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To the Editor:
Aug. 10
 
Both the town of Morris Republicans and Democrats have announced their slate of candidates for the upcoming elections.
 
This year however there is another choice for the voters in Morris.
 
After being encouraged by several residents, I am happy to announce that I will be seeking the position of selectman as an unaffiliated candidate. The general consensus I have received from the people I have spoken with is that residents do not feel they are being heard. The most common issue that I have been hearing is people are not comfortable speaking their minds due to the thought of retaliation. I have been told that fear and intimidation seems to be the working pattern currently in place.
 
I feel that the time is far overdue to return the Board of Selectmen to an actual Board of Selectmen. There is an obvious appearance that most meetings of this board are pre-determined if not scripted as to the outcome. Why are these meetings only two selectmen and not three? This is not an issue that has recently happened, but in fact has always been a two against one scenario. The difference is now it seems to be treated as an entitlement as well as a tool to fast track personal agendas.
 
The Board of Selectmen should be three voices working together to lead the town, instead, we have two voices {one of which seems to just be an echo of the first} with a predetermined agenda overriding the third voice. A large part of my effort will be to get agenda items back to an open table dialogue at meetings with all three voices included. The majority mentality on this board needs to be eliminated and returned to a board that does what it is elected to do.
 
As a candidate, all of my effort will be for the betterment of the town of Morris. I will not accept campaign donations or contributions; I would have a problem taking these from the people I am asking to elect me. Spending thousands of (other people’s) dollars to have people support me seems unethical for a community election, as well as giving the wrong appearance of a conflict of interest.
 
If you are satisfied with the current situation in Morris, then your mind is made up, but, if you feel as many others and myself feel that we all deserve much more from our “elected officials,” I ask you to consider another direction.
It’s time to remind our “elected officials” that they work for the people they represent, not the other way around. They should not consider themselves “leaders” but more as “facilitators,” elected to honestly represent and do what is best for the town of Morris. As a candidate for selectman, it will be my goal to do everything I can to help get the peoples voices of Morris heard.
 
Kevin DeRoehn
Morris
 
 
To the Editor:
Aug. 7
 
It’s been reported that Connecticut is finally looking for a slogan to replace “Connecticut: Still Revolutionary,” which, besides being criminally deceptive, has to no one’s surprise proved a dismal failure in the seven years it’s been used in a typically half-baked effort to attract tourism and commerce.
 
As it happens, our woebegone state also should be looking for a motto to replace the antiquated and clumsy Latin “Qui Transtulit Sustinet,” which in English means “He who transplanted sustains,” but probably has nothing to do with arborists or gardeners.
 
In the spirit of 21st-century rhetorical accuracy and economy, then, it behooves Connecticut to come up with a new combination motto and slogan. Neighboring New York State, whose marketing slogan is the memorable “I Love New York” (often seen as “I Love NY” and abbreviated “I [heart] NY”), has long used the concise Latin motto “Excelsior,” which simply means “higher,” although the few New Yorkers who actually know it prefer to construe it as the more inspirational “ever upward,” doubtless alluding to taxes and anti-gun legislation, which excesses New York shares with Connecticut.
 
Ideally, Connecticut’s motto-slogan should exemplify the state and be short and sweet, easy to understand, entirely truthful, and (of course) in English. For now. The obvious and perfect motto-slogan, in that case, must be “Forever Upward, Connecticut!” Is that inspirational or what? Take that, New York! And don’t bother reminding us that Connecticut has nowhere to go but up. We know it.
 
In addition to not needing a picture, still another advantage of “Forever Upward, Connecticut!” is that it’s conveniently abbreviated as an initialism, in which the letters are pronounced individually, as in the clandestine government agencies “CIA” and “NSA”; as well as an acronym, in which the letters are pronounced as a word, as in the White House’s currently inseparable “POTUS” and “FUBAR.”
 
Thus, “FU,CT!” could be pronounced as individual letters or as a word. Talk about conciseness and versatility. “Forever Upward, Connecticut!” and “FU,CT!” say it all about our state in only three words or four letters. With no pictures, only simple punctuation. “Wow!” as an unimaginative copywriter or eBay seller would put it.
 
