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Monday 06/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: I'm proud to be living in Bristol
icon Posted: 15 June 2020 [01:31 PM]

By SARAH SULLIVAN To the Editor: I have been following the development of the city budget and their response to COVID-19 and now how the city is handling the racial unrest following the Floyd death. While I am a generally…

Friday 06/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: For our kids, don't cut essential services
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:20 PM]

By Shannon Martin To the Editor: I’m an intake investigator for Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. Before this pandemic, it was normal to get three cases of reported child abuse a week. Now, it’s half that. After 20 years…

YOUR VIEW: Our elected officials have to step up for us
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:18 PM]

By Paul Zagorsky To the Editor: Our country is fractured and suffering, with an inflammatory President incapable of consoling those who are suffering, while national Republican elected leaders are silent in the face of such abhorrent behavior. The Constitution…

Monday 05/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: Can I help a kid attend summer camp?
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [08:38 PM]

By DALE BROUKER To the Editor: I read that summer camp will be a go and wanted to inquire how much the cost will be for one kid? When I was growing up in Bristol, my parents couldn’t afford to…

Sunday 05/24/2020
Friday 05/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: Animal abuser should be deported
icon Posted: 15 May 2020 [07:15 PM]

To the Editor, I’m a little peeved at The Herald for not printing an article and writing about “Zero,” the poor, suffering dog who was beaten and then strangled by another scumbag. I would have let it go if I…

Tuesday 05/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: State doesn't need more people with guns
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:03 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Thank you Gov. Lamont and Attorney General William Tong for suspending the state law that prohibits state police and local police officials from refusing to collect fingerprints, as part of efforts to prevent the…

Wednesday 03/11/2020
YOUR VIEW: Politicians need to remember 'the people'
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:11 PM]

To The Editor: In light of dishonorable and disappointing political and personal choices and actions that have created our current political and social crisis, this is written for those currently holding elected office and for those seeking one, at any…

YOUR VIEW: Efforts for preservation of Pigeon Hill applauded
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:10 PM]

To The Editor: Working Together for Preservation Save Pigeon Hill Team would like to thank, Mayor Ellen Zoppo Sassu, mayor of Bristol and Scott Heth executive director of the Barnes Nature Center and Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, The city…

YOUR VIEW: Celebrate Irish-American Heritage
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:09 PM]

To The Editor: March is Irish-American Heritage Month! It is estimated that almost 20 percent of the residents of Connecticut trace their ancestry to Ireland. The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest and largest, Irish, Catholic organization in…

Sunday 03/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vaccines are safe and necessary
icon Posted: 08 March 2020 [07:58 PM]

By To The Editor: On February 19th, I testified in front of the Public Health Committee in favor of repealing non-medical exemptions to vaccinating our public-school children. This is an issue of great concern…

Sunday 03/01/2020
MAYOR'S COLUMN: Why the Census matters to Bristol
icon Posted: 01 March 2020 [08:26 PM]

March marks the kick-off of the city encouraging all of its residents to answer the census to ensure we have a complete count. Obtaining a full, fair, and accurate count of everyone is essential for representation and federal funding. Invitations…

Thursday 02/27/2020
YOUR VIEW: Fur manufacturing should be banned
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:37 PM]

To The Editor: The fur industry is cruel and unnecessary. Readers should contact their state legislators and urge them to support a ban on fur manufacturing and sales in Connecticut - similar to the one recently passed in California. For…

Tuesday 02/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: Democratic Town Committee commends Supt. Sarra
icon Posted: 25 February 2020 [09:01 PM]

By To The Editor: An open letter to New Britain School Superintendent Nancy Sarra: The New Britain Democratic Town Committee has been drawn into the controversy over Mayor Stewart’s inappropriate actions regarding the application…

Monday 02/24/2020
YOUR VIEW: Give the ADA projects some funding
icon Posted: 24 February 2020 [08:54 PM]

To The Editor: I was unable to attend the last CIP meeting, but I have been actively involved in the Newington Parks and Recreation Department’s budget process to date. As a long time member and past chairman of the Newington…

