Letters to the Editor: Redding-Easton Budget

Redding budget — let’s work with real numbers To the Editor: Most of what I hear about the impact of the town budget, overlaid on a townwide revaluation, seems to be a combination of confusion and political talk — but numbers, if honestly discussed, are more objective than political talk. The town’s budget is proposed to go up by 2.35%. That is how much more money it needs to collect from us taxpayers. Any amount or percentage other than this is due to the revaluation and will vary greatly from house to house with some higher, some lower than 2.35%. … Read more

Letter: Redding Garden Club plant sale was a success

To the Editor: The Redding Garden Club thanks the town for supporting our annual Plant Sale on May 12 at Lonetown Farm. Attendees found a great choice of outstanding perennials that are tried and true, new cultivars released this year, tomatoes, herbs, and annuals of every description. The garden tools and the Second Hand Rose treasures were perfect as gifts for Mom. Our members put in many hours of preparation and on-site support, talking with neighbors, suggesting plant combinations to complement design plans, offering plant care tips, and even appearing as Polly the Pollinating Bee. Their labor made this event … Read more

Letter: Redding officials need to eliminate positions

To the Editor: Our elected officials need to conduct a fundamental review of what services our town government, including our schools, provides and how, but right now we need to get a budget in place for the year starting July 1. Do not consider, for even a fleeting moment, raiding the town’s fund balance. That is our savings account that the Board of Finance worked years to build up and sustain. Furthermore, our current Board of Finance leadership needs to consider our local economy when deliberating what level of spending is appropriate. The Redding Board of Education needs to propose … Read more

Letter: Boucher provides effective governance in Hartford

To the Editor: In the April 26 edition of your paper, you ran an article on Republican Toni Boucher’s decision to seek re-election as a State Senator and an article on Democrat, Will Haskell’s decision to run for Toni’s current seat. While we’re unfamiliar with Mr. Haskell’s qualifications, we do know that Ms. Boucher has served the interests of our state exceptionally well in the years she’s been in office. Her effectiveness has been demonstrated in spades by the high percentage of bipartisan votes she’s received in all of her elections. As Connecticut natives, we’ve seen many politicians and we’ve … Read more

Letter: Run for the Cows was a success

Dear Editor: New Pond Farm just hosted its seventh annual Run for the Cows with 1,200 runners,  dedicating themselves to the Seven-Mile Run, the Half Marathon, and the Mighty Cow Challenge, as well as 125 energetic Piglet Prancers. We were especially honored to have the legendary Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson with us. Inspiring stories abounded. Some people ran in memory of loved ones, others ran to celebrate a triumph over a health challenge, many ran for the pure joy of it and to celebrate New Pond Farm, but everyone was focused on doing their personal best. This was … Read more

Letter: Noise from gunfire ruins town’s peace and quiet

To the Editor: When a bullet pierces the headboard of a resident’s bed [see letter April 26], the law that gives a pass to target shooters needs revision. I live near the Easton/Redding town line, where target shooting by a neighbor has ruined the peace of many Sunday afternoons with explosive booms that indicate heavy weaponry. A firearms ordinance should be part of a noise ordinance. According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 75 municipalities in Connecticut have noise pollution ordinances that prohibit extreme decibels — to name a few: Bridgeport, Danbury, Derby, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, … Read more

Letter: Redding resident upset over stolen Easter flowers

To the Editor: I am so upset. I set potted flowers on my husband’s, inlaws’, and parents’ graves in the Umpawaug Burial Grounds in West Redding. For Easter, they looked lovely. After the last snowstorm, I went to see how they were. They survived and looked great. Just the other day, I went to see how they were doing, only to discover someone had stolen two pots of tulips. What kind of a criminal would do this? I am filled with many emotions, many of which I am not proud to have. Please pray this criminal will be punished. Edith … Read more

Letters: Vote No on the Redding budget

Vote No on the Redding budget How can things get so bad in a few months? The Board of Finance is considering a number of initiatives beginning with a $2-million budget increase. How can Redding taxpayers afford this? I urge everyone to check how much your tax bill will increase if this budget is passed, guessing significant. Property values are sure to plummet. There is also talk that perhaps the fund balance will be raided, which is exactly how Redding got in trouble in 2007. I spent 10 years working with finance board members to restore the fund balance to … Read more

Letters: Vote Yes on the Redding budget

Vote Yes on the Redding budget Every day I wake up in Redding, I am grateful for those who plotted our path generations ago, grateful for my caring friends and neighbors, grateful that my family is safe, grateful that my son is receiving a top-notch education, grateful for our beautiful town and all it has to offer. I am also grateful for the excellent job our boards did of keeping costs down. While there is a proposed spending increase of 3.4%, it includes a new Security Resource Officer at Barlow and a larger share of Redding students going to Barlow, … Read more

Letter: Redding education budget is too high

To the Editor: I’m writing to express my concern about the proposed increase in the Redding town budget, which I understand is driven mostly from the Board of Education. I understand that the mill rate will be required to increase nearly 10% to accommodate this budget increase. Redding is competing with surrounding towns for prospective home buyers, not to mention keeping existing residents. Certainly education and the quality of our schools is a key benefit to living in Redding.  But so too is the mill rate and corresponding taxes. I ask the BOE to make some hard decisions about reducing … Read more

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