Vote YES on Question 2 on the ballot Nov. 6

Fifteen days left before the election and there’s a little mentioned question on the ballot in Connecticut with critical implications for saving scenic open space in our state I wanted you to be aware of. Most of the news media’s attention has so far gone to the governor’s race. That’s natural, but somewhat unfortunate in my view because ballot question 2 on open space is written in a way that, for me at least, could not be more difficult to read. (I include it below).

I learned about the issue in my role as the current president of Aspetuck Land Trust but this issue is important for anyone who loves the beauty of open space in Connecticut and wants to protect it.

Currently, the General Assembly can sell, swap or give away state parks, forests and other valuable public lands with no public input. Voting YES would:

Require a public hearing and a 2/3 vote from the General Assembly before your state parks and forests could be sold, swapped, or given away to private companies or local governments.

Improve accountability and transparency of public land transactions.

Make it harder for the Connecticut General Assembly to sell, swap, or give away your state parks, forests, and state-owned farmlands

Please, vote yes on Question 2 on Nov. 6.

More information is available here from the CT Land Conservation Council: www.ctwoodlands.org/sites/default/files//ProteCT%20Campaign%20Background%20Info%209.6.18.pdf

Question 2 on the ballot:

“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to require (1) a public hearing and the enactment of legislation limited in subject matter to the transfer, sale or disposition of state owned or state-controlled real property or interests in real property in order for the General Assembly to require a state agency to sell, transfer or dispose of any real property or interest in real property that is under the custody or control of the agency, and (2) if such property is under the custody or control of the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, that such enactment of legislation be passed by a two-thirds vote of the total membership of each house of the General Assembly?”

Don Hyman

Fairfield

Re-elect Cristin McCarthy Vahey

To the editor:

I am writing to ask you to help re-elect Fairfield’s Cristin McCarthy Vahey to the 133rd District of Connecticut General Assembly.

Cristin understands the economy is the No. 1 issue facing our state. There are some very tough decisions to be made in the next year. We need Cristin’s judgement and experience to help find the right answers.

I was fortunate to work with Cristin during her tenure as Fairfield selectman, where she led initiatives that improved the life of our citizens. Cristin is practical and hardworking. She listens to her constituents and works to craft practical solutions to the issues facing our town.

In her time in Hartford, Cristin assisted in bringing millions in grants and support for our town. She has helped bring our income tax dollars back to Fairfield. Our local taxes would be higher without her help.

We know transportation is a critical need here in Fairfield County. Cristin is committed to improving our roads, and improving Metro-North’s safety and efficiency. More than anything, she is a passionate and effective advocate for the 133rd District, for Fairfield and for Connecticut. Please join me in voting for Cristin McCarthy Vahey on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mike Tetreau

Fairfield First Selectman

Vote for Ira Kaplan

To the editor:

Ira Kaplan is a no-nonsense businessman who will be the best first selectman that Easton has had in decades. He reads people well, knows how to negotiate, is hard-working, has impeccable integrity, and has a great deal of energy. I urge you to vote for Ira.

A. Reynolds Gordon, Esq.

Easton

Please support Brenda Kupchick

To the editor:

I am proudly supporting Brenda Kupchick to continue her great work as our state representative. Brenda knows we are at a critical time in our state’s history. We need to reverse the direction Gov. Malloy has put us on. We need a fighter like Brenda to reduce state spending and make Connecticut more attractive for businesses to move here and grow here in our state.

Brenda has been representing Fairfield as a former member of the Board of Education and as our state rep for many years. We all know her and we all trust her judgement. This election is too important to our town not to vote for Brenda Kupchick. Join me on Nov. 6 in voting for Brenda Kupchick.

Chris Tymniak

Fairfield Selectman

Now more than ever, all politics are local

To the editor:

It seem obvious to me that the best way to resist some of the dreadful decisions coming out of Washington these days, is to make sure that the Connecticut state Legislature and Senate are solidly populated with people who will vote for such resistance — whenever that is possible on the state level.

