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Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 09:56 am
infidel81..I agree, I used to belong to a local Teamster Union and got out as fast as I could,Read More because I experienced exactly what you stated. I witnessed people only doing exactly what was needed and nothing more, then complain about it. Unions are NO place for people who wish to advance themselves, and perhaps work their way up to be a possible CEO. This has become a societal plague, with some people believing they are due something for doing nothing, which is ridiculous. I find it amusing with the news that the middle class in Canada is richer than those in the US. For all the crap Americans give Canadians, look how well they are doing. Who's laughing now.
Igor April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
This is getting depressing. We are starting to agree with each other. LOL. I too was in a UnionRead More There was no recourse. It wasn't a close job, but you either joined or agency shop (which was $5.00 less a month). It wasn't when I first started at the company. After being there 10 years I didn't have much of a choice. With family leave now the attendance is so bad, but the union protects them. The beaters get just as much as the honest workers.
Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Igor..Where I worked was an open shop, but got nagged daily for a month to join the union and afterRead More a month I did, just to shut them up. Money coming out of each check and didn't know exactly what was happening with it. I guess some people find that acceptable, but I didn't and got out. Best decision I ever made in my life.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
mark April 18, 2014 at 08:23 am
When taxes are imposed on various industries then to stay in business the prices increase on theRead More consumer! Obamacare , gas taxes, payroll taxes, tolls, the proposed soda and candy tax , your tobacco tax is 75% of what the product really costs! Commercial Property tax increases! Do you people see what's going on here? This country is being destroyed by the Democrats! It is starting to resemble The a Soviet Union! We should change the name of this country to the USSA!
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 03:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
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Joel April 7, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Get back on topic. And while you're at it cut the condescending, holier-than-thou, I'm smarter thatRead More you, intellectual pinhead act. You don't want to hear others ideas and opinions. We are somehow not on your level. The only jihad is yours. Your posts speak volumes. Thanks in advance.
Joe Blow April 7, 2014 at 07:15 pm
Hey Reyn, you write a lot but say nothing then follow up with some insult or name calling, typicalRead More liberal B.S. What you refer to "jihad" is me laying out the truth that you choose to ignore while trying to cover it up with your circle talk or backpedaling. You are a weak coward like all liberal loons who backdoor everything.
Joe Blow April 8, 2014 at 01:49 am
Hey Tabasco and Reyn, maybe this will help put things in perspective for you and give you a simpleRead More understanding of the working middle class getting raped by the gubbmint. BTW- Note which state is the highest taxed, lol. Enjoy, statistics from a reliable source http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/07/tax-freedom-day-falls-three-days-later-this-year/
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Joe Blow March 31, 2014 at 03:56 pm
Well Larry, I read your blog and have some mixed feelings on the subject. First, the human body isRead More not intended to be a herbivore (you can start by looking at your teeth which are intended to rip and eat meat). Having said that, I'm not sure the crap they sell in stores these days would constitute as "meat" and the slop they sell at fast food places is even worse. Your blogs references to your grandparents and parents ways to obtain meat is the school I come from. We eat a lot of venison and the chicken, pork and beef we eat are all farm raised and butchered by myself. I do all my own cutting and packaging as well as the processing. Yes, I do make my own hotdogs and other processed meats.
CAjones March 31, 2014 at 04:10 pm
It's amazing how one obscure thread about free coffee brings out so many opposing views onRead More everything but coffee..... Don't you people have lives? It's free coffee people not "Cosmos". Maybe you folks are drinking too much coffee..... or something!!
Larry Ferrari March 31, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Joe you got the point...
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emmers27 March 26, 2014 at 04:01 pm
So do I understand this right.... the girl gets all hot and then she burns you. Yep, that's happenedRead More to me a number of times...
Catherine & Dennis March 26, 2014 at 08:56 pm
You mean like our food and drugs are tested for safety? Bet it's sold at Dollar Tree lol
chuck March 30, 2014 at 09:16 pm
Its actually a 70's retro doll. It burns bras.
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Catherine & Dennis March 26, 2014 at 08:16 pm
They are laying off massively in Maryland. Why in the world would they come to the highest taxedRead More state is what I can't figure out. Then again probably some quid pro quo behind the scenes between the 2 idiot Gov's.
Jen DellaCamera March 30, 2014 at 08:37 pm
They laid off hundreds in CT as well - to go to Maryland! Someone I know was laid off recently -Read More except it wasn't a layoff, they offered him a job - it was a DEMOTION in Maryland. Way to go, Verizon. Glad my phone is AT&T.
Catherine & Dennis March 30, 2014 at 09:37 pm
@Jen I have a family member that will be laid off in MD
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Jay Discount March 24, 2014 at 11:21 am
Dr Barba has left the state last year. This list is definitely useless. Who ever put thisRead More together should be let go.
