Well Broad River, the reason for the zip+4 is because most of today's mail is not sorted by hand but run through automated machinery that is capable of sorting 10,000 pieces of mail per minute.
It is then run through another machine that sorts the mail into delivery sequence for a given route (in postal terms it is called DPS…delivery point sequence mail..although letter carriers have other choice names for the system, which is far from perfect). The zip+4 makes the system more accurate (hopefully).
Talk about a manipulated mind. So filled with hatred for unions you'll believe anything. I'll bet you'd label Ronald Reagan a hypocrite too? He represented the Screen Actor's Guild ( a union), then swapped sides and became the worst enemy of labor in the last half of the 20th century. Yeah, the unions who supported Moccia saw what he did to the city sanitation workers, and saw a continuing lack of support from him, so why should they continue to kiss his butt? They dumped him because they weren't getting anything from him like he had promised he would. The fact that both fire and police got new headquarters would have happened under any mayor since the old buildings were not only old and outdated, they were safety hazards.
You would have us believe that because of his support from the municipal unions, Rilling wouldn't hesitate throwing the taxpayers under a bus. You just don't understand how our city government works.
Our city budget is managed by our Common Council, which, had you not been so blinded by hate, is still predominantly controlled by republicans. I know several of those individuals, and they are VERY unlikely to let Rilling run amok with our tax dollars. They're good, conscientious people who have the taxpayer's interests at heart. Your continued gnashing of teeth over the municipal unions is just more (as Willy Shakes would say) "sound and fury, signifying nothing".
I would further point out that our municipal services(fire and police) have not been given the resources they've needed to serve our citizenry. Both have been given new state-of-the-art headquarters, yes, but the actual resources to have enough police and fire personnel have been sadly lacking. Our city has grown, but the numbers of cops and smoke eaters have not. If Rilling wants to ensure we have enough manpower to deliver us the protection we need, how is that not being an advocate for the taxpayer? During this past election it seemed like Moccia was only concerned with maintaining the AAA bond rating, and the hell with quality of life issues. So much for him being the advocate for the people.
Nobody likes taxes. Nobody likes paying them, and no politician with more than two functioning brain cells likes raising them. They are essential to providing the citizenry with what the community needs. We happen to live in an area where services are expensive, prices are high, and the cost of living is probably higher than anybody likes. In Norwalk they're a fact of life and if you don't like what you're paying, or don't think you're getting enough bang for your buck, you can 1) run for office and try to fix the system directly, or 2) move somewhere else where the cost of living is cheaper. Put up or shut up.
No more ridiculous than having somebody whining about what Rilling is GOING to do. If you were that psychic, you can send me some winning lottery numbers and I'll be glad to shut up….in Tahiti. View Comment
I'm as skeptical as the next guy about Rilling. I certainly wasn't satisfied with the job he did as police chief, but I'm willing to let him demonstrate his ability (or inability) before dragging out the firing squad.
If he turns out to be a mess we'll have a chance in 2 years to find someone (hopefully) better. We certainly weren't headed in the right direction with Moccia, so a change needed to be made. It's sad we weren't given a better choice, but we play with the cards we're dealt.
Let's give Mayor Rilling a chance, our support, and the respect he deserves. Until he shows himself undeserving of that, save your speculative fear and loathing for our national politicians. View Comment
Good Lord folks, give the guy a chance! He hasn't spent a day in office yet and you're already loading up your diapers with what he's "gonna" do.
If you're that worried, please move out of Norwalk now. The city will do just fine without all the whining and gnashing of teeth. The people have made their decision. Accept reality and move on. View Comment
Wow. Saw a little bit of the game and never thought Westport could come back after getting down 12-5. That took a lot of guts, and they're champions no matter what happens from here out.