While I am confident that my local Democratic candidate for the Legislature — Cristin McCarthy Vahey — can be counted on to vote her always reliable conscience, our current state Senator, Tony Hwang, is a different story.

Tony Hwang consistently votes the straight Republican line — whether that be in relation to gun restriction laws, expanding voting rights, state funding for elections, net neutrality, gender issues or any of the other recently proposed laws that Republicans object to these days.

In addition, I am positively sick and tired of hearing him endlessly repeat his meaningless and unhelpful catch phrase that “Connecticut does not have a taxing problem but rather a spending problem.” We know the problems we have, what we need are some reasonable and realistic solutions!

Tony may be a great glad-handing campaigner, but he is a terrible, terrible legislator.

I have met and listened to Michelle McCabe — Tony Hwang’s Democratic opponent in this race — and she strikes me as intelligent, committed, compassionate and dedicated to putting in whatever hard work is necessary to make some forward progress in relation to Connecticut’s current laundry list of problems.

We need every vote we can get in the state Senate to support whatever resistance Connecticut can mount to the Trump administration.

Please join me in voting for Michelle McCabe on Nov. 6.

Sara Jaeger

Fairfield

Ashley Gaudiano will fight for us every day

To the editor:

The 134th District means more to me than it probably does to the average person. That’s because in 2014 I ran for state representative and had the privilege of speaking with thousands of the amazing individuals and families who make this district so special.

When I lost the election, I was devastated. After meeting so many people who opened up to me about their lives, I saw concrete ways that I could go to Hartford and help them — I wasn’t going to have that opportunity. And since then, the unfortunate reality is that our district does not have a strong advocate in Hartford. That is why I am so excited about Ashley Guadiano and what she can do for this district if we do the right thing and elect her to bring our voice to Hartford.

Ashley is everything I am looking for in an elected official today. She is a caring, dedicated advocate and I am confident that she will use her skills as an attorney and passion to fight for us. She is never going to put partisan politics above what is best for me and you. She won’t simply be a yes or no vote because someone in her party leadership is telling her how to vote. Ashley will be an independent thinker and when making her decisions it will be those of us who live in her district that will be driving those choices.

Ashley is hopeful and so am I. I am tired of the negativity directed toward my beloved state of Connecticut. We have problems that need fixing, but a negative attitude and pointing the finger never solved anything. Ashley wants to actually do the work necessary to help Connecticut become the best version of what Connecticut can be. I’m astonished at how many elected officials, including our current state representative, who do not have one positive thing to say about our state. The Connecticut self-haters only perpetuate the problems we already have. Ashley is a breath of fresh air. Please join me in voting for Ashley because our district deserves someone like Ashley who will fight for us every day.

Tara Cook-Littman, Esq.

Fairfield

Cristin McCarthy Vahey for the 133rd Assembly District

To the editor:

In a time when principles and kindness seem to have been pushed out of the public sphere, I am supporting candidates who exemplify what I want my children to be: thoughtful, engaging, kind and ethical. Cristin McCarthy Vahey is all of these.

Cristin listens to and respects all sides. Very few people in the public realm actually do that. I admire Cristin’s commitment to rise above base partisan politics and treat everyone equally. That is how we achieve the best outcomes — when we allow democratic deliberation to do its work, the best ideas can rise to the top. Only respectful listeners can get us there.

Listening is important, but so is advocacy, which brings me to another reason I support Cristin: she is a fierce and effective advocate for Fairfield. From early on, Cristin has focused on some of the most important issues for our town, like transportation, infrastructure improvements and walkability, and has fought for and attained funding for those initiatives. I have witnessed Cristin’s effectiveness first-hand. When I was elected to RTM District 7, I began advocating to improve safety in and around the Post Road Circle. For two years, I watched as efforts to improve this area hit road blocks and failed. Then I spoke to Cristin, and there was immediate movement. Funding is now in progress from CT DOT for the Post Road/Grasmere area, and the State approved our application for a traffic study of the Post Road Circle.

