Carney Will Fight For Small Towns in Hartford

My uncle, Jack Tiffany, served as State Representative for Lyme for decades. He always represented his constituents with integrity and never let the politics of the Capitol influence his decision-making. We are fortunate to have a State Rep who thinks that way in Devin Carney. Devin always puts the constituents, businesses, and small towns he represents first. When he is advocating on our behalf, he never forgets where he comes from. He knows that our towns need someone who continue to allow small towns, like Lyme, the ability to keep our property taxes low and to provide services in a

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Saunders Can Relate to All of the Citizens

I am writing to you to express my support for Brendan Saunders for State Senate in the 33rd district. Brendan is a candidate that I can get behind. He is supportive of our brave men and women in Blue, supports lowering taxes and opposes tolls.   In contrast, his opponent supported the Police Accountability Bill which basically opens them up to litigation and takes necessary tools of the job out of their hands. He even admitted he did not fully read the bill in its entirety.  Norm also received PPP money for his business even though his business was not impacted by COVID-19

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Montville Fire Companies: You Did Not Let us Stand Alone

It is said within the Fire Service that no one stands alone, and yesterday our Mutual Aid partners from throughout New London County, Middlesex County, Windham County and Tolland County proved that sentiment correct for the four independent Fire Companies that serve the Town of Montville. At 1:13am this past Friday, October 9, 2020, Montville’s four independent Fire Companies were dispatched to a large scrap yard fire, on Pequot Rd, as Montville’s Emergency Communications Dispatchers received multiple calls for flames visible. On arrival, heavy fire from the 5.5 acre scrap yard was easily seen from Route 163, with a large

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Goupil Has Vision, Foresight and Pragmatism

As a member of the Town of Clinton’s Planning and Zoning Commission, I strongly endorse Christine Goupil, who is seeking election as State Representative for the 33rd District.  As a former first selectman for Clinton and a prior member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Christine has shown extraordinary vision and foresight for the Town and its neighboring communities, anchored by a strong sense of pragmatism.  She took the lead in planning for the redevelopment of the old Morgan School site and the Unilever plant and in developing many of the regulations guiding these redevelopment projects.  Christine also took a broader,

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Women Have a Lot to Gain From Democrats Like Dave Rubino

Recently, I had the good fortune of hearing Dave Rubino speak at the Westbrook town green. Dave is the Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District in Connecticut, or Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Lyme, and the shore community of Westbrook. I left the green feeling inspired and energized. Dave supports families, women’s rights, health care for all, and the sanctity of the democratic voting process. Dave is exactly the type of leader we need right now, and we need to make that happen with our votes. Women, in particular, have a lot to gain from Democrats like Dave being elected

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Somers Helped Marina Business and Employees During Pandemic

As a small businessman operating a marina in southeastern Connecticut, I want to acknowledge the leadership of State Sen. Heather Somers. She fought hard to see that we were designated as an essential business and allowed to stay open during the pandemic. We take every precaution to keep our customers and staff safe through the use of facial coverings, social distancing, and disinfecting. When the federal and state governments enacted programs to assist us during COVID-19, Sen. Somers went out of her way to help those of us in the business community to take advantage of their provisions so that

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Establish “Essential Caregivers” to Address Chronic Lack of Staffing

Thank you to CT Examiner for showing no media fatigue for the ongoing tragedy that has befallen those who live in CT nursing homes and their families who have been separated for over 7 months. Julia Werth’s article, “Added Nursing Staff Can Save Lives…” (Oct 7), clearly outlines the impact of insufficient staffing ratios in nursing homes. The Mathematica report underscores what so many have been crying out about for decades! 1.9 staff hours per day for each nursing home resident is sorely inadequate. Some may say it is dangerous. State Ombudsman Mairead Painter aptly noted that a staffing bill has

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Goupil is Dedicated to Affordable Childcare and Pre-K

It’s no secret that affordable childcare is hard to attain for many Connecticut residents. This is not new issue, it’s something we have faced for a very long time without resolution. The recent pandemic has only exacerbated an already difficult situation. Without assistance, it is estimated that as many as 50% of childcare centers could be closed by the end of the year, making an impossible situation for working parents, and especially single parents. Christine Goupil, a working mother, is dedicated to improving Equity, Environment, and Economy. She understands that to create a more equitable community, we must have affordable

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Saunders Questions Fees, Focuses on Making Connecticut Affordable

Do you know that a smoker in Connecticut pays $4.35 tax per pack of cigarettes? This “good” tax is the highest in the region besides a tax levied in New York City. And a smoker pays sales tax on top. Why is one tax “good” and others “bad?” Well, we are all convinced a “sin” tax is legit and so it is a “fair” tax. Well is it? For the fiscal year 2016, the state hauled in $361,578,691.00 on this “good” tax. Well then, why not slap a “clean air” fee on top of all this revenue the state is

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Carney is Balanced and Advocates for Small Towns

