Support for Haskell

To the Editor:

Please join me in supporting Will Haskell as our next State Senator. Will represents the best of a new generation of dynamic, intelligent young candidates this year who are willing to challenge the status quo and move us forward.

Take for instance the issue of transportation. As a former Westport Transit Director, I believe Will understands the complex transportation problems facing the South Western Connecticut region.

For years now, there has been an emphasis at the state level on projects oriented along a north-south direction (for example, the Greater Hartford High-Speed Rail & Bus Rapid Transit) while comparable projects along the much more heavily traveled east-west coastal corridor where we live and work have been virtually ignored and underfunded.

Will understands that the towns in South West Connecticut must work together to maximize funding, reduce duplicative waste and enhance public transparency around spending priorities.

Will’s opponent, who currently serves as the co-Chair of the Transportation Committee, continues to perpetuate our region’s disarray choosing to blame others instead of advancing solutions, like transportation planning reform. She should be held accountable for her long record of inaction and inertia in Hartford.

Friends, it’s time to elect leaders, not longtime politicians, who are willing to confront complex problems with logical solutions that put our region on a path to a better future. Voting for Will is a step in that direction.

Jennifer Johnson


Lavielle is a rare breed

To the Editor:

Gail Lavielle has done a commendable job representing our community in the state legislature, and deserves to be reelected. I attend many public events, and more times than not, Gail is also in attendance, chatting with residents and sharing her thoughts and insights.

This high level of accessibility is unusual. I’ve lived in other communities where elected representatives essentially ignore the community — until election time of course!

Gail is a rare breed, and we shouldn’t take for granted her deep commitment to our town, and to providing the highest levels of constituent services. She deserves another term in office.

Lisa Chubinsky


I’ll be voting

for Gail Lavielle

To the Editor:

Something that has always impressed me about State Representative Gail Lavielle is her strong commitment to fiscal responsibility, and her understanding of the consequences of unchecked spending.

This past year, she put those qualities to work when she and her like-minded colleagues delivered a balanced budget that included no new taxes.

Of course that budget was ultimately rejected by Governor Malloy, but Rep. Lavielle and her colleagues offered hope that fiscal responsibility in Hartford is possible, with the right people in place.

With her strong background, which includes corporate experience, municipal service as a member of the Wilton Board of Finance, and her years of service in the state legislature, Gail stands ready to help lead us forward.

The current state leadership has failed time and again to address our worsening economic situation, and instead has relied on patchwork solutions that reach deeper and deeper into our pockets.

Clearly it’s time for a new approach, and I believe Gail Lavielle will be an important asset in fueling our state’s long-awaited recovery.

For the benefit of our town and state, I’ll be voting for Gail Lavielle in November.

Lianne Griswold Acosta-Rua


Vote to protect parks

To the Editor:

Your State parks and beaches are public lands. They should not be sold, swapped, or given away by the Legislature without your input.

On November 6 you can vote yes to protect them.

Then the CT Legislature would have to hold a public hearing and get a 2/3 majority vote before any valuable public land could be given away.

Vote “Yes” on November 6 to protect our public lands.

Jo Ann Davidson


Stefanowski can rebuild state

To the Editor:

I am voting proudly for Bob Stefanowski for governor. He is the best person for the job. Bob has a plan — a positive management plan that will help rescue Connecticut from the financial disaster Gov. Dannel Malloy has been so successful in making worse. I am particularly encouraged that Bob’s plan will benefit every person from every region and from every walk of life. But a plan alone is not enough. We need a proven leader who has experience turning around mismanaged organizations. That leader is Bob Stefanowski.

We are in the midst of a serious financial crisis, brought about by chronic overspending and robbing Peter to pay Paul. The last eight years under Gov. Dan Malloy have resulted in crippling taxes and debt. As the result, businesses and residents continue to flee Connecticut. If you have ridden in our slow, dirty commuter trains, driven on our broken highways or visited our crumbling cities, you know the results of these policies. As our governor, Bob will end out-of-control spending. He will bring jobs back to Connecticut. He will help Connecticut’s economy shine.

This is Bob’s plan to rebuild Connecticut:

Phase out corporate income tax and business entity tax over 2 years

Phase out state income tax over 8 years

Eliminate the gift and estate taxes

Embrace zero-based budgeting to reduce spending

Enact a taxpayer bill of rights to ensure government accountability

Bob Stefanowski has the leadership skills, business acumen and do-able plan to rebuild Connecticut. He has the we’re-in-this-together temperament to work with all constituencies to provide pride and prosperity for everyone. Please vote for Bob Stefanowski.

William Gardner

New Canaan

Push poll dishonest

To the Editor:

I’m a veteran of political campaigns, having worked on two presidential campaigns and run campaigns myself.

I’ve worked to elect women candidates from the Republican, Democrat, and Independent parties and I’m very well aware of what a “push poll” is. I’ve never witnessed a push poll against a candidate that has contained this volume of questions, and so many that are patently false.

