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Editor’s Note 3/29/2012

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Malkowski, president/owner of Stag Arms. I’ve never been a fan of guns. I don’t like them, don’t own one and never shot one. But, I’ve always respected those who enjoy them. Of course, I was saddened when so many women and children were killed at Sandy Hook School. There are days it still upsets me.

After talking with Malkowski, I couldn’t help but feel the state ban on the type of grip he makes is useless. It doesn’t seem to have much effect on ending gun violence. It is just a way to make the state look like it is doing something. I would rather eliminate the use of high capacity clips/magazines and have a better way to check the background of gun buyers, than limit a specific handle.

I also cannot help but support a local business that keeps 400 residents employed. It also spends over $13 million in the City. The tax money we receive is also substantial. Someone in our City needs to stand up and support Stag Arms. It could be the mayor or a legislator. Someone needs to show him he is important. He isn’t feeling the love another company would, just because he makes rifles. It is a second amendment right to bear arms.

If he leaves New Britain, our economy will suffer. We can’t afford to have that happen. Malkowski said he is meeting with Mayor Tim O’Brien soon. All we can do is hope O’Brien does not make this political and instead makes it about New Britain. We can’t afford to lose anymore manufacturing jobs. This City has suffered enough.

Regardless of how you feel about what happened to those beautiful children in Newtown, take a stand and write your legislator and support Stag Arms. New Britain needs them to stay. At least 400 residents are counting on them for their future and New Britain’s economy is too!

This week we went out to over 23,000 homes. I love when the whole City gets a copy of our paper delivered to their home.

It’s important to read what is happening in our City. And no one tells you the real truth like we do. We won’t be bullied into telling you what City Hall wants you to hear like other papers do. We tell it like it is. That is why so many people support us.

Let’s lighten it up a bit with our joke from Facebook.

“Why are recipes like web dating? Because they never look like the picture.”

My recipes don’t always look good, but as long as they taste good is what counts. As far as dating, well that’s up to eye of the beholder.

Until next week, don’t count on the pictures, and keep reading YOUR #1 Weekly Newspaper!