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YOUR VIEW: Stop & Shop needs to be clear on its policies

By DAVID O’BRIEN To the Editor: After my recent shopping visit to Stop & Shop Berlin I was surprised to learn the policy of Stop & Shop for masks wearing was voluntary and not mediatory. I saw three young…

icon Posted: 03 August 2020 [08:25 PM]

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Friday 07/31/2020
YOUR VIEW: Our state's legislative process must be better
icon Posted: 31 July 2020 [08:17 PM]

By DAVE RACKLIFFE To the Editor: The State House of Representatives and the State Senate passed a bill - HB6004 - that includes a series of reforms aimed at police accountability, including the removal of qualified immunity. In the days…

Wednesday 07/29/2020
YOUR VIEW: Lamont's executive order is unconstitutional
icon Posted: 29 July 2020 [04:55 PM]

By STEFAN ZWOLINSKI To the Editor: This is, without a doubt, a troubling time for the state of Connecticut. Covid-19 has affected everyone’s lives. As a result, Gov. Ned Lamont has issued many executive orders to help the state deal…

Friday 07/17/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote for Veach in GOP primary
icon Posted: 17 July 2020 [02:58 PM]

By MARY KATHRYN LAROSE To the Editor: On Aug. 11, Republican voters in the 30th House District, representing Berlin and Southington, have the opportunity to vote for Donna Veach, the endorsed Republican candidate. Donna is the candidate who can…

Monday 07/13/2020
YOUR VIEW: I love saying I'm from New Britain
icon Posted: 13 July 2020 [04:52 PM]

By MARGARET BAYLOCK RENZELLA To the Editor: James Taylor sings a song titled “My Town” which brings to mind the town of New Britain. Taylor sings these lyrics “...you watched it grow, it was your town. Time goes by,…

Sunday 07/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: There is a way to improve schools
icon Posted: 12 July 2020 [08:47 PM]

By MARY ROGERS To the Editor: This is in response to the letter from Frank Murphy on July 9, titled, “What exactly are my taxes going to?” I disagree with his assessment that the closed schools have saved money during…

YOUR VIEW: The staff at Stanley Golf Course has been amazing
icon Posted: 12 July 2020 [08:46 PM]

By JOE ARNONE To the Editor: New Britain has always had great parks and recreation programs. The recent renovations to the facilities at A. W. Stanley have enhanced that reputation. I believe at the top of the list of…

Friday 07/10/2020
A few ways to help your neighbors
icon Posted: 10 July 2020 [05:04 PM]

To The Editor: What do you do with the extra zucchini (and chard, tomatoes, beans, etc.)? It’s tougher this year with our soup kitchens not serving meals but some are accepting produce. Please do check with each beforehand to see…

Wednesday 07/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: What exactly are my taxes going to?
icon Posted: 08 July 2020 [08:45 PM]

By FRANK MURPHY To the Editor: Despite the challenges faced by families and businesses these past months due to mandated shutdowns and the resultant loss of income/business revenue, the City of New Britain successfully sent my approximately $6,000 in property…

Monday 07/06/2020
YOUR VIEW: Support Veach in GOP primary
icon Posted: 06 July 2020 [07:55 PM]

By ANDRA LOU MILLERD To the Editor: On Aug. 11, 2020 Connecticut Republicans are being asked to vote in a primary in order to finalize the candidates for November’s election. Voters in Berlin and Southington who live in Legislative District…

Sunday 06/28/2020
YOUR VIEW: I support Donna Veach for state representative
icon Posted: 28 June 2020 [09:06 PM]

By ALEX GIANNONE To The Editor: I support Donna Veach for state representative. The upcoming election is a pivotal time for our state. For many years Democrats have run our state and we continue to see the negative effects of…

Sunday 06/21/2020
YOUR VIEW: I'm outraged the Columbus statue was vandalized
icon Posted: 21 June 2020 [07:54 PM]

By ROSEANN BUCHIERE To the Editor: My ancestors, who were decent, hardworking and served this country honorably, paid to have this statue put up in our city. For some hoodlums to vandalize it just shows the lack of moral…

Friday 06/12/2020
Congratulations, Newington High graduates
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:25 PM]

