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George Kenyon April 22, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Nice to know they didn't over react, Pete.
George Kenyon April 22, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Also a good time to remind everyone, openly carrying a firearm in Connecticut is not illegal nor aRead More& quot;breach of Peace".
Peter T. Cianelli April 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Richard .... My weapon was not concealed..... and George these young cops were very much in control Read Moreof the situation..... Officer Monica stayed in her car while the young & man & woman officers questioned me....
Richard Poulton April 22, 2014 at 02:47 PM
George you asked a good question. As far as I am aware the only position that is considered anRead Moreapp ointment is the position of Chief. One would think the opening would be available via testing and some sort of oral interview by an outside agency. As for Lennon having to retire, no. He would just go from a union based position to that of administrative, non-union position. Normally in this day in age such are contractual by years in "contract" signed. But just remember, that position can be left un-filled and go back to the days of having an Inspector and Capt. position, both a tested rank. Capone did away with those ranks to fund the Mannion pay. But if someone from the outside is brought in that stops all the upward mobility from the ranking members of the department.
George Kenyon April 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Thank you Richard, I agree and certainly, as I said this is no reflection on Lt Lennon as a whole. Read MoreAs an East Haven resident, I want the best of the best for our town and its resources. I also did factor in the “upward mobility” view as well. Which now brings in, what will this do to the resources for patrol and front line supervisors. Patrol is still a long ways from staffed properly, moving anyone up would now create another empty “slot”. I am also looking at from the view that many Sergeants lack the experience to be moved up to a Lieutenants position. I remember the issue when Mannion was hired, among them it did eliminate the Inspectors position (which was a union position) and terminated a position in an already small department. As I said, I do understand both sides here, but after everything our town and this departments been through, looking at every aspect needs to come into play. Including the impact of collective bargaining as to the Lt’s position, retirement benefits etc. I do recall during the Nappi fiasco his union status and years were called into question, and whether it was still accumulating during his Acting Chief role. As I said, Lt Lennon may be the best fit for the position, but at the same time, even to keep the upward mobility available, has this position been posted or offered to other members of the Department? I am unable to attend tonight’s meeting, but certainly hope these questions are raised by either the Union or the Public.
Peter T. Cianelli April 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM
well said George.......
Richard Poulton April 22, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Morning Nick. Maybe so, but either way he nor even the TC have a say in who this mayor or anyRead Morefutur e mayor appoints. I am sure if something was to arise that was a conflict of interest on his part this PC would step aside. I hope so anyway. Isn't this the same as having a PO sitting as a member of the TC going over police issues, or the PW supervisor sitting on the TC, involving that department. To me its all the same. Conflict or an appearence of such you just don't vote. Just my thoughts anyway. What is your opinion as to the story line?
Nick Palladino April 22, 2014 at 09:45 AM
The problem is that a lot goes on behind the scenes. At one of the TC meetings we were given a list Read Moreof names to appoint to several boards. I asked were they came from and was told Town Hall. We received no resumes or anything about these people. When I questioned that, I was told "that's the way it's always been done" I guess the Town Charter is only used when Town Hall wants it used. It's very hard to do the right things when the rules change day to day. When you ask a Town Attorney a question that may not go along with what Town Hall wants you have to wonder if the answer is correct. That has always been a problem no matter who was in Mayors seat. All I want is a level field to stand on. As far as your subject, it would be better to elect most boards but not at the same time as the Mayor. Should be done on off year. Also BOE should be on off year and for a 4 year term. A Charter revision should be done in the near future. Also if you decide to run for Mayor, you have my support.
Richard Poulton April 22, 2014 at 02:58 PM
By Charter, yes there are some positions appointed/approved by the TC and others by the mayor. You Read Morehave a good point as to not knowing any history of those names presented. But yes it is the way it has been for God knows how long. The TC approved people for things like Old Cemetery Board, Regional Water Auth.,School Building Comm., Board of Selectman, Urban Renewal, ZBA, Amer. Dis. Comm., Blight, Board of Assessment Appeals, Constables, Eash Shore Health, Board of Ethics, NH Transit, Housing Authority. So what do you propose? Having an interview process? I don't think there is a simple answer, other then just wanting to put a political wrench into the system. Maybe someday in a Charter revision this could be dealt with. Right now, don't know. WHAT? ME DO WHAT?????????????? ROTFL
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Peter T. Cianelli April 19, 2014 at 04:47 PM
I went over to McDonalds and asked to speak to the Manager...... he comes out and I ask him what he Read Moredid with the American Flag that was taken down from the flagpole... he says "Why would you ask me"?...l I say... because I'm an "Oath Keeper" and I made a pledge to protect my Country from all her enemies foreign or domestic.... and also to protect our Flag and to make sure that it is always disposed of in a respectful manner...... well folks, ....I have the flag and I'll be dropping it off to the American Legion post 89 tomorrow... I don't think they meant to disrespect our Flag ....
