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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Lamont Failed to Protect Lives and Livelihoods. Why Extend His Absolute Rule?

Governor Lamont has extended his emergency powers through February 9 of next year, despite his disastrous results so far in wielding those powers. Connecticut has sustained the fourth highest state death rate from coronavirus (126 per 100,000 citizens, according to Statista). Does this record justify the longest extension of emergency powers in the nation? According to National Governors Association data this past week, no other state governor has emergency powers extending into 2021 and only two are empowered even into December. The challenge in exercising extraordinary executive authority is to limit the spread of coronavirus while inflicting the least possible

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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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Christine Palm Helped With Health Coverage

I had to make arrangements for new health insurance recently. I was informed by a broker that my previous insurance ended mid-month, which would result in me not having insurance coverage for two weeks before my new plan became effective. I was also informed that the new health plan (Access Health CT) would not cover any pre-existing conditions. Fortunately, I contacted State Representative Christine Palm to alert her to this problem. Representative Palm responded immediately and referred me to the appropriate resources at Access Health. I was relieved to learn that I would be covered for pre-existing conditions and that

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Rubino Has Spent His Career Fighting for Democratic Ideals

In the midst of this very dark year, we in CT Congressional District 23 have the opportunity to vote for an inspiring candidate, Dave Rubino. Having met him and heard him speak, I know Dave represents my values. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, my passion is for health, good governance, and quality education for all children in our state. Dave’s opponent has a generally poor voting record on these issues. Furthermore, his opponent’s continued affiliation with the most corrupt administration in US history speaks volumes to his character. Vote for Dave Rubino, who has spent his career fighting for the

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Vote Carney for Help Opposing Forced School Regionalization

Last year, Governor Lamont and Senate leaders Martin Looney and BobDuff proposed legislation that opened the door to state forced schoolregionalization. These proposals included creating massive schooldistricts of many towns and one proposal included a map that broke upLyme and Old Lyme. I, like many Lyme and Old Lyme parents, chose tomove here because of the good schools. Naturally, the concept of stateforced school regionalization had me, and many other parents, nervousabout how this would affect our children. I reached out to Representative Devin Carney and he assured me hewould not support even the thought of these proposals. He went

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In Just Two Years Goupil Achieved Significant Results

Our district needs an intelligent, experienced leader who gets timely results to represent us at the state level. For this reason I am writing to encourage readers to vote for Christine Goupil for State Representative of the 35th House District for the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook.  In just two years as Clinton’s First Selectman, Christine achieved significant results.  After the first developer for the old Morgan school project fell through, she found a qualified developer and closed the deal. The Indian River Landing plan is exciting and attractive, and about to begin development.  She worked on and was awarded

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Vote Goupil for Experienced and Inclusive Leadership

For over 40 years and now 5 generations, Clinton has been a wonderful home that our family has been fortunate to enjoy. To foster enhanced prosperity for all in Clinton and the other 35th House District towns of Killingworth and Westbrook, we need the experienced and inclusive leadership of Christine Goupil. I found her “focus on progress” platform to collectively be issues our communities value and aspire for now more than ever: Equity — inclusive/community, healthcare for all, championing seniors well being, women’s rights, universal Pre-K education The Environment — green economic initiates, protecting sustainable land-use, supporting agri-tourism/business development, promoting

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Vote No On Extra Money for Public Safety Building

“And I’ll state this again, this renovation project will come in on budget and will not be cheapened in any way.  Our goal was to move our emergency departments into this facility with a total renovation of $2.2m.  The plan to meet that goal has already been determined.  I suspect the Vision Committee will be voting on the final plan within the next week.” — Mark Nickerson, first selectman of East Lyme, 11/4/19 “The official task of the East Lyme Public Safety Building Vision Committee is to select an architectural firm and work with that firm to design the needed work space within

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Cameron: Why Does Red Mean Stop?

Do you ever wonder why our stoplights designate red as stop and green as go?  Me too!  In fact, it was my daughter’s question on this very matter that inspired me to do some historic research. In the 1840s the British railroads adopted a flag, lamp and semaphore signal system where red meant danger, white meant safety and green indicated proceed with caution.  They took their inspiration from early industrialization where factory machines used red to indicate the equipment was off and green when turned on. But when the red glass lens on one signal lamp dropped out of its

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Health Care is a Human Right — Vote Rubino

“Health Care is a Human Right,” states David Rubino, who is running against the Republican incumbent Devin Carney to become the state representative of the 23rd House District – my district. As a medical professional and a scientist, I recognize the weight of this statement. The current pandemic powerfully brought to light how crucial affordable health care for all is for public safety. But there is more to that: a robust health care system will boost the economy and, given the economic characteristics our district, will encourage the development of small business by eliminating high healthcare costs from startup and

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Leadership and Results — Re-elect Heather Somers

What Hartford needs is a proven record of leadership and results, and that’s why we must re-elect Senator Heather Somers. Before her two terms as our state senator for the 18th district, Heather Somers served on the Groton Town Council for eight years, and as Mayor of Groton for two, during which time she managed to lower taxes while securing increased funding for education.  As a business leader in Eastern Connecticut, Sen. Somers is well aware of the unique challenges we face in creating and maintaining jobs.  During her tenure in the Senate, she has a well-proven record of results,

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‘I urge you to do the right thing in November’

Dear America, In less than two months you have a choice and an opportunity. You can elect a leader who will begin to bridge our differences, fix our woes, and preserve our democracy. Or you can choose a bumbling fool who will continue to exacerbate our differences, worsen our woes, and wreak havoc on our democracy. Reflect on the past four years. Remember past presidents. How would you have felt if President Truman or President Roosevelt called demonstrators with Nazi flags “very fine people”? How would you have felt if President Kennedy and President Johnson ignored the racial and civil

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Cameron: Parking and the Pandemic

There’s another part of our transportation network being seriously affected by COVID-19 beyond our roads and rails:  parking lots. Parking is something we take for granted, giving us access to rail stations, shopping and offices.  It’s hardly glamorous, but the parking industry represents an $11 billion business nationwide, one third of it privately owned. In Connecticut most rail station parking is owned by the Connecticut DOT but administered by the local towns, each of which sets its own rates and terms.  The money collected from commuters is supposed to be spent on station upkeep and amenities while the state takes

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