YOUR VIEW: GOP plan on infrastructure is right path
icon Posted: 24 February 2020 [08:51 PM]

To the Editor: At the recent public hearing regarding the latest tolls bill, LCO 373, Sal Luciano, President of the Connecticut AFL/CIO testified that he was in favor of the bill because it represented an important investment in the infrastructure…

Friday 02/14/2020
YOUR VIEW: Accusations, disrespect on display in Bristol
icon Posted: 14 February 2020 [07:46 PM]

To The Editor: Democracy in action had a major setback at Bristol Zoning Board’s January 27th meeting at Bristol Central High School. Accusations of tampering and prejudice were suggested by Joe Naple’s attorney, he implied that neighborhood residents (over…

Thursday 02/13/2020
Tuesday 02/11/2020
YOUR VIEW: The curse of Markus
icon Posted: 11 February 2020 [07:51 PM]

After months of speculation and rumors, the bad news was finally announced by the Red Sox a few days ago: After on again off again negotiations with a few stumbles and false starts, their superstar outfielder, hitter, MVP and Gold…

Tuesday 02/04/2020
YOUR VIEW: Slap on the wrist for ex-city worker
icon Posted: 04 February 2020 [08:50 PM]

To The Editor: Former New Britain city worker accused of stealing grant funds gets court-appointed program?? Are you kidding me? What ever happened to accountability? The only disabilities she has are greed and arrogance. A jail cell is where…

Sunday 02/02/2020
YOUR VIEW: Thankful for kindness of strangers
icon Posted: 02 February 2020 [01:22 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing to thank Bristol residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Bristol and across the United States, Operation Christmas…

Monday 01/20/2020
YOUR VIEW: Special session on tolls a waste
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:46 PM]

By To The Editor: Governor Ned Lamont and legislative Democrats are rumored to hold a special session to vote on “trucks only” tolls in a matter of days, despite the 2020 Legislative Session set…

Wednesday 01/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Wonderful performance by orchestra
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:32 PM]

To The Editor: I attended an excellent concert on January 5 given by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra at the stately South Congregational - First Baptist Church in New Britain. The music was provided by a Brass Quintet consisting of…

YOUR VIEW: Kind strangers in New Britain
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:31 PM]

To The Editor: Just a note of thanks to the hospital staff, EMTs, police officers, the store clerk and a customer who were extremely kind and professional to this traveler. We were on our way to Ohio for the…

YOUR VIEW: Good column by Powell
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:30 PM]

To The Editor: Chris Powell, I very much enjoyed your column about Russian interference, etc. I think your opinions here are spot on, and a refreshing change from normal coverage. It’s sad, however, that you can’t distinguish between the national…

Tuesday 01/07/2020
GUEST COMMENTARY: The importance of a local newspaper
icon Posted: 07 January 2020 [08:12 PM]

The front page of the January 1, 2020 Herald was devoted to a poignant and thought provoking statement by the publisher of the goals and aspirations of our local newspaper. For those who didn’t see it, it should be…

Thursday 12/26/2019
YOUR VIEW: No to privatization of the VHA
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:03 PM]

To The Editor: With regard to proposals for the privatization of Veterans Healthcare, I say no. Privatization of the VHA may seem to most a positive policy recommendation, but I am not convinced. According to the article, Value for Taxpayers…

Wednesday 12/11/2019
YOUR VIEW: Bristol prioritizes its youth
icon Posted: 11 December 2019 [01:45 PM]

To The Editor Last evening, I attended an event celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the Bristol Boys and Girls Club building on West St. The building is beautiful and is a testament to the priority Bristol attaches to youth development.…

Friday 11/29/2019
YOUR VIEW: Mayor Erin Stewart is a great politician
icon Posted: 29 November 2019 [02:40 PM]

To The Editor: Good news for New Britain. Mayor Erin Stewart has been re-elected. She has earned her keep. She continues to make good things happen for the city of New Britain. She has the savvy of a great politician.…

Wednesday 11/27/2019
Friday 11/22/2019
YOUR VIEW: Why do CT Democrats continue to lie?
icon Posted: 22 November 2019 [03:04 PM]

