We came to Fairfield County where we found our electric bill averaged $178 a month -- that's without running the a/c and don't cook in the oven at all. Before we arrived, the electric bill at our previous home in another state was less than $30. When that first electric bill arrived, I actually phoned the company to say there had been an error. View Comment
I had a friend who owned a very mild-mannered pit bull, and she used to joke and show me how he would 'latch on' to her arm -- but very gently. He would look up into his owner's eyes and look very calm and quiet -- he never showed any hostility whatsoever and was a great pet -- BUT, she showed me when he 'latched on' that the breed 'locks' its jaw and can grip on like a vise and not let go during an incident. That trait seems to be the danger itself. I would not own a pit bull in a house with babies or small children -- you just wouldn't want the opportunity to arise -- err on the side of caution.
Talking about handling animals safely, when a neighbor's child played under the woman 's horse's tail, I gently told the toddler to come away and play near me -- I was worried that the horse tied to the hitching rail during grooming might spook and kick the unsuspecting child as she stood behind its hind legs. The horse owner actually castigated me and said that the horse would NEVER harm the child -- and I replied back, 'No, if you never give it the opportunity to do so.' Animals need not be handled with fear, but they should be regarded with a 'healthy respect.' View Comment
CT vs CA -- I am a native CA who experienced a move to Fairfield County less than a decade ago and still visit CA about four months a year. I honestly find CT more expensive to live than in CA over all. Our electric bill in CA was around $28 a month -- CT is around $175 (with 5% discount). We have to pay for our own home trash collection. Take into account the expenses for winter -- snow removal, leaf removal, heating oil costs, damage to home structure during winter storms, higher gasoline costs (yes, it's always slightly lower when I travel to CA), 2% property tax (on valuation), car tax, and our family finds that it is more costly to reside in CT than CA Even with the expenses for the largest demographic of undocumented in the nation (always an issue there), we find it is more expensive in CT compared to CA. Not arguing good or bad -- just that's how we honestly find it. View Comment
The tree-trimming made no difference -- on our property, the lines still were very much in jeopardy. I contacted at least ten agencies about a power line in a precarious position with a downed tree stretching it (down the street from our home) -- I even stopped cars in the street, postal delivery people, police (I saw them later, and they assured me that they had tried to take care of it to no avail), even workmen on the power lines working over on another street --- over months and ice storms nothing was done -- it finally came down on its own and was seen to. View Comment
Easton is a great place to reside -- if you like forking over high property taxes. How about finding your home is worth less than it was in the late 90's and paying taxes higher than its worth? View Comment
My town is Republican-proud and recently their message of those involved in local gov 'bragged' about 'keeping taxes low' during their tenure -- Over 2%+ for residential property tax? The most expensive property tax our family every paid -- every prospective home buyer who came to look at our house for sale commented on the rate of tax. View Comment
What a sweet boy! Hope he gets a nice home in time for Halloween. We had many all-black cats as pets over the years, and they were always great pets. They think they are 'special.' (And they ARE!) View Comment
Instead of wasting time with 40 attempts to repeal ObamaCare, why don't the Reps present a viable health plan to the country? Surely that is the best way to win voters. Don't keep telling me what WON'T work, tell me what WILL. Every time I call the RNC to ask about what coverage they would offer, I just receive the run-around with vague answers.
The Cleveland Clinic doctors are unique in that they receive a regular paycheck through employment rather than a pay-for-service fee. How many physicians would accept that these days? View Comment
Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, was so bullied by classmates that she changed schools. She now is a patron of a charity that deals with bullying. Bullying is a curse on those affected and needs to be taken very seriously. To have a child feel so tortured that they can not face the school year and believe their only choice is to end their life is beyond comprehension. View Comment