I urge all residents of Connecticut’s 133rd District to vote for Cristin McCarthy Vahey as our state representative. She gets things done. She fights for Fairfield. She is a model of ethics and character in public service. We are lucky to have Cristin, and we would be fools not to reelect her.

Jill Vergara

Representative, Fairfield RTM District 7

Fairfielders must vote Republican

To the editor:

If you want Connecticut to experience the same growth and prosperity as the rest of the country, Fairfielders must vote Republican on Nov. 6.

Connecticut’s economy lags behind other states as a direct result of the failed policies of Democrats in Hartford. No serious observer could argue otherwise with a straight face. Most notable was the largest tax hike in the state’s history, despite emphatic campaign promises by Gov. Malloy that he wouldn’t increase taxes.

With some of the highest taxes and highest cost of living in the country, businesses and residents are leaving and/or investing outside the state, causing more budget deficits that further increase the tax burden and even jeopardizes the millions Fairfield receives from the state for education and infrastructure.

With a sense of urgency, Connecticut Republicans have proposed reasonable, proven ideas for cutting taxes, spending and funding infrastructure improvements. In fact, our own state Sen. Tony Hwang and state Reps. Brenda Kupchick and Laura Devlin have been some of the most vocal advocates. But Democrats refuse to compromise and offer no hope that they will abandon the failed ideas that have devastated Connecticut over the 40+ years they controlled the state Legislature.

It’s time for a change in Connecticut, so please vote Republican and support local candidates Brenda Kupchick as your state representative in the 132nd District; or Sally Connolly in the 133rd; or Laura Devlin in the 134th; and Tony Hwang for state Senate and Bryan LeClerc for Fairfield Probate, both representing all of Fairfield.

Joe Palmer

Fairfield

Kathleen Maxham for probate judge

To the editor:

Earlier this year, Fairfield suffered a tragic loss with the untimely passing of the Honorable Daniel F. Caruso, judge of probate for the District of Fairfield. Attorney Kathleen Maxham is the staff attorney for the Fairfield Probate Court and was Judge Caruso’s right hand assistant in the court for over 20 years.

Due to Attorney Maxham’s management of the court since Judge Caruso’s passing, the court has remained the model probate court in efficiency, problem-solving, courteousness and helpfulness. With her extensive knowledge and experience as a probate lawyer and under her oversight and leadership, the business of the court has flowed without interruption since the passing of Judge Caruso.

The Probate Court is a specialized court requiring its judges to have extensive knowledge of probate law in all matters that come before the court on day one. Kathleen Maxham is the only candidate with the extensive experience, knowledge and qualifications to be the Fairfield probate judge. While she will have large shoes that can never be filled or replaced, we know that Judge Caruso would be so very proud and honored to know that attorney Maxham will continue his legacy as the next Fairfield probate judge.

Please vote for attorney Kathleen Maxham as the next Fairfield probate judge.

Attorney Amy E. Todisco

Fairfield

Food pantry donations make

a difference

To the editor:

We all know how satisfying it is to do something good for others — especially when we know we are filling a need. Operation Hope has been filling a need in Fairfield for 32 years by running a shelter for men, women and children, where beds were available and meals, made by volunteers, were served 365 days a year.

The wonderful news this year is that Operation Hope is in the process of moving everyone from the shelter into affordable housing. This is a great accomplishment and a major undertaking. Operation Hope has been doing much more than running a shelter, however, and maybe less known is its Food Pantry at 636 Old Post Road. I have been a volunteer there for six years and it is one of the most rewarding things I do. The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Fairfield families can come twice a month and get groceries. Bob, Sue and I are the Thursday crew. We try to create a friendly and welcoming environment knowing that it is a difficult step for many to come here. We do what we can to fill their shopping list from what we have on the shelves and in the refrigerator/freezer. Sometimes we have to disappoint.