It must be noted that the United States Supreme Court, as widely reported throughout the media, recently ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to approve “FUCT” as the brand name of a line of clothing. So the comma and exclamation point must be included at all times in Connecticut’s usage of the brilliant new motto-slogan in order not only to preclude litigation for trademark infringement but also to emphasize the attitude of virtually everyone in the state capitol with regard to virtually everyone not in the state capitol . . .
 
Yours faithfully,
Paul Mordecai Rosenberg
Litchfield 
 
 
 
To the Editor:
Aug. 4
 
The 67th Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour sponsored by The Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) took place on July 12th and 13th, and was an unprecedented success, with ten beautiful homes and gardens, representing 300 Years of Architecture -- all within the Historic Litchfield Borough. The event kicked off with a very well attended Preview Tour & Party, and continued the next day with the Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour. The two-day benefit attracted more than 1,200 visitors to the Town of Litchfield, with many taking time to enjoy its shops, restaurants and other attractions.
 
This historic event not only celebrated Litchfield’s 300th Anniversary, but also raised record-breaking funds of more than $230,000. All of the net proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic, and support the residential, educational, and community programs and services provided by CJR in 11 communities throughout Connecticut.
 
Planning for this event began more than two years ago, and inspired the extensive participation of Aid members, as well as significant numbers of Litchfield County residents, who deserve our heartfelt thanks for their time, creativity and dedication, all of which contributed to the success of this special event. Litchfield is, indeed, celebrating a true sense of community pride this 300th year.
 
We thank all of our individual and business sponsors for their outstanding contributions, the homeowners who so generously offered their beautiful homes and gardens for public viewing, and all of the volunteers who expertly guided Tour attendees through those amazing residences. 
 
We salute all of the vendors who afforded The Aid provisions of food and spirits in connection with the Preview Party, the Woodruff Carriage House hospitality location, and the Litchfield Green, most at discounted rates, or gratis.
 
The Aid also extends its gratitude to the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, for again gracing an Aid event with talented dancers. Our volunteer Historic Performers aptly added a special reminder of the important figures who lived and worked in Litchfield during its 300 year history. Costumed through the generosity of The Warner Theatre, our roving performers were well suited to play their parts. And a thank you to the owners of the antique automobiles who graced the tour with their beautiful show cars.
 
More evidence of how this community supports our Tercentennial celebrations, came in the form of a grant from The Seherr-Thoss Foundation to The Litchfield Aid.
 
From the bottom of our hearts, we express special gratitude to Deborah and Declan Murphy, our Honorary Committee Chairpersons, for making the success of this event possible through their fundraising leadership, and to Honorary Committee Members for their signifcant financial support. 
 
Finally, The Litchfield Aid extends its thanks to all who visited our special town and encountered the living history that those of us who are fortunate enough to reside here experience every day. We hope you will return!
 
Marla Patterson, preview tour and party chairperson                          
Patricia Hearn, president of the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR)
 
SPONSORS
 
Tercentennial Leader: Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
 
Tercentennial Luminaries: Anonymous, Bantam Wesson, LLC, Barbara & Ted Janulis, Matthew Karpas & Emily Dalton, Deborah & Declan Murphy, O&G Industries, Inc., Philip G. Samponaro, Bruce Schnitzer & Alexandra Champalimaud, Dennis & Elena Sherva, Torrington Savings Bank, Webster Bank, West Group Law PLLC
 
Tercentennial Diplomats: Arethusa Farm, Anne & Philip Bergan, Stefan Bothe & Jennie Cheng, Armand & Lauren Della Monica, Arthur & Tara Diedrick, Anthea Disney & Peter Howe, Hon. Anne C. Dranginis, Patricia Hearn & Charles Walkonis, John & JoAnna Koster, Litchfield Bancorp, Litchfield Distillery, Denise & Ken Merz, Greg & Cathy Oneglia, Ray & Ellen Oneglia, Roderic M. Oneglia, William O’Shaughnessy & Gregorio Alvarez Reynoso, The Patterson Family, James & Faye Preston, Nan Skeie, Union Savings Bank, Winvian
 
