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Patch Stories I Want to Read in 2012

I hope we do better than last year!

It can’t be possible. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting down to write about the stories I wanted to read for 2011, and here we are another year later.

In , I regret to report that my wishes for the past year did not fare very well.

The Charter Revision Commission has taken no further action on ballot wording and the situation at Fairfield Hills is, if anything, more tenuous than it was a year ago with Planning and Zoning apparently on the brink of ignoring the wishes of Newtown citizens regarding housing there. 

The only area giving cause for optimism was that the school system did receive some good news regarding its academic accomplishments. 

Connecticut Mastery Test scores improved and three Newtown schools made it to .

All in all, though, 2011 was a rather tumultuous year for Newtown — in politics and weather.

Nevertheless, there were plenty of things to admire and applaud about the year 2011 — not the least of which was the peaceful selection of various people to fill important posts in town. 

The right to vote is the bedrock of a democracy and we manage to make it work over and over — although it would be nice if more people participated.

So, now, here we are, 2012. 

Here are a few of the stories I would like to read in Patch over the coming year.

First and foremost I hope to see the cloud of confusion — and deception — slowly dissipate over the Board of Education.

I am very optimistic that one day soon the sun will shine fully on that important entity. 

In the short amount of time that the new board has been in place, it is obvious that honesty and transparency are a top priority. Don’t be at all surprised to see some key resignations over the coming months.

As a corollary to this, I hope to read that the State Labor Board has ruled that the bidding process for student transportation services was indeed flawed, to the extent that makes the contract award to All Star null and void. This will hopefully clear the way for the board to open the door to our friends and neighbors — the owner operators. 

A further corollary to this is my hope that we see more articles regarding the academic initiatives and achievements of our school system. 

The various problems surrounding the Board of Education will work themselves out. Now it’s time to focus on the fine work of our teachers, students and administrators at our schools. I hope to be a part of that process, and will, in fact, be presenting a column in the very near future to kick off that initiative.

The next thing on my Patch Article Wish List is to see the town finally arrive at a resolution to the issue. This can begin with P&Z’s decision to prohibit housing — of any kind — on that campus. 

To me there is nothing clearer than the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Newtown citizens — no housing at FFH — period. 

What is it you don’t understand about this, P&Z? This isn’t about what you want.  It’s about what the people want. Get with it. 

The rest of my wish list is the usual stuff: a relatively stress-free budget season, greater cooperation between the boards of Finance and Education and growing prosperity for the people of our town.

That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

With that, I wish all of you and your families a year of good health and good times. And remember two important things: hope springs eternal and laughter is the best medicine.

Swami January 04, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Is this Pollyannaish? Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist, Raymond James December 27, 2011 Speaking to 2012, I remain steadfast in the belief there will be no recession, nor will Euroquake pull us into one. I also embrace the theme that the nation is moving in the direction of energy self-sufficiency and that an American manufacturing renaissance is taking place. Moreover, there appears to be the hint of a housing recovery, as well as a technology revolution. Combine these beliefs with the demographics of a baby boom echo, which should foster a new cadre of investors, and I think the SPX will have a mid- to high-single-digit return in 2012. If you layer in a 3-4% dividend yield on top of said return, the allure of equities becomes pretty compelling.
Paul Alexander January 04, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Sully, Saut says essentially the same thing Bill Gross says and which I referenced above. Not sure why you brought up Saut??? You're thoughts are a challenge to follow. The Pollyannaish reference was directed at your 20% up DOW and 20% housing gain predictions for 2012.
sadielee January 04, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Bill Gross is a great fund manager, clearly one of the best in the fixed income arena, however, even he totally blew it this past year when he ran from Gov't's way to early and paid the price.
Swami January 05, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Paul - 20% was NOT a prediction, stay focused, I was replying to the original topic of this thread, "Patch Stories I would want to read in 2012", (like in a New Years Wish). Would you recommend Raymond James for investment guidance (even they they really blew it with their Bank of America call for 2011) ?
Paul Alexander January 05, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Sully, Not sure how you make the leap from RJ recommending BAC to assuming any of my clients ever owned BAC. I had one new client bring legacy BAC shares into the realtionship and I made them sell it as a condition of taking them on as a client. BofA is DOA. Bill Gross DID blow the US Treasury call. UST's and gold have been the core of my allocation since 2002. :)

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