November 18, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Planning Commission Chair Endorses Hard-working, “Thinker” Kerr for Old Lyme Selectman

To the Editor:

Chris Kerr is an intelligent, hardworking individual with integrity, a personal approach to people and dedication to the Town of Old Lyme.

For decades, I have known Chris personally, professionally and as a volunteer in service to the Town of Old Lyme.  Chris is a “thinker” and not a reactionary.  Chris’s approach to situations is very professional as Chris works to identify the source of a concern and then strives to define and implement a reasonable resolution.  Beyond the Planning Commission, Chris also has extensive experience as a member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance.

As a member of the Planning Commission, Chris has actively supported changes to the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) that supports planned growth for the Town of Old Lyme.  Recently, Chris has actively supported proposed changes to the POCD that encourages changes in Old Lyme land use regulations that would simplify applications to modify shoreline residential structures to comply with FEMA standards.  I believe that Chris is a valuable resource and as Selectman, would make a tremendous contribution to Old Lyme.

Sincerely,

Harold Thompson,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the chairman of the Old Lyme Planning Commission.

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Letter to the Editor: Democrat High Speed Rail Activist Wants Change in Old Lyme, Voting Republican

To the Editor:

Over the last two years I have worked on the high-speed rail issue with nearly every community, from Providence, RI, to Greenwich, CT.
I’d like to think that I’ve gained an honest measure of Old Lyme, and our town government.
I understand the reluctance of many of you to cross the aisle, but this liberal Democrat will be voting for a change on November 7. I’ll be voting for Judith Reed and Chris Kerr for Old Lyme. I strongly urge you to join me.
Sincerely,
Greg Stroud,

Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author is the founder of SECoast.org.
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Letter to the Editor: Reemsnyder, Nosal Offer Sound Leadership Combined With Future Vision for Old Lyme

To the Editor:

Exercising you right to vote is crucial, especially when you live in a small town. Having experienced, knowledgeable leadership with a vision for our future is most important. We have that here in Old Lyme with First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal. Together they have worked hard to keep a strong surplus, while also maintaining a Mill rate much lower than most of our surrounding towns.

Bonnie and Mary Jo worked tirelessly to stop Amtrak from rolling through our historic district.

They spearheaded improvements of the streetscape and handicap accessibility on Hartford Avenue. Besides these enhancements and others that Bonnie and Mary Jo have made in Old Lyme, the indispensable quality of this team is their experience. Before Bonnie was elected First Selectwoman, she served on the Board of Selectmen for several years. Therefore, she started her position with an understanding of our town government and how it functions. Since Bonnie and Mary Jo have held office, they have collaborated with area towns and their leadership, giving them a network of know how. The point is, when you are looking to have a job done right you hire the people with experience! The only candidates this election with the experience to do the job right are First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal. Vote Row A on November 7th.

Sincerely,

Marisa Hartmann,
OldLyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Read Understands Needs of Old Lyme, Eminently Qualified to be First Selectman

To the Editor:

Judith Read, a candidate for First Selectman in Old Lyme in the upcoming election is eminently qualified for this position. She has resided in Old Lyme for over 30 years and during this time has devoted much of her time working to improve the conditions of our community; volunteering in our school system and as a Girl Scout leader, serving on both the boards of Finance and Education and operating small businesses in the area. All of these activities give her a sense of the needs in our town. Jude would like to retain our small town atmosphere, while at the same time adjusting to changing times. As a longtime resident of Old Lyme I am convinced that she has all the qualities to be successful in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Karl R. Friedmann M.D.,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Republican Endorses Democrat Mattson as Most Qualified Lyme First Selectman Candidate

An Open Letter to Lyme residents and business owners:

I would like to offer my whole hearted endorsement of Steve Mattson for First Selectman in Lyme.

After serving Lyme for many years on the Board of Selectman, as well as on many other town boards and committees it is clear to me that Steve has the unparalleled credentials necessary to lead our town.

His significant prior corporate and business experience has only further prepared him for the continued fiscal management of our Town during the ongoing crisis in our State’s budget. This experience will also help in maintaining a strong and articulate voice as he continues to work with our State representatives.

