I represented the plaintiff whose 74-unit apartment building, 30% of which is reserved for moderate-income households, was approved last month by the Glastonbury Planning and Zoning Commission. Although the article quotes several commission members expressing their opposition, the facts are that the development plan was approved by every city agency and every city staff member who reviewed it. The property is on the corner of two national roads and opposite a public park and a shopping center. The building would be built into the side of a hill, obscuring its height from most vantage points, and as residents have admitted, the plan will provide the necessary rental accommodation.

But if our Affordable Housing Act Section 8-30g did not exist, the plan would almost certainly have been denied, and an appeal to the court to overturn a denial based on vague and undefined factors such as “too dense ‘ and ‘not appropriate’ would not have succeeded. Glastonbury’s proposal is therefore a good example of how and why our Affordable Housing Act is working to overcome exclusionary zoning and provide low-income housing where it is. required.

Tim Hollister, Farmington

The writer is a lawyer

Over the past few weeks, acts of hatred and intolerance towards our LGBTQ+ community, along with a flagrant disrespect for personal property, have become a focal point of media attention and community conversations. These acts, both against private property and signage supporting Pride, are heartbreaking, but the response and recommitment to acceptance and inclusivity shows that Tolland is and will continue to be a mutually supportive town.

The response from my fellow councilors was resolute and unanimous after the initial incident, as evidenced by our meetings and a statement posted on our city’s webpage. As the second attempt to try and hide these displays of pride and inclusiveness continued, our city’s response was even stronger. It comforts me to live in a city that shows this kind of hatred at the backdoor of history and moves forward together. We must continue to support those who have been historically marginalized like the LGBTQ+ community, and foster a network of city and school services and programs that are inclusive and diverse. We need to keep the conversations going and listen to the struggles our neighbors face so that their voices are valued and validated.

Steve Jones, Tolland

The writer is a member of Tolland City Council

I was delighted to see the Courant’s headline draw attention to the unequal employment opportunities of people with disabilities [Page 1, Aug. 8, “Job market not so rosy for disabled”]. Yet there was no mention of people with sensory disabilities such as deafness and deaf-blindness. Harford is not only the home of the leading provider of education for children and young adults (American School for the Deaf), but it is also the home of Communication Advocacy Network Inc., which provides essential life services deaf seniors and deafblind adults. .

The provision of communication facilities for deaf or blind job seekers would allow these citizens to apply equally for employment at competitive rates. Communication Advocacy Network provides transportation and helps obtain special interpretation modifications for deaf-blind workers. I am writing to let your readers know that there is a place to seek assistance in making reasonable accommodations for these applicants.

Roselle Weiner, West Hartford

The author is a member of the board of directors of CAN

My wife and I have been subscribers for over 20 years and are happy to continue despite the rising prices. We support the mission of independent and local journalism as a cornerstone of our democracy. However, there is one area of ​​coverage that is surprisingly weak: football.

While it’s great that we have minor league football in the area and The Courant has risen to cover Hartford Athletic, there is so much more. We are in the markets of New York Football Clubs and New England Revs. There is hardly any coverage of these Major League Soccer clubs or the league in general. In addition, our state has long supported various international football competitions, from the English Premier League to the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, not to mention the World Cup and the Champions League. Given the changing demographics of the state, it seems like a wise business decision to cover the sport of the world and the future.

Christopher Darby, Portland

I’ve been a regular reader of Mark Tatulli’s “Lio” cartoon because Lio always has a unique perspective on trivial or important issues. The August 5 comic shows Lio walking out of Ralph’s Survivalist Store, meeting back-to-school needs, wearing a helmet, carrying a kid’s shield, a bulletproof backpack, and wearing a bulletproof vest.

It just shows the utter absurdity our gun culture has brought us to. Thanks Mark and Lio for the insight.

Wes Boyd, Avon