To the Editor:
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — President John Quincy Adams.
I wanted to officially thank everybody who voted! Those who voted for me for RTM and those that didn’t. Most importantly you showed up at the polls to make your voice heard! The point is that many of you voted and I am proud to be a member of such an engaged community! A big thank you to all the municipal workers, the other candidates and to all the amazing passionate voices of Greens Farms that helped me understand and communicate the issues of our district.
Our race for District 5 Greens Farms RTM was heavily contested, but civil. We had 8 solid candidates. First and foremost we are neighbors and it was obvious that we all love Greens Farms.
The prevailing tenor of today's political landscape is that in order to get elected we must be negative, but the ideal is to rally behind candidates of high moral character and civility. You vote for someone on the local level that may someday become your state and national representatives and those ideals resonate through those political lives and those of the constituency they represent. The real work begins after the election and fighting with each other only delays the work and creates hurt feelings.
The local level is where laws are dictated and the policies and budgets that affect us most begin their direction. On the local level is where the direct access to our representatives are and the road to a direct connect with me is always open. I want to selfishly preserve my biggest investments which start and end with my children. Everything will affect them from our schools to the services to the lack of open space and to our unfunded liabilities. We can't leave CT worse off than when we arrived. We need to start at the local level with preservation and a long term plan, not a short term election win followed by a quick fix.
To those that lead the way and illuminate the path. Many thanks!
Finally and most importantly to me, I wanted to thank my friend John Suggs for not only running a campaign based on real issues and no mudslinging but in helping me from my the beginning to the full stride of the campaign. You and your family are amazing and your enthusiasm and solutions for Westport are recognized by all and will be missed.
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen” Ernest Hemingway
Editor’s note: The letter writer is a newly elected member of the Representative Town Meeting from District 5.
To the Editor:
Early yesterday morning, my wife’s back locked up on the second floor of our home with what turned out to be an arthritic episode. On doctor’s orders, I called 911 to help get her downstairs and to the emergency room for assessment. The ambulance and an accompanying fly car arrived six minutes later. The crew entered the house, assessed her condition thoroughly and had her in the emergency room at Norwalk Hospital with admirable efficiency.
I write this letter because, as part of the Y’s Men’s community service mission, I’ve been helping raise needed funds to buy everything from ambulances to tongue depressors for the group, writing copy that praised their selfless and professional attributes. This week I saw that in action and it was proof positive that our town appreciates and supports these men and women as they support us 24/7, 365.
The names of the members of the crew who arrived at our house are not part of this letter. Rather it is addressed to the entire force who they so ably represented at 29 Washington Avenue. You get a sincere well done from all the Brandts.