Submissions. But we cannot sacrifice the future of our students. Much of my time during the pandemic has been spent walking the trails and track at RHS/SRMS. In a time of crisis such as this, it is very difficult to think long-term. Letters to the Editor: Oct. 28 Back to video He knew the truth, corroborated by a municipal employee no less. Ridgefield Press Staff: Steve Coulter, Ridgefield Press Managing Editor But there is a problem. I run a seasonal landscaping business. This is an overwhelming and ever-changing task and we are all striving for excellence in the true Ridgefield tradition. Failure to act? I see litter strewn along the sides of many town roads. Blame China who could have prevented 95% of Coronavirus deaths worldwide. RVNAhealth also is offering Advanced Care Planning via telehealth for anyone concerned about these important decisions during this emergency situation. Still there were only 15 viral infections in the U.S. When police unions do that, they disrespect the work of so many others among them who carry out their difficult jobs with reason and discipline. Try to appreciate this effort and the transparency of daily briefings. When a Catholic priest molests a child, does that mean that all priests are pedophiles? Their job I can only imagine is extremely difficult and when done right deserves our respect and appreciation. We realize these last several weeks have held difficult circumstances for all. Ridgefielders' letters to the editor should be emailed to: news@theridgefieldpress.com. This care to a very sick and fragile population has filled a tremendous and crucial need. We can all agree that the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin was a heinous act. He and his three cohorts will face justice in a court of law. As I soon learned the administrator of the group was John Frey, Ridgefield's longtime Republican State Representative, who has a well-documented and longstanding aversion to tolls and an opinion that Connecticut's taxes are too high. China discovered the virus in November but covered it up until Dec. 31. They need adult mentors and adult and teen tutors. Jay TO THE EDITOR: I have spent nearly all my memorable life in the North Country, and I feel … Please, everyone, do me a favor and think about a better way to spend Ridgefield’s tax dollars. We have been leaders in student activism, creativity, and academic excellence. Americans across the country have peacefully marched together to show sympathy and support for the Floyd family. Where is the outrage against black on black crime? If you are truly better than that, as I believe the great majority of you are, be open to greater accountability. Below is a letter to the editors in this week's Wilton Bulletin. Letter To The Editor: ' Facts vs. Opinion' - Ridgefield, CT - "Aimee Berger-Girvalo will work with Ridgefield's P&Z to coordinate viable alternatives..." Skip to main content Ridgefield, CT Follow However, just this past week, I came across two pizza boxes, containers from Chick-fil-A, three bags from McDonald’s, numerous bags from Dunkin’ Donuts, cups, plastic utensils, napkins and other take-out food containers. None of this is covered by insurance or any other funding except for donations. We must move away seeing people as either winners or losers just as we must move away from evaluating their worth by the color of their skin. Members of the community are justifiably angry about his partisanship. If you would like to hear a young, articulate black woman make the case against these false agendas, listen to Candace Owens at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtPfoEvNJ74&feature=youtu.be. Dear Families, it is an extraordinary time to join a new community and to be a superintendent. Stay safe and speak up. Homes across the world adjusted quickly to the new normal. Nonetheless, on January 31 Trump banned all travel from China and took scathing criticism from media/Democrats for this action, accusing him of racism and xenophobia. While I wish we could turn back the clock, the best gift we can give now, is our spirit, drive, and endless energy. In Chicago, between May 29 and June 1, 85 people were shot, 24 fatally, virtually all in the black community. Our community’s lack of trust in his fairness means that he should also either step down as group moderator, or acknowledge that it is a right-leaning political group and that those who want an apolitical space should look elsewhere. Steve Ruland, Robin Collins, Dave Yolen, Mike Hougasian. Yet, together we know that we’re able to do more than we can apart. 1 / 1. My husband has been a mentor for 20 years, for three boys. The litter problem is not unique to RHS. The opinions expressed in our Letters to the Editor section should not be interpreted as the view of the Coeur d'Alene Press. Every group and profession has some miscreants. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com. A task force headed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar was set up to coordinate the government’s response to this virus. Letters to the editor - April 8, 2015 OPINION: It’s not all that long ago since every shop was closed on Saturday and Sunday – that’s 102 no shopping days a year. Ridgefield has always been proud of its status as a top Connecticut school district - even among the top in the nation. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com. In his letter to the editor, License cyclists (Oct. 13) Ken Bast claims gasoline tax pays for roads. Being a good policeperson, fair and disciplined, is a person I greatly respect. To further protect all patients, regardless of diagnosis, all staff making home visits wear expensive personal protective equipment. Trump’s team of medical experts has been working 24/7 to fight this pandemic. My plea to policemen and policewomen…STOP! Der Leser kann dabei kritisieren (criticise), kommentieren (comment), ergänzen (complement) oder Aspekte, mit denen er nicht einverstanden ist, richtigstellen (rectify). Letter to Editor: 'Let Them Play!' (I am actually concerned that those planning the drive-in movies at RHS are encouraging people to eat food in their cars because I know a percentage of that garbage will not make it home.). It creates the perception the majority of police are racists and abusive by condoning such actions. Back to Gallery Respect for our residents. Re: John Katz’s letter in April 2’s Press, it appears hatred is still alive and well in Ridgefield. JOE DEMARCO. Between all their in-home services, they make more than 1,000 visits every week. Prosecution in alleged police abuse cases is small and their unions are resistant to any calls for reform. This unbelievable health crisis has caught us all by surprise and shock. Share. The word limit of 500 words is strictly enforced. First and foremost, we at NEA-R hope that you and your families are weathering the current situation. Letters to the Editor: Nov. 27 Back to video If this thought has you lamenting for your lost youth, then you spent your formative years at the corner of York and Clarence streets. Contact Mark Lounsbury, Jericho Partnership 203-791-1180. Contact the Ridgefield Press. Letters to the Editor: Dec. 5 Back to video. Rather than serving our town as a place for community news, the group has become a hyper-political battlefield, far from its mission and in violation of its own rules. We realize that it is a quick cut through to CVS and the park, and we are fine with the transient passing to get to the next place. When they commit crimes they should be held accountable by the law, but wrongly assigning guilt to entire groups is not only extremely divisive but, as history shows, leads to consequences that are horrific. While the national and state news focuses on the amazing hospital workers, I would like to draw attention to an incredible and devoted team right here in Ridgefield, the RVNAhealth providers. Send mail to: Hearst Media Services Connecticut, 301 Merritt 7—Suite 1, Norwalk, CT, 06851-1075. For the COVID 19 calls, required PPE (masks, gloves, goggles, gowns, etc.) Please, do me a favor and at least think about it. While we realize that the economic forecast is concerning, we urge thinking beyond the next few months and even years. Regarding the notion of a new $20 million library, Mr. Heiser is quoted in the Ridgefield Press as stating: "I told them [if] they want to build their Carnegie Hall, they’ve got [to] find their Carnegie.” It looks to me like they have. On Jan. 20 Dr. Fauci announced efforts to develop a vaccine but on Jan. 26 stated on channel 970 AM that the virus “isn’t something the American public needs to worry about….”. Letter To The Editor: 'Please Protect Our Democracy' "I am a 14-year-old transgender Jewish girl with a pre-existing condition and I am petrified for my future..." By Rich Kirby, Patch Staff. We will plan and prepare for students' return, and as typical of school districts during the spring season, begin making preparations for the summer months. On Jan. 17 they began screening all arrivals from Wuhan at our 3 busiest airports, before there was even one case in the U.S. After noticing Mr. Frey’s bias, I started to point out posts that violated the group’s rules, asking him to remove them and be more mindful about the ethical minefield in which he was operating by using his position as moderator to advance his conservative beliefs. Will DNA submitted to genealogy sites also finally catch the Zodiac Killer? Bridgeport man charged with assault, after allegedly stabbing someone over a drug dispute, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton to be nominated as DRS commissioner, ending mayoral tenure. In the article Time for Drive-thru Food in Ridgefield, Bob Jewel expressed that the arguments against drive-thru restaurants in town are antiquated. Interim Superintendent Dr. Paddyfote already presented a lean budget. Even though fields and courts were “closed,” new litter continued to be generated every day. by Kim Healy - Ridgefield, CT - "...it is parents who should decide what is best for their children, not the state..." Skip to main content Ridgefield, CT Follow The question is no longer “How can I maintain my special and secure status?” It is “How can we all grow and change together?”