Senator Toni Boucher explores run for governor

State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) confirmed her exploration Feb. 23 of a new exploratory committee for the governor’s seat. “Like many other good people are doing, I am exploring an exploratory due to increasing pressure from many different fronts and people,” Boucher said in an email to The Wilton Bulletin. She said she has not filed her intentions. “Too many … read more

Democratic View: Why not the best?

The United States was founded on the notion that all men are created equal and have some unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The part about the pursuit of happiness is a particularly American idea. It’s something we should be proud of.   We’ve made mistakes. We’ve gone off in the wrong direction. Sometimes we’ve been … read more

Toni Boucher: Say 'No' to tolls

On Monday, Feb. 27, the legislature’s Transportation Committee will conduct a public hearing on bills proposing tolls and congestion pricing on Connecticut highways. You may know that I have been a longtime opponent of tolls. The main reason I oppose them is because tolls are just another tax on Connecticut drivers and they are taxed enough already. The legislators who … read more

Letter: The day satire ceased to be an effective tool

To the Editor: Last week, a Ridgefield resident published a letter to the editor that started a firestorm among readers. The topic? Voter fraud. His satirical assertion that fraud absolutely occurred because “my president told me so” would probably have been hilarious if read out loud by Melissa McCarthy or Steven Colbert. But in print, for most of us, it … read more

Letter: Trump’s executive order has damaged his administration

To the Editor: The immigration ban has become a major problem for the Trump administration.     In The Ridgefield Press last week there was a good letter from Ann Lundberg, who discussed the extremely long (often two years) vetting process for refugees before they are permitted to enter the U.S. Yet this administration has interrupted the arrival of many refugees … read more

Probate judge’s first public session a success

Regional Judge of Probate Daniel W. O’Grady, a Bethel resident, held his first of several public information sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Bethel Town Hall. The event was attended by approximately 30 residents from Redding, Bethel, Newtown, and Danbury. The judge spoke about the probate system and the probate process. The attendees asked many questions pertaining to wills, powers … read more

Letter: Trump is changing the definition of word ‘disaster’

To the Editor: The word “disaster” used to mean “a dire or catastrophic incident causing harm or tragedy to many people.” Some of the disasters that have harmed the American people in recent history include the financial crisis of 2008; the lack of health insurance for millions of people; the poisoning of some of our water supply and air; the … read more

Opioid crisis faces new threat: Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Four million people could lose life-saving treatment if government officials take back Medicaid expansion and eliminate health benefits in the Affordable Care Act, which requires mental health and addiction coverage.

The prevention community is confronting a new threat in the quest to halt the opioid epidemic that has exploded nationwide: President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof, a nonprofit formed to end the devastation that addiction causes substance users and their families, was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal … read more

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