• Should Supreme Court Members Be Elected?

    To the Editor:

  • How A Simple Response Becomes Political Currency

    To the Editor:

    Why are some routine functions of some town departments performed only at the will of the first selectman?

    When a complaint was made to Land Use recently about violations in my neighborhood, a town employee told the caller he would check into it and call her back. He never did.

  • The Budget And Our Quaint Political Wisdom

    Received wisdom in this age of politics and polemics holds that we should do unto others before they do unto us: define opponents in the worst possible light before they can define themselves, ignore facts when possible, and make them up when necessary. Above all, never listen to anyone who might hold a contrary view.

  • The Worst Form Of Government

    Election day is welcomed and celebrated in this country as the culmination of the democratic process — a system that is supposed to make our representative government accountable and self-correcting. It ensures a government of, by, and for the people.

  • Letter of Endorsement

    To the Editor:

  • Don’t Trivialize 12/14 For Political Purposes

    (The following letter to Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor, has been received for publication.)

    Dear Mr. Foley,

    First, let me introduce myself. My name is Karen Wilk, and I work at Sandy Hook School in Sandy Hook (Newtown), CT. You may have heard of us. I have worked at the school for over 17 years now and was very much present on December 14, 2012, when a troubled young man came into my beloved school and gunned down 26 people who meant the world to so many.

  • Hovey Says She Won’t Run Again

    State Representative DebraLee Hovey (R-112) has announced that she is retiring from public service and will not run for reelection in 2014.

    Rep Hovey, who currently serves one of Newtown’s southerly voting districts and all of Monroe, and who has risen to the position of Assistant Republican Leader in the House Republican caucus, made her decision after 12 years in the legislature.

    She will complete her term six-term run on December 31, 2014.

  • Foley Courts Gun Owners Without Promising Sandy Hook Repeal

    MIDDLETOWN – Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley told the state’s largest gun group Tuesday night that he would block further gun-control legislation if elected, but he has no plans to seek repeal of the sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws approved last year in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Legislators Have Led Us To A Perilous Crossroads

    To the Editor:

    After decades of mismanagement, many legislators (national, state and municipal) have forced us down the perilous road to governmental and economic chaos.