To the Editor:

With more than 9,000 voices heard, the people of Fairfield have clearly made their choice in the special election on June 6th in choosing Kevin Kiley who received just under 60 percent of the votes. Mr. Kiley won in 8 of the 10 RTM districts.

Mr. Bateson, in his disappointment claimed he was unable to get his message out to the people in a “compressed campaign over a 10-day period” due to advice from legal counsel contesting the legality of the election. Yet the stay he thought was in place was never granted by the Appellate Court and even if it had been granted, there was nothing to prevent him from taking his campaign to the people. So now that the election is over, unfortunately there still remain some unanswered questions.

Will Mr. Bateson and Mr. Tymniak finally let it go and accept the results or will they continue to argue that this election was illegal even though two court rulings thus far have ruled in favor of it proceeding? How far are they willing to go to quell the choice of the people? How much money has the contesting of the election cost the taxpayers? If they continue to argue, who will pick up the tab for future legal fees? Enough is enough. It’s time to let it go and let Fairfield have the selectman serve who was legally elected … not one who was appointed.

Frank Sahagian

Fairfield

Tetreau blog post

lacks merit

To the Editor:

In his blog this past week, Fairfield’s First Selectman asserted that by reducing the year over year increase in the 2017-18 town budget, the RTM’s Republican Majority weakened Fairfield. If that narrative sounds familiar, it is not as though this wind hasn’t blown before, it is the same case which the RTM minority leader attempted to make immediately following passage of the budget.

The problem is that these claims have no basis in fact. The First Selectman has accused RTM Republicans of cutting essential maintenance, library funding, and leaving the Town in his words “totally exposed to future state cuts in municipal aid”; however, RTM Republicans made no such reductions to maintenance, or paving, or library funding. The RTM Republicans fully funded Education and Public Safety.

What the Republican majority did do is hold the contingency line flat year over year on a percentage basis and deny the increase that the First Selectman had budgeted for his own department.

In his letter, the First Selectman said that it takes real leadership to make tough decisions. On this point I cannot disagree, but the fact of the matter is that making reductions is what is hard, and simply raising taxes is far too easy. Furthermore real leadership in most cases means leading by example. The fact that the budget proposed by the First Selectman involved true budget cuts for Police and Public Works, while at the same time a funding increase for his own department did not go unnoticed by other town boards.

Tom McCarthy

RTM Majority Leader

Fairfield

1,000 days

To the Editor:

1,000 days.

Kevin Kiley now has 1,000 days to show that what was orchestrated by the Democratic Party makes Fairfield a better place. Mike Tetreau approved Ed Bateson for the Board of Selectman to fill out Laurie McCardle’s term, just as he approved Kevin Kiley to continue Jim Walsh’s term after his resignation earlier this decade. What was different this time? There has been no explanation provided to Fairfield residents. I am fortunate enough to have lived all my life in Fairfield and to have my mother, Jacky Durrell, serve as First Selectman for this town as well as a term on the Board of Selectman with John Sullivan.

I can honestly say that I have never seen a more unethical decision by a First Selectman in Fairfield agreeing to one thing and then endorsing and encouraging a different one. My goal is to help Fairfield. My fellow elected Republican RTM members can attest that, as a liberal Republican, I vote what I think is best for Fairfield, not for a party or an individual. Having served four years on the town RTM, I honestly don’t recall more than a handful of times when the Democratic RTM members did not vote in lockstep, while Republican members have often voted their conscious and against the majority of what RTM Republicans have voted. Although I find good points in both parties, as a Republican, I am allowed to vote what I feel is right for my town, not what I am told to do. It is something that I truly appreciate and I am glad that I refused Steve Sheinberg’s request to me to switch parties during this recent escapade.

President Harry S. Truman famously place a sign with the phrase "The Buck Stops Here" on his desk. It is easy to take the credit and point the blame. I am more disgusted and disillusioned right now than ever regarding how our town is currently being run. Legal is not ethical, as we are finding out in Washington. We need leadership that is more Truman, not Trump.

Let us go forward together and put Fairfield, not political parties, first.

Alex Durrell

RTM-3, Fairfield

Beach stinks

To the Editor:

Fairfield Beach 25 years ago, no shells, beautiful sand, the envy of many shorelines. Since then, every year more and more Slipper shells have been washed ashore. There is no explanation of the die off and the problem has increased every year.

Right now there are piles of these rotting sea animals all along our beach. In some places the piles reach 4 feet high. The smell and insects associated with them is overwhelming! Children and older residents have limited access to the water as these piles are unstable and sharp; it is very difficult to climb over them. It is NOT cyclical as some have said because life long residents have never seen anything like this and the animals are alive when they are washing up. It is not climate change because only this one species is being affected. Something needs to be done. The Town needs to come in with loaders and dump trucks and remove them. As they are located along the high tide line, it is not considered private property.

Why are billions of these animals washing ashore?

What are environmental and health implications?

Could the Town remove them for safety concerns?

I am asking the Town to come to the beach and assess the problem.

Thank you and kind regards,

Dina Cummings

Fairfield

My deepest thanks

To the Editor:

I wanted to express my deepest thanks and appreciation on behalf of the 32,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut, to those who supported our 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Because of your generosity and support, more than 2.1 million boxes of cookies were sold in Connecticut! In addition, Girl Scouts sold more than 100,000 boxes of cookies for our Gift of Caring program, Cookies for Heroes, which we will send to our service women and men at home and overseas, as well as to local community heroes.

Our Cookie Program teaches girls to be go-getters as well as five important skills that they will use in their everyday life: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The Cookie Program truly brings out the best in our girls. This year, girls across the state earned more than $1.8 million through their cookie sales. This money goes directly back to the girls to invest in their communities, plan fun, educational experiences, and also to help support other girls who otherwise could not afford to participate in Girl Scouting.

We are also happy to announce that Girl Scouts of Connecticut continues to have a successful experience in how engaged the girls are with the Digital Cookie® platform. We saw a 55 percent increase in the number of girls who participated this year with online sales, and they sold over 140,000 boxes of cookies through the Digital Cookie platform. Thank you for embracing this exciting technological change that will help our girls learn financial literacy skills, e-commerce and digital skills, and more!

It’s also important to thank our 15,000 wonderful adult volunteers for their year-round dedication and commitment to our girls, including during the Cookie Program. We are grateful to each and every one of you who support our girls throughout the year in so many ways.

Thank you again for your generous support of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, as you are helping us build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Mary Barneby

Girl Scouts of Connecticut, CEO