Having personally worked alongside him during my time as Lyme’s Emergency Management Director, I know that he has the temperament to manage emergencies, and work effectively with our emergency-management personnel and our Fire and Ambulance services.

For the good of Lyme, I endorse Steve Mattson as the most qualified candidate for First Selectman. As a registered Republican, I believe the health and safety of Lyme will be best served by Steve, regardless of party affiliation.

Sincerely,

Richard Lee Watkins, Lieutenant USNR & Vietnam Veteran,
Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author is a past Lyme Emergency Management Director & Current CM-75, past Lyme Fire Company Chief & Veteran Member.

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Op-Ed: Wayland, Lord Will Continue Tradition of Excellent Leadership in Lyme

By Tony Lynch

I half-jokingly refer to Lyme as “Lynch’s last stand”.  I’m a refugee from Greenwich, Southport and Glastonbury.  All three of those towns were bucolic farming communities when generations of my family moved to them.  All three are now densely populated suburbs, with attendant traffic, chain stores and restaurants.

Most of us likely moved here because we cherish the wide open spaces, light traffic and the absence of traffic lights, stores, restaurants and industry.  With careful stewardship on the part of our town government and volunteer organizations, Lyme stands a good chance of remaining as pastoral as it is today.

Lyme also has one of the lowest property tax mill rates in the state, yet through careful fiscal managment, has still been able to complete a Town Hall and Library project, convert the landfill to a transfer station, and support the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and the Nature Conservancy in preserving open space.  This year, our leaders also had the foresite to anticipate that the state would cut it’s contribution to the education budgets of towns like ours.  As a result, we are one of few towns in the state that were not surprised by that development and thus didn’t have to increase local taxes to compensate.

This past July, after more than two decades of excellent leadership, our First Selectman, Ralph Eno, retired.  We now have the opportunity and responsibility to elect a successor who will continue to shepherd our town in a similar way.

Which leads to my unequivocal endorsement of Mark Wayland for First Selectman.  Mark is a 3rd generation native of Lyme whom I have come to know and respect as a fellow leader of Lyme-Old Lyme Boy Scout Troop 26.  In the years that we served together, Mark demonstrated excellent leadership skills, uncompromising ethics and a natural ability to foster teamwork among our youth and adults.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, Mark completed Wood Badge training, Scouting’s pinnacle adult leadership program that only a small percentage of leaders complete.  The curriculum emphasizes project management, conflict resolution, listening, mentoring and team development – all essential skills for a First Selectman.  Mark rose through the ranks and currently serves as the Troop’s Scoutmaster.  He also serves as a Selectman in Lyme and as a volunteer with the Lyme Fire Company.

Mark recently commented that “I knew at an early age how special our town is, and I want to keep it that way for future generations to enjoy as much as I have”.  Together with Selectman Parker Lord, I believe Mark will succeed to our great benefit.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent voter (like me), I urge you to come out and vote on Tuesday and join me in electing Mark Wayland as our First Selectman and Parker Lord as Selectman to continue the excellent leadership our town has enjoyed for many years.

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Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Reemsnyder, Nosal For All The Good Things They’ve Done, Yet To Do

To the Editor:

The team of Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal have, over their tenure of six years leading Old Lyme government, implemented numerous improvements. These include: creation of a program to maintain town-owned buildings; establishment of a reserve fund for maintenance of town roads; upgrade of Hartford Avenue, now virtually completed, with 80 percent federal funding; redesign and rebuild of the Rogers Lake boathouse and other park improvements; and introduction of LED lighting to town roads. These improvements promise to enhance our quality of life and safety in a cost-effective manner. Old Lyme is financially healthy, with spending in check and able to stay current with technology assets.

In addition, Reemsnyder was instrumental in leading the successful fight to defeat the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan to run a high-speed rail line over or under the center of our town and across southeastern Connecticut. She has now taken the lead as a fact-finder exploring ways to improve Old Lyme’s police services.

This writer unequivocally urges the re-election of both Reemsnyder and Nosal, recognizing the substantial experience and ability they have afforded our town and the contributions they will make in the future.

David B. Woolley,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the chairman of the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme Cannot Afford to Lose Reemsnyder, Nosal’s Experience

To the Editor:

The Republican candidates for Old Lyme Selectmen claim that their service on Old Lyme’s boards and commissions better qualifies them than the six years of leadership experience enjoyed by incumbents Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal. I disagree.

