November 7th, 2016

US Senate Race

by Christopher O'Brien

This year’s State Senate race should have been very interesting, however most media outlets neglected to cover it.

For our part, we apologize.

What does a US Senator do?

According to the Constitution, each state has two US Senators. Besides being tasked as a jury in the event a federal official is impeached, the US Senate focuses greatly on foreign policy. Each US Senator serves for 6 years with only 1/3 of the body being replaced in each election.

This year, Dick Blumenthal is completing his first term. His Republican challenger is a three term State Representative and former Air Force pilot Dan Carer from Bethel. Libtertarian candidate Richard Lion and Green Party candidate Jeffrey Russell are also running.

There has only been one debate in the race, taken at WFSB 3 a few weeks ago. Readers may want to watch this interesting exchange of issues.

Dan Carter has been relentless in attacking Dick Blumenthal through weekly press releases for months, however state media has only begun covering this race last week. This is very unfortunate because in our view, Blumenthal has avoided important questions on foreign policy, and when he does take a stand, it is of little substance but firmly behind Hillary Clinton.

As such we endorse Dan Carter for the seat – he brings a variety of experience and knowledge that can better serve Connecticut residence than the current officeholder. Blumenthal has balked at commenting on the role of Putin, Kim Jong Il and whether or not the United States should take a stronger role in Syria.

November 7th, 2016

State Legislative Endorsements

by Christopher O'Brien
Live in Connecticut?
Given the tax increases we have had already, and the ones still being proposed, you should think twice about voting for a Democratic legislator.
Let’s recap. Frankly, it started before Malloy when an overwhelming Democratic legislature decided to double our fees at the DMV. Then Malloy – after pledging not to raise taxes, instituted the largest and second largest income-tax increases in state history. The gas tax is still one of the highest in the country, and gee… can you find a job?
We all know friends and neighbors who have left. The rest of us are thinking about it too.
But wait… there’s even more taxes to come. Malloy and Democrats are considering a mileage tax! This would require the state – your Big Brother – to install a GPS device that tracks how far you drive. This may be only one step removed from tracking WHERE you drive. And there are other things that may be taxed as well. At the same time, Legislative Democrats are cutting funding to hospitals, disabled, and the poor, while giving money to Sikorsky just for sticking around, a special deal with Pratt and Whitney and ESPN just to stay here, and paying other businesses to move from one city to another. But even more businesses – from large General Electric moving from Fairfield to Boston, to smaller businesses, and even small businesses going out of business altogether.
On the Public Safety front, Connecticut is becoming a more dangerous place overall. Gov. Malloy and legislative Democrats approved an early release program for criminals who did not finish their sentences, or rehabilitative efforts. By our count, these releases have resulted in at least 3 murders and a rape of a child. Feel-good laws have been passed on gun control and human trafficking, but nothing practical which would prevent actual criminals to be stopped in their tracks, or sexual abuse victims to be assisted until after their perpetrators make their own mistakes to be arrested.
We spent nearly $1 billion on a busway from New Britain to Hartford while freight and railways continue to crumble. Parks are almost not opened at all during the summer, and while Democratic legislators claim to not have raised taxes this past year, they did cut disbursements to local towns- forcing towns to raise THEIR taxes instead.
This shell game has to end.
Thankfully, Wolcott has been well represented by two of the most fiscally conservative legislators in the State. Rob Sampson and Joe Markley not only have called out the unjustices in Hartford, they both have independently broken from their “go along to get-along” Republican Party members at times when it counted too.
We proudly endorse Markley and Sampson to another term – and look forward to more like- minded Republicans to join them in Hartford. Hopefully a critical mass will be elected on Tuesday that includes moderate Democrats that know how to get Connecticut back on track.
November 6th, 2016

Wolcott Voter Guide

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott voters will have an opportunity to approve or reject a question on the ballot this Tuesday. A piece of property on Nichols Road is being offered for $325,000. The property is already surrounded by town land at the BAW ball fields and the lower pavilion area of Woodtick Recreation Area.

Voting will take place from 6 am until 8 pm. As long as you are in line at 8 pm, you will be permitted to vote.

