Column By Don Coppock

   (Foreign Correspondent for The Waterbury Observer)

   Nahmtuam is a word you hear a lot these days in Thailand. It means 'flood'.

   As we drove from Udon Thani toward Roy Et in Isaan ( Northeastern Thailand ) it appeared much of the country was underwater. The main two lane roadway was clear, but as we passed over bridges we observed partially submerged houses, wires hung limply a few feet above swollen waterways, and the bridges themselves seemed but a rainstorm away from being submerged from the muddy roiling water beneath.


  A busload –literally – of NVCC representatives and city and state officials will make a historic run through Waterbury tonight to mark the start of evening bus service for the City. The ceremonial ride will depart from Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Ekstrom Hall at 6 pm, following remarks by NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., Mayor Michael J. Jarjura, Senator Joan V. Hartley and other College representatives. The expanded hours are made possible through a collaborative formula including state funds and a voluntary fare increase for NVCC riders.

Story and Photographs By John Murray

   Two days after the only Hispanic on the Democrat slate, Rubin Rodriguez, quit the ticket, a group of boisterous Latinos rallied in support of Democrat mayoral candidate Neil O'Leary, on South Main Street in Waterbury. Rodriguez stated he quit the ticket because O'Leary wasn't receptive to his ideas and was disrespecting the Hispanic population in Waterbury. O'Leary countered strongly by stating that Rodriguez had quit the ticket because the campaign was unwilling to budget $50,000 to State Rep. David Aldarondo to get the Hispanic vote to the polls on election day. O'Leary called it a "shakedown" by Aldarondo. Mayor Mike Jarjura pounced on the issue and sent out a statement that said O'Leary "is unfit to lead a city with Waterbury's ethnic, religious and national diversity."

Republican Board of Education candidates, Sundae Black, left, and Jason Van Stone listen intently as Democrat Liz Brown answers a question during a debate at Walsh School in the North End of Waterbury Saturday morning. Van Stone is an incumbent and this is Black's first time seeking elected office. Van Stone is a marketing expert and Black works at The Hartford. The debate was sponsored by the Scovill Homes Association. Photos by John Murray

   Aldermanic Candidate Gregory A. Hadley, Sr. has formally requested that the Connecticut Department of Labor launch an investigation into the unemployment claim of Joseph Davino and the information provided by Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura regarding that claim.

To the citizens of Waterbury,

   On October 20, 2011, the Waterbury Republican published an article titled Latinos quit campaign. It is with great disappointment that the Latino community was portrayed as quitters in the local mayoral race.  We strongly feel that this statement should have only reflected those individuals that were directly involved with their inability to fulfill their political obligations.


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