A complex power market   Published Jul 20, 2014
The arcane business in which the Wallingford Electric Division (WED) operates defies simple description, and it certainly defies simple analysis. So the decision to leave CMEEC, our supplier for twenty years, has spawned many articles in the R-J and more … more ...
Why would seven judges decide that the police can keep information about crime secret from the public? That’s essentially what the state Supreme Court did this month in the case of Commissioner of Public Safety v. Freedom of Information Commission. … more ...
Supreme fumble   Published Jul 15, 2014
An editorial from the Danbury News-Times: The Connecticut Supreme Court fumbled in ruling last week that police can tell the public only the barest of information about a crime while a case is pending. Often, that can be years. The … more ...
‘Nip it in the bud’   Published Jul 13, 2014
The YMCA has presented an idea to town officials that would allow it to use part of Community Lake Park to build a large Y facility. The plan may be slowly and quietly gaining traction. Folks who belong to the … more ...
It all began with the crawler   Published Jul 6, 2014
“C’mon, it’s raining, who wants to pick nightcrawlers?” This would be asked of us kids — my three brothers Pete, Dave and Paul along with your old outdoor writer — by our Dad, Mike. As kids, we would jump at … more ...
Overcoming inertia   Published Jul 6, 2014
Last weekend, two bridges, each weighing 2 million pounds and carrying 6 lanes of I-84 traffic over Marion Avenue in Southington, were replaced using an innovative technique called Accelerated Bridge Construction. In one weekend. This was accomplished by building the … more ...
July 4th should remind us of the enormous freedoms we enjoy in this country, guaranteed by our Constitution. Among them, of course, is the right to worship (or not worship) as we choose. Back when the United States was formed, … more ...
Father’s Day, June 15, 2014, 6 a.m. Two deer are walking down Dogwood Lane in Meriden, cross over onto the front yard of Dave and Lois Wetmore, eat some of their hostas, destroying the plants and then, somehow, get into … more ...
A bridge to somewhere?   Published Jun 29, 2014
Do you remember the kerfuffle over the Bridge to Nowhere? It was to be built in Alaska with about $400 million in federal funds. It would have connected the town of Ketchikan, Alaska (pop. 14,000) with Gravina Island, where the … more ...
Winning recipe for Travelers   Published Jun 23, 2014
CROMWELL — When it comes down to the final assessment, the 2014 Travelers Championship will go in the books as one of the most successful Connecticut stops on the PGA Tour in years. So, without further adieu, here’s my personal … more ...

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Paying the piper   Published Jun 22, 2014
The fiscal year is coming to a close for the Town of Wallingford, and it is an opportunity to look ahead and try to determine what might be coming over the horizon. One subject that will surely be prominent in … more ...
A new spin on the girls’ day out   Published Jun 22, 2014
It was “Ladies Day” in the great outdoors. It was all happening at the Harwinton Rod & Gun Club back on June 1. It’s an event called “Women Gone Wild” and it features events that at one time were mostly … more ...
One of the most remarkable developments over the past quarter century has been the rapid revival of religion in Russia. When the Communists took control of the new Soviet Union after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, there were 50,000 Orthodox churches, … more ...
“How did rich Connecticut morph into one of America’s worst-performing economies?” Forbes Magazine asked in its August 2013 edition. Connecticut has become a bottom-quartile state by almost every measure of economic performance with contraction in its economy in 2011 and … more ...
The brown eyes that rule the man   Published Jun 15, 2014
Do you know that Mike sleeps with three females? Hey, hey! What’s this kinky stuff? Isn’t this supposed to be a hunting, fishing and outdoor column written by “rough and tough” Mike Roberts? Not today, folks, because it’s Father’s Day! … more ...
On the radar screen   Published Jun 15, 2014
It’s a seasonal phenomenon; political drama drops off this time of year. The big stories have come and gone. Remember the year-end audit, which disclosed another big surplus? It was released months ago. The budget process, an agonizingly slow and … more ...
A veteran’s D-Day reflection   Published Jun 13, 2014
Morley Piper of Essex, MA, a D-Day veteran who was in France for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the invasion, spoke at a luncheon hosted by 10 communities liberated by the Allies. The following is the text of … more ...
A gem of a library   Published Jun 8, 2014
One of the features of most towns is the public library, and it is a municipal public service that seems to be almost taken for granted. Furthermore, libraries seem to have a reputation as quiet, serene places that are really … more ...
A day to chase the long nights   Published Jun 8, 2014
This past weekend I went to an amazing game at Fenway Park. I was asked to write about my experience, and I think to properly do this I need to start from the beginning. On December 13, 2012, I was … more ...
Pentecost Sunday (June 8 this year) is widely observed as the birthday of the Christian Church. The second chapter of Acts records how the Holy Spirit descended upon early followers of Jesus in Jerusalem fifty days after his resurrection, and … more ...
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