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Essex Letters

Letters • Published Sep 21, 2022 08 am

Pragmatic, Passionate, and Tireless Advocacy

I support the re-election of Christine Palm for State Representative in the 36th Assembly District. Christine champions positions that benefit our community with her prag...
Letters • Published Sep 21, 2022 08 am

Let the Committee Know

The Deep River Planning and Zoning Board has elected to continue to allow the black market sale of cannabis at dozens of locations in the town. Approved locations include...
Letters • Published Jul 27, 2022 08 am

Elections Matter

The New York Times on July 10, reported on a Croydon, New Hampshire town meeting to approve the school budget. Attendance was so poor that the handful of voters who ...
Letters • Published Jul 13, 2022 08 am

Results of Time, Effort and Collaboration

On Monday, Ivoryton Village celebrated Independence Day with its 16th annual July Fourth parade. As always, spectators from surrounding towns joined Ivoryton Village resi...
Letters • Published May 25, 2022 08 am

Highly Qualified and Dedicated

I am writing to express my admiration and support for State Representative Christine Palm (D), who has represented the 36th House District since 2019. The district consis...
Letters • Published Nov 03, 2021 08 am

Great Skill and Good Cheer

Nice shot! Essex Fire Marshal John Planas administered the Pfizer booster vaccine on Oct. 22 with great skill and good cheer. Town Hall staff members Maria Lucarelli and ...
Letters • Published Sep 08, 2021 08 am

Helps First Responders

I wanted to write this letter to extend my deepest appreciation for the generous donation made by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. A donation in the amount o...
Letters • Published Jul 21, 2021 08 am

Strength in Numbers

Liberty Bank plans on closing the Essex downtown branch in October. It seems as though it is trying to keep this information from its customers, as we have not been notif...
Letters • Published Jul 07, 2021 08 am

Generosity Appreciated

On behalf of the members of the Essex Fire Department (EFD), I would like to thank everyone in our community who sent in a donation in support of our Annual Appeal sent i...
Letters • Published Jun 16, 2021 08 am

Reconsider

As a longtime personal and business customer, I was dismayed to learn fthat Liberty Bank is closing its Essex branch in October. You know the old saw, “We’re closing your...
Letters • Published May 05, 2021 08 am

Right On

Jane Siris’s concern about littering expressed in her April 22 letter to the editor [“A Scenic Amenity”] is right on. It is awful. Short of increased refunds on deposits,...
Letters • Published Apr 21, 2021 08 am

A Scenic Amenity

I wanted to bring a problem to your attention—littering! I’m not kidding. My neighbor and I collected a full bag’s worth of trash on a quarter mile section of River Road ...
Letters • Published Oct 28, 2020 07 am

Leadership Is Crucial

With such a polarized national election, I have looked to local politics with greater scrutiny. As a resident of Essex, it would be understandable for me to vote for Stat...
Letters • Published Oct 28, 2020 07 am

Compassion, Wisdom, and Joy

A quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln says, “before the age of 40, God is responsible for our face. After the age of 40, we are responsible for our face.” Just looking at...
Letters • Published Oct 21, 2020 08 am

Efforts on Climate Change

State Representative Christine Palm (D-36) has put Connecticut on the national radar as a leader in addressing climate change. Palm is on the ballot to continue as state ...
Letters • Published Oct 21, 2020 08 am

Championed the Environment

In her first term, State Representative Christine Palm (D-36) has championed the environment in her proactive legislation. Most notable, she introduced and won adoption o...
Letters • Published Oct 21, 2020 08 am

Goes Above and Beyond

I support State Senator Norm Needleman (D) for re-election to the 33rd District. He has served as an outstanding first selectman in Essex and is now using his extensive e...
Letters • Published Oct 14, 2020 08 am

Leadership That’s Proactive

I support State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33) for re-election. As a senior in his district, I have benefited from his regular updates about the COVID-19 pandemic and his ...
Letters • Published Oct 14, 2020 08 am

Hard-Working and Effective

I plan to vote for Christine Palm as my state representative on Nov. 3, and hope your readers will, too. She has been a hardworking and tireless advocate for Connecticut ...
Letters • Published Oct 14, 2020 08 am

Of Strong Character

Brendan Saunders is the Republican endorsed candidate for the 33rd Senatorial District. Brendan was born in Connecticut and he and his family have lived in the shoreline ...
Letters • Published Oct 07, 2020 08 am

Supports First Responders

Brendan Saunders will always stand with the working people of the 33rd District. He grew up in Westbrook and he, his wife Mary, and their daughter Jordon now live in Clin...
Letters • Published Oct 07, 2020 08 am

Makes Good Sense

I support the re-election of Norm Needleman for Connecticut State Senate for the 33rd District. It makes good sense. For the past two years, Norm has created an inclusive...
Letters • Published Sep 30, 2020 08 am

Gets the Whole Picture

This year has been like an X-ray revealing what our public servants are made of, whether on the national level or locally. Our state representative for the 36th District,...
Letters • Published Sep 30, 2020 08 am

Brings Sensible Solutions

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33) has been steadfast in his support of our communities through this very trying time. Emails, phone calls, in-person visits—he has kept ...
Letters • Published Sep 23, 2020 08 am

A Salute

Thanks go to all the dedicated volunteers who made our upcoming Water Lantern Celebration a success. Faced with many challenges due to the current COVID-19 situation, it ...
Letters • Published Sep 16, 2020 08 am

