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  • ENOUGH Concert To Benefit Planned Pakistani Orphanage   6 years 37 weeks ago

    mansoor definitely deserves more credit for what he does. i work with him through another organization and this kid really leaves a lasting impression on you. you can bet they'll succeed in this project. no doubt about that.

  • Rabbi Seeks To Dispel Myths About Pius XII   6 years 39 weeks ago

    Dear Rabbi Silver,
    To see how baseless and indefensible the Gary Krupp cause is, check out his own blog, where two Jewish scholars and a former Roman Catholic priest (myself) have been exposing many of the mistakes made by "the Papal Knights" who are trying to defend the indefensible behavior of "Hitler's Pope". You'll note that he has a very effective response, i.e. "Blah, blah, blah!"

    For one thing, all of the talk of the Catholic pope and/or other Catholic officials "saving" Jews totally misses the point that those Jews were saved from prosecution, persecution and execution at the hands of "Christians" and very often by ROMAN CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS, including not only the millions of "grunts" who did the dirty work, but the NAZI LEADERSHIP, which included Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Josef Goebbels, Reinhard Heydrich, Rudolf Hoess, Julius Streicher, Fritz Thyssen (who bankrolled the Nazi rise to power), Klaus Barbie, and Franz Von Papen were all Roman Catholics, as were the heads of all of these NAZI countries : Leon Degrelle of Belgium, Emil Hacha of Bohemia-Moravia, Ante Pavelic of Croatia, Konrad Henlein of Sudetenland, Pierre Laval and then Henry Petain of Vichy-France. and the R.C. priest, Msgr. Josef Tiso, of Slovakia.
    (who wasn't even defrocked after the defeat of the Nazis). Although these were among the most visible Catholic lay people in their countries at the time, did Pope Pius XII excommunicate a single one of them? NO. How can anyone say that this pope did "all that he could", when he failed to take this obvious measure so as to make it clear to the millions of Catholic faithful who were enabling the Nazis to carry out their campaigns of mass murder, not only against Jews, but against their fellow Catholics in Poland, that they should have no part in these monstrous of crimes and most mortal of sins? Apologists for Pius XII who claim that their crimes caused these people to be "automatically excommunicated" miss the point that excommunication isn't intended to tell GOD who is a Catholic and who isn't but to tell THE FAITHFUL whom to shun.
    On the other hand, after the Nazis were defeated and no longer posed any threat to the pope, the Vatican, or the Catholic Church anywhere, did Pope Pius XII allow the Vatican to be used to protect thousands of Catholic war criminals such as the above to escape punishment for their war crimes? YES. Whose side was the pope on?
    Here are some of the more infamous war criminals the Vatican protected from prosecution:
    Adolf Eichmann, "the architect of the Holocaust", ,
    Alois Brunner , referred to as his "best man" by Eichman,
    Dr. Josef Mengele, "the Angel of Death" ,
    Franz Stangl, commandant of the SobibÛr and of Treblinka extermination camp ,
    Gustav Wagner assistant to Franz Stangl,
    Klaus Barbie, "the Butcher of Lyon" ,
    Edward Roschmann, "the Butcher of Riga",
    Aribert Heim, Mauthausen concentration camp's "Dr. Death",
    Walter Rauff, believed responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths
    Otto W‰chter, who from 1939 on, as governor of the Cracow district, W‰chter organized the persecution of the Jews and ordered the establishment of the Cracow Ghetto in 1941. W‰chter is mentioned as one of the leading advocates in the General Government who were in favor of the Jewish extermination by gassing and as a member of the SS team who under Himmler's supervision and Odilo Globocnik's direction planned Operation Reinhard, the first phase of the Final Solution, leading to the death of more than 2,000,000 Polish Jews. After the war W‰chter lived in a Roman monastery "as a monk", under the protection of Bishop Hudal, until 1949, when he died "in the arms" of Bishop Huda at the Roman hospital of Santo Spirito.
    Andrija Artuković, "the Himmler of the Balkans"
    Ante Pavelić, head of Catholic Croatia, arguably the most murderous regime in relation to its size in Axis-occupied Europe, as I show at my page.

