Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A bit under the weather...

Battling a cold these days, and probably the worse week to be doing it.

Two debates on tap this week...tonight in Plainfield and then round two of the Norwich City Council race with all 10 candidates tomorrow. Then on Thursday morning, it's up to Windham High School to talk with a jounalism class in the morning, and later representing the newspaper at a dinner that night.

On Friday...out the door early and off to Washington for the weekend. (I'm attending my first-ever Parents Weekend at American University)...

Oh yeah...try and get some work done inbetween all that.

We've added on additional debate to our debate schedule leading up to the municipal elections on Nov. 6. this one is in Preston and will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Preston Plains School on Rte. 164. The Preston election is an important one mainly because of the Norwich State Hospital property. The development of that piece of land will significantly change the town, and the surrounding area, for the future.

If anyone out there has any questions they'd like asked during that debate, send them along...I'll be more than happy to put them to the candidates.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jim N said...

I think there’s more to this Norwich re-zoning than meets the eye. The mayor and city council are trying to keep this issue under the radar as much as possible for some reason.
Norwichtown Mall is just a few blocks away, zoned and desperate for new business with much better access to I-395 and Rt. 2. Why add another commercial zone in the heart of an attractive, historical, residential area, which would just add to the already extremely congested hospital zone nearby?
Why are Mayor Lathrop and our illustrious city council so intent on this zone change? This begs the question; “What’s in it for them?”
Our mayor and city council have shown a penchant for covert operations and otherwise unprofessional behavior, as has been well documented in The Day. These behaviors include but are not limited to: conference calls concerning city business without public knowledge, secret votes, favoritism towards former employees new companies, and signing contracts without proper approval. And let’s not forget the constant schoolyard bickering, finger pointing, and internal conflict.
Let’s restore some respect to city government on November 6th. Out with Caron, Crooks, Goldman, and Bettencourt (Mereen and Newson saved us the trouble) and in with Zarnetske, Coutu, Nash, Jacaruso, Desaulniers, and Braddock. The citizens deserve a professional, transparent city government.
And let’s not forget the mayoral election is just around the corner. It’s never too early to start thinking about getting some real leadership in City Hall.

7:47 PM  
Blogger dweeb said...

Ray,
From your position as moderator at many of these candidate forum evenings, is the level of discourse growing coarser or does it just sound that way to my ears?

Are we hearing more glib slogans and fewer thoughtful solutions to larger and larger problems?

How can each of us hope to reframe the discussions to focus on the essentials instead of the sideshows?

7:51 AM  

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