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‘A fruitful pairing’?   Published Apr 20, 2014
In the 19th century, the British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Maybe this doesn’t apply in Wallingford because we have been consumed by more adult-rated topics. We … more ...
Community Spouses   Published Apr 19, 2014
It is a shocking experience when a husband or wife first learns that his or her spouse must be admitted to a facility for long-term care. Often the spouse living outside of the facility in the community is terrified about … more ...
‘Someone else’s dime’   Published Apr 13, 2014
Every month of April is a miserable time to be an elected official in a Connecticut municipal government. It’s the time when every town and city runs up against the reality that there is not enough money to come even … more ...
Complex, worthy issues   Published Apr 6, 2014
Democratic town councilor John Sullivan, who is not usually known as a heretic, recently suggested that more precise budgeting and use of reserves could keep taxes lower. He said, “We are building a huge resource of taxpayer money above and … more ...
Charter revision   Published Mar 30, 2014
Wallingford’s Town Charter has been the subject of a couple of recent Record-Journal articles in recent days. One concerned a Councilor’s interpretation that administration of the “Dog Pound Trust” belongs to the Council and the other concerned supervision of the … more ...
“I challenge anyone to take a glass and fill it with Mirror Lake water and drink it. I don’t think there would be any takers.” — March 21, 2014 R-J Readers Opinions This statement was made protesting the stocking of … more ...
How ‘grand’ is the list?   Published Mar 23, 2014
Governments are good at passing out money in order to underwrite profitable businesses. They’ve had lots of practice at it, as that’s what they do. Presumably, we’re happy with this system because, we’re told over and over again, it’s for … more ...

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“As Dr. King taught us, if the arc of history bends toward justice – and I believe it does – then it bends not by its own weight but by the hands of those who dare to reach; humble hands; … more ...
Once more, as always, for Jordan   Published Mar 23, 2014
Hey, did I ever tell you I was adopted? No, not by Mike and Jean Roberts, they were my real birth parents. They had me along with my brothers Pete, Dave and Paul. But there was this kid I sort … more ...
Economic heartburn   Published Mar 16, 2014
Even a cursory review of Connecticut’s history – and Wallingford’s, for that matter – will reveal a rich history of innovative business enterprise built by the likes of Eli Whitney, Samuel Colt and Seth Thomas, to name but three. And … more ...
Here I was ready to welcome the month of March with open arms as I envisioned some early open-water fishing. Ha! What a mistake that was! March became a dirty word, and growled and snarled, as it came in more … more ...
Of bonding, budgets and boards   Published Mar 9, 2014
The Board of Education caused a bit of a kerfuffle when it submitted its funding requests for the new fiscal year. For the first time ever, it highlighted a capital project in a separate portion of its budget. Councilor Tom … more ...
‘Serve the time’   Published Mar 6, 2014
Now that the trial of Frankie “The Razor” Resto is over and he has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for the murder of Ibrahim Ghazal, it’s time for the people of Meriden to understand the unambiguous truth and … more ...
The full picture, please   Published Mar 2, 2014
The Town of Wallingford has begun building a budget for the next fiscal year, and, as is customary, the Board of Education is the first out of the gate with their proposal. Two recent articles in the Record-Journal concerning their … more ...
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