Does it ever end?

This administration's attitude toward the populous continues to reflect such an air of arrogance it wouldn't surprise me if those tele-prompters we so often see angled toward the president were actually mirrors.

Obama has been "telling" us that the discontent bubbling up around the country is emblematic of our not understanding what the plan is. Well, I guess by appearing on MTV he figured he could educate us all. Maybe if he were flanked by Justin Beber and Lady Gaga he may at least be able to secure the junior high vote. Now we hear that his next performance will be on Comedy Central (ironic?). He'll be sitting across from Jon Stewart, his shirt open comfortably, grinning proudly. Now that's what I call a forum to demand respect from the American people, and just think how impressed our allies and nemeses will be!

Maybe it's me, but I cant seem to take a man seriously when he constantly behaves as if the office of the president is to be used as the jumping off point for his own personal "Tour of hope and change." According to the recent polls for the mid-term elections, it seems that maybe people have finally had enough of the charade we have been dealt the past two years.

We all should be getting involved in some way during these troubling times. To sit around and allow this narcissistic administration to embarrass us and our country is simply unacceptable.

Joe Miro

Fairfield

Murren will not play politics

In a time when it feels like politics has become just a series of disappointments, I'm excited to give my support to Michael Murren for state representative of the 134th District.

Although Murren has filled the Democratic slot for the election he does not plan to take a seat in Hartford just to start a tug-of-war game between political parties. It is comforting to know that if Michael Murren wins the election he will not be focused on playing into partisan disputes. Instead, he is somebody who wants to focus on the community he was chosen to represent, with good old fashion ethics and straight talk.

I ask everybody who cares about putting our home before political games to cast their ballot for Michael Murren for the 134th District on Nov. 2.

Frank Deaso

Fairfield

Lucky to have Himes, Malloy

I began working at a children's nonprofit after years of working in politics. I've worked for every type of politician imaginable: criminals, preachers, people doing the best they can, and people not even trying.

I've had more experience than the average person with Dan Malloy and Jim Himes, and I can tell you that electing them into office will be the smartest thing voters do to get us out of recession. Both are extremely intelligent -- not a trait to dismiss as they must deal with complex issues. Both care deeply about the welfare of our less fortunate citizens and the vulnerable, such as children. Both balance that caring with a careful, business-savvy approach to governing. We're lucky these men chose the hard work of public service -- frankly, many folks of lesser ability and intellect do. To have them leading our state and representing us in Congress during these uncertain times is the right choice.

I hope you'll read about their well-reasoned positions and come to the same conclusion.

Garland Walton

Fairfield

Concerned about McMahon's image

Linda McMahon declared bankruptcy early in her "business" career. Who suffers? All the people to whom she owed money. McMahon's current business career involves hiring independent contractors (wrestlers) who, when they are injured or fired because of injuries, are taken care of by you, the taxpayer, in hospital emergency rooms.

Linda McMahon's unsavory behavior (who in their right mind would name their boat a dirty word?), allowing her daughter to strut on video to the audience chant of another dirty word, kicking a man, on video, in his private parts, and keeping the WWE unregulated as a sport, by calling it entertainment, qualifies her to represent the state of Connecticut? What are people thinking? Don't they read?

Even more revolting is a video of McMahon's husband degrading a woman on her knees, telling her to remove her clothes to show that she is "sorry."

You can find all this material on the Internet. I didn't. It was sent to me by people who are concerned about our state.

Landon Storrs

Southport

Jim Himes independent?

In a recent political advertisement Congressman Jim Himes claimed that he is independent. Dictionary.com says that an Independent is "not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; an independent thinker ... free from party commitments in voting."

If Himes is independent, why is President Obama stumping for Himes? Himes is a party man, he agrees more with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid than he does his own constituents. According to The Washington Post; Jim Himes has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 94.2 percent of the time during the current Congress.

Further, Himes does not represent the working middle-class in the fourth district. He is a wealthy stockbroker who worked for Goldman Sachs, the same company that helped get us into our financial mess. The congressman's net worth was between $2,493,056 and $5,896,000 in 2007, according to his mandated financial disclosures. So, he is not in touch with the middle-class and does not have a clue what we are facing with the numerous government taxes he voted for. He voted to keep the Bush tax-cuts, yet he added numerous new taxes that would invalidate the Bush tax-cuts.

Jim Himes, is not independent, he is just another Democrat who supports the liberal agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. He needs to be retired so we can get our country back on track.

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

Fairfield

Kupchick understands public service

I am writing to express my enthusiastic support for Brenda Kupchick in her campaign for state representative. I had the privilege of serving with Brenda on the Fairfield Board of Education, where I watched her consistently demonstrate several important traits: advocacy for her constituents, commitment to getting the job done and integrity in her dealings with board, the administration and the public. Combined with her years of experience as a constituent services representative for former U.S. Congressman Chris Shays, and her current role working with Connecticut state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in Hartford, Brenda's history of public service makes her uniquely qualified to understand the needs of her community and to represent us effectively in Hartford.