To the Editor, Governor Lamont and CT Democrats are liars, plain and simple. Candidate Lamont said no tolls. Governor Lamont, within six months of elections said tolls are possibility. Within 30 days he insisted they are a must; and…

Thursday 10/31/2019
YOUR VIEW: I wholeheartedly recommend Lemek
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:56 PM]

To The Editor: Over the last several months, I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know one of the candidates very well in the 2nd district. She is one of the three Republicans under the age…

YOUR VIEW: Letter had glaring omissions of facts
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:55 PM]

To The Editor, I’m writing this letter in the spirit of transparency to Bristol’s voters. I have served on the Finance Board for a number of years, originally appointed by a Republican mayor. Although I’m a registered Democrat my…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for the GOP slate in Plymouth
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:53 PM]

To The Editor: “Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote” – Walter H. Judd Mayor Dave Merchant is running unopposed- a testament to his leadership during the past 3 terms.…

YOUR VIEW: Arts magnet school is folly
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:53 PM]

To The Editor: Recently I wrote a letter to the editor critical of the mayor and her support of (in my opinion) wrong-headed projects such as the Renaissance project (which luckily fell apart) and the latest folly, the arts magnet…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Ellen, Greg and Scott
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:52 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing today in support of Ellen Zoppo Sassu for Mayor and Greg Hahn and Scott Rosado for Council in the 1st District. Since I have been involved in local government I have seen many different…

YOUR VIEW: School is epitome of government failure
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:50 PM]

To The Editor: Memorial Boulevard Intradistrict Arts Magnet School. The name itself is the epitome of government failure. Two years ago the BOE unanimously voted to “Authorize the Superintendent to file paperwork requesting state funding for a magnet school.” Oh…

YOUR VIEW: Democrats make Bristol great
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:47 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing my first ever letter to the editor because I am very happy with the tone that our City has taken in the last 2 years. In fact, I also have asked for lawn…

Wednesday 10/30/2019
YOUR VIEW: Vote Row A for continued progress
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:47 PM]

To The Editor: It has been the honor to serve as your City Councilman during the last two years. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for sharing your stories with me as I’ve knocked your doors,…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for change, vote Row B
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:47 PM]

To The Editor: Two years ago, one of the most thoughtful public servants threw her hat into the ring as a candidate for city council in district three. While I have come to know various candidates for public office…

YOUR VIEW: Cast your vote for Bill
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:43 PM]

To The Editor: I have known Bill for more than 25 years and I could not be more honored to call him friend. I met Bill when he was the Oncology Nurse for a friend of mine who was receiving…

Tuesday 10/29/2019
YOUR VIEW: Check your voting status
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:04 PM]

By To The Editor: Election Day is around the corner: Know your voting status. Election Day is almost here. As November 5th approaches we, along with other Connecticut Registrars, want to make sure you’re registered to…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Rebecca Martinez
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:04 PM]

By To The Editor: On November 5th, I ask that Plainville voters support the election of Rebecca Martinez to a seat on the Board of Education. Rebecca has dedicated herself to public service in several youth…

YOUR VIEW: Latest letter was an embarrassment
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [06:58 PM]

By To The Editor: The recent letter attacking the Mayor and insinuating her public service is based on self-serving interests is appalling. In 2017, voters spoke loud and clear and said no more to the ethics…

YOUR VIEW: This election, vote to fund education
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [06:57 PM]

By To The Editor: At the Municipal Candidates Introduction event, sponsored by the NAACP, a concern was raised that my campaign sign suggested I was not in favor of adequate spending for education. On the contrary,…

YOUR VIEW: Bristol needs David Preleski
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [06:56 PM]

By To The Editor: I am writing this letter to the editor to express my view on Democratic candidate, David Preleski. My wife and I know Mr. Preleski to be a man of great integrity. When…

Friday 10/25/2019
YOUR VIEW: Parents need to be good role models
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:40 PM]

To The Editor: One of the main on-going concerns for many parents is problems associated with alcohol being abused by their children or other children. Parents can be proactive by getting involved in alcohol abuse prevention efforts. Parents can teach…