    I have been studying the role of Christians and Catholics in particular in the Holocaust for years and have been publishing my findings at .

  • Residents Grapple With Pool Question Day Before Vote   6 years 40 weeks ago

    I say the bubble is staying for a while, until they come up with a more reasonable (and less expensive) solution.

  • Residents Grapple With Pool Question Day Before Vote   6 years 40 weeks ago

    Will it be a shiny new building? Or an old bubble?

  • Massey Apologizes To Students For Lean Budget   6 years 43 weeks ago

    The fight in Cheshire between the union and town administration trying to maintain a balanced budget and services is a microcosm of what is playing out across the country and in Europe. In many municipalities and economies, unions are being forced to take wage cuts as governments try to to stave off fiscal calamity. I don't begrudge unions for trying to get theirs; it's why they exist. The question is whether their demand for a 4.4 percent raise is so unreasonable, given the economic climate and budgetary situation, that it should be denied. I don't have a pulse on what townspeople are thinking, but it appears to me that there isn't widespread opposition to the union's demand. If I were the administration, however, I may want to take a gamble and let an arbitrator determine what's fair. Everywhere people are losing their jobs and homes, and the people who have kept their private sector jobs are either seeing their wages shrink or stay flat. A 4.4 percent increase just may be too extravagant in these lean times. Besides putting pressure on the budget, a union raise looks like it will put less-protected teachers out of a job, denying the school system young talent. I think it would be fair to give the union 2 percent to save some jobs of their own colleagues and restore funding for supplies. Everybody would share in the pain. Isn't that what we mean when we invoke "community"?

  • Massey Apologizes To Students For Lean Budget   6 years 43 weeks ago

    Mr.Massey please give us a break, and stop the dramatics. Cut backs needed to be made. Do you listen to the news?We have been in the grips of a terrible recession for over 2 years. Unfortunately we all suffer (students too) in these hard times. Instead of you all whining about letting the students down, maybe it is time to teach them that when hard times come we need to make do with what we have. It's called sacrifice.if you read your history book go back to the 1930's. Those that are willing to learn will make the effort to achieve with or without an inflated education budget. The best thing you can do is to teach the kids to live within their means, then maybe the next generation won't find themselves living in the same mess that we have now.

  • ENOUGH Concert To Benefit Planned Pakistani Orphanage   6 years 44 weeks ago

    Although I admire the motives of the Cheshire high students who want to help others on a global basis, I was concerned when I looked up Immortal Technique on Wikipedia and found that he is known for lyrics which "are largely a mixture of socialist commentary on issues such as class hierarchy, poverty, religion and racism." I am not sure that I would support socialism being promoted in Cheshire...or anywhere else.

  • Signs Point To Council Recommending OpenAire   6 years 44 weeks ago

    The pool proposal is out of control. I don't want to pay a penny for the project, never mind the estimated $15-16 dollars expected with energy savings. Let's think who is telling us about the energy savings....

    The same people do the numbers that initially said the pool would be self sufficient? All lies, it will cost me every cent of the highest estimate $36-$42 dollars per resident per year for 20 years. Don't be fooled once again.

    I don't use it, let those who do pay for it.

    I agree with the first post, our ball fields are terrible compared to many other towns in the area. They are used by more residents and children so they deserve the funding that has been misused more than once by the pool project.

    I will be sending fliers out posting the estimated cost to each tax payer in my neighborhood with the June 22nd date so that the residents can be heard. Hopefully enough people in town realize throwing good money after bad is not an investment.

    Shame on the few who think we should all pay for something we really do not need. In this economy we should consider wants and needs.

    The pool could be a nice seasonal place instead of the money pit it is about to turn in to.

  • ENOUGH Concert To Benefit Planned Pakistani Orphanage   6 years 45 weeks ago

    I remember when I was a kid we used to volunteer at the Memorial Day Parade or at an animal shelter. What these kids are doing is truly incredible! I am so proud to say they are from Cheshire!

    God be with them and protect them overseas!