Bob Lyke March 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm
I went to a cardiologist whom I feel was responsible for saving my mother's life on two occasions.Read More The doctor was my PCP and always gave me reliable referrals for surgery. Several of those surgeons made the list, but not the cardiologist, who is still highly regarded by his peers in Hartford County. I agree with Barbara and Jay in regards to the validity of this report. It is really a shame that politics have infecterd our medical profession.
George O'Hara March 24, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Yes Dr. Caron Grin passed away as was mentioned by another commenter. I also went to her and IRead More agree that she belonged on that list. However her name should have been removed some time ago. I echo the comments of others that this list is worthless if it is not being kept up to date.
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Linette Arnold March 20, 2014 at 01:22 pm
These guys are the best. Fun and thoughtful and extremely talented when it comes to taking care ofRead More their patients! I've recommended them to my friends with fabulous success! Linette
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OpportunistWatch April 16, 2014 at 04:01 pm
@Joe Mancini - What the heck are you talking about? Duchess sells Alcohol? Salads cause LiverRead More disease? McDonalds coffee causes impaired driving? So alcohol is good for the liver and kidneys? Please put down the shot and beer it is STILL illegal to drink and drive. I don't think its illegal to eat an apple pie from McDonalds. Never mind high, your plastered, put down the beer tap, sober up, realize your addiction and enjoy a glass of water for a change. You may need some detox before you stop cold turkey, you can die if you don't ween off it if you drink alcohol daily for a long period of time. Breweries are NOT THE ANSWER.
Joe Mancini April 16, 2014 at 05:36 pm
@OpportunistWatch-Thanks for the laugh. Yes, people go to McDonalds for the salads like men go toRead More strip clubs for the free buffet. The "food" McDonalds serves is so loaded with chemicals that have to be metabolized through the liver and filtered by the Kidneys, this leads to disease as well as diabetes. But you continue on your crusade against people enjoying a brew every now and then and go eat your salad at McDonalds.
Arek Wenta April 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Yeah the buffets are great! Not to mention the obscene amount of salt in their foods which isRead More contributing greatly to a slew of health problems. And beer in moderation is actually good for you. In more ways than one. Since when are motor vehicle deaths an inevitable outcome of a brewery? Just because they make it doesn't mean you have to drink it. Cars don't go kill people on their own, they need someone with a good dose of idiot to do it for them. Which you, opportunist, have plenty of. Plus, with the rate at which craft breweries are growing it's an excellent venture to pursue and boost our economy.
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Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm
United Technologies will invest as much as 4.5 billion dollars in Connecticut over the next 5 years.Read More They are collecting 400 mio in income credits. United Technologies expects to make net 6.3billion dollars in 2014 and 6.9 bio in 2015. Ct has a state corporate income tax of 7.5% meaning they pay in just corporate income tax about 500mio a year. (and will receive under 30 mio a year for the next 14 -meaning net the corporation will be paying Connecticut treasury net 470 million a year. Obviously their executives and employees also pay tax; also use services in Ct -which then leads to more business for many . Could you help me understand how you subsidize United Technologies? A company is not a person. They dont use education. Etc. Sounds like you think we would be all better off if these corporations left, and you stopped subsidizing them? You honestly think that if the top 30 corporations in Ct left you would have a smaller tax bill?
Harry February 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Porter, if the 7.5% rate is to high for theses specific companies, why isn't the rate reduced forRead More all corporations in the state? Maybe I'm a bit confused on subsidies / credits, But wasn't part of the deal that we would be building new facilities for them? Who is paying for that? I don't want one business to leave the state nor do I believe that we should bribe anyone to stay. If the rate is to high for Pratt then it's too high for everyone. Is there anywhere we can find out the exact amount that Pratt paid to the state of ct for year 2013?
OpportunistWatch March 30, 2014 at 09:16 am
While we see Sikorsky get hit with the recession and shed 100's of jobs, Joe Lieberman rode off intoRead More the Kibbutz with millions and Rosa & Stanley Greenberg is right behind him. And HERE is the scam by which she stuffs her pockets–with campaign money! “Federal campaign records reveal a self-dealing relationship between a senior Democratic Connecticut congresswoman [Rosa DeLauro] and her husband’s political consulting firm…the funds DeLauro donates to help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]” ultimately re-enter her household through her husband’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research “for polling and other services…It’s not just a conflict of interest, it just looks bad. It looks like she’s raising money and giving it to herself.” [No kidding!] “..Rosa DeLauro has established a persona of being a champion of the safety net while at the same time being a champion of amassing great wealth for herself and her husband [Stanley Greenberg] during her tenure in office.”
town news February 14, 2014 at 09:27 am
Oblaima will exempt large companys from the rate hike MD's will not have to pay that along with ACARead More he keeps changing.
Jay Bills February 14, 2014 at 10:51 am
if you show your VA card that states your service connected, you get your 10% off, REVMAN, pleaseRead More dont plass along wrong info.
J D C February 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm
True next week we OR the companies dont know what barry will do. But they didnt become a billionRead More dollar company waiting, they will be proactive. I am GLAD I'm not a young kid out there looking for work. My kids are though, its HORRENDOUS.
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Carrie McDonie Fornal February 16, 2014 at 10:45 am
I would like to nominate Thrifty Treasures Auction. This auction house, including estate sale, isRead More phenomenal. It is professionally run, lots of interesting items of all types! The auctions are not only fun, but there are terrific deals to be had there!
John Lucker January 29, 2014 at 01:06 pm
One other random thought which is something we all need to think about I think. We know The HartfordRead More generates about $2M in taxes a year as I recall. And we know that that form of development is about as good as it might get for Simsbury from a net economic benefit perspective. So let's suppose we could bring more developments like The Hartford to town. How about supposing we could fill all the big available properties on Route 10 with more developments like The Hartford. I count about 6 such areas - 2 near CL&P, The Hartford and the field next to it, available space in Powder Forest, and the North End. Six. So that would generate approximately $12 million of tax revenue (not economic benefit per se but pure revenue). Let's not quibble about the inexact nature of my analysis here because it's probably directionally correct. So if we max out the town and build the corridor all out, the most we will ever get is about $12 million in new taxes (actually $10 million since The Hartford is already built). That's all there is. So while an extra $10 million in taxes would be awesome, it's not going to fundamentally solve our Town's problems. It's not going to flip the burden on homeowners to be a burden on business. It's not going to generate massively more money for Town investment or education, etc. So to me that means that our Town needs to be very thoughtful about what we do with our available land and what type of development goes in the open land. In my opinion, Big Y is not the best development for that open land nor is it even close to revenue maximizing for the town. It is in fact not very tax maximizing at all. A friend of mine who analyzes such things lives in Canton. He told me this about the Shoppes mall in Canton: "The Shoppes bring in roughly $1.3 million in property taxes every year, or about 3.1% of Canton' s overall budget. Our budget increases, on average, about 2% a year so we need to build the equivalent of the Shoppes at least every other year to keep pace." So Simsbury should think about this and what it means analogously to our town. Putting grocery stores and strip malls up, etc will not enhance our town, the tax base, the lifestyle, etc. We need proactive thinking, planning and execution and at some point we need to recognize that long ago our town went down a path that created a destiny for us. Think of it as a combination of the Butterfly Effect and rational constraints based on our geographic location. The time for Simsbury to be different than we are has probably come and gone. We need to work with what we have and do it thoughtfully and with reality and pragmatism in mind. We must recognize that massive property tax relief is just not going to happen anytime soon or likely at all. So given what we have to work with, what do we want our town to become with the developable space we have? Do we do it reactively or proactively?
J A January 29, 2014 at 02:04 pm
@John.. Very well stated in both posts. If there was a true effort underway to draw in businessesRead More a significantly better approach should have and would have been in place. The Hartford leaving should not have come as a surprise. They've hinted for some time it could and would likely happen.. Yet when the time came, there was no backup plan, nothing substantive in the works that we could have, as a town, moved on. Your point of reactive vs. proactive is a case study in what happened with The Hartford. We invest dollars upon dollars on land trust items, yet do next to nothing on true economic development. Again, everything in balance. There's nothing wrong with Land Trust, to a point, as long as there is a solid, documented and executable plan to business development as well. As regards Big Y, it may (or may not) be the best overall business, but it is at least a start and one, I hope, that shows others that investing in Simsbury is a sound choice. I also agree with your assessment of the make up of the Task Force. Was there a nomination or selection process by skill set for the resident involvement, or was this once again a "who do we know that we've known for years that will want to serve". I certainly saw no call for a selection process, nor a mission statement to go along with said process. These are things people who are SERIOUS about economic development do.. the plan in advance, they develop contingencies (for events like The Hartford), they are progressive in thinking about smart town growth, not regressive to the point at times where it feels like we're in Sleepy Hollow or Brigadoon.
John Lucker February 18, 2014 at 08:56 pm
As I said in my comments above, many businesses are Zero Sum Games - like groceries. Here's aRead More classic example of Zero Sum Game economics for groceries. After 74 years the Crown Market in West Hartford is shutting down. The owner says "strong competition from other stores in Bishops Corner, including Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market, Whole Foods and Big Y, which also features an in-store kosher meat butcher and kosher deli department. He initiated a number of promotions, but special discounts and customer loyalty programs were not enough to keep the business going." http://touch.courant.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79349916/