Editorial: Wasted college stress

Kids are stressed out — really stressed out — about getting into college. It’s unnecessary, and unfortunate. “There’s so much pressure put on you to do everything to buff that résumé,” a student interviewing for a Youth Commission seat told the selectmen last week. “… The competition to get into school is really the main pressure.” Parents aren’t the whole … read more

Editorial: Sewer plant’s limits

Keep things green — as green as possible. Limit the pavement, the rooftops, the traffic. Few values will find more widespread support among Ridgefielders than the desire to slow the inevitable creep of urbanization. Ridgefield is a former farming village turned suburban bedroom community. Let’s not rush the growth from residential suburb to quasi-urban sprawl. That’s why the Water Pollution … read more

Editorial: Join the aristocracy

Ever have a sad laugh at the expense of those societies where a strongman holds show elections and runs unopposed, or against token hand-picked opposition — and is “elected” with 98% of the vote? Our system is different. We can choose — from the Republican, the Democrat, or a protest vote for a candidate from a smaller party, like the … read more

Editorial: On to the voters

With months of research and discussion behind it, the Charter Revision Commission has decided not to back away from its recommendation that the Inland Wetlands Board be separated from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Board of Selectmen should accept that decision and allow the proposed charter change to go to voters in November. As the charter process works, the … read more

Editorial: A heart’s gift

A rich and full life was enjoyed by former selectman Michael Venus, who died peacefully on July 1. The testimony of his time might be to live well, serve the community, and enjoy. But his 74 years also serve as reminder of the priceless gifts people make by choosing to be organ donors. Growing up in Ridgefield, Mike Venus worked … read more

Editorial: Social media restraint

In the seemingly inexorable march of new technology, it was inevitable that a public official in town would eventually be embroiled by behaviors demonstrated in social media’s limitless highway — a domain where thoughts can be posted without caution, or moderation. Just because an outcome looks unavoidable, it doesn’t necessarily warrant a pardon. And that’s why Scotland Elementary School parents … read more

Editorial: Remembering war

“The Great War,” it was called, “the war to end all war.” World War I didn’t end war. And it wasn’t great — just large. Wars may be for a great cause, or achieve good ends. World War I launched the Atlantic alliance of American and European democracies that guards freedom to this day. Events and celebrations remember the devotion … read more