Litchfield News






Letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or partners of Letters to the editor should be 300 words or less. Letters over the 300 word limit will be continued on another page. We reserve the right to edit and shorten the text. We encourage letters providing positive solutions for current issues. Letters should be brief and refer to current or recent events. Please include your full name, a street address and a daytime telephone number for verification; only the name and town will appear. Letters should be e-mailed to


To the Editor:

It is super-hypocrisy for President Donald Trump to criticize the newspapers or those within the government for news leaks, when the leakors are reporting about alleged illegal or immoral or questionable activities by him or any one else in his administration. Of course, Trump has been in constant and total denial about any such activities occurring within the White House or the Trump administration.

But Trump's most recent action, complaining about leaked information to the news reporters about Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser, who was forced to resign after reports that he had lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, is indeed super-hypocrisy! Trump's Washing Post statement about Flynn was: “I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the ‘fake media,’ in many cases — and I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.”

Initially, Flynn denied discussing U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States in the month BEFORE Trump became president. Trump reportedly soon learned about that lie to officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, yet he did nothing significant about that lie for weeks. In fact, Pence, who initially supported Flynn to the media, became upset when he later told reporters he didn't even know about Flynn's questionable activities until recently. Oh, so Trump didn't tell him?! Why not!?

When those activities became big-time publicized, Trump at first continued to protect Flynn. But the public attention to Flynn's lie became so overwhelming that Trump reluctantly forced Flynn to resign. The president continued to spout high praise for Flynn, and instead began criticizing the unidentified leakors of Flynn's questionable activities. Although the FBI says it is not going to charge Flynn, a federal probe of the overall situation is continuing, say news reports.  continued

To the Editor:
An elected official today served me a kind reminder of my legal (albeit unconstitutional) duty to maintain the Litchfield-owned sidewalk abutting my property.  Involuntary servitude aside, this civic responsibility is something that I take seriously as a property owner and as a human, and I regret my failure to more promptly shovel.
It is with great relief, however, to learn of this official’s apparent concern regarding sidewalk maintenance.  Surely this enthusiasm for public safety will immediately bestow upon the disastrous and dangerous state of the Center School sidewalks that are in such a shameful state of disrepair and neglect that there has been a pileup of children, scraped knees, and tears on the Woodruff Lane crosswalk since December.
The next time it snows and I duck family and job responsibilities to take care of my civic duty, I sure hope the Town and its self-righteous elected officials will be taking care of theirs. 
Carole Lunt
To the Editor:
We've done without WFSB, Channel 3, for over a month now. We've circumnavigated the absence by a circuitous route through laptop and an IP address, but it's been a nuisance. We've actually had to pay extra for working around the inconvenience!
The self-righteous tone of Optimum's written statement that appears when tuning in Channel 3, coupled with the equally useless information provided by WFSB's website give little indication that a resolution is coming.
It's well past time for PURA (or any other regulatory authority) to arrange a meeting and start knocking heads together.
Brock Putnam

Litchfield Town Hall Survey
Survey ended January 25, 2017.