. The country has been racked by demonstrations in protest to the brutal death of George Floyd. Mr. Frey is leaving the legislature at the end of this term, no doubt as a result of his extremely narrow victory over a political newcomer in 2018, despite having served 20 years in office. Letters to the Editor: Nov. 25 Back to video Until a vaccine arrives, we need these tests to keep our economy open and our children at school. While marching up and down Main Street is fine, will it make a difference? The last young man, now 20, sent him a text last June wishing him a happy Father’s Day. That is not genocide. is currently costing as much as $65 per visit. 17 people have died in demonstrations or riots purportedly protesting the death of one black man. Letters to the editor for Nov. 29, 2020, including submissions from Stephen Leonard, Galen Kidd, Pat Cone, Sue Fillman, Patricia Kelley, Steve Broden, Dena Duncan, Gideon Ot, Richard Schauer and Mr. Of the 4 remaining cases cops were prosecuted in 2 and exonerated in 2. Updated 20 hours, 53 minutes ago COLUMN: Clues for cancel culture Why can’t we build just one new public safety fuilding? How refreshing it was to read the Letters to the Editor in the Nov. 10 Free Press. Use this form to submit a news, social, event, letter or sports announcements. As days turn into weeks, and the possibility of weeks into months, creating parallels to the classroom experience will be essential. I would like to express my gratitude to Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote. I look forward to getting to know you, and you me, but for now it will have to be through this new digital world. Letter To Editor: 'Regarding Affordable Housing In Ridgefield' A letter from Bob Hebert on how "affordable housing is welcome and needed in Ridgefield, but … The road ahead requires the on-going assessment of our practices, modifying and adjusting where needed and navigating the Budget implications of now and the challenges of the future. Where is the outrage against the false narrative that the police are indiscriminately gunning down black men? Letter to Editor: 'Aimee's Can-Do Attitude' - Ridgefield, CT - "I support Aimee Berger-Girvalo for state representative from Ridgefield's 111th District..." Skip to main content Ridgefield, CT Follow Over the next few weeks, I will look to find creative ways to connect and collaborate with the Board of Education, staff, students, families and the community. And this is only the most recent example. Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail reminds us of how silence can be injurious. Flag Code at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk. Posts railing against taxes and tolls, which in many cases specifically criticized Democratic elected officials, were allowed, despite clearly violating the group’s rules. Together, barriers and obstacles have been torn down and vulnerabilities have taken a back seat to the needs of students, families and the profession. It is for that reason we commit ourselves to joining in the conversation on dismantling racism’s stranglehold on the American Dream. So, yes, it is an extraordinary time — the importance of leadership has never mattered more, and I look forward to serving Ridgefield as your Superintendent of Schools. It is time for John Frey to step down as lead moderator of the Ridgefield Facebook group. Most of what I picked up were water bottles and other drink containers. In 2019, in a country of 325 million people, there were 28 unarmed men killed by police - 9 were black and 19 were white. Yes, some Americans are racist. I apologize to you Aaron for not being able to believe it. I am in awe and admiration of educators across our globe who stand together to transform schools and classrooms. Of the 9 black victims, 5 were legitimate cases of self defense by the cops. We will look to foster the learning and joy that students have come to expect from the Ridgefield Public Schools. No, it doesn’t. We will get through this with the support and caring of so many in our community. We thank you in advance for your attention to this request and for keeping our residents safe and healthy. Testing kits were delayed because the FDA, using rules established during the Obama administration’s response to H1N1 and Ebola, prohibited test kit development by private companies not contracted by the CDC. Ridgefield Press Letter to the Editor > Financing a New Library Does Marty Heiser speak for the Board of Finance or is he just Bored of Finance? A spotlight has been shown on the crime committed by a police officer and we are outraged. Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Ridgefield Press. Concerned Ridgefield parents plan to hold a “Ridgefield Rally to Open Schools” outside the school district’s headquarters today. “Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider” to the injustices in our country. Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Ridgefield Press. The Ridgefield Republican Party suggests donating to the ABC fund. When a man yells “Allahu Akbar” as he stabs a Jewish rabbi, does that mean all Muslims are murderers? Also, there is a Danbury organization that organizes mentors for minority youth. Deadline is 1 p.m. and word count is 300 words. At that time there were 13 cases in the entire U.S.; 11 were travelers and 2 were their spouses. Our lives have been upended and transformed in ways we never could have imagined. In the end, if you do not, you will only be proving your harshest critics right. They continue to protect the most abusive among them. They make it harder for communities, especially communities of color, to appreciate their extremely difficult job and legitimate complaints police have regarding the respect and trust they fail to receive even when they are doing their job responsibly. They are concerned with people using our picnic tables and other things that are for resident use only. The average homeowner pays $1,200 every year to service Ridgefield’s debt. Letters to the editor for Nov. 22, 2020, including submissions from Kay Hummel, Jim Price, Paul Braun, Rick Brewster, Gene Martin, Kelley Smith, Kris Paulson, Dick Bonin, Alasya West and Trump ordered the CDC to develop testing kits for the virus. However, looking even just a little further ahead, we can envision that our students will need a healthy and robust school system to return to — one that will be able to support them socially, emotionally, and academically in recovering from this pandemic. But use of the residents’ property, walkways, grills, smoking shelters and picnic tables are not to be used by anyone except Ballard residents. After a few months of being disgusted by the amount of garbage I saw, I decided to pick up the trash during my walks. Bob replied: “Thank you, but I am not a father.” Deon wrote back: “I know, but you are the closest thing I ever had to a father.” If that isn’t making a difference, I don’t know what is. Not true. Our residents at Ballard Green have found that there has been a great deal of foot traffic through the campus recently. Ridgefield’s St. Stephen’s sticks with plan to sell South Hall, Ridgefield schools will be remote Christmas week, Social thinker: Ridgefield’s John Scott, hands-on journalist, Farewell, Biscuit: Ridgefield’s Main Street will miss a dog, Tilly is a cat who needs a special person, Ridgefield businesses are hurting, but help is coming, ‘Desegregate Connecticut’ still has suburban zoning officials talking, Ridgefield Schools add one COVID case over weekend, Calendar: Book talks, art lectures and more. In addition, we shudder to think of increases in class size averages or the gutting of academic programming available to our students. Letters to the Editor: Nov. 12 Back to video I’ll stand two metres away from Second World War veterans wearing a mask in honour of their sacrifice. Better yet, in these times of shrinking school populations, why can’t our local government take East Ridge Middle School and re-purpose it? Send letters to the editor to: news@theridgefieldpress.com. Why isn’t anyone asking about the health of all of our men and women serving on the currently active ships of the United States Navy? Letter to the Editor > Ridgefield Press The 2010 budget vote demonstrated an increased focus on real world economics. I’m writing to express my gratitude for the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program. Click here for submission guidelines and policies. I also ask those who are out taking walks to consider picking up the litter they see. In einem Leserbrief reagiert ein Leser auf einen Zeitungsartikel und äußert seine eigene Meinung zu diesem. That police forces are out to get blacks and must be eliminated because they cannot be reformed? In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white cop in Minneapolis the country has erupted in protests, many of which have descended into riots and looting, from coast to coast. That this is black genocide? His response was to remove me from the group. We have also seen this positive action marred by terrorist groups such as Antifa and others, not only looting and killing, but condemning America as being systemically racist and labeling all cops as bad. Ridgefielders' letters to the editor should be emailed to: news@theridgefieldpress.com. Really? I joined the group, which has a rule against political posts, in 2018 and noticed almost immediately that the rule was selectively enforced, consistently allowing politically conservative views to be represented, while centrist and liberal views were stifled. And so, I’m giving a huge shout out of “thanks” and “forever grateful” for a job so very well done to one of these groups — the RVNAhealth personnel. Each of our congregations has initiatives unique to them. The first virus case surfaced on Jan. 21. Letters from around the North County. Thanks for making tree lighting available online. Ballard Green is private property and for residents, their families and their healthcare staff only. The students of Ridgefield deserve to return to schools that are adequately equipped to support them in their academic pursuits and their