Challengers must always criticize their opponents, even if they have to misstate the facts. And it is customary for them to say “we can fix everything,” because they have the magic wands that incumbents lack.

The fact is, however, that town leaders cannot keep problems from arising. Their measure is taken in how they respond. Old Lyme’s challenges in recent years have included discontent and shortages in our police force, pollution in our beach communities, and surprises with some construction projects. In each case, Bonnie and
Mary Jo have faced the issues head-on and acted responsibly and effectively to address them, engaging the community and soliciting bipartisan support. For example, Bonnie’s leadership ability and her relationships with state and federal officials were critical to defeating the high-speed rail plan; we cannot afford to lose her.

The experience and demonstrated competence of Bonnie and Mary Jo should not be exchanged for the service of their opponents on town boards and commissions.

Sincerely,

Joseph G. Soucie,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Who Saved Old Lyme From The Train? An Alternative View

To the Editor:

Make no mistake; a major train project in our community (even if well into the future) is a foremost public concern.  What are distressing are the boisterous claims of credit by our local leaders, when in fact concerned residents in the community raised the alarm.

On November 10, 2015 the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) wrote personally to First Selectwoman Reemsnyder and RiverCOG (which Reemsnyder chairs) forewarning the NEC Future Plan and inviting public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  Ms. Reemsnyder spoke against the plan in mid-January 2016 in New Haven.  However, the townspeople of Old Lyme, local officials, cultural organizations, and businesses were not made aware of this federal plan until late January by an alarmed resident who identified the “threat” to our Old Lyme Historic District and initiated a large grassroots campaign along the shoreline that prompted leaders to real action. Before that, most everyone was unaware of the plan or the looming comment deadline for the Draft EIS. 

We need our leaders to be forward thinking, not reactionary.  Is Old Lyme ready for the next big wave, whether the widening of I-95, coerced regionalization, or the replacement of the Connecticut River Bridge?  As it turns out, the FRA on January 5, 2017 concurred with an Environmental Assessment that paves the way for Amtrak to replace the Connecticut River Bridge; yet we have heard nothing about it and no planning details such as construction staging, trucking routes, river operations and mitigation dollars.  In Norwalk, local officials spent two years negotiating the required details to make sure they were not steamrolled by government agencies. 

On November 7th, we need to elect leaders Jude Read and Chris Kerr who recognize early on the risks and opportunities for major state and federal initiatives, and keep residents, boards and commissions informed of what is going on.

Respectfully,

Wayne Buchanan,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Local State Legislators Advocate for Republican Team in Old Lyme

To the Editor:

In the upcoming Old Lyme election on Tuesday, November 7th, we encourage voters to consider the Republican team found on Row B. The team is being led by Jude Read for First Selectwoman and Chris Kerr for Selectman. Both have years of experience in Old Lyme municipal government and strong small business credentials. We believe both would do an admirable job for the town.

We think voters should also consider several other candidates running for office on Row B including Grub Garvin for Board of Finance, J. David Kelsey for Board of Finance Alternate, Tim Griswold for Board of Assessment Appeals, and Dan Montano for Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition to them, the town is fortunate to have several very qualified cross-endorsed candidates, including Vicki Urbowicz, who is the perfect successor to longtime Town Clerk Eileen Coffee, and Paul Orzel, Alan Todd, and Rick Goulding. We know all will work hard for the community.

Please make sure to exercise your right and get out and vote on November 7th.

Sincerely,

State Senator Paul Formica & State Representative Devin Carney

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Letter to the Editor: Improving Hartford Avenue Needs Leadership (Maybe New)

To the Editor:

I am a property owner on Hartford Avenue, and I have been working with my business partner on plans to improve my property.  I have been very disappointed with the lack of leadership and assistance from the town for the last two and half years to try and get something done.

We have made some good proposals to the town but it seems that there is absolutely no interest in their desire to help.  For example, we offered to demolish all the properties that we own in return for keeping our existing zoning or negotiate potential zoning in its place and that was declined.

We want to improve significantly from the old structures built in the 1930’s now on the properties, but we need to have zoning changes and understand the plans for sewers.  This was the same situation with the last owner, who also hit a wall with the town in 2006, and whose plans were also a great improvement to the streetscape.

