News That Matters
Good Thursday Morning,
Tomorrow (Friday) brings the weekly Things to Do edition of News That Matters so if your organization is planning an event for this weekend or early next week, please get it in to us today. Each week I ask the same thing and each week I receive notifications well after the issue has gone to press, too late for inclusion in the edition.
The ultra-violet rating for today is a 5. (Out of 10) This is the measurement of how strong the UV rays from the sun are. During the winter the rating numbers are down in the 1-2 range but now that the sun is higher in the sky everything is changing. So, while the air may feel cold, stand still for a moment with your face to the sun and you'll know spring is here.
Kent Manor is in the news again (see below) as it was in this column last week. I still have a question about it. I know county officials read this column and wonder about their lack of comment but here goes again anyway: How is it that the county allowed Kent Manor to owe them nearly $3 million in back taxes without foreclosing? Huh? The Town of Kent is being sued with Judge O'Rourke on the bench so we all know what's going to happen. Once he rules against us the town should sue the county for allowing this to go on as long as it did. I'd support that.
Remember when the county received a $10 million "gift" from the Ziff family for mucking up the Walter G, Merritt parkland and Bondi said he might use some of that money to recreate Kent Manor as a golf course? Okay... what happened? (He also said he'd use the same money to reopen Butterfield Hospital and we see where that got us.) If he was playing with ideas for the land, why didn't he take it for back taxes like he would your house?
Legislators in North Dakota have passed a bill that creates a sex offense category for showing a picture of your sonogram to others. Under the proposed law the fetus is a "full person" and being under the age of 18... well, you see where that's going. Not to be outdone, there's a bill floating in the West Virginia house to ban the sale of "Barbie" dolls and any other doll that encourages, as the bill says, "It shall be unlawful in the state to sell "Barbie" dolls and other similar dolls that promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development." I wish I could make this stuff up.
General Motors is saying that unless we start buying their Hummers they're going out of business or we can give them $31 billion taxpayer dollars. Whichever comes first.
And now, The News:
Putting a nickel deposit on water, fruit juice and other containers uncaps debate
By JOHN FITTS
American Farmland Trust to Offer Technical Assistance to Connecticut Municipalities Seeking Farmland Protection