suburbia with boring cities'
icon Posted: 09 June 2017 [07:53 PM]

To the Editor: General Electric and now Aetna are fleeing Connecticut not so much because of what Connecticut did or didn’t do, but because of what it is: suburbia with boring cities. The employees that Aetna and GE don’t…

Your View: Reader supports Cockayne for re-election
icon Posted: 09 June 2017 [07:50 PM]

To the Editor: In regard to the gentleman, Elbert J. Huckaby, who endorsed our mayor for another term (in a letter to the editor on Wednesday), I second the motion. Henry Hank Rudzenski Bristol…

Thursday 06/01/2017
Reader challenges fellow letter-writer as partisan
icon Posted: 01 June 2017 [09:05 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: In reference to the letter Bob Lagasse published on Friday May 26, it’s people like him that cause partisanship by stating the facts only as he sees them. “One way only, the Republican way.” It is…

Wednesday 05/31/2017
Reader redefines what makes a great country
icon Posted: 31 May 2017 [07:40 PM]

Steven Andrychowski New Britain To the Editor: What makes a nation great? Is it the ability to destroy the planet several times over? Does it depend on how many warships a country has? Or is it something harder to fathom,…

Friday 05/26/2017
Your View: Korean Veterans Association of Bristol says thank you
icon Posted: 26 May 2017 [08:07 PM]

To the Editor: The Korean Veterans Association of Bristol would like to thank the people of the Bristol and Forestville area for their very generous contributions at our Stop & Shop fundraisers on Saturday, May 13 and 20 for Veterans…

Your View: Party politics is at an all-time low
icon Posted: 26 May 2017 [08:05 PM]

To the Editor: Politicians and political supporters of the politicians of the past have little in common with today’s breed. Although that is true for both Republicans and Democrats, the degree to which that difference exists in Democrats is…

Your View: Congratulations to Principal Pete Wininger
icon Posted: 26 May 2017 [08:04 PM]

To the Editor: Something spectacular has happened in Bristol. Pete Wininger, principal at Bristol Central High School, has been recognized for his leadership of and dedication to the Bristol Central High School community. Mr. Wininger earned Varsity Brand’s…

Wednesday 05/24/2017
Reader recounts his view of Congressional 'screw-ups'
icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:44 PM]

Farmington To the Editor: What does The Mills Commission, The Kefarver Committee, The McCarthy Committee, The Warren Commission, The Watergate Committee, and The 911 Committee have in common? They were all Congressional screw-ups. Our Congress cannot run a…

YOUR VIEW: Former mayor makes Memorial Day request
icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:44 PM]

Bristol To the Editor This coming weekend marks the beginning of the observance of Memorial Day. Initially, Memorial Day was the day to remember and honor the fallen heroes of the Civil War. People would walk to the cemetery in…

Tuesday 05/23/2017
Reader: Stop red-light running for safety, revenue
icon Posted: 23 May 2017 [07:44 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: The state is in so much trouble financially and they do not want to stop doing construction where they should not. Why not put some cameras in at the red lights and charge people $200…

YOUR VIEW: GOP council candidate states his case
icon Posted: 23 May 2017 [07:44 PM]

2nd District Council Candidate, Bristol To the Editor: I am Andrew Howe, your Republican council candidate in the Second District. I have more reason than most to appreciate the benevolence in our town. In September of 2016, my life…

Monday 05/22/2017
YOUR VIEW: Vote 'yes' on renovations to Wheeler School
icon Posted: 22 May 2017 [09:43 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: On June 6, there will be an all-day vote at the Plainville Fire Station regarding renovations to Wheeler Elementary School. I strongly encourage you to vote Yes to this much-needed project. I have a…

Friday 05/19/2017
Your View: Reader alleges that voter fraud is not rare
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:23 PM]

William Dorsey Fuller Bristol To the Editor: In Sunday’s “Our View” section you questioned if rare voter fraud was a threat to democracy. It would not be. You, however, made it sound as if vote fraud was rare. Denise Merrill…