At one point in the poll, I was asked if I’d changed my mind yet, and whether I’d be voting for the candidates running against Senator Boucher. When I responded that I hadn’t changed my mind, I was read multiple negative questions painting Senator Boucher in a very negative light and repeatedly lying about her record on issues from education funding, and tax reform, to healthcare, and LGBTQ rights.

Each time I was asked whether these statements had made me more concerned about voting for Senator Boucher. And each time I stated that since these statements were outright lies I was more concerned about whomever had written them than I was about voting to re-elect the Senator.

This incident, which I’m sure is being repeated to hundreds if not thousands of voters in our County, is dishonest and shameful. I would never trust a political candidate or group who tried to gain voters this way. I remain more confident than ever that voting to re-elect Senator Boucher is the right choice for Fairfield County.

Michele Tivey


Support Gail

To the Editor:

Connecticut faces many challenges in the coming years due in large part to the failed leadership of Governor Malloy. In order to face these challenges we need the experienced leadership of Representative Gail Lavielle.

Over the last 8 years Gail has worked tirelessly for Wilton, Westport and Norwalk. Gail serves as a ranking member of the Education Committee where she initiated legislation to provide comprehensive mandate relief. She also successfully stopped Governor Malloy’s plan to expand the State’s eminent domain powers. In short, Gail has a proven track of leadership.

Please join me in supporting Gail for reelection.

Joe Burke


To all citizens

of Connecticut

To the editor:

When thinking whom to vote for in our Connecticut election on Nov. 6, 2018, ask yourselves these questions: Who voted to raise our taxes? Who has spending out of control? Who can’t balance the budget? Who gave pay raises when the state is in debt?

There are to many career politicians. It’s time for smaller government. There are politicians who talk and do nothing

It’s time for a change. It’s time for term limits. It’s time to eliminate benefits for politicians. It’s time to eliminate life time health insurance for politicians. It’s time to eliminate pension for politicians. It’s time to eliminate unions in government.

If you want to help the state of Connecticut, then volunteer your time. When you’re done, go back to your day job.

The politicians think we the people of Connecticut work for them. The politicians have forgotten that they work for the American citizens of Connecticut.

Get out and vote.

Gerald F. Romano Jr.


No ordinary times

To the Editor:

These are not ordinary times we are living in.

The President of the United States has been credibly accused by nearly 20 women of sexual misconduct and was caught on audiotape bragging about getting away with sexualy assulting women because he was famous. A nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States has been credibly accused of attempted rape by a former classmate and was said to have picked interns at Yale Law School based on their appearance.

More political candidates than ever have embraced right wing extremism and misogyny, like Russell Walker of North Carolina who has stated that Jews are descents of Satan, or the Essex Connecticut Republican party sharing a post on their facebook page that mocked victims of rape.

We are also seeing more women running for office than we have in a generation, but it’s not enough elect women to public office. We must elect ones who will advocate for ALL women.

That means ones who support a woman’s right to choose when or if she starts a family of her own, can take time off work for family leave without losing a paycheck, and being paid a living wage.

According to the most recent U.S. Census women make up 51 percent of Connecticut’s population, and yet according to the National Conference of State Legislatures only 27 percent of Connecticut’s General Assembly is female.

Maybe if we had more women in the General Assembly we’d have paid family leave and a livable minimum wage.

Leanne Harpin


AARP reminder

to vote

To the Editor:

As a proud member of AARP, I write to encourage all readers to vote this November 6. Elections have consequences, and this one will not be any different. In the U.S. House of Representative, 14 percent of its membership will be new. There will be at least three new U.S. Senators. Since 2008 there have been 473 new Congressmen: 76 in the Senate and 397 in the House.

It is important to recognize that Americans, 50+, are now the most powerful voting bloc. Given that, there are a number of issues that our national leaders must address. Medicare is a historical deal that cannot be broken. Affordable quality health care needs to continue with a look at the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Social Security must be kept strong for current and future generations. In the realm of caregiving, some 40 million Americans care for those in need. They are the backbone of America’s care system and face physical, emotional and financial challenges. The caregiving families deserve significant support.

On the state level, the legislature in 2016 enacted the Connecticut Retirement Security Program to be phased in beginning in 2019. It will provide over 600,000 residents without a retirement savings option through the workplace a means to save for their retirement via payroll deduction. It is important for state candidates to continue implementation.

Of particular concern is the assurance from our legislators that as the utility market in Connecticut continues to change, consumer interests will be protected. Finally, apropos of the national need for caregiving support is the need in our state for a family leave law that allows employees paid leave to attend to their caregiving purposes. Plus, there is a need to expand services and supports for seniors to live independent lives in their homes and communities.

As can be gleaned there is so much on the national, state and even local plate for consideration in this election. Elections do in fact matter! Your vote matters! Be the difference. Vote.

Lloyd W. Stableford