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

Selectmen look to eliminate or consolidate town positions

Town employee positions will fall under scrutiny — and maybe the budget axe — as the selectmen seek to hold down town spending in the coming 2017-18 budget. A focus on “positions we can eliminate” was raised by Selectmen Bob Hebert at the board’s first budget meeting Monday night. “Looking at positions,” Hebert said to First Selectman Rudy Marconi, “the … read more

Governor’s budget would mean $4.4-million hit to town

A coalition of the rich and angry? Towns holding back taxes collected for the state? Ridgefield’s selectmen were talking about it. Aghast at a nearly $4.4-million hit that Ridgefield would take next year under Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget, the Board of Selectmen sketched out a three-part plan to fight back against what they see as an unfair targeting of wealthier … read more

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