West Hartford Forums

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About

Blogs are too often singular, individual practices. But when a blog seeks to make its community the individual – to bind up a community’s diversity by holding each of its voices in distinction – it necessarily needs its community to make record of itself.

This idea – the idea of a community speaking for itself – defines the fundamental mission of WH Forums. We hope that this site – part blog, part ‘zine, part message board, part “alternative media” – will emerge as a discourse that is as vibrant as our community. If where we live is essential to who we are, we hope this website will become a place to formulate our individual identities through the very partial destiny of our collective identity. And, more importantly, we hope to become a place where neighbors and elected officials can informally share the ideas that will ultimately make West Hartford a better place for its citizens.

Currently, as one editor (and seeking a second), I will contribute much of the content to the front page of this site. But I also hope that you, and every other member of the WH community, will also contribute front page posts and commentary. Editors will consider all submissions for front page posts, though we will only publish relevant posts that feature responsible perspectives and that encourage focused and critical feedback and commentary. We’re not looking for your rants and we’re not looking to advertise your upcoming events — we’re looking for a responsible exchange of ideas that can help shape the place we call home.

If you’d like to contribute a story to WH Forums (or if you’d like to become a second editor), please email to: whforums@gmail.com

One Response to “About”

  1. Robert Sisk said

    Last spring I compiled a five year forecast of the West Hartford Budget based on information provided in the Town and BOE budget presentations as well as historic data. While a great deal of information is available in the documents provided, there is no information on the negotiated contracts between the Town/BOE and their respective workforces.
    I wonder if your readers can provide accurate information on the compensation packages offered to Town and BOE employees including salaries, negotiated COLA and merit increases, employee contributions to pensions and health care, paid vacation versus years of service, vacation buyback provisions, paid holidays, sick days, banking of unused vacation and sick days, post-retirement healthcare provisions, pension provisons including calculation of amount, COLA and vesting provisions and any other perquisites such as Town vehicle use, expense account rules, etc.
    Finally, information on the negotiating process would be helpful – who are the parties negotiating each contract? Are all contracts three year agreements? If agreement can’t be reached, who decides the outcome? Are copies of the contracts available to the public?
    I hope your readers can fill in the blanks.

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