Walsh’s Wonderings — Christmas tchotchkes

My wife is a fan of tchotchkes, those decorative trinkets that have no intrinsic function other to annoy innocent husbands everywhere. Tiny figurines and pithy sayings painted on signs soil our shelves like weeds on a manicured lawn. Our window ledges and bookshelves creak under the weight of energy crystals, decorative vases and tiny potted cacti. Holidays, therefore, become opportunities … read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is the one holiday that provides instructions for its celebration right in the name. While it has morphed into one of football’s High Holy Days, it remains one of America’s best occasions for a true family meal. The level of gratitude for that meal varies by family and the amount of political banter your mom allows at the table. … read more

Democratic View: All American holiday

Although special days of thanksgiving have been common in most religions and cultures for millennia, Thanksgiving in the United States is a uniquely unifying American tradition. Prior to the American Revolution, days of thanksgiving were primarily proclaimed by New England church leaders in response to local or regional abundance. President George Washington designated Nov. 26, 1789, as the first national … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Stay involved

Another Election Day has come and gone, and we all survived. Congratulations to all who were victorious in their run for public office. Thank you to every candidate who ran for office. Regardless of the outcome, you made a difference in this election cycle. I offer a huge shout-out to all the volunteers, regardless of your party affiliation, who volunteered … read more

Ridgefield fire marshal’s office gives holiday safety tips (COLUMN)

With the winter months rapidly approaching, the Ridgefield Fire Marshal’s office and the Ridgefield Fire Department would like to remind everyone to be safe this holiday season as we enjoy our time with friends and family. Every year, there are a multitude of circumstances that can occur that result in loss of life and or property. We would like to … read more

Democratic View: Thank you

Tuesday was an historic election and Ridgefield Democrats have much for which we are thankful. Our greatest thanks are to each voter, no matter party or votes cast, for voting. Turnout was high for a mid-term with unofficial tallies of over 12,000 ballots cast, including nearly 1,300 absentee ballots and almost 90 Election Day registrations. That level of participation is … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Review the facts before you vote

This election is not about the president. This election is about what is best for Connecticut and Ridgefield. Democrats want to make this election a referendum on the policies of the president. They want votes based on emotion, fear and anger. I’m asking you to take a breath and review the facts before you vote. Democrats have held every state constitutional seat in … read more

Democratic View: Elect doers, not demagogues

Democrats are the party of doers, initiators, and problems solvers. Across the country and in Connecticut, Democrats outperform Republicans in reducing deficits, stimulating job creation and economic growth, safeguarding education and retirees, maintaining essential services and infrastructure, and raising living standards and quality of life. The Republican Party, meanwhile, is the party of Trump, an organ of demagogues pedaling policies … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Young Democrat for Frey

I’ve been a Democrat for as long as I’ve thought about politics, so when I landed myself an internship with state Rep. John Frey before I graduated RHS, I was skeptical. I’ve always known and respected him as a man, but in the age of polarization I didn’t expect myself to appreciate his politics. During my time working for him, however, I realized … read more

Democratic View: Connecticut’s women deserve a strong advocate

Unsurprisingly, I am a supporter of women, children and families. What may surprise you is how many financial, safety and healthcare issues affecting women come before the state legislature every year. Basic matters of everyday life, such as access to contraception, a woman’s right to choose, hate crimes/discrimination, domestic abuse, paid family leave, and the minimum wage are regularly addressed … read more

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