The pantry would not exist if it were not for Connecticut Food Bank, donations from local grocery stores and bakeries, as well as private citizens who give generously. A big treat is when we can give our families heat-and-eat meals, i.e. lasagna, made by groups or individuals.

During the summer and fall, community and private gardens come in with fruit and vegetables which are so appreciated by all. Nothing makes us happier than seeing the relief on faces when customers are able to leave with a full grocery cart.

These are Fairfielders for whom these food items make a big difference.

So, next time you see us doing a food drive, or when the letter carriers do their annual collection in May, please remember that local families benefit from your generosity. Please note that food past its expiration date cannot be distributed to our families.

I look forward to Thursdays at the pantry knowing that I have a part in making someone’s day a little brighter and less worrisome. I know Bob and Sue feel the same.

If you want to know more about how to contributing donations or volunteering, visit www.operationhopect.org or call us at 203-292-5588.

Tove Vanderblue

Fairfield

Vahey has independence, integrity

To the editor:

What impressed me first and most about Cristin McCarthy Vahey when I served with her on the Fairfield RTM was her complete independence. When she rose to support a position, it was because she believed that position was in the best interest of our children, our budget, our town. No matter how contentious the issue, she was courteous, often passionate, always articulate. She did her homework, listened to all sides, marshalled the evidence, and presented her case. Sometimes she agreed with her party, sometimes she did not. That was never the criterion for her votes. She always put the people — the families, children, schools, businesses — of Fairfield first.

She also never, then or now, waged a campaign by attacking her opponent or distorting facts to win votes.

What also impresses, and sometimes astonishes, me is the degree of Cristin’s involvement in our community, most of which goes unmentioned because it is simply who she is, how she lives. While co-parenting three children through our public schools with a husband equally devoted to family and community, and serving in our Legislature, she has not stopped volunteering in our schools or working to reduce substance abuse among teens and youth, advocating for our environment, and more.

Her independence, integrity, energy and authentic connection with people are why, in my opinion, she has earned such deep support throughout our community, why she remained respected by all sides during her years on the RTM and Board of Selectmen, and why she has been so effective as our voice in Hartford.

We don’t often have the opportunity to support someone who combines intelligence, experience, integrity, compassion, and incredible energy on our behalf. Please join me to re-elect Cristin McCarthy Vahey as our state representative.

Ann Stamler

Fairfield

In support of Bryan LeClerc for probate judge

To the editor:

My name is Margaret Moore and I write in support of Bryan LeClerc’s election for Fairfield Probate Judge. I am a senior English/creative writing major at Fairfield University, where Bryan completed his Bachelor of Arts degree before earning his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Bryan and I met through events at Fairfield University. Fairfield University works to instill its Jesuit values into its students on a lifelong basis, teaching them to practice deeds of compassion, charity, and service as they attend and after they graduate from the university. As a current student, it is always amazing to see how alumni incorporate these values into their post-college lives and careers. It is easy to see how Bryan continues to implement the values, such as Women and Men For and With Others, into his actions.

I was introduced to Bryan in 2016, at a time when I was in great need of support. As I was born with a physical disability called cerebral palsy, I have relied heavily on a motorized wheelchair and a communication device to generate my speech for almost my entire life. In 2016, my mother and I were in the midst of an extended battle with our insurance company to have a new motorized wheelchair approved. This wheelchair enables users to adjust themselves from a sitting position to positions of standing, reclining and more. Not only was my current chair at the time outdated and falling apart, I had outgrown the seating and its inadequate positioning was causing me excruciating hip and back pain all day and night.

When Bryan and his law partner heard of the university community’s efforts to raise funds for my new wheelchair, they jumped in and offered their law services pro bono. Having Bryan’s support made so much difference. Along with helping to manage the fundraisers and soliciting donors directly, Bryan was able to negotiate with my wheelchair’s manufacturer and equipment vendor to reduce the price of the chair by over $20,000. He was also successful in having the order and delivery expedited, helping me to get out of pain and into comfort in record speed. I will forever be grateful for his assistance with my wheelchair and for his continued support of my endeavors.

