There has to be a more practical solution

About a decade ago, home from college on summer break, I took a walk through the fields of Hoyden's Hill at dusk, hoping to see a nice sunset and maybe some wildlife. Pausing to watch the sky, I heard a rustling in the tall grass ahead of me and a doe stepped into view.

As I crouched to watch her, a fawn not 18 inches tall came out of the high grass and slowly walked towards me. I remained still as this toy-like creature nuzzled my knee for a few moments, before trotting back to its waiting mother. As over-populated as the deer are, this moment was one of the most touching wildlife encounters I've ever had.

So it's with great sadness that I read about the push to develop this space for the benefit of a very small percentage of town residents.

And to read that those voting on this action had very clear monetary conflicts of interest is all the more disturbing.

Fairfield was a great place to grow up, with educational infrastructure that served me very well -- while the population and pricing boom are enough to keep me from moving back, continued development of open space just seals the deal.

I suppose some will say that Fairfield is changing, but I would say that it's losing its character and charm. There has got to be a more practical solution to the lack of seasonal field space than permanently bulldozing increasingly precious open space.

Matt McGrath

Stow, Mass.

Congratulations to scholarship, award winners

There are annual events in this town we call home that remind me why so many people value living in this community. Some of these events include the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony, Election Day, and the Fourth of July fireworks at the beach. Wednesday, June 23, was one of those days.

As a member of the High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield (HSSFF) Board, I was fortunate to be part of the annual high school awards ceremony at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. My colleagues from the HSSFF Board participated in the ceremonies at both Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe High Schools. What an incredible night! We were able to join with the school system to celebrate the accomplishments of hundreds of Fairfield's students and appreciate the generosity of so many Fairfield supporters of education.

During this year's award ceremonies at the two public high schools, HSSFF was able to award more than $76,000 to approximately 250 students. Benefactors (including previous high school classes, supporters of beloved teachers and coaches, families honoring the memory of loved ones who passed much too young, generous supporters of education looking to support deserving students who show financial need, and many school PTA units) recognized students for citizenship, individuality, courage, service to others, and achievements in all aspects of their education including arts, athletics, math, literature, science and history.

The members of the HSSFF board would like to congratulate all the scholarship and award winners, and thank the benefactors who continue to make this incredible evening possible. It is not an exaggeration to say that without the generosity of many of the foundation's benefactors, some of these extraordinary students would not be able to pursue the collegiate education for which they have worked so hard to prepare. Members of the Foundation are truly blessed to have the opportunity to connect these supporters of education with the many deserving students who are graduating from our Fairfield Public schools.

Although the awards ceremonies may not be as well attended as the Memorial Day parade or the Fourth of July fireworks, we know that this evening is simply not possible without the support of the entire Fairfield community. Between the support for our public schools that makes these learning opportunities possible, the educators who prepare the young people for becoming the leaders of tomorrow, and the financial support provided by the Foundation's benefactors, the awards ceremony is a culmination of all that our community values. On behalf of the students and their families, the High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield thanks the entire town of Fairfield for making this wonderful evening possible.

Ellen Swan,

president,

High School Scholarship

Foundation of Fairfield

Are we facing

tyranny?

C.S. Lewis said, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

Does this sound familiar? Our government has pushed through universal health care and took over our largest private insurance company, all for the good of the People. Our government took control and placed heavy regulations on the banking and financial industries, all for the good of the people.

The government took over two-thirds of the auto industry and bailout of their unions, all for the good of People. Our government is pushing for amnesty for all illegal aliens, all for the good of the people. They are pushing cap and trade (tax on all energy) to protect the environment and for the good of the people.

These are just a few of the things that the Obama administration and his numerous czars are pushing, all of the good of the people. Obama and his cronies see capitalism, free trade, individual responsibility and personal liberty as enemies of the people. They believe government is the solution to all the ills of the people, they see individualism as the cause and collectivism as the cure.

This year you have a choice to make; you can accept tyranny or halt to Obama's socialist agenda.

Ssg. Wynn S. Allen, USA (Ret.)

Fairfield