Archive for November, 2015

November 9th, 2015

Bears to Invade Library

by Christopher O'Brien

BearsinCTThe Library will host a talk about black bears Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm.

Black bears have become a more common site in Wolcott and Connecticut in the past ten years, as populations of bears have risen above 400. There is some talk of holding an annual hunt to keep their numbers down.

The talk will be given by Paul Colburn, a Master Wildlife Conservationist. He will discuss the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, their habitat, diet, and behavior as well as ongoing research efforts. 

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November 9th, 2015

Language Rebrands Politics

by Christopher O'Brien

By State Senator Joe Markley

Acerbic comedian and commentator George Carlin hated euphemisms, believing they weaken language and muddle discourse. He used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example—an eight-syllable phrase so unwieldy it became an acronym: PTSD.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

The affliction now known as PTSD was originally called Shell Shock. Coined in World War I, these two alliterative syllables perfectly communicated the cause, nature, and severity of the diagnosis. During World War II, Shell Shock became Battle Fatigue; in Vietnam, Battle Fatigue got dumped for PTSD.

Those four letters are so ill-defined that now they can apply to car crash survivors as well as tortured prisoners of war. Frankly, I wonder if our veterans would get better treatment if they had Shell Shock instead of PTSD,

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November 5th, 2015

Legislative Leaders, Malloy Agree on Budget Shortfall

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart

Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy agreed Wednesday to close a $350-to-$370 million mid-year budget shortfall after a second round of negotiations.

Last week legislative leaders emerged from their first budget negotiation with Malloy and agreed to determine the size of the shortfall. Now that they’ve agreed, they will spend the next week coming up with suggested spending cuts to fill the hole.

 

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November 5th, 2015

Republicans Target Malloy, Even Though Not on Ballot

by Christopher O'Brien

By Christine Stuart

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s name isn’t on the ballot today, but you wouldn’t know it from the Republican Party’s rhetoric, robocalls, or mailers.

Republican Party Chairman JR Romano said with a 32 percent approval rating Malloy is unpopular and Democratic mayors and first selectman have done nothing to speak out against his policies.

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November 5th, 2015

Writers Wanted

by Christopher O'Brien

Thanks for choosing the Wolcott Whisper as your local news source covering the elections. During any local emergency, we strive to inform you what’s going on as well.

We started the Whisper in 2009 so that you would be more connected to the place you call home. Newspapers used to have staffers assigned to single towns and write several articles of week. It was where we read about Eagle Scouts, girl scouts, and the high school baseball team’s runs and outs. You got to know your local leaders and how their decisions affect you and your neighbors. Once in awhile you would learn about a local resident who reached their 105th birthday, a veteran who played a pivotal role a war, as well as local volunteers making a difference.

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November 4th, 2015

GOP Sweeps Back Into Office; Dunn Re-Elected

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

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Mary Hernandez congratulates Tom Dunn on his re-election at the VFW Tuesday night

The Republican ticket that began four years ago will return to office for a third term, as the GOP rebuffed a barrage of accusations by Democrats. It may be unprecedented that so many candidates on one ticket have consistently won re-election to both the Town Council and Board of Education.

“The voters supported the Republican team for another two years. They agree that our team does what’s in the best interest of Wolcott,” said Republican Town Committee chairman Sean Hughes Tuesday night.

Republicans were ready to

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November 3rd, 2015

Our Endorsements

by Christopher O'Brien

This year’s election provides a well qualified group of candidates for voters to choose from. Many have had experience on various boards and commissions in Wolcott, and several newcomers bring a wealth of experience from other towns and from their professional lives. We at the Whisper have decided to highlight some of the candidates whose profiles or work has not been highlighted enough and are uniquely suited for the positions they seek.

We are not selecting candidates for every office, nor for each seat that you have an option to choose from. These are just suggestions and the most notable highlights.

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November 2nd, 2015

Taxes, Contracts, and Management

by Christopher O'Brien

There are two major issues being played out between Republicans and Democrats this election season. Both issues deal with issues of transparency, honesty, and the performance of elected officials outside of the campaign season.

Tomorrow, you the voter will decide whether those involved with those issues deserve a second chance, or should be voted out of office and we allow a new set of residents to make future decisions.

It is refreshing to have an honest discussion about the issues in this year’s municipal elections. We have heard from the candidates- and their profiles are being played on WLCT 96 which can be viewed on the town website, www.wolcottct.org . (Click on any underlined words on the Whisper to be directly linked to relevant pages).

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November 2nd, 2015

How Wolcott’s Government Works… What does that Commission Do?

by Christopher O'Brien

Local politics are often the most personal engagement with our democratic form of government any of us will ever encounter. While the race for President is the best covered on television, very few of us will actually get to meet a presidential candidate. On the other hand, we’re likely to know the Mayor on a first name basis, bump into a Board of Education member at Pat’s or Walsh’s IGA’s, and someone on the Town Council or Zoning Board will be coaching our kid’s soccer team, be standing behind us at Dunkin Donuts or be in the church choir. But do you know what that commission does, and may impact your life in Wolcott?

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November 2nd, 2015

2015 Election Guide

by Christopher O'Brien

Welcome to our 2015 Election Guide. Below is the list of articles and references that can assist you in choosing the candidates that will represent you for the next two years.

If you are new to the Whisper, we should inform you that any word with a dotted line under it is a link. In this post, each link will bring you to the article or item you are looking for. For example, clicking on item #1 Sample Ballot will you bring you to the sample ballot on the State Secretary of State’s website. Also, if you haven’t found us on Facebook or Twitter, please connect to join the conversation.

Oh, two more things. On the Home Page, you’ll find only the first 2-3 lines of an article. Click “Read More” to read the rest of the ariticle. Feel free to leave comments on any post – this is entirely free and there’s no subscription required-  although you can sign up for our news to be delivered conveniently to your email box.

1. Sample Ballot  (click on the words with the dotted underline to be linked to the ballot)

2. Candidate Profile Video

3. Candidate profiles – by office

We apologize, our file was corrupted and unavailable. Please watch the profile video.

4. How does Wolcott’s government work.. and What am I voting for?

5. Two Issues: Taxes, Management and Contracts – Discussion on the issues of the campaign

7. Letter: Republicans Keep High Standards on BOE

8. Our View- a few endorsements