EDITORIAL: Bright lights in Easton

Santa was on hand for the festivities. — Bryan Haeffele archive photo

The magic has begun. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, shoppers started making the annual trek to Easton, the unofficial Christmas tree capital of Connecticut. The abundant tree farms and festive activities draw buyers from the tri-state area. The weekend of Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, are full of a dizzying display of family-friendly activities, with more in the weeks to come. Helen Keller Middle School will serve up its 44th annual pancake breakfast on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria, a tradition for generations of Eastonites. After the pancake breakfast, … Read more

EDITORIAL: Step out with care

You’ve likely heard it from your doctor, your spouse or partner, or perhaps family members or friends: Walking is good exercise. And many of us no matter what age ought to do more of it. Besides, there’s the great outdoors to enjoy certain times of year, like the cool and colorful fall. But this friendly advice imparted for one’s well-being has to come with a quick disclaimer, a warning that can’t be overemphasized: Watch out! More than 1,100 pedestrians are hit by cars on Connecticut roads each year, warns WatchForMeCT.org. Watch for Me CT, a public safety campaign run by … Read more

Editorial: Watergate effect


Weston Democrats are to be commended for a decisive victory in the municipal election. They mounted a solid grassroots campaign sparked by a large number of enthusiastic volunteers, including a video endorsement from entertainer James Naughton. Democrats dominated the ballot box in Weston, with candidates taking every seat they ran for and ousting some popular Republican incumbents along the way. These results are in stark contrast to two years ago. In 2015, Weston Republicans won every seat they possibly could, resulting in a change of leadership on a number of town boards and commissions.     But this was the year … Read more

Editorial: Veterans Day thoughts

Few Americans serve or have served in the nation’s armed forces or have family members in the military service, so special commemorations, like Veterans Day, become all the more important for fellow citizens to take the time and reflect upon and renew the promise to those who have served and are still serving the cause of peace, justice and liberty and, increasingly, in many hot spots around the world. The number of military veterans totals about 22 million, according to U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs data. Combining that number on veterans to active duty military personnel (about 1.4 million), means … Read more

EDITORIAL: Election choices

The only contested race this municipal election season is Region 9 Board of Education. Democrat Maureen P. Williams is vying for one of two seats held by incumbent Republicans Catherine Gombos and Todd Johnston. All three candidates are parents and stakeholders with children who have graduated from or currently attend Joel Barlow High School. All three candidates are qualified for the position. Williams waited until her three children had gone on to college or grad school to seek a seat on the board so she would have plenty of time to devote to service. As an attorney, she has worked … Read more

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