In the 23rd District, I’m encouraging everyone to support State Rep. Devin Carney for re-election. Devin has always stood up for Lyme and Old Lyme and been a voice against government overreach and higher taxes.  Look no further than Devin’s fights against forced school regionalization or the federal railroad administration’s high speed rail proposal to see how much he advocates for our small towns. We deserve to have a strong voice at the Capitol and Devin has been there every step of the way.  Devin has worked incredibly hard to stop a lot of tax proposals over the years. He opposed

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Saunders’ Priorities Don’t Include LGBTQ and Roe v. Wade

In a time when the BLM movement is taking center stage and shining a spotlight on the unfair treatment of African Americans in this country, it is crucial to remember that equal rights apply to ALL. While “issues” highlighted on Brendan Saunders’s website list a myriad of important “priorities,” LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, and a woman’s right to choose are woefully absent. With the overturn of Roe versus Wade approaching near certainty, it is essential for states to protect a woman’s freedom to do what she chooses with her body, and as a pro-life advocate Brendan Saunders threatens this civil

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Human Touch is a Universal Need, and it’s up to Lamont to Change Visitation Policy

I am responding to a direct quotation attributed to Dr. Deidre Gifford, Interim commissioner of the Department of Public Health. This matter has to do with Mathematica’s final report, which found that nursing home residents have suffered a significant decrease in well being since the onset of COVID-19. Dr. Gifford acknowledges the reality of increased levels of depression amongst Connecticut’s nursing home residents, but is hesitant to point the finger at the state’s visitation policies. The recent ‘expanded’ policy is little better than any previous policy.  Her incredulous position is to offer that such manifestations of increased depression could also

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Goupil Rises Above Petty Bickering and Genuinely Works for the People

Rarely in politics do we find someone that works genuinely for the people, someone that rises above petty bickering and cuts through the web of private and limited interests we find so abundant even here in our local government. Christine Goupil is this rare someone. Over the past six years I have had the privilege to know her well and have during that time developed a genuine admiration for her work professionally and for her character. Plain and simple, when Christine wins, voters win. Her dedication is to the community and to the community alone. She knows what needs to

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Vote Somers for her Tireless Efforts

We are writing to urge support for State Sen. Heather Somers.  For years she has worked tirelessly for the residents of the 18th district Of note has been her efforts to preserve funding for Medicaid, Husky and similar programs, advocated to create safe policies and guidelines to fight the spread of COVID-19, and helped small businesses navigate the CARES Act which provided for paycheck protection funding. Another term for Senator Somers would benefit all of us in the district as well as the State of Connecticut. Michael Simeone

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Saunders “Radiates Compassion, Wisdom and Joy”

Abraham Lincoln said, “before the age of forty, God is responsible for our face, and after the age of forty, we are responsible for our face.” Just looking at Brendan Saunders’ face, the gentleman running for senate in the 33rd district, you will understand what Lincoln meant. Saunders’ face radiates compassion, wisdom, and Joy. Saunders’ wisdom presents itself with his laser focus and deep understanding of the difficulties of balancing one’s budget in the over-taxed, Democrat-run state of Connecticut. He has pledged to work diligently to cut wasteful spending and cutting Connecticut’s obscene taxes. Deep reforms of energy companies are

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May Proves Success of Working for Small Business and the Environment

I’d like to briefly show my support for the Green Party’s candidate for House General Assembly, District 35 (Clinton, Killingworth, and the northern part of Westbrook).  While the two major parties’ endorsed candidates come with local experience and knowledge, it is John May who best represents the values and independent spirit of District 35. John’s work with the Clinton EDC and its efforts to bring a vibrant STEM program to Clinton shows John’s commitment to his working-class beliefs. Also, John’s work with the Clinton Conservation Commission reveals his respect and long-term reverence for the protection of open land. Clear evidence that John supports

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Nursing Home Vote a “Slap in the Face to our Seniors”

For years, advocates, nurses, and patients have been warning about the dangerously low staffing levels in many Connecticut nursing homes. The recent closure of a nursing home in Norwich is a clear example that our overworked frontline nurses are not being listened to. Almost two thirds of Connecticut coronavirus deaths come from nursing home facilities and a recent state report clearly shows that facilities with low staffing ratings were hit far harder than those that complied with state regulations.  Last year, the General Assembly finally took action on this issue passing legislation that mandates nursing homes to disclose the number

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As Energy Co-Chair Formica Responsible For Rate Increases

I’m a proud homeowner and love Connecticut, but we pay some of the highest electric rates in the country. These rates are not an accident, they are the result of a failure from state legislators and regulators to keep electric utilities accountable to the consumers, us. Instead we had one of the highest rate increases ever and right in the middle of an economic recession!  State Sen. Paul Formica, as one of the co-chairs of the Energy Committee in the General Assembly, bears much of the blame. Back in 2017, Senator Formica enthusiastically supported public act 17-3, claiming that the

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Vote Carney for his Understanding of the Local Economy and State Budget

Rebuilding Connecticut’s economy post-COVID requires leaders who have a clear understanding of both our local economy and the state budget. Devin Carney has been active with the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber, the Old Saybrook Chamber, the Middlesex Chamber and the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. He has developed strong relationships with local job creators such as The Lee Company, the Saybrook Point Inn, Sound Manufacturing and Electric Boat. He has worked to increase manufacturing opportunities, boost tourism and our marine economy, and to provide more predictability to business owners.  Devin has supported reducing burdensome costs, such as the business entity tax, and