I imagine that it was a great amount of work to take on this pro bono case on top of the other cases that Bryan had, but he did so because he genuinely wanted to help. I have full faith that Bryan will continue to work as a man for others should he be elected as probate judge. I know he will complete each responsibility with care and compassion, always keeping the best interest of the citizens of Fairfield at heart.

Margaret Moore

Fairfield University

Vote yes to protect public land

To the editor:

Connecticut is beautiful state, with parks ranging from the shorelines, through the forests and up into the mountains. You should be shocked to learn that the General Assembly can sell, swap, trade or give away our public lands including critical watersheds, without any public knowledge or consent!

This needs to be stopped. People of all political affiliations can agree: our public lands were made public for a reason, to preserve for our enjoyment and our children and grandchildren. We have a responsibility to participate in these decisions. Constitutional amendment two on the ballot this November asks for an amendment to require a public hearing and a 2/3 majority vote in the General Assembly.

When I step into the beauty of our state’s outdoors, I reminded of Sylvia Plath’s words: “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’ ”

There is no more important time than now to teach our children about nature. We preserve these lands for a reason. Connecticut residents are too smart to pander to the short term profits which have no lasting benefit to our communities. On Nov. 6, I will vote yes to amend the Connecticut Constitution and protect public land. Join me and vote yes!

Leanne Harpin

Fairfield

We can’t afford to lose Brenda Kupchick

To the editor:

By now most of the residents of the 132nd District are familiar with their state representative, Brenda Kupchick. Many of us have been on the receiving end of her assistance in matters, be they small or large, related to something that is specifically impacting Fairfield or affecting Connecticut as a whole.

Brenda is always accessible whether by email or phone (her home number is on her website and literature!) and works hard to solve problems. She communicates what is going on in Hartford to her constituents on a regular basis through her email newsletters, town hall meetings, and social media. Brenda is always reaching out to her constituents to get their input on issues that are coming before the legislature.

Brenda has always put Fairfield’s best interests first and has earned a reputation for her passion and straight-talk in Hartford. She is well respected on both sides of the aisle in both the state House of Representatives and state Senate. We can’t afford to lose Brenda; Fairfield needs her to continue to be our representative for the 132nd district.

Pamela Iacono

Fairfield RTM Minority Leader

Voting Gaudiano for state representative

To the editor:

This Nov. 6, I’ll be voting for Ashley Gaudiano for state representative in Connecticut’s 134th District. An advocate, small business owner, attorney, and town council member, Ashley is a strong, highly qualified candidate who will bring a progressive voice and a much-needed fresh perspective to the table in Hartford. Ashley will fight for a prosperous economy that works for all, a strong infrastructure and transportation system, and so many more issues that impact our lives daily.

But I’m not only voting for Ashley because I know she’ll be an excellent, hardworking, and responsive legislator who’ll truly listen to and fight for her constituents. I’m also voting for her for two incredibly important, though largely overlooked, reasons: she is an unabashedly positive champion for Connecticut and she is a young mother.

I’m sick of hearing Republicans, and particularly Ashley’s opponent, complain about and bash Connecticut. We deserve a positive, collaborative champion for our community and our state like Ashley. We need to get rid of toxic politicians who are more focused on whining than working. We need to elect constructive, enthusiastic, solution-focused doers like Ashley.

I’m also voting for Ashley because we need more young women with children in office. Mothers are the beating hearts of our homes and our communities. Yet how many moms with young children do you see in the corridors of power? Practically none. And that must change. If we want to see a government that is truly for the people, we need to elect officials that are truly representative of the people. Young working mothers bring a fresh and valuable perspective to the political arena. They understand firsthand the importance of earned family and medical leave, women’s health care and reproductive freedom, pay equity, a thriving public education system, and ending gun violence in our schools and communities. And by being in elected office, they also show all our daughters that it can be done.