By Gary Turco Dear Newington High School Graduate, Congratulations on your graduation from Newington High School as a member of the class of 2020! You have made Newington very proud and I am proud to represent some of…

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 06/08/2020
Monday 05/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: We'll have to wait and see about fireworks
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [08:36 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: It seems pretty clear to me that Mayor Stewart can’t make plans for summer events, e.g., fireworks until she receives guidance from our governor as to how the Phase 2, June 20 reopening plan…

Sunday 05/24/2020
YOUR VIEW: Not all firearms owners are 'gun toting nuts'
icon Posted: 24 May 2020 [08:17 PM]

By David Sherman To the Editor: In Rachael Davis’ letter (May 12), Davis referred to firearms owners as “gun toting nuts.” This view of gun owners is based on an inaccurate stereotype. Most gun owners are decent, respectable people…

Friday 05/22/2020
YOUR VIEW: We need more New Britain-Berlin news
icon Posted: 22 May 2020 [07:57 PM]

By MARYANNE MURPHY Dear Management, I am very disappointed in the consolidation of the two newspapers. At first I applauded the economic strategy. Unfortunately, I am saddened by the lack of reporting for the Berlin-New Britain news. The reporting of the Bristol news…

Tuesday 05/19/2020
YOUR VIEW: Will the July 4th fireworks happen?
icon Posted: 19 May 2020 [07:31 PM]

By PAUL ZAGORSKY To the Editor: On the same day I read the Berlin Fair scheduled for Sept. 18, 2020 was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, New Britain’s mayor said the city couldn’t make plans for summer events such as…

Monday 05/18/2020
YOUR VIEW: State Rep. Turco supports our businesses
icon Posted: 18 May 2020 [04:23 PM]

By DON WOODS To the Editor: I am grateful to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco has chosen to run for reelection. The success of Newington’s businesses, especially small businesses, is especially important to him and he is always there…

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 Rep. Turco is protecting our environment
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:08 PM]

By SHARON DUNNING To the Editor: If the environment is as important to you as it is to me, you should be happy to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco is running for reelection this year. He’s been a true…

YOUR VIEW: State doesn't need more people with guns
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:04 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…

Monday 05/11/2020
State Rep. Gary Turco is committed to education
icon Posted: 11 May 2020 [07:59 PM]

By Eileen Francolino To the Editor: I’m proud to support state Rep. Gary Turco for reelection because he has delivered on his promise to make smart investments in education. By bringing back more than $1 million in new aid…

Support state Rep. Gary Turco in November
icon Posted: 11 May 2020 [07:56 PM]

By Michael Duffek To the Editor: One of the many reasons I am very glad to hear that state Rep. Gary Turco is running for reelection is because he has worked so hard to keep us informed. He has continued…

Sunday 05/10/2020
YOUR VIEW: Give Dennis Rodriguez the maximum sentence
icon Posted: 10 May 2020 [07:56 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Dennis Rodriguez taken into custody!! Well done NBPD for taking this criminal off the streets of our city. He should get the maximum amount of time in prison, albeit I’d rather our tax dollars…

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 [07:57 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: Goal for this year is to keep tax rate stable
icon Posted: 01 March 2020 [08:26 PM]

Since early January, our Board of Finance and Taxation has been meeting to hear from department heads about their budget requests for the 2020-21 fiscal year. I, too, have met several times with my Finance Department budget team to forecast…

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 [09:00 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 [08:53 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 [08:52 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 [07:47 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…

Wednesday 01/22/2020
YOUR VIEW: Democratic party in action
icon Posted: 22 January 2020 [07:21 PM]

To The Editor: The Democratic Town Committee is the governing body of our party in every town. In New Britain, there are 50 positions, 3, 4, or 5 from each of the 15 voting districts in the city, depending on…

Monday 01/20/2020
YOUR VIEW: Special session on tolls a waste
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:45 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 [08:11 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…

Friday 12/27/2019
YOUR VIEW: New Britain had a great year
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:46 PM]

To the Editor: 2019 was a year of amazing transformation and successes for our community. Over the last year, more than a dozen new businesses opened in New Britain. A handful of others decided to expand their presence here in…

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…