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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

A New Process Begins

The public hearing on Academy was buzzing April 11. I thank all our Madison residents who attended and voiced their opinion. The evening had quite the diversity of input, but to me it seemed clear ...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

Don’t Walk Backward

The Scranton Library is a treasure for the residents of Madison and surrounding areas. Young students and men and women of all ages depend on the Scranton Library when searching for facts and...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

Shocked and Dismayed

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the Board of Finance (BOF) by majority vote, but not unanimous, approved a budget that represents a $300,000 cut to the library operating budget. That represents a ...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

About Quality of Life

I encourage members of the Board of Finance to reconsider their plan to cut our library’s budget by $300,000, especially since the library has offered to take a $100,000 cut, which would...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

The Quality of the Town

My husband and I have lived in Madison for 20 years and have always considered the Scranton Library an illustration of the quality of the town.I am writing this from Honolulu where we are...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

Harness the Power

The next steps in the process of deciding the future of Academy School were advanced by many who spoke at another very well-attended public hearing last week: Let us now reopen the public...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

A Funny Thing Happened

Let’s not rush to referendum on a development bid regarding the Academy site, now targeted for this November by First Selectman Tom Banisch. At his urging, we’re barreling down a one-...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

The Decision Gets Complicated

The sentiments expressed in the April 11 Academy hearing were overwhelmingly in favor of not commercializing the property, but from there, the decision gets complicated. This letter hopes to...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

In No Way Necessitated

The proposed Madison town budget for next year includes a $300,000 reduction to the Scranton Memorial library’s budget. That’s a whopping 24 percent of our town library’s...

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Letters • Published April 11, 2018 08 a.m.

Something Has to Change

Imagine doing your job wrong and not getting fired for it. That is what happened this winter with our Connecticut meteorologists!I know there are many factors in making our town’s...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

Needs More Time

First Selectman Tom Banisch’s plan to cannibalize the fields at Academy, in our historic district, is not in our best interest and I believe it will not reduce our taxes.Long ago,...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

This Will Happen

Did you know that there are four current proposals for high density development of Academy School, including developing the open space and ball fields behind Academy? Are Madison residents...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

Should Remain As Is

What price does the town of Madison place on open space in its center? A mass of cluster housing is just plain obscene!The town should realize the green and the area to the west happen to...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

Not a Done Deal

First Selectman Tom Banisch is telling us that we must choose between four high-density housing developments for Academy School and the five acres of open space behind it. Most folks think this is ...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

What is the Cost?

The decision we make today about Academy School will define our town for years to come. The fate of Academy School is really a question of town planning. This building sits in the heart of our...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

Finally Take Action

We’re now entering the fifth month of debating a fracking waste ban ordinance for the Town of Madison. At the public hearing on March 26 ,one citizen suggested that this ordinance unjustly...

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Letters • Published March 28, 2018 08 a.m.

Must Give the Option

When we last debated publicly, the Academy School vote was going to be whether or not to sign a lease with Shoreline Arts Alliance for a cultural arts center. How did we go from the lease of a...

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

The Heart of our Town

As a frequent user of the library, I’m greatly concerned to hear of the Board of Selectman’s budget recommendation.I believe in fiscally responsible governance, and if...

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

A Bipartisan Issue

This letter is in response to Bob Roxborough, who feels that the push to ban toxic fracking waste from our town is a push by the left-wing (March 1 letter “Alert the Community”]....

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

A Building-Only Option

Since the Board of Education turned Academy School over to the Town of Madison in 2011, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and public have grappled with what to do with this historic building....

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

As Good Stewards

My husband Jon and I attended a public hearing on March 13 conducted by the Guilford Board of Selectmen to vote on instituting an ordinance to ban fracking waste in Guilford. After unanimously...

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

Pruning is Essential

Have not the Madison townspeople learned their lesson yet? When are they going to wake up? Why are so many afraid to have a few trees cut down, or at least trimmed as recommended by Eversource?...

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

Health Risks Are Real

I’m writing in support of the Madison fracking waste ordinance. This isn’t a referendum on fracking. It’s simply an effort to ban the toxic, radioactive wastes from our town....

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Letters • Published March 14, 2018 08 a.m.

A Disproportionate Reduction

The Board of Selectmen cut to the Scranton Memorial Library budget is a destructive and unnecessary measure. The library comprises 1.5 percent of the overall town budget, but this disproportionate ...

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Letters • Published March 14, 2018 08 a.m.

A Prime Priority

We attended the joint board meeting on March 5, which was a public hearing on the proposed budget for the Town of Madison. Part of the recommendation was a 25 percent cut in operating funds for...

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