The team from Washington must be devastated. Heck of a lot of talent on that roster too. View Comment
Sadly, Norwalk will continue to decline as Mayor Dick will probably win re-election, mostly due to the fact the Norwalk Democrats cannot field a viable candidate. The democratic leadership should be ashamed that their best people have to run as republicans. The dems were a dysfunctional bunch long before Amanda took the helm, so you can't dump the whole blame on her for this. View Comment
In the interest of accuracy, the facility is at 76 South Main St in South Norwalk,not 76 Main Street as listed.
Other than that, Person 2 Person is a terrific organization that does a great job at administering the local food banks. Diageo is also a great company, not only for providing the funds, but for backing it up with sweat equity. They truly "walk the walk". Both of these organizations deserve our full support.
A great, positive story! View Comment
Mary Jane, There is no evidence that pot destroys the brain. Not a shred of scientific evidence at all. You can make whatever non-scientific observations you want about stoners, and sure, I wouldn't want one of them to be performing brain surgery on me or a loved one, but I'd have the same feelings about someone who had consumed a few brewskis.
Actually, numerous scientific studies have shown pot enhances certain neurologic functions and there's mountains of evidence in regards to how it helps glaucoma and chemotherapy patients. That's why so many medical marijuana and decriminalization efforts have been passed around the country.
The continued illegality of marijuana has been a huge waste of taxpayer money. If it were properly taxed and regulated the way tobacco and alcohol are, we would not only reap the economic benefits, but we'd no longer criminalize certain elements of society, and it would free law enforcement to go after the people who push harder drugs. We would also put out of business the people who create these synthetic drugs which have much more serious side effects.
I know several people who continue to enjoy the products of mother nature. They are intelligent, educated and fully productive members of society. You'd probably be surprised to find out who enjoys pot recreationally. They enjoy it the same way you or I might enjoy a cocktail before dinner. As long as it's not abused, or becomes a psychological crutch, it can be handled responsibly. It is not an automatic gateway to harder substances.
There is always the possibility for abuse and misuse, but the same can be said for any substance, be it alcohol, aerosol cans, or soda pop.
I haven't been very active on the political front since my early 20's, and my recollection about the Independent Party's legal problems are a bit hazy. I seem to recall the death blows came during Mayor Esposito's reign. I don't even remember what the fracas was about, but the Independents had to empty their coffers for legal fees. They were unable to raise sufficient funds after that to field a viable slate of candidates. Once they couldn't attain a sufficient percentage of the vote, they were dropped from the ballot. Doug Hempstead was chairman of the Independents at the time, and he chose to disband with honor rather than continue the fight into obscurity. By the end of the 80's the Party of Freese and Cave were a historical footnote in Norwalk's history. View Comment
Paige, I was a registered Democrat over 30 years ago and saw the dysfunction within the state and local associations. They ran a strict "my way or the highway" approach to participation and that alone led to 12 years of Mayor Esposito, which Norwalk is STILL recovering from. In disgust I registered as an Independent, and continue to hold that affiliation to this day. Even when I was a Dem, I still voted for the republican if I thought he or she would do a better job. I do not hold blind allegiance to any party affiliation. I was saddened when the Independent Party here in Norwalk continued to move more to the right but I think that was more due to the continued parade of goobers the Democrats chose as their standard bearers. As the Democrats strove to make themselves more irrelevant, it left a gaping hole for those who might have endorsed fiscal responsibility along with a more liberal social viewpoint, which is where I believe a lot of the electorate shares.
I believe there's a lot of disillusioned republicans out there as well, who continue the status quo only because the democrats have been unable to offer a reasonable alternative to Mayor Moccia.
Ironically, it was legal disputes brought on by some of the more conservative elements of the Republican party that led to the bankruptcy and demise of the legitimate Independent Party here in Norwalk. Sadly the best and brightest members of that group went to align themselves with the Republicans. I guess if you can't beat 'em...but you can't fault them for not wanting to entangle themselves with that mess on the Democratic side.
Norwalk politics have never been boring. People like Irving Freese and Jennie Cave kept the two major parties from getting too full of themselves, and that input is what has been sadly lacking for the past couple of decades. I think a petition candidate might find that he or she could do very well in Norwalk. Of course raising funds would be the main sticking point in any kind of alternative campaign, but getting the message out in the (relatively) free media could only help a truly grassroots movement.
I won't get into the discussion about Bush or Obama because the national party affiliations have very little to do with the actions of the local parties. Norwalk's Democratic political machine is about as dysfunctional as they can get, which is why we keep getting stuck with Republican mayors. That's both due to the local and State organizations. All of them should be embarrassed at the way they conduct their internal affairs. They need more people like Bruce Kimmel and instead tend to ostracize those who "rock the boat".
This most recent episode only emphasizes how bad the Norwalk organization is. Sadly,it may be too late for the leadership to get it's act together in order to prevent another term for Moccia. I'm sure Art & his buddies were high-fiving each other as this story broke.
Perhaps it's time for Bruce Kimmel to gather other disillusioned Democrats and revive the Independent Party here in Norwalk. They could count on a few reasonable republicans to work for the betterment of the city, as opposed to a party machine that needs to be run through LaJoie's shredder. View Comment
The police shouldn't advertise where they're going to do this. They should just pick locations randomly. This allows many savvy drunks to take back roads through residential neighborhoods in order to avoid the checkpoints. View Comment
Why not Paige? It's already been PROVEN that the "controversies" regarding the NSA, IRS, Benghazi, etc were entirely fabricated by the right-wingers. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee was just outed by a member of his own committee for releasing partial transcripts of testimony. When Rep Cummings released the full transcripts it proved Issa lied in an attempt to discredit the President. The Republicans (Boehner, Cantor, Issa, Rove,et al) have based their entire platform on allegations of wrongdoing, NONE of which have been proven.
I'm sure that won't stop you from hating the guy in the White House.
While Obama may be far from being able to walk on water, your side only seems capable of wallowing in the mud. View Comment
You're free to disagree with Old Timer but he's 100% correct. Like it or not, the new superintendent will have to work with the union. Finding a person who is willing to work with the union in finding solutions is in the best interests of the BoE, the taxpayers, and the students. Everyone will suffer if acrimony and distrust between the parties turns our educational administration into a dysfunctional morass.
I am not suggesting the superintendent bend over backwards to appease the union, but negotiating in good faith is the cornerstone to good labor relations, and without that the kids will suffer. You don't engender respect or find common solutions by disrespecting one side or another. That is why your disagreement is so puzzling. Do you prefer dysfunction, acrimony and disrespect? I'd sure hate to be YOUR kids.
I understand why the police have to use their cell phones because all the bad guys have scanners...but WHY do these same officers insist on using hand-held cells and not blue-tooth headsets? If a cop (one of the very few not attending to road construction sites) is speeding towards a situation I for one want him to have BOTH hands on the wheel of his cruiser!
Whenever I hear Norwalk Police are cracking down on distracted driving my first thought is who will be cracking down on them. Westport police? LOL. View Comment
I don't see where Mr Mellion is suggesting the teachers OR the union pick the superintendent. I see him simply stating that the process that was described to him has not taken place. I'm not suggesting the union have any more influence than the BoA or the parents, but they should at least be part of the discussion.
Let's face facts. Whoever the new superintendent is, they'll have to deal with Mr Mellion. Wouldn't it be better for all sides to get acquainted BEFORE they are forced to face each other in an adversarial situation? By excluding Mr Mellion from the process, you are setting up a negative relationship. In order for the Board and the union to have a healthy relationship they must at least begin with a level playing field. From that point on the issues will decide how the relationship prospers, or fails.
I get the reality of the situation. Most of the BoA is vehemently anti-union. That means they have to share some of the credit for continuing the adversarial and yes, sometimes dysfunctional relationship between the union and the Board. We shouldn't be dumping all the charges of negativity on Mr Mellion. View Comment