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Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 09:56 am
infidel81..I agree, I used to belong to a local Teamster Union and got out as fast as I could,Read More because I experienced exactly what you stated. I witnessed people only doing exactly what was needed and nothing more, then complain about it. Unions are NO place for people who wish to advance themselves, and perhaps work their way up to be a possible CEO. This has become a societal plague, with some people believing they are due something for doing nothing, which is ridiculous. I find it amusing with the news that the middle class in Canada is richer than those in the US. For all the crap Americans give Canadians, look how well they are doing. Who's laughing now.
Igor April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
This is getting depressing. We are starting to agree with each other. LOL. I too was in a UnionRead More There was no recourse. It wasn't a close job, but you either joined or agency shop (which was $5.00 less a month). It wasn't when I first started at the company. After being there 10 years I didn't have much of a choice. With family leave now the attendance is so bad, but the union protects them. The beaters get just as much as the honest workers.
Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Igor..Where I worked was an open shop, but got nagged daily for a month to join the union and afterRead More a month I did, just to shut them up. Money coming out of each check and didn't know exactly what was happening with it. I guess some people find that acceptable, but I didn't and got out. Best decision I ever made in my life.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
mark April 18, 2014 at 08:23 am
When taxes are imposed on various industries then to stay in business the prices increase on theRead More consumer! Obamacare , gas taxes, payroll taxes, tolls, the proposed soda and candy tax , your tobacco tax is 75% of what the product really costs! Commercial Property tax increases! Do you people see what's going on here? This country is being destroyed by the Democrats! It is starting to resemble The a Soviet Union! We should change the name of this country to the USSA!
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 03:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
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Joel April 7, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Get back on topic. And while you're at it cut the condescending, holier-than-thou, I'm smarter thatRead More you, intellectual pinhead act. You don't want to hear others ideas and opinions. We are somehow not on your level. The only jihad is yours. Your posts speak volumes. Thanks in advance.
Joe Blow April 7, 2014 at 07:15 pm
Hey Reyn, you write a lot but say nothing then follow up with some insult or name calling, typicalRead More liberal B.S. What you refer to "jihad" is me laying out the truth that you choose to ignore while trying to cover it up with your circle talk or backpedaling. You are a weak coward like all liberal loons who backdoor everything.
Joe Blow April 8, 2014 at 01:49 am
Hey Tabasco and Reyn, maybe this will help put things in perspective for you and give you a simpleRead More understanding of the working middle class getting raped by the gubbmint. BTW- Note which state is the highest taxed, lol. Enjoy, statistics from a reliable source http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/07/tax-freedom-day-falls-three-days-later-this-year/
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Joe Blow March 31, 2014 at 03:56 pm
Well Larry, I read your blog and have some mixed feelings on the subject. First, the human body isRead More not intended to be a herbivore (you can start by looking at your teeth which are intended to rip and eat meat). Having said that, I'm not sure the crap they sell in stores these days would constitute as "meat" and the slop they sell at fast food places is even worse. Your blogs references to your grandparents and parents ways to obtain meat is the school I come from. We eat a lot of venison and the chicken, pork and beef we eat are all farm raised and butchered by myself. I do all my own cutting and packaging as well as the processing. Yes, I do make my own hotdogs and other processed meats.
CAjones March 31, 2014 at 04:10 pm
It's amazing how one obscure thread about free coffee brings out so many opposing views onRead More everything but coffee..... Don't you people have lives? It's free coffee people not "Cosmos". Maybe you folks are drinking too much coffee..... or something!!
Larry Ferrari March 31, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Joe you got the point...
This doll sold at Walmart is being recalled. Credit: CT Department of Consumer Protection
emmers27 March 26, 2014 at 04:01 pm
So do I understand this right.... the girl gets all hot and then she burns you. Yep, that's happenedRead More to me a number of times...
Catherine & Dennis March 26, 2014 at 08:56 pm
You mean like our food and drugs are tested for safety? Bet it's sold at Dollar Tree lol
chuck March 30, 2014 at 09:16 pm
Its actually a 70's retro doll. It burns bras.
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Catherine & Dennis March 26, 2014 at 08:16 pm
They are laying off massively in Maryland. Why in the world would they come to the highest taxedRead More state is what I can't figure out. Then again probably some quid pro quo behind the scenes between the 2 idiot Gov's.
