Letter: Lack of Coordination Between EOC, Utility Company

I am pretty sure this will not catch any readers by surprise, but I would like to register my extreme displeasure with Eversource’s and Optimum’s performance responding to Esaias.  

It used to be that CL&P coordinated with New Canaan’s Emergency Operations Center. That appears to be much less the case in the aftermath of Isaias. 

And eight days into the outage, I spent 60 minutes on Optimum’s chat line (2-3 minutes was the initial promise) only to be told Optimum could not even provide a rough estimate of when my street might get cable and Internet back.  

I suggested that Altice USA (corporate parent of Optimum) CEO Dexter Goei contribute some of his $15-$20 million annual compensation to help crews more quickly restore service. 

Ha! John Hutchins

Letter: ‘Please Stop Penny-Pinching’

Fellow New Canaanites,

I know it seems like a minuscule thing to some, but given the severity of the storm [Tuesday], there are many limbs and branches that have come down in our yards. My husband was up early this morning and loading the truck with these things and went to the Transfer Station to drop off our one load of the day (which I gather was the determination from the last meeting with our elected officials). However he was over the 300-ton limit and had to pay for the whole load. Not even the amount over 300. When is this nickel and dime-ing going to stop?

Letter: NCHS Alumni Group Actually Got It Right

On June 24th, 2020, former New Canaan High School student Griffin Hall, wrote an opinion piece skewering an open letter and presentation delivered by several current and former NCHS alumni. The main thrust of the letter and presentation was to appeal to the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi to amend the New Canaan Public Schools curriculum to add a broader and deeper understanding of systemic racism, implicit bias, police brutality, and privilege. They also asked Dr. Luizzi to encourage surrounding school systems to adopt such ideas. Griffin’s Op-Ed wanted to “remind” these alum that “Black Lives Matter is a movement about ending police brutality and racial profiling.” He called their proposal “a retroactive crusade against sheltered white childhoods.” He couldn’t be more wrong on this subject. I hold this subject dear because I grew up in New Canaan as an ABC scholar and part of the NCHS class of 2005.

Podcast: New Canaan’s Kit Devereaux

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan Selectman Kit Devereaux, who announced Monday that she’s moving out-of-state. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0: