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Your View: Counting winners and losers in Tuesday's vote

To the Editor: I have always said that local elections deal with local issues. Among the local issues are the town’s budget and property taxes. The Democrats managed to win in Bristol. The Republicans held on to New Britain and…

icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:43 PM]

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
YOUR VIEW: Investing in the future of your community
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:44 PM]

By To the Editor: An elderly man who lives independently and does not have family locally is able to attend doctor’s appointments in town thanks to transportation services for seniors. A middle school girl knows what a…

Tuesday 11/07/2017
YOUR VIEW: Moving from Bristol to Plymouth: Here's why
icon Posted: 07 November 2017 [07:29 PM]

By To the Editor: As you may be aware, Ultimate Wireforms has been an integral part of the Bristol and Plymouth communities for over 29 years. We moved to Bristol from Plymouth in 1995 and employ…

Thursday 11/02/2017
YOUR VIEW: BDA Veep: Bristol is making great progress
icon Posted: 02 November 2017 [08:40 PM]

By To the Editor: Today I received my second disgusting unsigned anti-Ken Cockayne postcard in the mail and am compelled to pen this letter in support of Ken. This is politics at its lowest level and…

Wednesday 11/01/2017
YOUR VIEW: Plymouth school board candidate asks for your vote
icon Posted: 01 November 2017 [07:08 PM]

By To the Editor Plymouth Democrats are a “small but mighty” team this year! Although we are not running anyone for the position of mayor, there are numerous candidates running on the Democratic ticket who…

YOUR VIEW: Mayor's sister weighs in on election
icon Posted: 01 November 2017 [07:08 PM]

By To the Editor: Anyone who knows my family and I knows we are a very close family. This election, so far, has been the worst one of all. The dirty campaigning from the other side…

Tuesday 10/31/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader: Bristol can't afford the current mayor
icon Posted: 31 October 2017 [07:18 PM]

By To the Editor: As a councilman, Ken Cockayne boasted he voted against all employee raises, but as mayor over the past two years, he very quietly initiated raises (disguised as ‘upgrades’) for 11 City Hall…

YOUR VIEW: Cockayne support: Let his record stand
icon Posted: 31 October 2017 [07:17 PM]

By To the Editor: As a resident of Bristol for many years, I have seen politicians come and go. Some good, some bad. But, in my estimation, Ken Cockayne has done a great job. First, as…

Monday 10/30/2017
Your View: Plainville voters asked to re-elect Republican team
icon Posted: 30 October 2017 [08:22 PM]

To the Editor: Andrea and I have truly enjoyed serving the town of Plainville on the Board of Education and Town Council, respectively. We are so proud to be a part of the way our town government now functions. The…

Your View: Bristol native backs Kelley for City Council
icon Posted: 30 October 2017 [08:17 PM]

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to endorse my brother-in-law, Peter Kelley, for City Council. While I no longer reside in Bristol, I take great interest in the state of affairs in my hometown.…

Your View: President Toro demonstrates 'family sense' of CCSU
icon Posted: 30 October 2017 [08:15 PM]

To the Editor: CCSU President Zulmo Toro recently announced to the campus community and beyond that she was cancelling her inauguration. She said that, “[w]ith so many people suffering from the recent natural disasters and calamities…it would be inappropriate…

Sunday 10/29/2017
YOUR VIEW: Vote Row B for Republican ticket
icon Posted: 29 October 2017 [08:28 PM]

By To the Editor: It is an indisputable fact that the progress made in Bristol since Republicans took control of city government is real, measurable, tangible and significant. Crime rates have decreased. The grand list has increased.…

YOUR VIEW: Supports Preleski in Second District
icon Posted: 29 October 2017 [08:26 PM]

By To the Editor: I have known Dave Preleski on both a personal basis as well as professionally for many years. I have always found Dave to be a caring and conscientious individual. He demonstrates…

Saturday 10/28/2017
Your View: Supports Democratic candidates in Bristol election
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:03 PM]

To the Editor: I wanted to convey my support of the Democratic candidates for City Council and for the mayoral candidate, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. I have been working on writing postcards, and getting the word out about the Democratic candidates. All…

Your View: Employee supports Cockayne
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:02 PM]

To the Editor,: I am writing this letter in support of Mayor Ken Cockayne. I have worked for the mayor since August 2016 as his executive assistant and I feel a sense of responsibility to give the voting public my…

Your View: Zoppo-Sassu is a 'public servant'
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:01 PM]