So, on Nov. 6, I invite you to join me in voting for qualified candidate, young mom, and positive champion for Connecticut, Ashley Gaudiano for state representative.

Cathy Curley

Fairfield

Kupchick a strong voice for healthy schools

To the editor:

I met Brenda Kupchick at a meeting of an education advocacy group she founded called “One Voice.” We were moms passionate about preserving our excellent education system and we formed a fast friendship. Brenda and I decided to get involved, so we ran for and were elected to the RTM and later the Board of Education. Of the many stories I could share about how Brenda has made Fairfield a better place, one will always be remembered by many of us.

In the fall of 2000, it was discovered that McKinley Elementary School was riddled with mold. A dear friend of mine was one of those seriously affected. McKinley became the first school in the nation to be closed and demolished due to mold infestation. Brenda was front and center, not just as an RTM member representing the McKinley School district, but also as a parent of a former McKinley student. She helped the children, parents, and staff through the testing for mold, demolition of their beloved historic building, a year of temporary classroom space scattered district wide, and the building of a new McKinley.

“We Are Family” is McKinley’s motto. Brenda truly takes this to heart not just for McKinley, but all our schools. Brenda continues to be a strong voice in Hartford for healthy schools in Connecticut. Please join me in voting for Brenda Kupchick on Nov. 6 to be re-elected state representative for the 132nd District. There is no better person to continue to represent Fairfield in Hartford.

Alexa Mullady

Fairfield

No to SAT/ACT graduation requirement

To the editor:

What do we value?

On the new insignia of FPS’s Vision of the Graduate, the following descriptors encircle the lighthouse: Innovators, Communicators, Collaborators, Critical Thinkers, Goal-Directed Resilient Learners, Responsible Citizens. In our mission statement, we promise that “every student acquires the knowledge and skills needed to be a lifelong learner, responsible citizen, and successful participant in an ever- changing global society through a comprehensive educational program.”

Contrary to the above stated values, the Board of Education is about to vote on adding an SAT/ACT proficiency requirement for graduation in order to comply with the new Connecticut statute on graduation requirements. This creates a mixed message.

A standardized test cannot, not ever, measure innovation, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, resiliency, or responsibility.

What we say we value matters. If we say that a standardized test will be part of a graduation requirement, we say that we value standardized testing as the primary tool for measuring student mastery. It may have a value in our society (though a diminishing one). However, we should not place that much value on it. It belies our vision.

Facts: The SAT and ACT are lukewarm predictors of collegiate success; this is best exemplified by The College Board’s admission that students who meet or exceed the SAT benchmarks “have a 75 percent chance of earning at least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing college courses.” In other words, one in four who meet these arbitrary benchmarks will do worse.

Data: Based on the already available data, hundreds of students between both high schools would not meet the 530 math, 480 verbal minimum score that would be required. The vast majority of these students lie in one or more of the following categories: the “free or reduced lunch” program, students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners. Not only would these already marginalized students feel the added stigma of not meeting graduation requirements, but they’d likely end up in test-prep classes and/or doing extra work to complete portfolios.

We polled Fairfield teachers and 93.9 percent do not think the SAT/ACT should be a graduation requirement. Let’s start listening to the teachers.

We recommend that the Board of Education reject this policy. We ask any concerned citizens who also oppose the standardized, for-profit, tests to contact members of the Board of Education. Ask them to “Vote no to the SAT/ACT graduation requirement and replace it with teacher-created assessments aligned with the new academic expectations.”

Let’s practice what we say we value. Let’s transform our public schools to be rich, engaging, collaborative learning spaces where all of our students are nurtured and grow using meaningful best practices.

Bob Smoler

Fairfield Education Association president

Support for Kate Neary Maxham

To the editor:

Kate comes with the necessary credentials to be our judge of probate. My dear friend, the late Judge Dan Caruso set the stage for a smooth transition. His legacy for fairness and ability of what’s best for our Fairfield Probate Court happened over two decades ago.