Norm Brody April 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Thanks for taking the time to do the right thing Peter. The Pledge of Allegiance was a big part of Read Moregrowing up at one time- in school and Scouts, flag etiquette was big part of the agenda.
George Kenyon April 19, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Thank you, Pete.
Richard Poulton April 16, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Very interesting site. One can check all sorts of nice things when it comes to our electedRead Moreofficial s in D.C. Like who is working for them and what they are being paid. www.legistorm.com/salaries.html
Regina Porto April 16, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Equal pay for equal work does not mean that each person will always be making the exact same dollar Read Moreamount for the same job. There are many other factors that will change that. The pay scale should, however, be the same regardless of gender. I have worked in jobs where it was common knowledge that a woman starting with the same education, experience, etc. was offered considerably less than her male counterpart. That is wrong, no ifs, ands or buts! This kind of distortion of facts is what makes it too frustrating to try to have a discussion here.
Richard Poulton April 16, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Your first sentence makes no sence. According to the left it is all about equal pay for equalRead Morework.
Magdalen Sparaco April 19, 2014 at 08:57 AM
The Expansion of the Airport is called "Progress" not "Regress." The AirportRead Morewa s there long before many of those surrounding homes were built.
Richard Poulton April 19, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Good morning Magdalen. Yes, you are right progress is good. Few questions though. Do you liveRead Morenea r Tweed? Are you familiar with the Master Plan for Tweed? I have no problems with this paving program. It will not take the airport beyond its current southern property line. What does disturb me is the out-right lying by the airport, NH officials, and the politicians involved in that MOA and NEW State statute. They new then what was to happen and lied to everyone, especially those living in EH near the airport. I said it then this would happen and everyone said no it can't happen. WE have the MOA and NEW statute to protect us. Ya Right! This was just a stall tactic knowling all along this paving would happen. Thats what makes me sick. Maybe if they just came out and said to EH go stick it because an airport can do what it wants as long as it happens between the lines. Why do you think they (NH) paid that 1.5 million for the swamp, the land was needed to allow for future expansion. Capone saw a quick way to fix her budget. Progress is good, but just for once I want a politician to tell the thruth, but can't have that can we. I suggest you get a copy of the "Master Plan" and take a good look at phase four. But OH no that will never happen will it?
Richard Poulton April 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Just to educate those interested in what is happening or proposed at Tweed, I pulled 2 very niceRead Moresit es for viewing. One is the PDF of the UConn study incorporating the Master Plan, dated Feb 2002. Pages 1 - 3 is all one needs to read. Look at www. ccea.uconn.edu/studies/tweed%20New%Haven%20Impact.pdf The second PDF was dated may 2002, and is from the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), a division of the legislature. Look at www.cga.ct.gov/2002/rpt/2002-R-0360.htm Then look back at the bill of goods sold to EH.
Richard Poulton April 11, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Interesting! For some reason this DBCooper seems that finding out who CAjones is, is of suchRead Moreimpor tance but he himself or maybe even its a herself, isn't using a real name. Who cares? So what if this commentator is related to or a friend of someone in the administration, will life as we known it change? No! All garbage.
CitizenVoice April 11, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Awww, C'mon Richard, let them have their silly game. This stuff is probably the only thing closeRead Moreto fun in some of these miserable lives.
Richard Poulton April 11, 2014 at 02:32 PM
I'm sorry CV, never tought about how some children need to find ways to amuse themselves. I wasRead Moretry ing trying to get the term adult back into what adult really means. But OK, I guess they can have their fun. Silly children!!!
Richard Poulton April 11, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Good morning Bob. You posted this on a conversation you had with someone "unstable". Read MoreWhy didn't you research what you were told, dig a little deeper, check with P&Z, etc...? Then write a complete article with substance. I did check the posted minutes of recent P&Z meetings for you and nothing mentioned.
George Kenyon April 12, 2014 at 07:21 PM
People bitch there's no help for people; but when someone tries to do something to help it starts a Read Morerumor mill pissing match. Ever stop to think how many vets or average Joes got hooked due to shitty doctors? People seeking treatment or life in sober houses are actually trying to fix their problems and better themselves?
Norm Brody April 10, 2014 at 06:47 PM
I heartily agree! Lisa has done big occasions, small arrangements and occasional bouquets for meRead Morea nd my family. Always thoughtful and beautiful, and yes, reasonably priced too.