To the Editor: In the dozen years I have known Ellen Zoppo Sassu, I have heard her speak on many occasions, be it as city councilor, the chair of the MBS Task Force or on behalf of one of the…

Your View: Mayor cites city accomplishments
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:00 PM]

To the Editor: I was surprised to see the Democratic response to the Chamber of Commerce candidates’ debate. Now, all of a sudden, they are fiscally conservative? When did that happen? So far, I’ve heard from my opponent that the…

Your View: Tyrrell brings experience, dedication to Plainville
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [07:59 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing in support of Becky Tyrrell’s re-election to the Plainville Board of Education. I met Becky 20 years ago working together on the PTO at Toffolon School. It was evident then that Becky had…

Friday 10/27/2017
YOUR VIEW: Tom Barnes for treasurer of Bristol
icon Posted: 27 October 2017 [10:06 PM]

By To the Editor: I think many voters may underestimate the roles and responsibilities of the city treasurer’s position in Bristol. Those responsibilities are not only detailed in the in the Connecticut General Statutes, but also in…

YOUR VIEW: Re-elect Cockayne mayor
icon Posted: 27 October 2017 [10:05 PM]

By To the Editor: As citizens of Connecticut, we continue to suffer from the financial mess that the state of Connecticut is in, all because of the poor leadership and financial incompetence at the state level. Thanks to…

Thursday 10/26/2017
Your View: Praise for Zoppo-Sassu from a Bristol native
icon Posted: 26 October 2017 [06:18 PM]

To the Editor: I moved back to my hometown of Bristol in December of 2007 after traveling, studying and working in several other states and countries. I made the decision to start my photography business in the place where my…

Your View: Flier besmirched Merchant unfairly
icon Posted: 26 October 2017 [06:17 PM]

To the Editor: I, as many of you, read the flier that came with our mail. It is captioned: “Mayor Merchant conducts town business illegally.” My question is, how much is a life worth? This is not a rhetorical question.…

Wednesday 10/25/2017
Your View: Reasons to vote for Zoppo-Sassu
icon Posted: 25 October 2017 [07:04 PM]

To the Editor: While we are at an all-time low in national politics I feel compelled to address recent headlines in the Bristol Press. The parallels of leadership between Bristol and Washington are getting chillingly close. This bullying and disrespect…

Your View: Supporter describes accomplishments of 'Mayor Ken'
icon Posted: 25 October 2017 [07:03 PM]

To the Editor: Mayor Ken Cockayne has done an incredible job as mayor in his two terms. I am very enthusiastic about him continuing as our mayor. Here are a few of the highlights Mayor Ken has accomplished: 1) Zero…

Tuesday 10/24/2017
Your View: Zoppo-Sassu best represents Bristol values
icon Posted: 24 October 2017 [07:54 PM]

To the Editor: While at an all-time low in national politics I feel compelled to address recent headlines in the Bristol Press. The parallels of leadership between Bristol and Washington are getting chillingly close. This bullying and disrespect of all…

Your View: These former Blues support Zoppo-Sassu
icon Posted: 24 October 2017 [07:54 PM]

To the Editor: We may be from four different states, and stayed in Bristol over three different summers, but we all have the same opinion - Bristol should definitely elect our Host Mom as mayor! We had a great…

Monday 10/23/2017
Your View: Supports Merchant and the GOP in Plymouth
icon Posted: 23 October 2017 [06:37 PM]

To the Editor: Plymouth, we have a problem. This paraphrase, similar to the one from “Apollo 13,” signifies what the current election process is facing. On one side, you have a proven leader in Dave Merchant. On the other side…

Sunday 10/22/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader supports Zoppo-Sassu and her team
icon Posted: 22 October 2017 [09:23 PM]

By To the Editor: Nov. 7 is around the corner and I’m pleased to support a great team. Calvin Brown’s decision not to run again saddened me for he’s been a great city councilman for the First…

YOUR VIEW: Speaker lauds leaders' work on state budget
icon Posted: 22 October 2017 [09:22 PM]

By To the Editor: I appreciate the coverage you have given in recent days to the tentative bipartisan budget agreement that Republican and Democratic legislative leaders jointly announced this week, and wanted to publically thank my colleagues…

Friday 10/20/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader supports Thibeault for Bristol City Council
icon Posted: 20 October 2017 [09:44 PM]

By To the Editor: In District three, I can think of no candidate other than Cheryl Thibeault who balances the right experience, creativity, and optimism that good leaders possess. For those of you who don’t know Cheryl…

YOUR VIEW: Klocko: Voters would be well served by Thibeault
icon Posted: 20 October 2017 [09:43 PM]