Thursday 05/18/2017
YOUR VIEW: Updated Wheeler will 'level the learning field'
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:22 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of the Wheeler School Renovation project. I am a recently retired teacher from the Plainville Community Schools. My teaching career spanned 34 years, working at all the Plainville…

Tuesday 05/16/2017
YOUR VIEW: A message for all of us: Don't litter
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:31 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: I was pleased by your support for the Plainville Conservation Commission’s efforts to clean up along the Quinnipiac River. A thankless task, it deserves recognition for calling attention to the mindless disregard that created the need…

YOUR VIEW: A message for all of us: Don't litter
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:31 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: I was pleased by your support for the Plainville Conservation Commission’s efforts to clean up along the Quinnipiac River. A thankless task, it deserves recognition for calling attention to the mindless disregard that created the need…

YOUR VIEW: Thanks to Rebuilding Together volunteer crew
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:30 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: It has been a horrible month in the news, especially with dogs getting abused. Also last week while I was sitting on my front porch, three policemen came walking up the street with shotguns and…

YOUR VIEW: Thanks to Rebuilding Together volunteer crew
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:30 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: It has been a horrible month in the news, especially with dogs getting abused. Also last week while I was sitting on my front porch, three policemen came walking up the street with shotguns and…

Monday 05/15/2017
YOUR VIEW: Independent Living Centers are an investment
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:08 PM]

Terryville To the Editor: I am proud to say that I am a Connecticut resident who can get the help I need to be a productive citizen again after a devastating car crash. The state helps fund Independent…

Sunday 05/14/2017
YOUR VIEW: A note of appreciation for columnist Reagan
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:02 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: The following is a reply that was sent to Michael Reagan relative to his article that appeared in the May 13th edition of the Bristol Press. Michael, your dad must be smiling after reading your…

Friday 05/12/2017
Thursday 05/11/2017
YOUR VIEW: Proposed Wheeler renovation 'over the top'
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:14 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: Well, folks, some people have no problem spending other people’s money. We have the architect of the Wheeler renovation project, who would seem to say: the higher the cost of the project, the more money they…

Wednesday 05/10/2017
YOUR VIEW: Students stand out at Invention Convention
icon Posted: 10 May 2017 [08:56 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: Last week I had the pleasure of being a judge at the Connecticut Invention Convention held at Gampel Pavilion at the University of Connecticut. Of the over 600 participants, there were representatives from two Bristol…

Thursday 05/04/2017
YOUR VIEW: Thibeault seeks to be a candidate for council
icon Posted: 04 May 2017 [07:31 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: Thomas Jefferson once said, “That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.” These words should encourage us all to share in the decision-making, the building-up of and the responsibility of…

Wednesday 05/03/2017
Response to letter of April 26, 2017: 'Reader won't watch local TV news channel'
icon Posted: 03 May 2017 [07:53 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: Marylou Couture believes local news is biased. She must watch only Fox. Fox truthfulness is alarmingly poor. See http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/. It calculates ratings made by Fox personalities. Seventy-eight percent of statements made are between Pants on…

Reader: Vote yes on projects referendum
icon Posted: 03 May 2017 [07:52 PM]

Plainville To the Editor, Vote yes on Tuesday, June 6th! On June 6th, the voters of Plainville will vote on moving forward with two important projects through a town-wide referendum, the renovate-like-new of Wheeler Elementary School and…

Tuesday 05/02/2017
YOUR VIEW: Another thanks
icon Posted: 02 May 2017 [07:06 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: I would very much like to express my sincere appreciation to whomever the good, kind, honest person was who turned in my monthly payment to AT&T that I had inadvertently dropped on the floor of Stop…

YOUR VIEW: To 'Miss Maureen': Thank you!
icon Posted: 02 May 2017 [07:05 PM]