  • Council Chooses OpenAire Proposal For Pool   6 years 45 weeks ago

    This structure should become the showpiece of the town, and highlight the best swim programs in New England.

  • Signs Point To Council Recommending OpenAire   6 years 46 weeks ago

    Are you KIDDING me, have you all lost your mind NO MORE MONEY FOR THE POOL, not one cent, it is such a small minority of the town that uses this WHITE ELEPHANT - spend some money and upkeep the athletic fields in town for the hundreds and hundreds of children that use them!!!!! They are in deplorable condition.

  • MS Walk Attracts Participants From Around The State   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I have a great deal of respect for the people who devote their own time and money for a very worthy cause. What I question is the recipient of this donated time and money. Just an observation about the chances modern medicine will ever find a cure for anything. Has anyone noticed that medical science has not cured even one disease in over a half century. That is right not one not even the simple herpes virus. So how are they ever going to cure MS? I remember when medicine declared that their main goal was to find a cure for every disease, what happened? Do you think that it just may be possible that they are not the least bit interested in finding cures for any disease? It is not morally easy but try to see it from a I am interested in making money not ending suffering standpoint. There is a huge multi-billion dollar industry invested in treating MS. I just read reciently a financial research paper that predected that the autoimmune business was expected to go from 4 billion this year to 17 billion by 2014. Finding a cure turns off that industry and all that money. I do not think that modern medicine will ever get out of treatment business and into curing of disease until they pry big business as in the pharmaceutical companies out of influencing where medicine is going. Paul Blake N.D.

  • Wood Furnaces Spark Debate   6 years 47 weeks ago

    The major thing missing from almost ALL articles on the outdoor wood-burning furnace (OWF) issue is that STATE LAW (Public Act 05-227) has been in place since July 2005. State law specifically determines setbacks, chimney height and props fuel use for OWFs. Local government agencies have the choice to enforce the State law or allow it to be enforced by the DEP.
    One group in particular continues to push a one-sided campaign to misinform policy makers, be it at the State or local level, to impose bans which is unreasonable and not the only alternative.
    EPA Hydronic Heater Phase 2 Qualified OWFs are already available to Connecticut residents and many consumers have purchased and installed them. EPA HH Phase 2 appliances are tested for emissions & efficiency (using standardized tests) by the same independent laboratories used by EPA certified indoor woodstoves manufacturers, the testing is reviewed and approved by the USEPA - if the appliances meet the emissions requirements of the Program. EPA HH Phase 2 appliances must still be installed in accordance with State law.
    OWFs remove the fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning associated with indoor heating appliances. One EPA Hydronic Heater Phase 2 Qualified OWF can be installed to replace multiple non-certified indoor wood heating appliances which could significantly reduce emissions. They also allow an owner to be energy independent and use renewable fuels.
    I challenge the nine Towns in Connecticut who have “banned” OWFs to change their local laws to allow the installation of EPA Hydronic Heater Phase 2 Qualified appliances because it is right, it is reasonable and these appliances are safe, clean, and extremely efficient. The EPA Hydronic Heater Phase 2 appliances I offer qualify for a $1500 Federal Tax credit.

  • Anglers Of All Ages Bring Enthusiasm To Fishing Derby   6 years 48 weeks ago

    Nice photo.

    Nice to see that fun can still be had by children with nary a television or computer in sight.

  • Hayes No Longer Looks To Plead Guilty   6 years 50 weeks ago

    The Petit family tragedy has become a public farce similar to the bureaucratic fumbling portrayed by Thomas Wolf in “Bonfire of the Vanities”. The trial should have taken two weeks to condemn these two vermin to death. We read of motions, delays, pleads, and arguments of the rights of the local library to offer a painful copy of a hastily written dime novel on the horror of the crime. It is time to realize that Dr. Petit has suffered an immeasurable loss, and what is needed is some community decency and compassion in the form of a local library humanely realizing its responsibility to be sensitive to the local victims and their family.
    No trial should take two years to begin. The legal system players should do their job or leave the profession. This is not about laws-it is about the character of the community.
    It is time for Cheshire to demand closure and to act as the fine town I remember it to be.
    Joe Gordon
    Cheshire Academy ‘60

  • Parents, Students Confront Council Over Budget   6 years 50 weeks ago

    Schools have to start preparing for more austere budgets. Unemployment and foreclosures dominate the economic landscape and the state will be giving less money in aid. Throw in higher salaries and energy costs (and don't forget higher medical insurance costs) and even the best schools will be lucky to afford the bare minimum.

