Commentary

Southington Observer Opinion and Letters To the Editor Section

Commentary: Know the nearest exit; it could save your life

July 18, 2015
By
Glenn Dube, Southington fire fighter

It’s been 71 years. 7 decades since thousands of men, women, and children converged on Barbour Street in Hartford to enjoy the circus on July 6, 1944. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was America’s largest, one of many that crisscrossed the nation and entertained hundreds of thousands in an era before television,…

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Letter: Reader applauds the Southington Library staff

July 18, 2015
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Mailbox (web)

To the editor: My family and I have lived in Southington going-on 50 years. We’ve seen many good things get better. One of the outstanding low-profile gems is our town library. Hats off to the staff that provides consistently excellent caring and professional service. Sue Smayda, has done—and does do—a super job. So, if anyone…

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Letter: Reader offers his input on the state budget issues

July 15, 2015
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Letter: Reader offers his input on the state budget issues

To the editor: Some comments on Taylor Hartz’s July 10th article concerning the State Budget. First a misprint. The $1.3 billion cited for additional funding to Southington appears to wrong and may actually be $1.3 million. The increased tax exemption for veteran’s retirement pay is a step in the right direction. Veteran pensions previously received…

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Letter: Reader is disappointed with placement of town solar panels

July 11, 2015
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Letter: Reader is disappointed with placement of town solar panels

To the editor: It was very disappointing last week to have our Town Council, again, approved to take two acres of pristine open space and replace it with a utility of solar panels. Surrounding towns have opted to use disturbed land rather than existing open space for their solar panel projects. This idea was suggested…

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Commentary: Answering the ‘Why’ question at the Y

July 11, 2015
By
Jacquelyn Seeger, YMCA School Age Child Care Director

“What did I get myself into?” I asked myself after being employed as the School Age Director for the Southington YMCA for only three months. That night I sat down after putting my girls to bed and thought about my “why.” Why did I take this job? Previous to this job, I was a stay…

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Observations: A life taken raises questions about mental health

July 5, 2015
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by LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER A recent week in June was a mournful one in my hometown of Waterbury, as friends, family, and colleagues said goodbye to acting Deputy Police Chief Christopher Corbett. On Thursday, June 10, Corbett took his own life at the age of 40. A veteran of the police department for 18…

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Letter: SCS food pantry enjoys a birthday wish

July 4, 2015
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Letter: SCS food pantry enjoys a birthday wish

To the editors: Southington Community Services would like to thank Madison Hendricks for her donation to help the Community Services Food Pantry. Madison recently celebrated her 10th birthday, and instead of gifts she requested boxes of cereal and granola bars. Madison was able to donate 150 boxes of cereal and 35 boxes of granola bars.…

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Letter: Reader misses the kids at Calendar House

July 4, 2015
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Mailbox (web)

To the editor: Did you know that some Southington seniors continue to have lunch together most every day during the week—even after the end of the school year? All of these seniors have so much in common, be it high school cafeteria table or Calendar House round table. Yeah, we all love to each hot…

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Letter: Reader protests Council’s placement of solar panels

July 4, 2015
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Mailbox (web)

To the editor: Once upon a time there was a beautiful meadow, full of wild grasses, native plants, bees, butterflies, and insects of all sorts. Birds made their nests in nearby trees. Deer, rabbits, and other animals frequented the meadow, as did people walking their dogs and children flying kites, looking for bugs, or climbing…

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Observations: Mistakes happen: Accept them, move on

June 24, 2015
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER I’ll never forget the look of horror on my dad’s face that one time I almost got run over by a school bus in fifth grade. It was just an ordinary day after school, and nothing bad that I can recall happened earlier in the day. The bus dropped me…

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