We have recently submitted new plans with the generous help of the (SVC) Sound View Commission and that failed too.   Most people don’t understand (including the town) the new FEMA guidelines of constructing new projects in a potential flooding area.  Our design for residential housing would have started the beatification of Hartford Ave and would have helped others on the street to do the same.

For at least two years, I have been talking to groups starting with the board of selectmen who passed us along down the line.  I feel that to make anything change, groups like the zoning board, the WPCA and the planning commission need a strong leader who can sit everyone down and make things happen so that people have confidence to invest and to make our town a better place.  It seems like each board or commission does their own thing, and there is no leadership at the top.  We need to change this.

Sincerely,

William Randazzo,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the owner of 52-56 Hartford Ave.

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Letter to the Editor: (Still Unfinished) Boathouse Project Cost to Town Now $550K Over STEAP Grant/Donations; Elect Read to Regain Fiscal Responsibility

To the Editor:

Old Lyme Town Ordinance 20-8 states: “The responsibility for the management, control and development of the Town’s recreational facilities and expenditures made in connection therewith is vested in a Parks and Recreation Commission” (PRC). Thus, PRC requested that it review and approve plans proposed by the ad hoc Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Committee (BHPIC), as it did for the original Boathouse in 1987 and all three phases of Town Woods Park.

While PRC supported the plan to upgrade the existing Boathouse submitted with the $478,000 STEAP grant, PRC raised serious objections to subsequent BHPIC plans involving $405,000 in Town funds.  So, First Selectwoman Reemsnyder decided to overrule Ordinance 20-8, and requested the previous Town Attorney justify her decision. That factually inaccurate “justification” was unambiguously refuted by a highly respected local attorney on legal grounds.  However, Ms. Reemsnyder continued to ignore PRC concerns about BHPIC-proposed Boathouse plans and likely cost overruns.

The result:  the Boathouse phase of the project exceeded the budget presented to the community in Jan 2016 by over $175,000 – primarily due to structural and code issues and related design errors and omissions; and the project is still not complete, due to on-going drainage issues.

Because the Boathouse cost overrun consumed funds earmarked for the project’s second phase:  upgrading the park’s ADA accessibility and restrooms for use by both rowers and the public, Ms. Reemsnyder requested an additional $150,000 be incorporated into Old Lyme’s 2017-18 Annual Budget to complete the project.  This brings total Town costs to $555,000, in addition to the STEAP Grant funds and donations.

We need experienced community leadership that respects important checks and balances, and will restore governmental and fiscal responsibility to Old Lyme.

Please elect Jude Read First Selectwoman!

Sincerely,

Bob Dunn,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note i): The author is the Old Lyme Parks & Recreation Commission Chairman, former chairman of the Town Woods Park Building Committee.

Editor’s Note ii): The author is also a member of the Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Committee. We apologize that this detail was omitted from the original posting of the letter.

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Letter to the Editor: Wayland, Lord Are Both From Lyme, For Lyme, Understand Lyme

To the Editor:

I am pleased to have served the Town of Lyme for many years as a selectman, school board member and for 30 years as state representative in Hartford. During that period, I worked with some great selectmen in Lyme who knew the importance of maintaining our essential services with one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.

I am now confident that, when elected, Mark Wayland will continue with our tradition of having exceptional people serve our town as its chief executive officer. He grew up in Lyme and knows firsthand what our residents appreciate and in fact why many have moved here from other towns in the state.

I hope you will vote for Mark and his running mate, long time Board of Selectmen member, Parker Lord, on Nov. 7. They are both from Lyme and deserve to be elected.

Sincerely,

John J. Tiffany II,
Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Reemsnyder, Nosal Are ‘Minding the Store’ in Old Lyme, Listening to Community, Saving Taxpayers Money

To the Editor:

Old Lyme’s Sound View Improvements project is mischaracterized and misunderstood by Sloan Danenhower in his letter printed in The Day on 10/22, and in LymeLine.com on 10/26.

This long-desired project is not funded by the State.  Rather, a federal transportation reimbursement grant, contractually signed before the project began, covers 80% of the cost of the improvements.

