Friday, March 2, 2012


It was only a matter of time before I mentioned the fact that I live very near Sikorsky, a United Technologies Company, that is known for its helicopters. They have been Connecticut-made since 1929 and central to the heartbeat of Stratford.

"We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere...every time" was Igor Sikorsky's motto.

Recently, like most of the U.S., Sikorsky has faced economic hardships and let go of many employees. There is a likelihood more layoffs are in the near future. More joblessness, but rising prices; there are breaking points and, in Connecticut, I cannot imagine living without a paycheck. It is too unaffordable.

I will witness many helicopters flying overhead during the spring and summer months, I am told, yet I have not seen once since I began renting is Stratford. In terms of engineering brilliance (and employment of many locals), Sikorsky is one-of-a-kind. I hope it finds a way to triumph again and, like Clint Eastwood proclaimed, it is only "half-time America."

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