Voters are reminded that State Law prohibits any campaigning or visible campaign material – including clothing – inside a polling station or within 75 of the entrance. Try to respect fellow voters’s difficult considerations by refraining from wearing such clothing, even if it contains only a slogan that refers to a candidate. Voter are allowed to bring in notecards or pieces of paper for their voting reference. Photographing your ballot is allowed in Connecticut. Of course all of these rules assume there is no disruptions and moderators have some discretion enforcing them. While issues can usually be worked out at the polling place, others can be referred to the Secretary Of State’s office

Wolcott voters will select which 14 candidates will represent them for national and state offices on Tuesday. As voters move from local elections to President, their options tend to get larger this year. Only one candidate is running for State Representative, while four candidates can be found running for US Senate and electors for President and Vice President. Not listed on the ballot are over 20 write- in candidates for President and 2 for US Senate.

Wolcott’s Sample Ballot can be found HERE: wolcott2016ballot

Are you registered to vote? Be sure to avoid any hassles by checking on the Secretary of State’s voter lookup page. This will also give you your voting location and which party you are affiliated with. District 1 votes at Tyrrell School’s gym, District 2 at Wolcott High School’s gym, and District 3 at Wakelee School’s gym. Park in the back at Wakelee.

Not Registered yet? Connecticut has same-day voter registration. New residents or others who missed the deadline can do this at Town Hall between 6 am and 8 pm. Bring proof of residency and ID with you. You can contact the Registrar’s of Voters (or in their absence, the Town Clerk) at 203-879-8100 for more information.

November 5th, 2016

Saturday Presidential Roundup

by Christopher O'Brien

If you haven’t made up your mind on the Presidential election, you’re not alone.

Through interviews, we’ve found many voters still fraught with the choice of two popular -and also unpopular candidates, and trying to determine if there is an alternative. Each day until the election, we will attempt to provide links on the news of the day for each of the most plausible 5 Presidential candidates. Four are on the ballot in Connecticut, and a write-in candidate has a probability to earn electoral votes.

First, we’ll briefly highlight the event of the day for each campaign. Then, we’ll cover a policy issue for each. Finally, we understand that some folks might weigh their decision between two candidates based upon polling data. We’ll provide the approximately projected Electoral Vote count nationwide.

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November 5th, 2016

Mickey Mouse Not Eligible for Write-ins

by Christopher O'Brien

Does your vote count?

If you plan on writing in the name of “Mickey Mouse”,  Bernie Sanders, or Tom hanks on the write- in line of your ballot, you very well could be wasting your time. Your vote will not be counted.

That’s not to say that Mickey Mouse isn’t a popular option, nor that Tom Hanks might be a better President than the other candidates in 2016. Of any candidate over the past 80 years, Mickey is probably the most popular. However, state laws, require that a candidate be registered with the Secretary of State’s office, so we may never know how many votes he’s ever actually had.

Denise Merrill’s office released a list of 20 eligible names for write-in votes last week. State law says that voters can write in the pair of President and Vice President candidates, or simply just write in the name of the Presidential candidate in the write-in space provided on your ballot. Either will count for a vote for the candidate ticket specified by the voter.

Click HERE for the list of eligible write-in candidates

Have trouble spelling your candidate’s name? No problem, as long as the spelling errors are minor and the election worker would understand the intent of the voter. But, it still helps to write the name on a piece of paper to take with you to the polls, especially in case two eligible names might be similar. You don’t want to write “McCain” when you intend “McMullin”. Oh, and make sure your handwriting is legible!

Learn about some of the local write-in candidates for President

There’s another qualification for write-in votes

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September 17th, 2016

Man Loses Gun on Trail

by Christopher O'Brien
Mill Pond Trail goes around Scovill Reservoir

Mill Pond Trail goes around Scovill Reservoir

A local man may face charges after falling on the Mill Pond Trail Friday afternoon. A passerby called 911 after finding the man having trouble getting off the ground while walking a small dog near the Munson Rd. parking lot. When Wolcott Police and Ambulance personnel arrived,

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September 17th, 2016

Tag Sales Abound Today

by Christopher O'Brien
Tag Sale Locations 2016

Tag Sale Locations 2016

Get your wallet ready for some deals Saturday for the 2016 annual Town Wide Tag Sale!