The project has local and regional support by our 17-Town Council of Governments. The bi-partisan Sound View Improvements Committee held numerous public meetings and informational presentations for the public; and the voters overwhelmingly approved the plan and design and construction at Town Meetings.

Sound View has received no significant attention in decades until the current Old Lyme administration was elected.  With this valuable grant, construction will cost the town only $182,220.  However, new ADA-accessible sidewalks and drainage alone would have cost taxpayers about $500,000 without the grant.

The infrastructure project was completed substantially under budget, allowing for 80% reimbursement for improved road drainage and paving of the project area, making it safer to drive and bike now, sewers are years away.

Reimbursements are being received regularly, and some residents are improving their property too as a result of the project.  Bringing more bicyclists and pedestrians to Hartford Ave. will provide economic opportunities for the community.

There is no doubt that this Administration is “watching the store,” listening to the community and saving money for taxpayers.

Sincerely,

Angelo Faenza,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Sound View Improvements Committee and a Sound View resident.

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Letter to the Editor: Read, Kerr Will Improve Results, Keep Control Local

To the Editor:

During my 15 years on the Old Lyme Board of Finance, I have served with both Jude Read and Chris Kerr.  I have watched their collaborative approach to questions raised.  I have seen them listen to townspeople’s concerns and then respond to their inquires in a timely fashion.

Old Lyme Democrats favor state grants and regionalization as the lynch pins of town government.  Republicans believe in fiscal restraint and careful planning as their chosen path to future success for the Town of Old Lyme and it’s (sic) residents.  More and better prioritizing of potential projects will lead to improved outcomes – on time, on budget, and on scope.  Read and Kerr believe that big decisions should be made by elected officials, not appointed committees.

Jude Read, as First Selectman, and Chris Kerr as Selectman, will work diligently for Old Lyme and it’s (sic) residents and fight hard to maintain local control.  They keep Old Lyme’s best interest at heart.

Old Lyme needs, strong forward-thinking leaders who will make careful, well-informed decisions based on our town’s needs.  That’s why I will vote for the Old Lyme Republican team of Jude Read and Chris Kerr in November.

Sincerely,

Janet Sturges,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance.

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Letter to the Editor: Republican Plans Will Take Old Lyme Down Wrong Path

To the Editor:

The Republican candidates for Old Lyme Selectmen are running on two planks: regionalization is wrong and grants are bad.  They are incorrect on both counts and will lead our town in the wrong direction.  Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal are doing a great job and we must keep them in office.

Smart regionalization can afford small towns the ability to improve public services cost-effectively.  The Ledge Light Health District promised just that: increasing services and reducing expense. In June 2016 the Republican-controlled Board of Finance, including RTC Chairman David Kelsey, voted to pursue joining the District.  Chris Kerr opposed but in August, after the bipartisan Board of Selectmen’s unanimous decision, he joined the other members of the BOF in unanimously recommending the District to a Town Meeting.  The town then voted to join Ledge Light.

We have not lost control over our health services.  Bonnie Reemsnyder sits on the District’s Board, it hired our department’s administrative assistant, a contract prescribes our services, and Old Lyme may terminate the relationship if it doesn’t work well. The District is now enforcing the health code and all of us are materially safer.

Our small town has had substantial difficulty attracting police officers.  The Board of Selectmen and the Republican BOF Chairman Andy Russell have advocated exploring whether a relationship with East Lyme might facilitate robust, affordable police protection, without abandoning local control.  What harm is there in exploring this possibility?

Do folks think that our regionalized school system is a mistake?

The Republicans don’t like grants.  They apparently would prefer to forgo beneficial community projects or pay 100% of the cost with increased property taxes.  Why does this make sense?

Please join me in voting for Bonnie and Mary Jo next Tuesday.  This is not a close call.

Sincerely,

Bennett J. Bernblum,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance and Democratic Town Committee, and chairman of the Halls Road Improvements Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme Town Government Needs to be Managed Better, Outsourced Less

To the Editor:

Issue: Poor management from the First Selectwoman’s office may result in the outsourcing of Old Lyme’s police services to the Town of East Lyme.

