First things first   Published Jul 22, 2014
The federal government has put out a call for help in housing the thousands of unaccompanied children who’ve been flooding across the border from Mexico in recent months. Some states, including Massachusetts and Vermont, have said they’ll take in some … more ...
Feeling sheepish about goats?   Published Jul 21, 2014
Nothing should get anyone’s goat about how Wallingford Planning and Zoning commissioners have handled a proposed regulation change for certain animals. (See Kevin Markowski’s editorial cartoon on this page.) Rather than rush to judgment this month, P&Z members scheduled a … more ...
The road to ruin?   Published Jul 21, 2014
While the federal Highway Trust Fund continues to sputter and stall — it is expected to run out of gas by the end of August, bringing many construction projects to a screeching halt — Congress is in no mood to … more ...
Winners and Losers , 7-19-2014   Published Jul 19, 2014
We liked this week The Southington Town Council authorized the town attorney to write a lease for Southington Community Cultural Arts to occupy the Gura Building on Main Street. According to town officials, the arts group succeeded in raising 80 … more ...
One way for a public official to establish the extent of his or her power is to assert it — and then see what happens. This has been the method followed by Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, starting on his first … more ...
A city event to celebrate   Published Jul 17, 2014
What a shame it would be if Meriden’s Black Expo could not continue. Usually held in June, the event did not take place last month due to a host of issues. Foremost among these are unpaid debts to multiple vendors, … more ...
Farmers Market: downtown growth   Published Jul 16, 2014
It’s open. The Meriden Farmers Market started its season Saturday and will be running, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 25. The location this summer is Cedar Park, at the corner of State … more ...
Right decision   Published Jul 15, 2014
The Southington Police Department was established in 1927, but there were quite a few residents back then who didn’t want the town to have a paid department. “There were many hot verbal battles fought over the matter,” this newspaper reported … more ...
Taking aim   Published Jul 14, 2014
Moving forward, Connecticut politicians would do well to strike a balance between regulating gun manufacturers and encouraging their economic output. Business still boomed in this state for gun-makers even after Dec 14, 2012 — the day Adam Lanza attacked Sandy … more ...
A steady hand   Published Jul 13, 2014
The Meriden City Council has extended City Manager Lawrence J. Kendzior’s tenure for another year, with a 1.25 percent raise. This was the right decision. Much as we believe in democracy — that the chief executive of any municipality should … more ...

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RJ Editorial: Winners and Losers   Published Jul 11, 2014
We liked this week It was a soggy Fourth of July weekend, ushered in by a series of storms — and with the season’s first hurricane surging up the coast, but fortunately staying well out to sea. The skies later … more ...
Coltsville National Park   Published Jul 11, 2014
No Hartford landmark is more striking than the Colt building. Actually, it’s the East Armory of what originally was Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company that thousands of people see every day as they zoom past it on Interstate -91. And, … more ...
Bridging the gap   Published Jul 10, 2014
The imminent depletion of the Highway Trust Fund — a federal account which funnels money to state projects for roads and bridges — is bad timing for Connecticut. The fund is projected to go broke by the end of August. … more ...
Cautious optimism   Published Jul 9, 2014
Last week’s news that six developers have formally expressed interest in the city-owned parcels in downtown Meriden that have been made available for redevelopment is cause for optimism. Those sites are the Record-Journal building, the Hub parcel, 116 Cook Ave., … more ...
‘Reasonable persons’?   Published Jul 8, 2014
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That’s the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, antique punctuation and capitalization intact. … more ...
Pooling resources   Published Jul 6, 2014
Each update on Cheshire’s community pool seems to bring news of another setback. On June 17, Town Council members announced termination of a $1.8 million contract with Signature Structures. Officials had hired that company to build a permanent tension membrane … more ...
Winners and Losers , 7-6-2014   Published Jul 5, 2014
We liked this week Meriden firefighters rescued two kittens that were trapped in a storm drain on Willow Street Monday afternoon. The kittens had fallen into the storm drain and were hiding in a 50-foot long pipe connecting two drains. … more ...
Employer-provided health coverage has always been subject to certain limits — mainly, the limit of what is affordable. But we are not accustomed to having our bosses make health-care decisions for us on the basis of their religious beliefs. A … more ...
Harbor Brook meanders through Brookside Park, which is just down a flight of stairs from Broad Street, on its way to downtown Meriden. Much of the land that makes up the 13-acre park was bought by industrialist Walter Hubbard in … more ...
It was the end of an era, or at least the beginning of the end. Some of the biggest factories in Meriden, New Britain, Bridgeport, Waterbury and other Connecticut cities had just finished winning the war — many of them … more ...
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