  • CHS Boys' Swim and Dive Team Surprises Opposition, Nabs Second At Class L   7 years 1 day ago

    This is a turn of events...It looks like there's a whole lot to look forward to next season when the new freshman class steps in!

  • Town Looks At Plant, Public Works Budgets   7 years 1 day ago

    Not all of the residents of Cheshire wished to keep "the book" out of the library despite what a few would have you believe. Many residents have said that while they supported having "the book" in the library, they were afraid to let their friends and neighbors know that. How very sad that people feel intimidated or bullied on this issue. A vote of No Confidence for the residents who are not able to find out for themselves what the facts are rather than depending on inflammatory news reporting designed to boost ratings and sell papers. The director may have "continually maintained" that she was ultimately responsible for the decision to purchase the book because that is how the library board policy was written and approved in 2007. At the end of the day, the director has to be the one responsible whether it is a popular decision or not. What a difficult burden that can be and how professionally it was handled by the director.

  • Town Looks At Plant, Public Works Budgets   7 years 2 days ago

    " Outside of salaries, the driving force behind the budget is program materials and book purchases, which the library makes each year." Unfortunately too little too late,library director Ramona Harten.

    Residents of the town made it clear in numerous ways, their
    wishes that a purchase of "the book" In the Middle of the Night ,not be made for the Public Library.
    Despite knowledge of a court-mandated gag order which included Joshua Komisarjefsky, Ms
    Harten purchased this accounting of the heinous crime commited on the Petit family.
    Ms Harten continually maintained that only she was the authority in this case. That her
    selection criteria overuled, and trumped the folks in town,the town council, even the legal gag order.

    Unfortunately ill-advised by town Attny Dwight Johnson, the gag order absolutely pertains
    to any and all citizens giving out information on the crime, before trial.
    Perhaps the Public Hearing on April 5th, would do well to include a recommendation
    on a change in job duties for Ms Harten.
    Surely the town will make it clear that a public servant who does
    not reflect the public's interest,won't be in that job for long

  • Contractor Says Pool Bubble Still Works   7 years 5 days ago

    I would like to clarify a few points.
    I believe the pool building and bubble are working very well as now configured, there are some venting recommendations I made that have not been taken but the pool staff all say the problem with temperature and moisture are no longer present. The lobby stayed at 35% relative humidity throughout the winter and the maintenance staff were not constantly fixing things. The sills of windows that were not replaced have to be sprayed with bleach once a week and the masonry walls will sometimes have condensation on them from time to time.
    The air locks now work and much less air comes from the bubble into the permanent structure. This and the new insulation in the roof and walls of the permanent structure, along with making them air tight is what worked. We managed the air flow and everything else fell into place.
    It is my belief that the cement wall is not ready to fall down, which is the exact opposite of the view of Mr. Sima. I would suggest having a structural engineer perform detailed evaluation of this wall because if Mr. Sima is right, the permanent structure is in danger of falling down and this would need to be addressed in any solution. If I am right than this wall would be able to help support any new structure built over the pool, which could reduce construction cost.
    The excess energy use at the pool is a combination of problems, I outlined these in my presentation to the sub-committee. The new structure is not likely to save any energy if the energy saving proposals I suggested were taken. While I am sure either proposal will work, I am convinced they will not be energy efficient. The methods each proposal suggest for energy savings can be done for the existing bubble or bubble replacement. They can be taken without building a new building. The permanent structure can be dehumidified and cooled and the captured heat used to heat the pool. The cement wall can be insulated the way we did the metal stud walls.
    I suggest everyone visit the pool while the bubble is still up. Take a swim an see how much nicer the pool is. The mold is gone and the place looks great.

