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YOUR VIEW: Balloon Festival costs the town too much

To The Editor: Since I was concerned and interested in learning the cost to Plainville taxpayers for the services from our town departments concerning the balloon festival, I filed a freedom of information request. I asked for a separate bottom…

icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:30 PM]

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Monday 09/24/2018
YOUR VIEW: Aresimowicz supports our veterans
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:26 PM]

To the Editor: As a veteran and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, I know firsthand how committed Joe Aresimowicz is to veterans. Not only has Joe’s involvement with veterans’ issues…

Thursday 09/13/2018
YOUR VIEW: Gracious mayor handled situation well
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:17 PM]

To The Editor: On Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018 I attended the Global War on Terror Monument Dedication Ceremony at Central Park Plaza in New Britain. In the front row attending the ceremony was an elderly veteran proudly wearing his…

Wednesday 09/12/2018
YOUR VIEW: Protect Our Watersheds did its job
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:30 PM]

To The Editor: A word of thanks is due. Recently, the mayor of New Britain announced that the City would no longer consider striking a deal with Tilcon, Inc. to destroy a valuable watershed vital to the region’s water needs.…

Tuesday 09/11/2018
YOUR VIEW: AARP campaign urges voter participation
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:11 PM]

By To The Editor: Do you know the biggest and most robust bloc of Connecticut voters are over the age of 50? Therefore, we have a voice and need to make sure we use it in…

Monday 09/10/2018
YOUR VIEW: Change of leadership needed in Berlin
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:13 PM]

To The Editor: Years ago, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz ran a campaign on reducing state government costs, by reviewing and eliminating duplication of services between departments, and by looking at private/public partnerships to help taxpayers save money. I can’t think…

YOUR VIEW: All Americans should honor the flag, anthem
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:11 PM]

To The Editor: I read that ESPN “...will air the national anthem this season only when doing so feels newsworthy...” CBS and Fox have made similar decisions while NBC has not finalized how to handle the anthem.” Where is their…

Thursday 08/23/2018
YOUR VIEW: Pool lifeguards do a great job
icon Posted: 23 August 2018 [06:59 PM]

To The Editor: Where can one begin to express this family’s gratitude to the lifeguards at the Churchhill Pool? A child was struggling and the lifeguards on duty were helping him in seconds! Yes, seconds! It was reassuring to see…

Sunday 08/19/2018
YOUR VIEW: Local media have reader's support
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:56 PM]

By To The Editor: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for co-publishing your sister paper’s editorial. (President Trump, the press is a vital American institution, Aug. 16.) I’m usually thankful for the editorials you…

YOUR VIEW: Tilcon's plan would devastate watershed
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:55 PM]

By To The Editor: New Britain officials have again misinterpreted Public Act 6-61 which requires an environmental study on the potential impact on a change in use of protected watershed to allow Tilcon to strip mine…

Sunday 08/05/2018
YOUR VIEW: You, too, can help save the planet
icon Posted: 05 August 2018 [08:31 PM]

By To The Editor: My name is Victoria Zaldivar and I am 6 years old. I’ve been reading National Geographic Kids magazine with my mom. A recent edition was all about how our…

YOUR VIEW: Candidate's sister says he deserves your vote
icon Posted: 05 August 2018 [08:28 PM]

By To The Editor: Thoughts that I would like to share. I feel we are living in a time, that more than ever, we experienced well-rounded, compassionate and strong leadership in our “great state of Connecticut.”…

Wednesday 06/20/2018
YOUR VIEW: It's not about water, it's about a quarry
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:07 PM]

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…

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
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.…

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…

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 of American…

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…