Background:  Over the last few years poor decisions have created low morale within the ranks of our Town’s police.  This has led to the filing of numerous grievances that cost the Town thousands of dollars and resulted in the resignation of two police officers – 33% of our local force.  To make matters worse, our First Selectwoman did not replace the officers for 14 months!

Consequence:  Countless shifts were not manned or were filled by State Troopers at about double the hourly rate of our own police.  Unfilled shifts put the citizens of Old Lyme at risk and put our police at risk, due to inadequate backup.  Police legal costs last year were an astonishing $31,000, and the Selectman’s legal budget was overspent by 60%.

Solution:  The solution to the police issue is better management; not outsourcing or spending thousands of dollars on lawyers.  Jude Read and Chris Kerr will supply that better management and are committed to improving morale and keeping our police services LOCAL.

Action:  Vote for Jude Read, First Selectwoman, and Chris Kerr, Selectman, on November 7th.

Sincerely,

Timothy Griswold,
Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author was First Selectman of the Town of Old Lyme from 1997-2011.

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Letter to the Editor: Wayland Has All The Required Qualities To Excel As Lyme First Selectman

To the Editor:

Being the first selectman in a small town comes with unique challenges. The first selectman is expected to cheerfully solve issues ranging from taxes and zoning, to neighborhood disputes and unsightly guardrails.

In order to be a successful first selectman of a small town, one must not only be a problem solver, but he or she must also be kind, patient, and understanding. This is why I know that Mark Wayland will excel when it comes to the job. His endless knowledge on the Town of Lyme, his compassionate, caring nature, and his no-nonsense intelligence will help him solve any problem that comes his way, big or small.

William T. Koch Jr.,
Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a former first selectman of Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Reemsnyder, Nosal So They Can Continue Doing Good For Old Lyme

To the Editor:

For 6 years, the community of Old Lyme has benefited from services of Bonnie Reemsnyder as First Selectwoman and Mary Jo Nosal as Selectwoman. This team of dedicated businesswomen has  brought modern business practices to town hall and installed a culture of transparency. They have shown the courage to face contentious issues, such as the long- delayed beach septic problem, and have attracted state substantial money to enhance our parks, beaches and rivers.  By far the most significant achievement is that the Reemsnyder- Nosal team stared down the hapless federal government’s ill-conceived railroad bypass project, and turned it around in its tracks. We can all agree that the initial plan concocted by the FRA would have destroyed this community’s most valuable asset, and left the town an economic and social wreck.

Professionalism and diligence in forming and presenting a convincing argument against the bypass turned that train around. Relationships forged over the years with state and federal officials were critical in achieving this community-saving victory. Don’t throw away the respect Reemsnyder and Nosal have worked so hard to build. It will continue to serve us well. Vote Reemsnyder and Nosal on November 7.

Sincerely,

Candace Fuchs,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Change At Top Will be Good For Old Lyme, Read Is Right For Selectman’s Job

To the Editor:

The Old Lyme Selectman’s election will soon be upon us and it’s time for a change. “Time for a change” is not just a typical or trite campaign slogan but a concept that is at the very core of our system of democracy. Change brings fresh and innovative ideas to our government. Jude Read embodies the change that is needed for Old Lyme. She comes from the private sector and is filled with community spirit for our town. She exemplifies the character of our founding fathers.

From the beginning of our nation, leaders thought of their efforts as community service. Washington, Jefferson and Adams all had a life outside of government. They knew what it was like to run a farm, tend to a business or hone a skill. They brought their successful experiences into government service and that is exactly what Jude Read will do.

Today, unfortunately, elected officials look at their office, whatever it might be, as a lifelong job. Most would agree that this is not a formula for good government and it follows that continuing the current administration in Old Lyme will not be best for our town.

Change can only be good if it is a change for the better and brought by a thoughtful person. That person is Jude Read. She is a strong, practical and down to earth person. Her experience is deep and varied. Here is someone who served on the Old Lyme School Board, the Old Lyme Board of Finance, the Old Lyme Historical Society Board and is presently on the MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation Board.  I have worked with Jude and can assure all that she will bring her years of experience, her grasp of the Town’s needs and her no nonsense, realistic approach to bear beginning on her first day in office and every day thereafter. I guarantee that Jude will take good care of the people of Old Lyme.

Sincerely,

Siesel (Bud) Canaday,
Old Lyme.

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