Jen DellaCamera March 30, 2014 at 08:37 pm
They laid off hundreds in CT as well - to go to Maryland! Someone I know was laid off recently -Read More except it wasn't a layoff, they offered him a job - it was a DEMOTION in Maryland. Way to go, Verizon. Glad my phone is AT&T.
Catherine & Dennis March 30, 2014 at 09:37 pm
@Jen I have a family member that will be laid off in MD
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Jay Discount March 24, 2014 at 11:21 am
Dr Barba has left the state last year. This list is definitely useless. Who ever put thisRead More together should be let go.
Bob Lyke March 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm
I went to a cardiologist whom I feel was responsible for saving my mother's life on two occasions.Read More The doctor was my PCP and always gave me reliable referrals for surgery. Several of those surgeons made the list, but not the cardiologist, who is still highly regarded by his peers in Hartford County. I agree with Barbara and Jay in regards to the validity of this report. It is really a shame that politics have infecterd our medical profession.
George O'Hara March 24, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Yes Dr. Caron Grin passed away as was mentioned by another commenter. I also went to her and IRead More agree that she belonged on that list. However her name should have been removed some time ago. I echo the comments of others that this list is worthless if it is not being kept up to date.
Tess and Mark Szamatulski of Monroe's Maltose Express received Planning and Zoning approval to open a brewery.
OpportunistWatch April 16, 2014 at 04:01 pm
@Joe Mancini - What the heck are you talking about? Duchess sells Alcohol? Salads cause LiverRead More disease? McDonalds coffee causes impaired driving? So alcohol is good for the liver and kidneys? Please put down the shot and beer it is STILL illegal to drink and drive. I don't think its illegal to eat an apple pie from McDonalds. Never mind high, your plastered, put down the beer tap, sober up, realize your addiction and enjoy a glass of water for a change. You may need some detox before you stop cold turkey, you can die if you don't ween off it if you drink alcohol daily for a long period of time. Breweries are NOT THE ANSWER.
Joe Mancini April 16, 2014 at 05:36 pm
@OpportunistWatch-Thanks for the laugh. Yes, people go to McDonalds for the salads like men go toRead More strip clubs for the free buffet. The "food" McDonalds serves is so loaded with chemicals that have to be metabolized through the liver and filtered by the Kidneys, this leads to disease as well as diabetes. But you continue on your crusade against people enjoying a brew every now and then and go eat your salad at McDonalds.
Arek Wenta April 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Yeah the buffets are great! Not to mention the obscene amount of salt in their foods which isRead More contributing greatly to a slew of health problems. And beer in moderation is actually good for you. In more ways than one. Since when are motor vehicle deaths an inevitable outcome of a brewery? Just because they make it doesn't mean you have to drink it. Cars don't go kill people on their own, they need someone with a good dose of idiot to do it for them. Which you, opportunist, have plenty of. Plus, with the rate at which craft breweries are growing it's an excellent venture to pursue and boost our economy.
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Porter gladstone February 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm
United Technologies will invest as much as 4.5 billion dollars in Connecticut over the next 5 years.Read More They are collecting 400 mio in income credits. United Technologies expects to make net 6.3billion dollars in 2014 and 6.9 bio in 2015. Ct has a state corporate income tax of 7.5% meaning they pay in just corporate income tax about 500mio a year. (and will receive under 30 mio a year for the next 14 -meaning net the corporation will be paying Connecticut treasury net 470 million a year. Obviously their executives and employees also pay tax; also use services in Ct -which then leads to more business for many . Could you help me understand how you subsidize United Technologies? A company is not a person. They dont use education. Etc. Sounds like you think we would be all better off if these corporations left, and you stopped subsidizing them? You honestly think that if the top 30 corporations in Ct left you would have a smaller tax bill?
Harry February 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Porter, if the 7.5% rate is to high for theses specific companies, why isn't the rate reduced forRead More all corporations in the state? Maybe I'm a bit confused on subsidies / credits, But wasn't part of the deal that we would be building new facilities for them? Who is paying for that? I don't want one business to leave the state nor do I believe that we should bribe anyone to stay. If the rate is to high for Pratt then it's too high for everyone. Is there anywhere we can find out the exact amount that Pratt paid to the state of ct for year 2013?