Over 38 different locations have signed up with the Mayor’s office this year to host tag sales today. Saturday is the official day for the sale, although some homeowners may extend their’s into Sunday – while others will only do their’s for a single day. The list of locations is below and has been organized by neighborhood for your convenience.

 

North End

80 Cedar Ave.

14 Hunters Ridge

Company #2 Firehouse – North Street (multi family)

1233 Spindle Hill Rd.

1507 Woodtick Rd.

 

Center of Town

40 August Ave.

46 August Ave.

458 Boundline Rd.

500 Boundline Rd.

164 Brooks Hill Rd.

70 Center St.

7 Chandler Dr.

7 Harrison Dr.

91 Harrison Dr.

92 Kalko Dr.

1 Short Ave.

38 Sunset La

 

West Side

78 Bayview Cir.

226 Beach Rd.

4 Birchwood Ct.

9 Birchwood Ct.

6 Deepwood Rd.

7 Disanto Dr.

45 Edgemont La.

7 Kimberly Ct.

76 Kingswood La.

27 Overvale Dr.

114 Potuccos Ring Rd.447 Wolcott Rd.

690 Wolcott Rd. (near Wolcott Bait & Tackle)

 

 

Woodtick / Hitchcock Lake

44 Colman Dr.

64 Farview Ave.

8 Frisbie Cir.

Kimberly Ct.

50 Knollwood Dr.

18 Mohawk Dr.

12 Scovill Rd.

19 Scovill Rd.

20 Wolf Hill Rd. – Clearview Condos

June 9th, 2016

Ambulance Fundraiser at 5 Guys

by Christopher O'Brien

Customers at Five Guys Flipping Pies will be doing more than eating a delicious meal Friday night. Owner Bill Acousti says he will donate 10% of all take-out or eat-in orders to Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Association’s efforts to train townspeople in CPR.

Wolcott was designated as a “Heart Safe” community several years ago. The title requires a certain number of townspeople to be trained in CPR and also make life-saving Defibrilators (known as AED’s) at public places in town.

Currently all public buildings, including the five elementary schools, the library and golf course have AED’s available should a patron collapse. They can be used by any trained user and have instructions on the unit.

April 26th, 2016

Delegates? Do Votes Count? How this “Primary Thing” Works in Connecticut

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

There has been alot of discussion about delegates, conventions, and votes in recent weeks.  Today Connecticut Democrats and Republicans have their say (sorry unaffiliated – you didn’t join the club, so you sit this out) in who their nominees should be.

Donald Trump in particular has raised many questions about the process. Some of what he says is political persuasion and posturing. The rest are honest questions that many political novices are asking. When you hear the answers, asterisks, parenthesis and tangents show that those answers are not neat and simple from state to state. The Whisper’s editor, Chris O’Brien has been intimately involved with Presidential elections since 2008, working for five candidates, including three just this year. Its amazing how fast these primary campaigns last. When they are decided in July, there will still be a four month long General Election.

Each state is allocated a particular number of delegates based upon their population and how many federal and statewide officeholders that party has. We’ll start with the Democratic Party first, because its the easiest to understand. Connecticut has 78 delegates at stake today. They will be apportioned between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders based on the vote. And that’s it.

So, if Bernie has a landslide win,

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April 26th, 2016

Our Democratic Endorsement: Senator Sanders

by Christopher O'Brien

Here at the Whisper, we pride ourselves in doing deep background on candidates. This year’s election is no different, except for the interesting types of people who have thrown their hat into the ring for our nation’s top job. To be fair, we have three branches of government with checks and balances. Yet, throughout the history of our Republic, the Presidency has a unique position of power. He (or she) commands the military and its nuclear weapons, engages in diplomacy among nations, appoints Supreme Court and other federal justices, manages a sprawling beauracracy of over 3 million employees that must provide services of justice and fairness to all Americans. These are just part of a few of the tasks of President. The rest are laid out in the Constitution or been acquired over the decades.

Let’s first start with the Democratic nomination. 78 Delegates are at stake, all awarded proportionately. A large win could help the underdog overcome the odds, or force him to consider the purpose of his campaign. A close win probably won’t change much at all.

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