Restore funding to animal control

Thanks for the good article on Westport's Animal Control dog shelter and the important service it provides both for abandoned dogs and for those who would like to adopt them.

It should be pointed out, however, that the essential services provided by our animal shelter seem to be sorely under appreciated by our Board of Finance and our Board of Selectmen, as demonstrated by their elimination, two years ago, of the essential "office assistant's" position from the town budget.

For two years, the $12,000 salary for that part-time position has been paid by donations to WASA (Westport Animal Shelter Advocates), so that the wonderful, caring attention given to the animals by that assistant, Kathleen Suchy, can continue so that [Animal Control Officer] Peter D'Amico can be relieved of some of the paperwork that would keep him from the animals.

You can be certain that the town spends more than $12,000 a year on lights carelessly left on. One would think the powers that be could see that those lights are turned off and that the $12,000 is restored to the 2011 budget.

Dan Katz

Westport

Boucher thankful for support, ready to work

Thank you for your vote on Nov. 2. Your overwhelming display of confidence has touched me deeply.

I never forget that holding public office is a rare privilege afforded to very few. It is not about the person holding that office, but about serving those who place their trust in us. I will continue to make sure your voice is faithfully represented in Hartford and will work vigorously on behalf of each of the seven towns in the 26th District.

I also thank the outstanding volunteers who worked so hard and contributed so much to this campaign. They can be proud that we returned every negative campaign tactic with positive communications, never once mentioning the opposition. Our pro-business and taxpayer message resonated and produced a decisive 61 percent to 39 percent win.

My reward is the countless new and old friends who have enriched my life. I also recognize and thank my very patient husband and children along with wonderful co-workers in my private sector job. Their steadfast support is vital to my ability to effectively represent my district.

We all owe Gov. M. Jodi Rell a debt of gratitude. She stepped in at a low point in Connecticut and has worked tirelessly under overwhelming odds to keep our ship of state afloat. She has been a true friend of our district over the years, especially its commuters.

Although this has been a long, challenging race, there is much more difficult work ahead of us. The people of Connecticut have asked us to have the courage and the will to make the difficult but responsible decisions to revive the economic vitality of our state. With your support and in partnership with our newly elected governor and representatives from both sides of the political aisle we must do just that.

State Sen. Toni Boucher

Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton