Letters to the editor, March 3
Published 1:01 am, Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I was disappointed to read Linda Snelham-Moore's letter attacking RTM member, David Becker. Sadly, I wasn't surprised. Snelham-Moore has a history of writing letters that simply lack foundation. Becker is a newly elected rep. who is interested in and dedicated to his position as a representative. Having served in elected office for many years, I feel I can speak from experience when I say Becker is a fresh and welcome addition to our town's legislative body.
He attends other boards meetings in an effort to be fully informed on the issues facing our community. Becker presented a resolution to form a committee review the train station project. While I didn't support the resolution for several reasons, I respected Becker's and Kathryn Braun's willingness to work to bring transparency to an important issue facing our town. Baseless attacks on people who are well-intentioned are not helpful in promoting open dialog or results.
My hope is our community we will reject this type of behavior and support people working together respectfully toward the betterment of the town we all care so much about.
RTM Member, District 6,
Approve FWMS project
With this letter I would like to publicly thank the members of Fairfield's Board of Finance for a job well done and for approving the full funding request as presented by the Fairfield Woods Building Committee. The board members exemplified the reason they were elected to office: they educated themselves on the matter, they heard experts and public opinion, they deliberated and finally offered a vote that took all they learned into account and that is in fact for the best of the entire town of Fairfield. A job well done! RTM members, please take your cue from this vote and also approve the Fairfield Woods Middle School funding request in full.
Not since Pearl Harbor
Not since Pearl Harbor have United States Senators reacted with such staged emotions as the blistering criticism exhibited against Toyota President Akido Toyota. The Connecticut Post reported the entire scene as "Lawmakers blast Toyota Chief! Toyota apologizes at Congressional hearing over defects, recalls."
Our senators have so few opportunities to attack a problem that doesn't anger their constituents, they were going to play it for all its publicity value.
However, even here was some bitter disagreement. What about the impact Toyota recalls could have on the United States' fragile economy!
Toyota maintains plants in seven states and 1,400 dealerships employing hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers. This drama isn't going over so well with governors of four of the states or the workers in those states who depend on Toyota for their livelihood. In Camry-producing Georgetown, Ky., alone, Toyota employs more than 8,500 people. Two Toyota plants in Indiana employ 4,500. In 2007, Toyota announced it was opening a plant outside Tupelo, Miss., that was to employ 2,000 people. The Toyota dealerships in the United States employ an additional 172,000. Toyota also has manufacturing plants in West Virginia, Alabama and Texas, and shares a plant with General Motors in California.
Kentucky's governor, Steven Beshear, Indiana's Mitch Daniels, Mississippi's Haley Barbour and Alabama's Bob Riley claim the Toyota bashing is partly due to the federal government's "conflict of interest" given its huge financial stake in Toyota's competitors, General Motors and Chrysler.
They also claim Toyota has not yet laid off anybody in the wake of the controversy, and announced last month that it would not lay off workers despite declines in production. However, that was before the recall went big.
"Where is the remorse?" U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, asked the Toyota president. He probably wasn't made aware that in U.S. courts it's necessary to admit your guilt and bring a large crying towel. Don't we all know that it was in a U.S. court that the song "Cry Me A River" originated?
Dick De Witt
FMC vote is all
Anyone who bothered to go to the RTM Meeting last week to listen to Ken Flatto would have heard the usual Flatto search for excuses rather than any search for excellence. I didn't bother because trying to follow Flatto's usual search for excuse speeches always leaves me with a headache. Suffice it to say Black Rock Realty LLC, which is the property-owner that entered into the deal with the town and the state to build the Fairfield Metro Center (FMC) Train Station in 2003, failed to put up a half million dollar letter of credit required by the agreement and both the Gov. M. Jodi Rell administration and the Flatto administration allowed that to happen.
Both Flatto, a Democrat, and Rell, a Republican in name only, failed to protect our tax dollars not to mention that neither seem to be interested in actually governing to the rules. The folks on the RTM who voted down the committee to oversee the FMC going forward owe their allegiance to Rell and Flatto. Their "no" vote was all about politics and had nothing to do with governance. A committee going forward might just embarrass Flatto and Rell more than they have already been embarrassed on this Rowland-era deal. The power brokers won the vote but the people who pay attention know what is really going on.