Please vote for Brenda on Election Day, Nov. 2.

Bruce Monte Jr.

Fairfield

Hwang delivers

for community

It is a pleasure to know Tony Hwang and his family. The basis for our friendship with them was our children, who are in school together.

That relationship has grown over the years, from Little League to the tennis court to Wakeman and the Yankees. Grace and Tony are wonderful parents, loving, supportive, respectful and encouraging to their children and each other. Those smiling political Hwang family pictures we see are the real thing.

When Tony entered politics he brought his strong principles to the General Assembly. His philosophy of working for the benefit of the citizens he represents and not the political party actually is reality for him. He has worked tirelessly in Hartford, attempting to make the State of Connecticut adopt common sense limits on spending and taxation. His contributions to education have been widely recognized. It is critical to have the 134th District so well represented on the Transportation Committee. Tony has also devoted his time and energy in support of local events, directly helping the communities he represents. He seems to be everywhere, all the time.

Tony possesses that wonderful combination of being extremely bright and able to easily connect with people. And it's genuine. He wants to do his part, and there is so much more to be done. In Tony we have a politician who doesn't make us wonder how we elected him in the first place. He's delivered more good stuff than he promised. We hope to be privileged to have Tony Hwang represent our district for another term.

Laurie and Dean Gaugler

Fairfield

Take responsibility

I am tired of the constant liberal blame game. At some point, please take responsibility for your actions and stop going back to blaming the previous administration for everything that doesn't work out.

Our liberal (and that is being kind) president has been in office for almost two years. Prior to that, he was part of a Democratically-controlled Congress for two previous years. Blaming Bush and using smear tactics doesn't cut it because liberals had as much to do with the current state of affairs as anyone.

Why is it that Democratic candidates are not running on their achievements like Obamacare, higher taxes, more government regulation, etc.? You would think these would be impressive achievements. All we see is negative campaigning in lieu of achievements. That should tell you something right there.

We have two choices coming soon. One is to continue to vote Democrat with big government, big labor, more entitlements, and higher taxes.

If you think that putting a chokehold on new and small business through greater regulation, wealth redistribution and taking less personal responsibility, among other things, is the best option, vote Democrat.

If you have any hope of reducing spending, creating smaller government, taking back your civil liberties and taking on more personal responsibility, vote Republican. Forget the liberal propaganda that says Tea Party candidates are quacks, racists and bigots because it is just not true. To be fair, there are elements in both parties that are all of the above but they are the fringe.

Do your homework and don't be fooled by negative advertising because there has been a great deal of it. Our country's future depends on it. See you Nov. 2.

John Shaffer

Fairfield

Re-elect Himes

Things in the United States have been difficult these past few years, but Jim Himes' leadership has made a difference -- whether it's helping to pass financial reform or passing job creating legislation for the fourth district.

Jim Himes has been an honest and thoughtful legislator who is willing to listen to all sides. While discourse and debates in Washington have become so negative, Jim Himes has stood up for civility and honesty.

The partisan politics that has been dominating most campaigns and Washington is divisive and tiring. I am glad Himes is an independent thinker. Let's keep the fourth district in good hands. Let's re-elect Jim Himes to Congress.

Joanne Lippman

Fairfield

Send a message

to businesses

The seriousness of the challenges facing Connecticut cannot be overstated, and Democrats on the ballot this year simply don't have it in them to properly address these challenges. Democrats hold 75 percent of the state house and 67 percent of the senate seats -- a supermajority that dramatically limits the power of the governor. Democrats have also dominated most of our state and U.S. offices for years. Where have their policies led us?

People are leaving because we have some of the highest taxes, energy and healthcare costs in the country. Companies are leaving because of the burdensome regulatory environment and high costs of doing business. Expansion Magazine actually voted our legislature the least business-friendly in the country. We're losing our tax base and because of chronic over-spending and the historic growth of our state's government we are facing a budget shortfall of $3.4 billion. The state is in decline and conditions have never been worse for job creation.

Don't expect Dick Blumenthal to promote job growth in Connecticut or nationally --- for 20 years, he made a living off being hostile toward business. The countless frivolous lawsuits that intimidated businesses, destroyed reputations and killed jobs have had a devastating impact on our ability to attract large corporations. In the last 12 months Jim Himes, Nancy Pelosi and their colleagues added $1.2 trillion to the national debt trying to prove, unsuccessfully, that stimulus spending can create jobs.

Uncertain about future tax burdens and new regulations, companies are sitting on their capital and postponing any plans for growth. Electing leaders like Himes and Blumenthal will only exacerbate the situation by sending the message that Connecticut isn't serious about making it easier to do business here.