Executive Director To the Editor: The Bristol Preschool Child Care Center would like to publicly thank and recognize one of its most valuable librarians, Miss Maureen from the Manross Public Library. Miss Maureen has been involved with the Bristol…

YOUR VIEW: Bristol native reflects on Hernandez story
icon Posted: 02 May 2017 [07:04 PM]

Forestville To the Editor: Now, the final chapter of Aaron Hernandez’s life is closed. The man who had everything and threw it all away, is gone. That is little solace though for the family and friends of Odin Lloyd. This…

Friday 04/28/2017
Your View: Gagne announces bid for re-election
icon Posted: 28 April 2017 [08:08 PM]

City councilor To the Editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to announce that I am seeking re-election for the City Council in the Second District. Two years ago, I decided to run for City Council because I wanted to…

Thursday 04/27/2017
Reader: Re-elect Cockayne as mayor
icon Posted: 27 April 2017 [08:01 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: Mayor Cockayne has distinguished himself as being an outstanding mayor. Every day he gets up, he makes an ardent commitment to make Bristol a better place to live, work and play. We, the citizens of Bristol,…

Wednesday 04/26/2017
Reader won't watch local TV news channels
icon Posted: 26 April 2017 [07:04 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: I do not watch the local news channels CBS, NBC and ABC and their anti-Trump news any longer. I want to see news that is reported from an unbiased standpoint. The whole story! You twist…

Reader offers facts about candidate's letter
icon Posted: 26 April 2017 [07:04 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: Andrew Howe, the Republican candidate for City Council in my district, released a disappointing and very misleading letter to the editor of the Bristol Press that I thought should be addressed immediately. Let’s begin. Howe’s statement…

Tuesday 04/25/2017
Reader concerned about politicians' spending
icon Posted: 25 April 2017 [07:22 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: There are those who see the legalizing of marijuana, the encouragement of more gambling casinos, the increased legal hours for liquor stores being open as healthy progressive laws to aid the public. The real reason, however,…

YOUR VIEW: Bristol can't afford salaries of 'Top People'
icon Posted: 25 April 2017 [07:21 PM]

Resident and taxpayer of Bristol for the past 40 years. To the Editor: I was absolutely stunned after reading your article “Earning Top Dollar” in the April 12 edition of the Press. For the past four years, the salaries of…

Sunday 04/23/2017
YOUR VIEW: Southington YMCA thanks its wonderful volunteers
icon Posted: 23 April 2017 [09:30 PM]

To the Editor: In celebration of National Volunteer Week, (April 23-April 29) we’d like to thank all of the countless number of volunteers who help to make Southington so special. Time after time, when our community is called…

Friday 04/21/2017
Your View: Be proud of Bristol's public schools
icon Posted: 21 April 2017 [07:48 PM]

Bristol Republican Town Committee Over the last few weeks, there have been claims that the Bristol schools have been underfunded and therefore falling behind. Per the 2015-2016 State of Connecticut Accountability and Achievement Results, the facts are drastically…

Thursday 04/20/2017
Your View: STEP program teaches disaster procedures
icon Posted: 20 April 2017 [08:26 PM]

Emergency management director To the Editor: Last week, the city Emergency Management Department completed a month-long educational series in the Bristol schools. This is the second year we have participated in the FEMA-sponsored STEP program instructing our fifth graders in…

Wednesday 04/19/2017
Your View: Reader: Move on from FOI accusations
icon Posted: 19 April 2017 [07:40 PM]

To the Editor: I want to respond to a letter by Jeff Caggiano (town chair of the Republican Party) published on April 16th. It seems Mr. Caggiano is resurrecting from the dead past Freedom of Informaion issues concerning the Memorial…

Tuesday 04/18/2017
Your View: Intersection left undone is dangerous
icon Posted: 18 April 2017 [07:09 PM]

To the Editor: So is the Peacedale Street and Burlington Avenue intersection being widened or not? The state was in such a hurry to start this project last November that they ripped up part of several homeowners’ yards and…