By To the Editor: I urge voters in the Third District to vote for Cheryl Thibeault, your current Board of Finance chairwoman now running for your city council district seat. Having worked with and for Cheryl…

Thursday 10/19/2017
YOUR VIEW: Voter supports Cockayne for re-election as mayor
icon Posted: 19 October 2017 [07:33 PM]

By To the Editor: I read with great interest the article about how much money mayoral candidate Ellen Zoppo has raised for her campaign. Has anyone taken the time to see where those contributions came…

YOUR VIEW: Reader endorses Andrew Howe for council
icon Posted: 19 October 2017 [07:32 PM]

By To the Editor: Andrew Howe is embroiled in a tough race for a 2nd District council seat in Bristol. He is new to running for office, relatively new to politics, but he is an old…

Wednesday 10/18/2017
Your View: Terryville man points to Merchant's accomplishments
icon Posted: 18 October 2017 [06:26 PM]

To the Editor The petitioning candidate from CFRG reminds me of the wolf in the old short story, “The Three Little Pigs.” No matter how much she “huffs” and “puffs,” she will never have an effect on the building…

Your View: Reader seeks bipartisan vote for Preleski, Kelley
icon Posted: 18 October 2017 [06:24 PM]

To the Editor: The time has come for politicians to stop holding the party lines and start doing what’s best for their constituents. I know that is a pipe dream on the national level, and probably on the state level,…

Your View: Nicastro asks for your vote for Zoppo-Sassu
icon Posted: 18 October 2017 [06:23 PM]

To the Editor: I am pleased to write this letter of support for Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Democratic candidates for mayor of our great city of Bristol. I have known Ellen for many years. From a young age, she has been…

Tuesday 10/17/2017
Your View: Ciotto supported for Plainville council
icon Posted: 17 October 2017 [06:57 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing to support Robert Ciotto’s candidacy for the Town Council in Plainville. Robert has lived in Plainville for over 22 years, raising his children and becoming actively involved with youth sports. Robert coached both Plainville…

Monday 10/16/2017
Your View: Council candidate Miceli committed to Southington
icon Posted: 16 October 2017 [06:05 PM]

To the Editor: There is no one who is more committed to Southington than Dawn Miceli. I have known Dawn for two years and from our first meeting, I was extremely impressed with her extensive dedication and knowledge of…

Sunday 10/15/2017
YOUR VIEW: Plainville reader endorses Tyrell, Martinez, Wells
icon Posted: 15 October 2017 [09:30 PM]

By To the Editor: We live in a time of challenge for students, teaching and learning. Plainville needs a Board of Education capable of meeting these challenges. We are most fortunate to have three highly qualified…

Friday 10/13/2017
YOUR VIEW: Jack Perry for Southington Town Council
icon Posted: 13 October 2017 [09:23 PM]

By To the Editor: I am a lifelong resident of Southington, who votes in every election. I am writing today to show my support of Jack Perry, who is running unaffiliated for Town Council. I have known…

YOUR VIEW: Zoppo-Sassu has a plan to address the opioid crisis
icon Posted: 13 October 2017 [09:22 PM]

By To the Editor, In 2016, 35 Bristol residents died from heroin and/or other opioid-related overdoses. That’s 35 brothers, sisters, mothers, daughters, sons, and fathers; 35 people who were loved by someone. Like most of you,…

Thursday 10/12/2017
Your View: Kelly has deep roots in the Bristol community
icon Posted: 12 October 2017 [09:59 PM]

To the Editor: I write in support of Peter Kelly as a member of the City Council in the upcoming election. As a longtime resident and businessman, Peter has deep roots in our community, He has the vision, dedication, and…

Your View: Concerned about safety on Pierce Street
icon Posted: 12 October 2017 [09:57 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing to voice my objection to the gap closure running through the neighborhoods on Pierce Street. My objections are due to my valid concerns of safety. Yesterday I took my dog out for a walk.…

Your View: Plymouth Dems don't need a thousand signs
icon Posted: 12 October 2017 [09:57 PM]

To the Editor: Wow. I just read the Plymouth Connection and look at all those campaign ads put out by the Republican party and the CFRG, and all those signs on the corner of Route 6 and 72 (well, almost…

Wednesday 10/11/2017
YOUR VIEW: Reader: Postcard unfit for kids' eyes
icon Posted: 11 October 2017 [07:38 PM]

By To the Editor: I recently received a postcard as I’m sure many of you did, regarding Mayor Cockayne. I found it disrespectful and upsetting. Young people and children sometimes see such a vulgar…