Judge Dan selected the person he wanted to be the staff attorney. Party labels did not matter. That is why so many Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters are supporting her. Kate’s fine experience and steady demeanor makes her the most highly qualified person to be our next judge of probate. Join me in voting for Kate Neary Maxham for probate judge.

Susan P. Barrett

Fairfield

McCabe will ‘get to work for Connecticut’

To the editor:

I will be voting for Michelle Lapine McCabe for Connecticut state senator of the 28th district this November. It is a time for leaders and leadership in Hartford; not politicians who fulminate, obfuscate, and procrastinate.

We need people in Hartford who will, as Michelle says, “Get to Work for Connecticut:” Strengthening Connecticut’s economy, fixing Connecticut’s infrastructure and transportation, making Connecticut’s education system stronger, keeping Connecticut affordable and competitive, being true to Connecticut’s values and traditions today and tomorrow.

Michelle’s priorities are spot on. She wants to “focus on increasing our tax base by bringing new people and businesses to Connecticut.” She’s right. Let’s do it.

Enough of glad-handing professional politicos like Tony Hwang. It’s time for leaders and leadership in Hartford. It’s time to “Get to Work for CT.” It’s time for Michelle McCabe.

Jon Tracosas

Fairfield

Racial imbalance regulation is outdated

To the editor:

Here we go again; there is no state law requiring the town to address racial imbalance among its schools. There is only an outdated regulation based on a very reasonable decades-old law requiring some kind of stupid social engineering here in town. The failed Gov. Malloy’s appointed state Board of Education refuses to update the regulation, our state legislators refuse to push the state BOE to do its job, and our own town’s elected Board of Education refuses to challenge the regulation, which could so easily be done.

I defy anyone to prove that some kind of racial discrimination is involved in the geographic assignment of elementary school age Fairfielders to one of our newest schools in town, the McKinley School.

We will elect a new governor in a few weeks. That governor needs to get all new people on the state Board of Education. He will need to get people who will look at the outdated regulation and revise it using common sense consistent with the very reasonable law. Fairfield isn’t the only municipality getting jerked around by Malloy’s bureaucrats.

And next year we will all get to elect a few new members to the local BOE, too. I suggest we all look for some critical thinkers who aren’t afraid of bureaucrats on Hartford.

Jim Brown

Fairfield

Michelle is best for change

To the editor:

Folks in Connecticut’s 28th Senate District (which includes Fairfield, Newtown, Easton, and parts of Weston and Westport) may have had a chance to meet Michelle Lapine McCabe who’s running to be our state senator. Michelle has been out knocking doors throughout the district, getting to know voters and the issues they care about.

Michelle is an innovator, an advocate, and a policy advisor who has spent most of her career in public service. She’s the director of the Center for Food Equity and Economic Development with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, where she creates opportunities for improved health and economic growth. She knows that Connecticut needs to work for everyone, not just for the few.

I’ve come to know Michelle while volunteering with her campaign and I’m so impressed by her knowledge, her passion, and her commitment to community. It’s clear to me that Michelle truly listens to people when they share their concerns. This trait has been sorely lacking in our current state senator, Tony Hwang, who voted to allow guns in state parks, to allow lifetime ammunition renewals without permits, voted against a free and open internet for Connecticut, and voted to block the confirmation of a highly-qualified gay Supreme Court justice. Michelle understands that representing constituents is not about posing for photos with them, but about voting to represent their wishes and values.

Michelle will be a fresh, progressive voice in Hartford who will bring new ideas to the table. And her votes will reflect the shared values of the constituents she’ll represent. I’m proud to vote for her at the polls on Nov. 6 and I hope you will vote for her, too. We deserve to have a strong advocate like Michelle fighting for us up in Hartford.

Valerie Wilke

Fairfield