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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-29-19

Connecticut needs Republican leadership

Last year both gubernatorial candidates said what everybody  knows: the state of Connecticut is an economic disaster. But only 40 years ago, Connecticut was among the most prosperous  of all 50 states with one of the lowest tax burdens and  per capita debt,  a reasonable cost of living, and an excellent business climate.  

In short, this was a great place to live and do business. Many  major corporations, like UPS and GE, moved here.

Now we’re one of the highest taxed states with the highest per capita debt of any state. Cost of living is among the highest and business climate one of the worst.  Highest electric rates of all the lower 48 states. Businesses are leaving: UPS moved out in the 1990s and GE recently fled to Massachusetts. United Technologies is pulling out its headquarters. Once the word “insurance” was synonymous with Connecticut, but that even industry has steadily shifted jobs out of state. We’re near the top in rate of population outflow.

In short, 40 years ago we were nationally recognized as one of the most prosperous of all the states, but now we’re a symbol  of governmental mismanagement.

Only one party has been in charge of this decline: Democrats. They have had majorities of the Legislature’s House and Senate for 50 and 52 years respectively. Democrats have been governor for 40 of the last 64 years (plus four more with Weicker’s Income Tax Party.) The Dems have controlled both houses and the governorship at the same time for 28 if the last 60 years, including the last eight. 

By contrast, Republicans have had total control for only two years in that period.

When a patient is sick, name the cause. Connecticut is sick. The cause is the Democratic Party. The cure: vote them out.

Peter Gadiel

Kent

 

Who needs affordable housing?

Last weekend I had the experience of overhearing a conversation about the “affordable housing” issue in our area. When you see me, don’t ask who was saying what, because I won’t give those details. 

But here is what I will tell you: Who needs “affordable housing?” I do. Me. This person who is a single mom, who’s never had any child support. This person who dragged herself up out of the financial ashes that were created by her daughter’s father ravishing everything she had worked to build. This person who, thankfully, had a mother who was able to provide shelter and a new place from which to rebuild. 

This person who works for this newspaper. This person who is the vice president of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce. This person who volunteers her time to any and every thing she can possibly do to help make this community stronger. This person who works two jobs; who pays $1,000 a month just in rent; who could go on and on, but will spare you the time.

“Affordable housing.” What images do those words conjure? I’ll tell you: brown-skinned people; drug-addicted people. FEAR. The horrible thought that your perfect little world will be corrupted. 

Do you know who, besides me, needs “Affordable Housing?” Nurses. Volunteer EMTs and firefighters. Teachers. Postal workers. Restaurant workers. Bank tellers. Grocery clerks. Painters. Plumbers. Do I need to go on?

I think it’s time to revisit antiquated P&Z laws, break free of the “not in my back yard” mentality and start trying to help those who are the backbones of our communities. Respectfully submitted.

Mary T. Wilbur

Lakeville

 

Another bit of Falls Village history

The site of Bunny Williams’ wonderful new store in Falls Village, described in the Aug. 15 Lakeville Journal, has another historical footnote worth noting. In the late 1960s it was an automotive workshop in which the late auto racer and inventor John Fitch created the first-ever highway impact attenuators, sand-filled yellow cylinders that have saved countless lives and millions of dollars over the decades (The Lakeville Journal,  April 17, 1969, page 7, “John Fitch Realizes His Ambition”). 

Too ubiquitous these days to attract much notice, every Fitch Inertial Barrier (as they were originally known) is a monument to an unsung hero. Perhaps a plaque honoring him might someday appear? 

Rob Buccino

Salisbury

 

Please, return those calls

This is an open letter to contractors, plumbers, painters and other small business owners.

We are a small community. We talk to friends and neighbors and make recommendations. When you don’t return calls, don’t come with promised bids and do not follow through with meetings, what does that tell the waiting homeowner who needs work done? 

This is a problem in our area. It is common courtesy and good business to get back to homeowners. If you can’t do the job, tell us, so we can find someone else. If homeowners have a bad experience, you can be sure they are sharing that information with others.

Hope Mongeau

Lakeville

 

Rebutting gun control balderdash

As I was reading your Aug. 15 editorial, I realized that you had omitted a possible important detail. After bloviating the usual gun control balderdash, you go on to use the term “white supremacist aggression” as the cause for the El Paso shooting. Apparently, since the Russian collusion hoax no longer works and the term “racist” is overused and meaningless, now Trump inspires white supremacy.

However, I think you overlooked the fact that the Dayton shooter was a Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren supporter and hostile to ICE  among others.  I’m sure this was a minor oversight, knowing that your paper is always fairminded, middle of the road and objective in both its reporting and editorial page! It always attempts to give Trump credit where credit is due. 

Just as Sanders and Warren are not responsible for Dayton, so likewise, Trump is not responsible for El Paso. By the way, FYI, according to Snopes, there were 31 “mass” shootings during Obama’s seven years. There were countless other shootings that don’t qualify as “mass” shootings during his tenure. 

If you’re interested, you can consult SNOPES and learn what defines a mass shooting. Again, Obama, even with his subtle racially inspired rhetoric, is not responsible for the shootings.

Francis Cakavell

Ridgefield

 

Thanks for all the support

A huge thank-you to all the golfers, volunteers, committee members, sponsors and donors who made this years tournament a big success. We would like to thank all of the businesses who donated raffle gifts. We know you are asked by many organizations to donate and we appreciate your generosity.  

The Isaiah Lamb Scholarship was given to seven students this year from Region One and North Haven schools. The Isaiah Lamb grant is given to families to help provide accessibility and independence for children with disabilities and again this year awarded to a local family.

There are not enough words to express our gratitude. Hope to see you all for the 4th annual Isaiah Lamb Golf Classic next year on Aug. 15, 2020, at Fairview Farm Golf Course  in Harwinton.

The Lamb and Godburn Families

North Canaan