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Editor’s Note 7/11/2014

Each year I look forward to the 4th of July as I love fireworks. It’s fun to watch the celebration at the park.

There is one thing I do not like. It is the illegal fireworks.

I hear each year about how fireworks that ‘go boom’ are illegal. If this is the case, where are the arrests? I saw more illegal fireworks than legal ones this year. Why bother calling them illegal unless arrests are made?

I wouldn’t set them off because they are dangerous and expensive, but many people do not care. If the law is not going to be enforced then make them legal. This is a statewide problem that has existed for many years.

There is no other law in existence less abided by than this one. It is a joke.

I watched those who know what they are doing put real fireworks together. Read page 3. Volunteers are always needed if you want to be involved in the real deal.

Another complaint I hear around the City is that the tax bills are late. There was a printing delay by the company who prints the bills. Hopefully, by the time you read this you will have received your bill.

I know none of us is happy with it either. Taxes are never fun. Just don’t tell me taxes went up this year and not last year. That is a fallacy. Taxes went up 8 mills last year.

I want to make sure you read Success Stories from New Britain High School on page 4. I think it is fantastic to hear the wonderful things NBHS graduates are up to. I pains me to hear people putting down our school system. We have a lot of great kids and great teachers. I’m proud to be from Hard Hittin’ New Britain. I love saying that too!

On page 2, I wrote about a family in need of a kidney. Dialysis is an awful thing to go through. If you can help in any way, please do.

Did you see the Mayor’s photo on instagram on television? I don’t understand how TV stations can make an issue out of a scarf and ignore former Mayor Tim O’Brien giving $100,000 to a friend? Something is wrong in this world.

And although there is no story about this in the paper, please don’t leave your child or dog in a hot car. Be responsible and not ignorant. I’m sad to read about these tragedies.

My Facebook Joke of the week is courtesy of Geri O’Keefe-Curtis.

A man was telling his neighbor, ‘I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it’s state of the art. It’s perfect.’

‘Really,’ answered the neighbor. ‘What kind is it?’

‘Twelve thirty.’

It doesn’t sound that good to me.

Until next week listen carefully and keep reading YOUR #1 Most Trusted New Britain Newspaper!