Jerry Lewis April 15, 2014 at 07:41 PM
I also agree with the above endorsements. I buy roses two times per year and they are always freshRead Morea nd last for a long time. Customer service and price are top notch as well.
Peter T. Cianelli April 08, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Great informational article Richard....
CitizenVoice April 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM
When up against a rock and a hard place, why not rule on the side of the environment. Shouldn'tRead Morethe environment be protected at all costs?
Richard Poulton April 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
C.V., in a perfect world you are right. But when it comes to the 'wetland law" directions are Read Morespelled out. If you read the court decisons I mentioned you will see the various reasons commissions used in their denials, all thought to be valid reasons. Valid to them anyway. Courts were very specific in making the over-turnings. The denials MUST be proven by substantial evidence on the record that harm will be caused, not just possible harm or speculation of harm, or just a general concern of an impact. That's why I used the phrase between a rock and a hard place. To read what wetlands commissions are up against Google Chapter 440, Sections 22a-41, 22a-42, and 22a-42a of the CGS. Even better Google these: Avalon Bay Communities Inc v. Inland Wetlands and Watercourse Agency 130 Conn. App.69 (2011); River Bend Inc v. Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions, 269 Conn.57 (2004); and the latestoverturning found in Estate of Casimir Machowski v. Inland Wetlands Commission, 137 Conn.App.830, cert. denied 307 Conn. 921 (2012). This is what Commissions have to abide by. It is not a perfect world.
DB Cooper April 07, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Yeah we also know that Luigi the Original is also Louie....think you got friends? Ever see Casino?Read MoreN o one has friends everyone squeals and rat's on their friends.....Just like this
CAjones April 07, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I love that you think you know who I am. I love that you've been Sleuthing and have spent timeRead Moresearc hing. Now I ask, SO WHAT? You think you know who I am, do you think that it would silence me? You can call me anything, or anyone you could imagine, I will continue to speak out when I choose to. I apologize to those whose names are being thrown out there. You'll hear from me again, in the mean time keep barking up the wrong tree... It does make me laugh.
Bob Fawkes April 07, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Luigi! That's a ma boy!
George Kenyon April 06, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Thank to our local friends, and the many from out of state that came and stood with us.
Richard Poulton April 08, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Just curious, why is it a poster can author something that spills pure hate towards people from aRead Morepo litical party they are at odds with, writes of possible criminal activity of sorts, demeans people in the administration they oppose and thats appears to be OK with people from the loosing party. But as soon as someone writes an opposing view they are attacked themselves. Now it appears there is a head-long attempt to ID a poster using a screen name other then their owm. Why is that? Who cares who is is? Other then people looking to bring personal attacks directly to this opposing person. Everyone has a right to an opinion not just those from one party or the other. Time to end this garbage.
Dan McCann April 08, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Rich you didn't raise these questions when Capone was in office and Gene was found out to be JoseyRead MoreW ales? Now I hope who I've been told who CAJones is is really not the person suspected. I would think that person needs to focus on healing himself and getting strong instead of attacks on me. Lastly....using a name is very important...
Richard Poulton April 08, 2014 at 03:20 PM
If you remember correctly Dan, I was with you on that quest to see who Josey Wales was. RememberRead Moreth e e-mails I sent you about the comments being an implied threat? What is happening now is different. I don't recall any hate story's about April, at least I didn't author any. But when you do what you do, and someone comments back as is their right, they are attacked by those that defend you or still hold anger for losing the election. Who cares who CAJones is? Who cares who DBCooper is? These personal attacks need to stop. Don't like whats happening in EH, then November 2015 is not that far away. You mentioned healing instead of attacking, well you shouldn't you do the same. Don't you think it goes both ways. Or is it only you that can attack another person by writing a piece? Like I said, this has to stop.
CAjones April 06, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Dave thank you for your Reply to my last post. It certainly was evenhanded and consolatory. YouRead Moreind icated that you found it interesting when I used the phrase "one sided" because your post took no sides. Dave since this entire thread is a complaint about me, I guess I tend to be defensive when I read certain things. Like when you said "Small-minded opinionated, factless speech is both amusing and sad, especially when coming from an anonymous poster." I guess you were talking about someone else, being that you were not posting a derogatory statement against the person with whom this board speaks directly to, namely me. Sorry buddy, but that really sounded "one sided" to me. Now it makes me wonder, have you been following everything that has brought us to this point, or are you just jumping in uninformed and haphazardly. I've read plenty of your posts, many of them that I disagree with, as I find them dripping with liberalism. Regardless, the one thing that ties your posts to you personally, is that they are all carefully written and obviously the sentiment of a well spoken soul, and don't get me wrong, I have liberal friends whom I love and respect. That said, it's hard to imagine you're not as equally versed on the progression that brings us here. As to your statement regarding a debate where enlightened people don't need to make it personal, like calling someone a " village idiot" or "class clown", I agree. Once the first volley is thrown however, all bets are off. I pride myself as someone who can dish out as well as any "village idiot" and make no bones about it.