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A “Wartime President”

Whatever one’s political leanings, we all agree that the primary job of any President is to protect American lives.  Everything else is secondary.  So let’s see just how our self-declared “wartime president” has done in this regard. Since the Corona Virus killed its first US victim on February 6th   [1] , America’s COVID-19 death toll exceeded 205,000 by September 27th.  [2]  America’s average daily toll over these 7 ½ months has been more than 960 U.S. deaths.  [And this is only the ‘official’ count; widely believed to be an under-count.]  The American Battlefield Trust enumerated about 6,800 Revolutionary War combat deaths, 17,000 deaths to disease and another

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Somers Guided Family Facing Challenge of Mental Health Care System

State Sen. Somers became aware of a huge challenge my husband and I were facing with the mental health care system. I know that quality health care is important to Senator Somers and has been a driving force to ensure there is quality personal treatment for all. Senator Somers reached out to us almost immediately upon learning of the challenge we were facing and immediately began to help. My husband and I faced many challenges throughout the process, and Senator Somers was there to guide and assist us every step of the way. Senator Somers made herself available to us

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Somers ‘Not a Puppet of any Party’

I am a young woman, a registered Independent, and I generally vote Democrat. I am absolutely disgusted by the sexism on display from state senate candidate Bob Statchen. I know nothing of what he stands for, and only see posts from him about how much he hates his opponent, a woman who has a long history of serving in municipal and state politics, who started a successful company, and has scored many victories for women while state senator. The nasty name-calling and reduction of State Sen. Heather Somers’ career and record to the persona, actions and words of Trump is

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Goupil a Champion of ‘Simple Solutions’ ‘Economic Growth’ and the Environment

I am writing in strong support for Christine Goupil for State Representative. I worked extensively with Christine for several years on the Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission. She was a champion for making the town more livable and economically strong. Consistent with her platform, she supported simple solutions that make sense for community involvement such as better sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Christine was consistently looking out for property owners, while still wanting to support smart development in the town. Most importantly, Christine was always prepared, knowing what was being proposed and having thought carefully about the impacts. I always had

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At the October 1, Public Safety Building Referendum it is Time to Vote No!!!

In 2018, bonding $6.5 million for this project was considered too much. In 2019, it was reduced to $5 million and was approved. A year later the price has jumped to $7.2 million in a much worse economy This was taken from a story published in The Day on Nov. 18, 2018: “For finance board Vice Chairwoman Lisa Picarazzi, the proposal to bond an additional $6.5 million just 18 months after residents passed a $37.5 million school renovation project is “poorly timed.” Though she acknowledges a $6 million plan for the facility has been outlined in the town’s Capital Improvement

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Narcotics Anonymous Helps Men and Women Find Freedom from Addiction

Narcotics Anonymous does not “treat” addiction nor is it a harm reduction program focused on saving lives. “NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean” While I understand that Gaiani would like to give addicts drugs as the solution to taking drugs, NA is focused on recovery from addiction. Taking methadone or other opiates may reduce some of the harmful consequences of buying street drugs however it is not recovery from addiction. It’s just a different addiction. While

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“Norm Needleman is a Fighter”

Norm Needleman is a fighter — whether it is against COVID-19, or whether it is against the mismanagement and abuse of Eversource.  We hope Norm is returned to the State Senate on November 3rd to continue the good fight, on our behalf. We urge our friends and neighbors to vote to make that happen. Elaine and Andy BroninEssex, CT

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Needleman Brings Sensible Solutions to the Table

Norm has been steadfast in his support of our communities through this very trying time. Emails, phone calls, in-person visits — he has kept us informed and worked hard on our behalf. Passing on factual information and valuable resources,  the people of the town of Essex and the 33rd district continue to be well served. His attention to keeping things running throughout the district has been obvious and leaves me feeling hopeful. Business will return to normal, and rather than playing catch-up, we will be well prepared to move ahead. Norm makes sense, because he brings sensible solutions to the

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Christine Goupil Has Record of Caring for Seniors

In 2017, as the newly elected Clinton First Selectman, Christine Goupil quickly identified areas of potential need in the community, and set out to address them.  Regarding seniors, who make up more than 17% of the population, she wanted to know what services the town provides and where there are gaps.  Are we adequately serving the needs of our seniors and is Clinton a good place to grow old and retire?  Under Christine’s leadership the Clinton Senior Task Force  was established, bringing together representatives of town agencies that serve seniors — The Estuary, Families Helping Families, the Henry Carter Hall Library,

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Saunders is “one of the best candidates … in 50+ years of politics”

It’s Time for a Change! Covid has made it very difficult for new candidates to meet voters this year. So, I will tell you about one of the best candidates I have had the privilege to know in 50+ years of politics. Brendan Saunders is the Republican endorsed candidate for Senate in the 33rd Senatorial District.  I met Brendan this year, I was struck by his honesty and his commitment to run to fight for us in the General Assembly. He has never disappointed me, in his interviews on the radio, his work ethic, to knock on hundreds of doors

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