OpportunistWatch March 30, 2014 at 09:16 am
While we see Sikorsky get hit with the recession and shed 100's of jobs, Joe Lieberman rode off intoRead More the Kibbutz with millions and Rosa & Stanley Greenberg is right behind him. And HERE is the scam by which she stuffs her pockets–with campaign money! “Federal campaign records reveal a self-dealing relationship between a senior Democratic Connecticut congresswoman [Rosa DeLauro] and her husband’s political consulting firm…the funds DeLauro donates to help the DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]” ultimately re-enter her household through her husband’s business, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research “for polling and other services…It’s not just a conflict of interest, it just looks bad. It looks like she’s raising money and giving it to herself.” [No kidding!] “..Rosa DeLauro has established a persona of being a champion of the safety net while at the same time being a champion of amassing great wealth for herself and her husband [Stanley Greenberg] during her tenure in office.”
town news February 14, 2014 at 09:27 am
Oblaima will exempt large companys from the rate hike MD's will not have to pay that along with ACARead More he keeps changing.
Jay Bills February 14, 2014 at 10:51 am
if you show your VA card that states your service connected, you get your 10% off, REVMAN, pleaseRead More dont plass along wrong info.
J D C February 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm
True next week we OR the companies dont know what barry will do. But they didnt become a billionRead More dollar company waiting, they will be proactive. I am GLAD I'm not a young kid out there looking for work. My kids are though, its HORRENDOUS.
The Golden Pineapple awards. Credit: CT Conference on Tourism
Carrie McDonie Fornal February 16, 2014 at 10:45 am
I would like to nominate Thrifty Treasures Auction. This auction house, including estate sale, isRead More phenomenal. It is professionally run, lots of interesting items of all types! The auctions are not only fun, but there are terrific deals to be had there!
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Edie Chernack January 23, 2014 at 06:56 am
Maybe someone will ask John Schnatter why he would give away 2 million pizza during superbowl, butRead More won't pay his empolyees a living wage. I will not buy his pizza until he pays his employees a living wage.
jeremy January 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm
You're joking right Edie? You must not eat pizza anywhere then, cause most pizza shop owners willRead More not pay high school kids a "living wage". What exactly is a living wage? Why is it required of a business owner to make sure someone has enough money to live the way they want to live? Let me rephrase, who are you to decide how much someone who owns a business pays people of various skill levels? Have you created jobs? Owned a business? Had to make a payroll? John Schnatter does not pay these employees. It’s the owner of the franchise that pays them. Most business owners have a very small margin of profit. I know profit is probably a bad word for you, but its what is left over after all expenses paid that the franchise owner gets to pay him/herself. Do you not think the owner deserves to make money after working probably 60+ hours a week to start his/her franchise? Who are you to dictate how much s/he pays the employees and what their take home pay is? Making pizza is a low skill job but obviously has value. Perhaps a franchise owner is being trained there right now, perhaps someone who will one day own their own pizza place. Keep insisting on low sill labor earning more and the very first ones to get laid off are the low skill laborers. So great...You were making $10 an hour flipping a pizza and gaining experience to earn more one day, but since I, the business owner has to pay everyone $13 and hour now...Well, I have to cut costs or increase revenue. One of two things happen...Layoffs, or increased cost of goods/services. So your $8 pizza becomes $9...so on and so forth with all other goods and services. Your $13 an hour job, well, because of the increased cost, has the same value as the $10...If you were lucky enough to survive the layoffs. Go ahead and get mad at the franchise owner for laying off or increasing costs of goods/services but remember, you have no right to decided how he runs his business. Better yet, you can start your own pizza place, take on the debt, work the hours, and pay your people $20 an hour...Talking points and bumper sticker policy sayings are cute until they are played out in reality. Perhaps people should think about them before they say them.
Craig B January 29, 2014 at 11:57 am
I grew up in the midwest eating Pizza Hut, Dominoes and Little Caesars so I am not adverse toRead More "fast food" pizza. But I had never been to Papa John's and was excited when this branch opened in Vernon. We tried out their 30 cent special and bought two pizzas. The price was right, the building is clean, the staff efficient. This is without a doubt the worst pizza I have ever eaten. The four of us had a slice or two a piece and THREW THE REST OUT! We NEVER throw pizza out...at worst it's breakfast the next day. The toppings were sporadic, the crust had this weird "sponge-like" texture and the sauce was cloyingly sweet. Honestly I think the sauce is 1 part tomato, 5 parts sugar with not a spice to be found. Take my word for it. If you want cheap, fast food pizza, stick with Pizza Hut (although the building and staff on Route 83 could do with a thorough scrubbing). If you want good pizza, try Da Vinci's in Ellington or Sal's in South Windsor.