social and emotional well being. From those who deny there is a problem to those who stereotype all policemen as racist. Photo: Hearst Connecticut Media Letters to the Editor. Ridgefield: Letter to the Editor #Election2014. We pray that King’s dream might become a reality in our lifetime. Some of which depressed me. Careful consideration of the investments we must make in our town’s greatest asset —the school system — is crucial. I am fully aware of how this unusual moment in history has impacted our students. Just recently we had 57 emergency response police in Buffalo, New York resign in protest when two of their own were suspended for pushing a 75-year old man to ground resulting in that man bleeding from the head as they walked by. Bridgeport man charged with assault, after allegedly stabbing someone over a drug dispute, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton to be nominated as DRS commissioner, ending mayoral tenure. And since the amount of “take-out trash” is already a problem and will only get worse as the town moves away from stay-at-home policies, I would not support adding to the volume of garbage on our streets by bringing drive-thru service to town. Besides name calling, he accuses President Trump of knowing the severity of the Coronavirus in January and failing to act. (Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Board of Selectman by the leaadership of Ridgefield’s teacher’s union, the NEA-R (National Education Association-Ridgefield), which asked that it be printed as a letter to the editor.). Ridgefielders' letters to the editor should be emailed to: news@theridgefieldpress.com. Currently, we are going to build a new police headquarters and a new fire headquarters. In St. Louis David Dorn, a 38 year veteran police officer was gunned down while trying to stop the looting of a pawn shop by a 24 year old black man, and left to bleed to death on the sidewalk. But where is the outrage against the lies continually promoted by the media, liberal politicians and many voices in the black community that this is just another example of systemic racism within the white hierarchy? Letters to the Editor. I have heard much. Since we did not have a Rid Litter day this year, I encourage homeowners to pick up the trash in front of their property. This biased enforcement, which clearly benefited Mr. Frey politically, has become more troubling during the current societal upheaval. Will DNA submitted to genealogy sites also finally catch the Zodiac Killer? The teachers of Ridgefield have rolled up our sleeves and jumped into the uncharted waters of distance learning. Police unions continue to be obstacles to reform. Our students deserve nothing less. This will help make our town a bit nicer for everyone. Ein letter to the editor wird auf Deutsch Leserbrief genannt. Trump lifted those rules. Through her leadership, I now have the opportunity to look ahead and continue the work in this ever-changing journey. This takes investment. On Jan. 7 the CDC organized to respond to the virus. No, of course not. V.P. With the concern of COVID-19 and the risk that it poses for our vulnerable residents, we ask Ridgefielders to be mindful of their presence on the property. Ridgefield’s St. Stephen’s sticks with plan to sell South Hall, Ridgefield schools will be remote Christmas week, Social thinker: Ridgefield’s John Scott, hands-on journalist, Farewell, Biscuit: Ridgefield’s Main Street will miss a dog, Tilly is a cat who needs a special person, Ridgefield businesses are hurting, but help is coming, ‘Desegregate Connecticut’ still has suburban zoning officials talking, Ridgefield Schools add one COVID case over weekend, Calendar: Book talks, art lectures and more. It is dangerous to blame an entire group for the criminal actions of a few. To our Ridgefield community, as the clergy of Ridgefield, we feel the need to make a statement in light of our nation’s turmoil and unrest. Letter to the Editor Tweet. You can expect frequent communication — in doing this, I ask for your patience, as I too am new to this style of social interaction and engagement. While the Central Office Administration has worked to prioritize, our administration, staff, and faculty are already stretched thin in the daily workings of the district. I disagree with Mr. Jewel’s primary assertion that trash from drive-thru service would not be a problem today. If you would like to have a letter published, send it to editor@wiltonbulletin.com by noon on Monday. In a few days, I had filled over 15 trash bags of litter. To the editor, In response to Attorney Robert Powers’ Nov. 27 letter in which he details a violation of the U.S. Most importantly, I encourage anyone generating trash, including dog owners with blue bags, to dispose of their waste properly. Their newly developed COVID 19 Response Team has taken on management of these folks exclusively to prevent the potential for transmission. Send letters to the editor to: news@theridgefieldpress.com. Pence was appointed to head a full government task force on Feb. 26. 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