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Letter: Hartford Reneged on Its Deal

To the Editor:

I read with interest the article concerning the retirement program for Hartford town employees (“Hartford Retirees Can’t Sway Board,” Dec. 11.)

Let me start by saying I do not work for the town nor do I know anyone who does. That being said, I am a taxpayer, and I find it revolting what the Selectboard has done. These retirees had a contract with the town and now they are being thrown under the bus, so to speak. We recently passed a budget that included millions for athletic fields and work on the ice rink and town hall, but now we can’t afford to keep our commitments to the people who have worked for the town for years.

If changes like this are to be made, they should be made for new hires only, not existing workers who were employed with these benefits included with their pay.

My sincere hope is that after the next election, we will have a totally new Selectboard.

Richard E. Dupuis



Hartford Retirees Can’t Sway Board

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hartford — More than a half dozen retired municipal employees voiced opposition Tuesday night to the Selectboard’s decision to no longer provide health insurance coverage through the town to retirees under the age of 65. Under the plan adopted Tuesday night, 13 retired workers under the age of 65 who were previously covered by the town’s health insurance plan will …

Letter: Hartford’s Insurance Change

Monday, December 16, 2013

To the Editor: It’s troubling to read letters to the editor that claim the Hartford Selectboard has gone back on its word to pay for health insurance for retirees between ages 55 and 65. The only change that has been made for this group is to move them into the health exchange now. All town employees will be there by …