Dave Hausler April 06, 2014 at 03:58 PM
I read the thread in its entirety, and I know enough of the history on this Patch to know you wereRead Moreb eing singled out. Maria sees personal attacks on the Patch as a problem. She asked for suggestions on how to fix the problem. I believe it would be a great solution to be able to hide the comments of a poster...allows them to continue to post, allows the reader to ignore what they post automatically. Congratulations on your ability to return volley when threatened. Now, would you like to join me in doing some actual research into how our town operates so that we can debate something useful? A person with your level of energy to comment publicly must be able to apply some of it to something more than verbal pugilism.
DB Cooper April 06, 2014 at 09:51 PM
Lou you've been found out....
Richard Poulton April 06, 2014 at 09:22 AM
As to article topic, it would be nice if the public would attend the meetings of various boardsRead More&amp ; commissions. But here is one problem with that as I see it. As for the T/C and budgets issues currently under review, does the T/C actually take into consideration public comments one way or the other? We have a say, but thats about it. As for the public attending such as a P&Z hearing, yes they show but only when something effects a certain neighborhood. Why would someone living in Foxon even go if something is happening on the shoreline. It would be nice to get the public to attend, but not all hearings are open for public comment. The Police Union president was complianing about using headquarters for P/C meetings, and it should be returned to the Senior Center for the public can't use headquarters. Number one he is wrong. Number 2, how many people actually attend these meetings that would require a large capacity room? Let's take the wetlands commission hearings. The public has no say what so ever, can listen in but thats it. The meetings are classified as administrative in nature by the courts and public has no input - UNLESS the commission determines having one falls within meeting one or more of three condictions. Then a PUBLIC HEARING is held. So why would the public even attand a simple meeting? But like Ed mentions, can't even get the public, the tax payers in town that pay the bills, to show up at a very important meeting such as the State of the Town recently held. Could it be they just don't care, or feel they have no say in anything, or their lives are just to busy to go? As for the budget, maye EH should go the route as other municipalities, budget goes to a vote by the public. Some towns actually vote on school budget alone.
Richard Poulton April 06, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Dave, very good points. I know Roberts Rules are tried to be followed, well as close as possible. Read MoreBut the masses can be very disrupted as you stated. Ever see a video of the British Parliament in session? Everyone yelling and clapping, screaming for one side of the others views? An these are the elected members doing it. This is what some public hearings are like here in EH. Very difficult to control. As for your comment as to meetings held, everyone available on the towns web site, viewing town clerks site. But, if anyone has any questions about the wetlands commission I would be glad to answer right here.
Peter T. Cianelli April 08, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Nick....in all fairness to Ed Sabatino who I think is a real stand up person ..... Ed never satRead Moredow n with us and made deal......
robert fox jr April 03, 2014 at 05:11 PM
yup, just look in the mirror!
CAjones April 03, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Sorry.... Crony I got more chin than the real malcontent.
DB Cooper April 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Oh Louis you're just too funny. Your friends that you thought would never give you up gave you up.Read MoreR est well my friend....or should I say Lugi the Original...
Richard Poulton April 07, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Based on DB's comment it appears he/she is referring to the GOP party somewhere and is involved in Read Morepossible some illegal actions and somehow something involves EH. Comment wasn't very clear. Well, seeing how he/she seems to indicate that the GOP people are getting in trouble, lets keep everything fair. As 03 3/27/2014, the following DEM'S are in serious trouble as well. Three CA State Sen.'s recently arrested for things like gun trafficking, bribery, perjury and voter fraud. Mayors in Charlotte, New Orleans, Trenton, San Diagio, Detroit, and Biringham all arrested for bribery or other serious crimes while in public office. Office of NY State Assemblyman just raided by the FBI, and two NY State Sen's just indicted on corruption charges. Oh, one more thing, RI Speaker of the House just resigned after his office was raided by the Fed's and IRS. Again, all democratics. So, you see folks it's not just the GOP that has problems. Let's be fair in reporting.
DB Cooper April 07, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Richard the little guy down the road from Forbes knows we're talking about him
Richard Poulton April 07, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Not a problem, let's just be fair in reporting bad politicians. FYI, I know as much about thatRead Morepers on's screen name as I do yours.