A Racist Statement

Great article, “Saunders Challenges Needleman for 33rd District Senate Seat” [Sept. 3] all the way to sentence “Needleman is White; Saunders is Black.” Absolutely irrelev...
Letters • Published Jul 01, 2020 08 am

Impressive and Unforgettable

Since my own graduation from the Valley Regional High School in 1954, I’ve had no occasions to be in contact with any subsequent seniors and, in fact, I know none of the ...
Letters • Published Jun 03, 2020 08 am

Stand Aside

The May 21 story “We Need the Help of People in the Community” discussed the reopening of restaurants in the shoreline area. Since the seating will be limited to outdoors...
Letters • Published May 13, 2020 08 am

Wonderful Opportunities

I would like to give a shout-out to the Essex Land Trust for its admirable work over the years to provide our community with wonderful opportunities for walking and hikin...
Letters • Published May 06, 2020 08 am

Professionalism, Compassion, and Good Nature

In the early hours of April 13, I experienced a calamity that resulted in a broken collar bone and numerous bumps and bruises. Thanks to the careful and efficient work of...
Letters • Published Apr 29, 2020 08 am

Mindlessly Insensitive

During these times of extreme stress and personal tribulation, we found stories in last week’s Courier of people rising above their own concerns, using their unique skill...
Letters • Published Apr 22, 2020 08 am

Never Regret That

Congratulations Zip06 on lovely Spring on the Shoreline magazine. At age 84, there’s not much of direct interest to me, but I loved seeing what else is going on in the wo...
Letters • Published Apr 08, 2020 08 am

Showing our Community Strength

Last week I wrote a note to Norm Needleman, our first selectman, asking if it would be possible to have the American flags decorating our streetlights down Main Street as...
Letters • Published Apr 01, 2020 08 am

A Record-Breaking Success

Sometimes children need to be reminded to say “Thank you,” but when you hear them laughing and screaming with joy on Essex Elementary School’s new swing set later this su...
Letters • Published Mar 25, 2020 08 am

A Plea to Drivers

We had just pulled into our driveway on Route 153, my wife and I and our eight-month-old puppy. As we exited the car, I decided to take the dog for a walk since she was a...
Letters • Published Mar 04, 2020 07 am

All Kinds of Incidents

Early on Monday morning, Feb. 17, we had an unusual incident at our house, and the only thing I could think to do was call the Fire Department for help. No, our cat was n...
Letters • Published Feb 05, 2020 07 am

Deepest Thanks and Respect

Words are difficult to find to express our appreciation for the highly attended and memorable benefit to assist the servers of The Black Seal this past Sunday. Many peopl...
Letters • Published Jan 08, 2020 07 am

The Courier’s Predicament

I applaud the Courier’s position concerning advertisers in its newspaper (re: Jan. 2 letter “Gun Ads Unfit for Community Newspaper” by Debra Paulson). Sensitivity exists ...
Letters • Published Jan 08, 2020 07 am

A Long History

I encourage you strongly not pay too much attention to writers howling about firearms advertising. For a newspaper to give into that sort of thing really is an example of...
Letters • Published Nov 20, 2019 07 am

A Collaborative Endeavor

On behalf of the Essex Elementary School Foundation, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and students at Essex Elementary School for their enthusiasti...
Letters • Published Nov 13, 2019 07 am

To Continue the Work

We are honored that Essex voters have given us another opportunity to serve the town we all love. It is gratifying that so many of our fellow citizens exercised their rig...
Letters • Published Nov 13, 2019 07 am

Make the Necessary Changes

I am a shoreline resident and alumnus of the local Valley Regional High School. For several years now, Valley Regional High School has used a racially and culturally offe...
Letters • Published Nov 13, 2019 07 am

Preserve, Grow, and Improve

It was early morning on Nov. 5, when I pulled my truck into the parking lot at the Essex Town Hall. I stood there all day with my wife Yvette and my campaign manager, Sam...
Letters • Published Oct 30, 2019 08 am

The Most Effective Way

Your readers’ votes on Nov. 5 are vitally important. Amid the divisiveness and uncertainty that now grips our country, casting a ballot in our local election is by far th...
Letters • Published Oct 30, 2019 08 am

No Doom and Gloom

When you have lived in Essex for as long as I have (18 years), you have the experience to compare what’s happening now to the way it was in the old days. We’re still a sm...
Letters • Published Oct 30, 2019 08 am

Incredible Outpouring of Support

Two weeks ago, more than a hundred members of our local community attended 90 Years in Ivoryton, a benefit to raise funds for local afterschool and day camp programs at I...
Letters • Published Aug 28, 2019 08 am

Amazing and Thorough Job

I want to thank you, on behalf of the all animal lovers that your paper serves, for the amazingly comprehensive article on taking care of one’s dogs during the fireworks ...
Letters • Published Aug 07, 2019 08 am

For All They Do

I would like to thank Jim and Nan Crowell from the Ivoryton Tavern. They organized a fundraiser for Special Olympics on July 29. The night was a huge success. More than 8...
Letters • Published Jul 31, 2019 08 am

A Tremendous Success

The eighth annual Run for Chris 5K with the Y was held on June 22, in Essex, attracting many runners from both in and out of state. The Valley Shore YMCA has been a wonde...
Letters • Published Jun 26, 2019 08 am

Managing Their Money Responsibly

As a selectman in Essex, I’m often asked how our town’s budget development process can happen every year without the divisiveness and discord that characterize the proces...