CitizenOpinion Letters to the Editor
Editor: The US Postal Service is hell-bent on eliminating Saturday delivery and closing many processing centers around the country. If successful, this will be only the first step towards the demise of the Service. This is part of the master plan, concocted by high ranking members of management and certain members of Congress, who preach the concept of privatization. Ask any old timer, in the service, or retiree, and they can tell you of many of the schemes and “experiments” concocted by management, over the years. They always manage to “shoot themselves in the foot.” One such experiment took place in the late 1980s. A local supervisor came up with a plan of moving many carriers to the Brewery Street location in New Haven. This included
many from outlying offices in the New Haven area. The result was much more overtime, more gasoline consumption and, in general, a very expensive deal for the service. (Not to mention, very late mail delivery for many patrons.) The idea was abandoned after about one year. The supervisor involved was rewarded by a transfer to Hartford, and kicked upstairs. The public should be aware of the lesson learned: Do not be taken in by any propaganda put out by Postal Management, at any level. (The writer is a retired letter carrier.) George P. Lamarsh North Haven
Significant strain Editor: Have you heard about the two proposed zoning amendments? At the May 7 Planning and Zoning Meeting at
7 p.m. in the Community Room at the North Haven Library, the commission will be deciding whether or not to adopt Housing Opportunity Zone (HOZ) “common interest condo community” and Affordable Housing Opportunity Zone (AHOZ) “common interest condo community with one-third affordable.” HOZ and AHOZ are in the best interests of greedy developers who are poised to begin building, without objection, unlimited, 150-unit condo communities on R40 zoned parcels (only 10 acres are required) with direct access onto state highways such as Routes 17, 22, 103 and 5. No objections will be allowed because under AHOZ, no public hearings will be required, and under HOZ, no public hearings will be required for detached condos. There will be unlimited See Letters, next page
Monday, May 7 Board of Finance, 7 p.m. Planning & Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 Board of Finance, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Commission on Aging, 6 p.m. Blight Prevention Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Board of Finance, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 North Haven Memorial Library Board, 7:30 p.m.
Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 Parks & Rec Commission, 5:30 p.m. Water Pollution Authority, 7 p.m. Conservations Commission, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 Police Commission, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 Board of Fire Commission, 6 p.m. Inland/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 Economic Development Commission, 8:15 p.m.
The North Haven Citizen Friday, May 4, 2012
Standing up for the middle class By Susan Bysiewicz Since announcing my candidacy for the US Senate in January of 2011, I have had the opportunity to meet with people throughout Connecticut. No matter where I go the story I hear is the same. People feel that America is facing an economic calamity caused by corporate special interests, Wall Street, and a Congress that takes orders from these groups instead of the middle class. The economy is broken, millions of homeowners are underwater on their mortgages, and small businesses cannot get the loans they need to make their business work. This was all caused because Wall Street played fast and loose with the rules and gambled on our economy. They gambled, we lost, and the bill is being paid by us. This is why I wrote an Accountability Plan that outlines real, meaningful, and detailed proposals to hold Wall Street, corporate special interests, and Washington accountable to the middle class. My plan would put the middle class first again, and it wouldn’t cost taxpayers more: in fact, it would reduce the debt nearly $2 trillion over the next 10 years, a lot more than the dysfunctional Washington “debt commission” could muster. My plan starts with a simple idea: make Wall Street repay some of the money they
made on the backs of the middle class through highrisk gambling, and use those funds to help the homeowners who have been dragged down in the economic disaster Wall Street created. Specifically, Wall Street banks committed fraud by selling sub-prime mortgage derivatives at the same time they were betting against those derivatives with credit default swaps. They took outrageous risks on highly leveraged bets. So we should make Wall Street repay this money through a small transaction tax that impacts short-term, high volume trading. With these funds, we can provide mortgage relief to middle class families whose homes are now worth less than they owe. This will help millions of middle class homeowners, stabilize the housing market, boost our economy, and save our country nearly $1.4 trillion over the next ten years. My plan also returns our focus in this country to the middle class: giving them the tax breaks, not the big corporations, and giving them the loudest voice in Washington, not the special interests, lobbyists, and incumbent Members of Congress who exist in a cozy Washington cocoon. It would end corporate welfare by eliminating all special interest tax breaks See Middle, next page
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