  • Talks Between Town, Teachers Stalled   7 years 1 week ago

    You have to realize that the Federal government subsidized the educational budget of Cheshire by 2-3 million dollars. Now that has been cut the taxpayers of Cheshire will finally realize what a bargain that they have been getting. The raises were held from Waterbury because of poor politician and bad decision making.

    The teachers union were in discussion to offer promissory days in which they will work free and will be paid back in five years without interest. The offer was $461,000 but the Board of Education said that, that was not enough and walked away. Now you have to realize that some teachers live in different towns and have to pay taxes there, along with the increases they are incurring. Besides that they also help us (students) with our clubs, sports, letters of recommendation, extra help, etc.

    A good example of this is the guidance department. Because of the last year budget cuts, they did not replace a Guidance Counselor that retired. Now the guidance counselor don't have a lot of time to connect with their students and know what they are doing in school like their extracurricular activities.

    You have to realize that these budget cuts will cut teachers resulting in losing teachers. Losing teachers means increasing the sizes of the classes. This means that the teachers will have less time to give extra help to their students and give less attention to each since they will have so many students to pay attention to. That would result in falling grades of your children.

    You have to realize that teachers are not greedy, it was the last administration that agreed to this contract not this one. They have families to care for. They have taxes to pay in other towns. They have to deal with students in classes. They have to help us with clubs. They have to help us with our homework. Our teachers are dedicated and hardworking and that is why so many families move here. This school system is fantastic! The Town Charter requires the town to provide the best education to the students. Then why is the Board of Education making cuts. This has to stop. We cannot afford this and WE should not blame teachers for this since they already have a lot to worry about. Budget cuts must stop. This cannot go on. This is affecting our education. We are one of the towns who spends about $1500 less on each student than other schools. We do not waste money but we actually receive less money. Due to our great superintendent, we have a fantastic school system. People move to this town because of the education system, so lets keep it that way.

  • Talks Between Town, Teachers Stalled   7 years 1 week ago

    Is it really so hard for teachers to understand that there needs to be some give on their part? Yes, you did sign a contract which "guarantees" your 13.2% increase over 3 years. Yes, the majority of you work hard. Yes, I know you work after hours to do the job right. I get it...but you know what, so do so many others in the private sector. They have to in order to stay competitive and retain their employment. And they do it for a lot less benefits. It is time to give back a little to retain your younger colleagues. I know the town approved your contract in 2008, but that was then and now is now. Look at the teachers in Waterbury who did not receive raises for over 5 years.

    We always hear the cry it's for the kids, but let's face it, the bulk of the education budget will go to increasing salaries and health benefits that most private workers will never see the likes of in the near future. I don't begrudge the kids a good education, but the system as we know it is broken.Automatic 4.4% percent yearly raises in this economic climate are too rich for taxpayers to keep up with. Most people are lucky to be getting paid what they received 2 years ago...if they even still have a job. We need teachers raises to be based on merit and job performance, period. How else can we weed the excellent performers from the mediocre ones?
    I know some of you residents crying for increased education spending moved here for the great school system right?However, many of you will move right out of town after you are done putting your kids through school thus leaving the tax burden on the older residents. Please think of them, they are the people who made this town what it is.

  • Senior Night Brings Familiar Faces Together At The Cheshire Community Pool   7 years 3 weeks ago

    It's nice to be called a bright spot and to be decribed as standing tall though.

  • Police Release Tape Of Altercation At Department   7 years 3 weeks ago

    YA KNOW,
    War Monger

  • Police Release Tape Of Altercation At Department   7 years 3 weeks ago

    I have reviewed the video many time and have also found a 13 minute video detailing the entire incident. Mr Evans is very coorperative and it appears at times the are laughing at him or the situation. There is not any footage that show Mr Evans threatening them in anyway. Jus another case where a police in a small town with nothing to do and wanted to show there strength on a man with an clean record which I am sure they had already checked at this point. I hope people will watch the longer version which clearly shows Mr Evans cooperating and bloodied up from the throw down by these two power hungry police. I hope Mr Evans takes legal action on the police and the truth will set him free...they should be ashamed of themselves.

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