EDITORIAL: One thing we didn’t like this week, 8 we liked

EDITORIAL: One thing we didn’t like this week, 8 we liked

We didn’t like this week

A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.

We liked this week

Responding to the incident at the U.S. Capitol, Biden called for the restoration of “simple decency.”

The Connecticut General Assembly began its 2021 session Wednesday outside a state Capitol still closed to the public due to COVID-19. Much of the legislative session will be conducted remotely. There were peaceful demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions, in favor of religious exemptions to vaccination, and in support of President Trump.

Police and city officials Tuesday remembered David Paul, an infant found frozen to death after being abandoned in a South Meriden parking lot 33 years ago. Every year members of the Meriden Police Department hold the remembrance ceremony at Walnut Grove Cemetery on Old Colony Road. 

Prompted by continued car thefts and burglaries, thousands of Southington residents joined online groups as part of neighborhood watch efforts. Members share home surveillance camera images, watch for suspicious activity and report it to police.

The Wallingford Public Library decided to ring in the new year by going fines-free, eliminating most late fines on overdue materials. Revenue from late fines accounts for only 0.3 percent of the library’s total budget.

Gov. Ned Lamont said he is directing another $31.2 million to the state’s nursing homes, which have become financially strapped as occupancy has plummeted during the pandemic and costs associated with staffing, protective gear and testing materials have risen.

Meriden native Justin Piccirillo has a new book about the history of Hubbard Park and industrialist Walter Hubbard, compiling more than 200 photos of Hubbard and the park from 1898 to 2020. “Hubbard Park (Images of America)” tells the story of the creation of the city’s premier park.

Connecticut residents, businesses and landlords are getting a three-month grace period on local taxes due to the COVID-19 pandemic — but exactly how much they'll end up paying will depend on where they live. In some towns, the tax deferment will be interest free, while in others it will come with a lowered interest rate. Other conditions also vary by municipality.

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