If you want to restore confidence in businesses, vote Republican on Nov. 2 and send a message that Connecticut is on a new course with a fiscally responsible, limited government and pro-business agenda. With these conditions, the talented people of Connecticut will take it from there.

Joe Palmer

Fairfield

Kupchick is clear choice for change in Hartford

I'm a senior citizen and I'm writing in support of Brenda Kupchick for state representative. This young lady has volunteered her time and energy for our community for more than a decade. Brenda champions issues with passionate dedication and her hard work has produced real results which have greatly benefited our community.

Brenda is a courageous and honest advocate with a unique love for our town's residents. Brenda and her husband are life-long residents who worked hard to build a successful small heating and cooling company in Fairfield. Brenda understands the barriers government places on small businesses and has the unique perspective we need to turn our state around.

Our state is in deep trouble and we need a trusted voice with a reputation for listening to the people she represents.

Brenda Kupchick is the clear choice for change.

Geri Toth

Fairfield

Foley has plan forward

I'm writing today to ask you to join me in supporting Tom Foley for governor. I firmly believe that the State of Connecticut needs Tom Foley as governor.

Our state is in terrible financial condition. Tom's opponent would have us believe that being successful is a negative accomplishment. I thought that being successful was part of the American dream. Does it make sense to expect unsuccessful people to get the job done?

Tom has a great plan forward for Connecticut. Tom is not a politician but an accomplished business person. Tom's opponent continues to put forth false 30-second sound bites that attack Tom's character and accomplishments. Even the Hartford Courant has run articles stating that there is no substance to Mr. Malloy's attacks. It concerns me that Mr. Malloy is trying to be divisive instead of focused on solutions. It's time to try a different approach.

Tom is a fiscal conservative and he is not beholden to any group except you the taxpayers. This will enable him to make the difficult decisions that need to be made in order to fix the budget problems in the state. We need strong leadership and experience. Tom's running mate, Mark Boughton, is the very successful and popular mayor of Danbury. Together, Tom and Mark offer a great combination of experience that can only help to get our state back on the road to recovery. The State of Connecticut has lost jobs, increased taxes and taken on crushing debt over the last 20 years. It's time to reduce the debt and live within our means. Tom has pledged to not raise your taxes, to reduce unfunded mandates and to focus on education. It's time to try a new approach.

Please vote for the Foley-Boughton team on Nov. 2.

Laurie McArdle

Southport

Run to the polls

and vote Republican

Americans have lost confidence in Obama's ability to turn the economy around with his policies. We're scared of the massive spending, climbing debt and deficits. Bills passed against our will "for our own good." Obama, "You think they would be saying thank ya."

"If we don't pass the stimulus by Friday night, unemployment will rise above 9 percent." A "jobs bill" which would create 3 million jobs but we have lost 3.3 million jobs and unemployment is 10 percent. Guess a trillion dollars doesn't get you much these days. Obama wants another $50 billion for transportation infrastructure but he just said there's no such thing as shovel ready jobs.

Where were these smart "adult economists" in 2007? Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, hello? Asleep at the wheel like those SEC investigators who ignored Bernie Madoff clues handed to them on a silver platter. "Thank ya."

Democrat policies paved with good intentions make problems worse. To lower poverty, Democrats created the Community Reinvestment Act in 1977. In the 1990s it loosened mortgage standards. Government mandated mortgages for people who could never afford them. Banks were forced to lend to high risk participants. Easy credit and artificial demand sent home values soaring. The housing bubble caused the economic crisis. Any attempt to reform CRA Act was met with accusations of not caring for the poor by Barney Frank who staunchly defended Fannie and Freddie's financial stability. Poverty and homelessness are at an all-time high and the majority of us who followed the rules and paid our bills are suffering for your party's "good intentions." An arrogant government is saving us from problems they created over decades.

Take this same logic of "good intentions" to the nationalized health care plan and you should run, not walk to vote on Nov. 2.

Julie Criscuolo

Fairfield

Supporting Brandt

I have known DeeDee Brandt for more than 10 years and have recently had a chance to work with her more closely, learn of her political experience and her insightful and unfailingly well-reasoned approach to financial matters.

I have been tremendously impressed with her deep grasp of financial matters at all governing levels -- especially local and state. I fully respect and am grateful for DeeDee's willingness to run for the position of state representative and, hopefullly. She is a motivated, extremely knowledgeable, and highly intelligent candidate for this level of service.

Putting DeeDee in the state legislature will mean that we have a true guardian of the precious resources of this community and this state. I urge everyone who has a vote in the 133rd District to cast his or her ballot for this truly fine, eminently sensible, and fully dedicated potential servant of the common wealth of the people she will represent and their state.

Joy Shaw

Fairfield