Opinion: Your loving, cranky, funny odes to Connecticut

Last week I asked for your thoughts on Connecticut. Wow. Your comments poured in — loving, cranky, funny. So, as promised, I’ve crammed in as many as I can here. Please keep sending (25 words and under to opinion@hearstmediact.com), and we’ll Part 2 next week.

 

I love the Land of Steady Habits. But I have heard the following:

How many Connecticut people does it take to change a light bulb?

“Whaddya mean CHANGE”?

Jeremy Paul, Newton, Mass.

 

Connecticut:

Where all four seasons resonate

And friendly folks congregate.

The place where I happily call home

The beautiful setting for this little poem.

Bonnie K. Goldberg, Hamden

 

Connecticut: Worshiping Muffy and Biff since the Mayflower.

Joy Haenlein, Niantic

 

It’s close to New York City.

Susan Israel, New Haven

 

If you like wildfires, earthquakes, locust plagues, flooding, constant tornadoes, unending 100-degree summers, go somewhere else.

John Hedden, North Haven

 

Death by taxes.

Linda Tofolowsky, formerly of Stafford Springs

 

As my late father often said when I was bored as a child: “Son, you live in a part of the country where other folks go for vacation.”

W. David LeVasseur, Clinton

 

I love that everybody is generally educated and not ignorant like in the Stupid Belt.

Bob Englehart, Middletown

 

I love how compact the state is, allowing those who desire the opportunity to experience it.

Luis Edgardo Cotto, Cambridge, Mass.

 

My Constitution State haiku:

Though I’ve never been

I can spell Connecticut.

That is good enough

Bill Perkins, Dothan, Ala.

 

Not proud enough of itself, but sometimes too proud.

Looking past its obvious problems, but not seeing enough good, either.

My beautiful, green, complicated home.

John Dankosky, Winsted

 

I love living in Hartford, which has extraordinary diversity. I hate living in the most segregated state in the country because so many people love their homogeneous, boring communities.

Suzanne Hopgood, Hartford

 

“Live Well or Die.” I came up with this line when I was creative director for a Hartford ad agency. It got me on Channel 3.

Terrence McCarthy, Carolina Shores, N.C.

 

Hour and a half to a Sox game. Two hours to a Yanks game. And in Hartford, a 10-minute commute to work.

Barnaby Horton, Hartford

 

If Aristotle were a 21st-century American, he would settle in Connecticut, think and write in peace, and live the golden mean.

Mary Ann Lawlor, Stamford

 

In modern parlance, our state motto is “Where the Immigrant Prospers.” I think it is the best state motto in the country. And it is mostly true.

Kip Bergstrom, Old Saybrook

 

I love how “He Who Is Transplanted Still Sustains” (another translation of the state motto “Qui Transtulit Sustinet”). I was transplanted. I sustained.

Susan Dunne, Hartford

 

The state whose motto is, “Hey, we’re still here.”

G.A. Richter, Meriden

 

Like watching your mother slowly die from dementia.

Jim Albert, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

 

Connecticut is like my brother: I love him — for good reason — but I don’t always like him — for good reason. But in the end, we are stuck with each other.

Marilyn Rossetti, Hartford

 

Once I actually got to know people here, I had overbearingly present friends. It’s nearly impossible to do anything stupid here without someone immediately intervening.

Lora Rae Anderson, Enfield

 

Connecticut welcomed me with open arms 40 years ago, a refugee from six years in NYC. I have thrived with hard work and great people.

Frank Bradley, New Britain

 

Connecticut is like an inside joke. You don’t get it if you haven’t lived here.

Rhonda Spaziani, Gales Ferry

 

Just when I can’t endure heat and humidity one second longer, here comes winter. Just when I can’t stand freezing one second longer, here comes summer.

Lorna Nichols Hosley, Enfield

 

“So much so close.” The perfect jumping-off point for 1,001 dives into magical adventures here and in neighboring states.

Bill Hosley, Enfield

 

One April, I was able to ski in the morning with the kids and we jumped in the Sound by late afternoon. Where else can you do that?

Beth Bye, West Hartford

 

Here, people care, sometimes too much. That’s how you feel about home and explains all the quietly beautiful places we’ve carved out here over time.

Scott Healy, West Haven

 

In spite of the naysayers, Connecticut has a good quality of life compared to many other states and is, I am proud to say, by and large a compassionate place to live.

Bernie Sullivan, former Hartford police chief, now retired in Glastonbury

 

It’s not that we’re provincial, but when someone tells you they’re from “west of the river,” we ask: “Which one?” It matters.

Brian Flaherty, Watertown

Carolyn Lumsden is opinion editor for Hearst Connecticut Media.