Federalist Sponsors: Dr. & Mrs. Todd E. Anderson, Elizabeth Garber Daniels, Philippa Durrant, Carole Gibney, Trudie & Norman Hamilton, Jack & Doreen Hampton, Kate & Bill Honan, Sidney Koch & Sheila Nevins, Michael Kovalchik & Susan Vontell, John & Nancy Newton, Michael & Tina Reardon, Rosemary Ripley & Peter Grubstein, Jim & JoAnn Robertson, Charlie & Molly Roraback, Adrian & Maggie Selby
 
Victorian Sponsors: Mary Ackerman, Robert & Martha Bernstein, Cara & Ken Blazier, Patrick & Nancy Boland, John & Colette Boyd, Miriam Mason Cable, Kara Dowling & Hon. Andrew Roraback, Charles “Peter” & Carol Ebersol, Rosie & Richard Furniss, Martha Green & Alan Cohen, Danielle & Stuart Hawley, Paul & Jane Hinkel, Rick & Lisa Judd, Jedd & Susan Levine, Pamela McCann & Jake Nadler, Thomas F. McKnight LLC-Thomas & Renate McKnight, Mark & Brigid Merriman, Jackie & Phil Miller, Mark Mobley, NaturaLawn of America, Bob & Jan Petricone, Charles “Chip” & Louisa Roraback, Russell Electric, Inc., Lois & Marc Shafir, Rev. & Mrs. Bevan Stanley, twenty2 wallpaper, Heather & Ray Turri, Eliot & Annick Wadsworth, Elizabeth Whalen MD & Terrence Ryan MD, Tom & Lainie Witherspoon
 
Modernist Sponsors: Dick & Norma Auer, Hedy Barton, Frances Devlin, Emily Littman Eisen, Malcolm Forbes, Hon. & Mrs. Charles Gill, Drew Harlow, John & Roberta Janco, Eileen & Peter Litwin, Cynthia Mitchell, Martha Phillips, Daniel Rezende, Nancy Ross & David Henderson, Alan Russo, Joyce S. Schwartz, Crisha Smyth, Reverend Robert F. Tucker, Susan Webb, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty: Kim D’Andrea, Jane Hinkel, Ron Leal, Donna Membrino, Ellen Waterhouse.
 
 
To the Editor
Aug. 4

A question In response to Mr. Rosenberg's missive of July 25:

Why would anyone, especially in this 300-year-old town in New England--an area of this republic known for it's steadfast upholding of the right of all citizens to be heard and take part in the process of their own governance--object to the holding of Board of Selectmen meetings in a venue that allows all who are interested to attend?

Carolyn C. Martin
Litchfield
 
 
To the Editor:
Aug. 2
 
On behalf of Berta and her staff and the entire Litchfield Community Center board of directors, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our fellow townspeople of Litchfield (and our friends from neighboring towns) for your support of our just-completed “SummerFest 2019 County Fair.”
 
And if you were one of many who attended, especially our sponsors, thank you as well! We all hope you enjoyed yourselves at the ‘party-of-the-year’ as we celebrated the Town’s 300th anniversary. I also take my hat off to all of the vendors and suppliers for their important contributions to the success of the evening. Great food, beverage and décor galore provided a celebratory atmosphere for the festivities.
 
It’s our mission to open up our facility to the entirety of our wonderful Town, and to find ways to connect all of us to one another. It seems that this happened on July 20th – despite the heat – and we are all a little more interconnected as a result.
 
We are also delighted at the response to our “Kids Club.” By inviting children to become a part of our summer party, we made it easier for their parents to have a night on the town while knowing their children were well cared for, and enjoying themselves with a host of fun games and activities. And their presence added just the right amount of energy and delight to the evening, making it that much more enjoyable. After all, who can resist the bright smile of a little one?
 
Last but not least, I would like to acknowledge the many contributions of the volunteer force of the community center’s board of directors for their hours of service in setting up, executing the evening, and breaking down the event after it was all over. We could not have pulled off this big party without your help.
 
John Post
President, board of directors
Litchfield Community Center