I have been following this tragic story on several news sites, and it rather boggles the minds how it changes as to precisely what occurred (Fox news can't even get the address or town name correct). I've also seen commentors say they know the family and have no idea how it could have happened, or others say it was their own fault (see 'Fairplay' above).
So much speculation, so little fact. View Comment
Major reason I95 is such a nightmare is the congestion and that, combined with bad drivers, is a disaster. I avoid it at all costs but invariably must use it at times and then, I'm hoping not to get squashed into a construction retaining barrier by a big rig, or rear-ended by someone too busy on their *#@! cellphone to pay attention to driving. And then there are those drivers doing the 'New Jersey maneuver' - in far lane and go 'oh, there's my exit!' and just move across 3 lanes without signalling. I've driven to the midwest and back and by far, tri-state drivers are amongst the rudest and worst in the nation.
And you want bad drivers, my god, Connecticut Avenue. The road is in HORRID shape due to I95 construction and they probably won't fill a gaping pothole until there's a terrible accident. View Comment
I saw gasoline (regular, cheap, you pump it yourself) for $4.39 in Norwalk today. The prices are obscene. All these high gas prices do is take away money from local businesses, because to pay escalating fuel costs, you do away with something, like eating out, going to movies, etc. View Comment
Fairfield County has some of the worst drivers I've ever seen, both in cars and on bicycles. I nearly flattened a cyclist the other day; would have been nice if he had STOPPED at the stop sign and not run it. I see that happen far too often and there are the pairs, the ones that insist on riding side by side, instead of single file, as they're supposed to. Many ride without helmets, some are busy talking on hand-held cellphones (no, I'm not kidding).
Bicyclists have to adhere to the same rule as cars: they can get tickets the same as a driver of a car. Of course, if they run a red light and get hit by a car, they probably won't survive. They should think about that.
As for the car drivers, it seems the more expensive the vehicle, the more rude they are (especially Audi drivers). View Comment
First, my condolences to the families/loved ones of those who perished in this awful crime. My heartfelt sympathies to the injured, some of who may endure lifelong damages.
While I am not for an outright ban of guns - I see NO earthly reason for anyone, save someone in law enforcement or military - to own a semi-automatic or automatic weapon. To my knowledge hunters do not use AK-47s to hunt deer. Those weapons were designed for war, aka, to kill people.
For someone determined to kill, they can do it with whatever is available. Machetes are used far too often in Africa, and who doesn't read a news story about someone stabbing someone with a kitchen knife?
If others had had a gun in the theater, what good would it have done, since the shooter had a bulletproof vest/helmet. Only an experienced person (police/military) might have been able to take him down, but more likely there would have been 'collateral damage'.
One thing this horrible incident did show is that there are lot more good people than bad out there in the world, people who sacrificed their lives to saved loves one. We should remember them, and not the shooter. View Comment
People will wells are at more risk. I've seen plenty of people over the years, in the hot dry weather, wasting water by constantly watering their lawns.
Best way to deal with lawns? Do NOT give them the Marine Corps buzzcut which far too many lawnservices like to do. In August, let it go long, as the roots need to go deep. Don't waste water. Nor should you fill a pool with your garden hose. If you've got a pool, you can afford to truck in the water. If you can't afford it, don't use the pool. View Comment
When I read that the man was found in a pool after that area had been searched, I thought, this is just like that Quincy episode where the body lay at the bottom, unseen because of an 'inversion layer' of muck that made it look like the bottom of the pool. Then after a day or so, the body surfaced.
Very sad. View Comment
There's no money for Route 7 expansion, plus it will run through an acquifer, plus, remember (if you're old enough), I-95 was the road that would end all congestion. The biggest problem with Fairfield County is there are too many people trying to use the roads at the same time. What needs to be done is that businesses have to stagger their hours. Surely not every office (not a store) needs to be open from 9-5? Many could probably do 8-4, or 10-6.
But the saddest thing is that accidents will continue to happen on this patch of road, as well as the rest of Route 7, as long as Connecticut drivers have no respect for the rules of the road. I drove to the Midwest and back and Fairfield County has THE worst drivers I've ever seen. View Comment
This area is one of the worst areas in Fairfield County. I was in an accident on that stretch years ago, and since then, rarely if ever drive on it. I drove it a week ago and it's just as bad if not worse. The morning commute on it is hideous. People routinely go in the left lane then force their way into the safe-space gap you leave, so they can get on to the connector. Too many people coming out of Starbucks don't want to stop so just push their way in. That 1.2 mile needs to have all the parking lot entrances redesigned. There should be one entrance/exit at either end and get rid of all in the middle. Of course, that would cost a ton, and nobody would pay it.
Hunting, if done responsibly, is fine. I have nothing against hunting in that respect, and if the animal killed is eaten. I see no reason for trophy hunting as an animal is being killed so someone can crow about it.
I've lived in this area all my life, and deer have always been here. The difference is now that the human population is booming even worse than the deer. Wooded areas are now MacMansions or pristine lawns.
One of the few ways to help the deer population would be to introduce predators, but as we've seen, any cougars, bears, etc. in CT tend to get mowed down by an SUV :( Coyotes, however, do kill and eat deer. I've seen two killed by coyotes so far and they don't waste a single bit of the kill.
But if you don't want them in your yard, don't plant bushes/plants they love. It's easy enough to determine what they are by Googling. Past that, deer go where they want to. If you drive, always remember taht if you see one deer, there are ALWAYS more (unless it's a buck). View Comment
A reason I'm against bow hunting is because I've seen this turkey walking around Fairfield for a couple of months now with an arrow sticking out of it. It didn't kill the turkey, obviously, but it's possible this arrow causes perpetual pain, although the bird seems to do okay, although I do not think it could fly to escape a predator. I'd hate to see a deer stagger around for days with an arrow in it. I realize this may be the exception but ... still...
As for the deer population, much of Fairfield County has changed drastically over the decades. Wooded areas are now MacMansions. People clear their backyards for pristine, pesticide-ridden lawns. So much of Fairfield County land management is now responsible for creating this mess, by removing forests, meadows, etc., where the deer (and mice, who also carry deer ticks and are FAR more abundant than deer) could reside. I realize the deer population is large and some need to be culled; I just hope it's not the family of deer that go through my backyard each day. View Comment
I've lived my entire life in Fairfield County, but do not expect to retire here, partly because of the congestion. Over the past two decades, it's just gotten horrible. What's worse is that besides far too many cars on the road, too many drivers in this area are rude, disobey the laws, etc. The Route 7 connector can be like the Indy 500, with drivers doing 80mph, changing lanes without signalling, etc. I've lost track of how many people I see every single day just run red lights because they don't want to wait. View Comment