August 20, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Correcting Carter’s Negative Mailer About Reemsnyder

To the Editor:

A few days ago the Republican candidate for Old Lyme First Selectman circulated an “attack mailer” purporting to set forth “The REAL Reemsnyder record.”  Portraying Bonnie Reemsnyder in an ominous black and white photo and misstating her record, the piece typifies the sort of disinformation we see in negative, dishonest campaigns elsewhere.  It also foreshadows the tone and substance we could expect in Town Hall were Cathy Carter to be elected.  Some corrections to Mrs. Carter’s misleading statements are these:

Bonnie supports the efforts of the beach communities to pursue a sewer solution and has done nothing to impede them.  She agrees with the WPCA that sewers are the most cost-effective response to the DEEP’s orders to correct shoreline pollution, given its attitude toward a local solution.

The design changes in the boathouse project have reduced the estimated cost from the $883,000 approved by town meeting to $600,000 ($478,000 of which to come from a STEAP grant).

The earliest cost projections for the Sound View improvements project were based on a conceptual plan and not a defined project scope or engineering estimates.  They were too low.  The project is NOT going to double in cost but, instead, will decrease in scope until additional funds can be found.  A $601,000 federal grant will pay most of the current construction budget of $751,000.

The DEEP’s requests for additional work increased the cost of the WPCA’s wastewater study.  Mrs. Carter’s public statements that the potential sewer project would result in a $50 million expense to Old Lyme taxpayers is patently false.  The cost of the study and the project are subject to reimbursement from Clean Water Funds, and the balance is expected to be financed by bonds to be repaid by users of the sewers, not any other Old Lyme taxpayers.

When the Old Lyme police department encountered internal discord impairing its effectiveness, Bonnie had to step in.  Some officers were unhappy and filed grievances, which were rejected unanimously by the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen and are expected to be dismissed on appeal.

In summary, Mrs. Carter and her team are making things up for purposes of soliciting votes.  (It would have been helpful to have a truth-meter at the October 29 debate.)  Rancorous, deceptive politics have no place in Old Lyme.  We need Bonnie: open, honest, inclusive, moving forward.

Sincerely,

George Finley,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is an elected Democrat on the board of assessment appeals as well as on the  Democratic Town Committee, both in Old Lyme. He also sits as an alternate on the Harbor Commission.

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Letter to the Editor: Reemsnyder/Nosal Listen to Residents, Implement Improvements

To the Editor:

As the Reemsnyder/Nosal power duo readies for its third victory, I think back how true leadership reversed trends perpetuated by their predecessors. Old Lyme had become accustomed to a barrage of lawsuits from numerous lake and beach residents; all of them no-win for the town. The coastal areas were driven to pollution status by town laws supposedly authored for returning clean water to the aquifer. Numerous school plants and facilities reached embarrassing condition levels before any renovations began.

In contrast, Reemsnyder/Nosal have listened to all homeowners concerned about the value of their property. They have used forward thinking to reverse the environmental harm done to water front communities and they supported the seamless high school renovation,
the timing of which impacted taxes in the least possible way.

Superior schools, clean environments, home value protection, and modest tax increases are reasons we need to stand behind the Reemsnyder/Nosal team in November.

Sincerely,

Paul Gallo,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Carter’s Extensive Government Service Supports her Candidacy

To the Editor:

I am pleased to write this letter to inform fellow voters how Cathy Carter’s many years of experience in government service have prepared her for the job of Old Lyme First Selectman.

Cathy earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in public management with a concentration on municipal government.  In the early 1980’s, she served in two consecutive internships in Meriden City Hall and in Washington in the US Congress.  Following her internships at the municipal and federal levels, she served in positions with the Meriden and Bridgeport Housing Authorities for several years.  Cathy was also selected as a Governor’s Fellow for the State of New Jersey and served in a position created to address the famous 1983 Mount Laurel NJ Supreme Court decision.  Cathy then spent several years in positions with the Stamford Housing Authority and a sales role serving Fairfield and New Haven County municipalities.

Finally, Old Lyme residents will recall Cathy was a girl’s lacrosse coach for many years as well as a Lyme-Old Lyme High School employee for several years.

Old Lyme will be well served by Cathy Carter’s many years in government service.  I urge Old Lyme voters to join me in supporting Cathy and her team on November 3rd.

Sincerely,

Jim McQuade,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Democrats Accuse Republicans of Breaking Long Observed “Gentleman’s Agreement” Regarding Political Signs

To the Editor:

The Republican campaign literature purporting to compare the candidates for First Selectman is so misleading that one wonders if the authors understand our community at all.    Similarly, the Republican Town Committee has blatantly violated town party custom by posting campaign signs at locations other than their campaign headquarters.  The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee posts the following letter after requests to remove the improper signs were initially ignored.   The good faith agreement has been breached.

For years the Democratic and Republican parties in Old Lyme have abided by a “gentleman’s agreement” to avoid the use of political signs during elections, except at party headquarters.  Now, with a new Republican Town Committee chair and an unknown candidate for First Selectman, this long-held tradition is being ignored.  Clearly, the Republican campaign headquarters is located in the Hideaway shopping center, and yet massive signs are displayed at the corner of Route 156 and Halls Road.

This breach of agreement raises more serious questions than a change in advertising practices.  If the new guard in the Republican Party is going to ignore the longstanding agreement on signage, will their candidate respect in the future other past practices, traditions and preferences of the Old Lyme community?  Tough to tell, as there is no record to review of her performance on any town government boards, commissions or even special committees.  What is known is that she has not objected to this activity.

Old Lyme is a unique community whose residents appreciate our character and history.  We deserve to have our traditions respected by our leader.

Bonnie Reemsnyder is a just such a leader we can count on.

Please join me in voting for the Reemsnyder & Nosal Team, Row A on November 3rd.

David B. Woolley,
Old Lyme

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

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Letter to the Editor: Misinformation Abounds on Sewers; Reemsnyder Supports Best Plan, Needs Re-election

To the Editor:

Misinformation is circulating in Old Lyme regarding First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder’s positions on sewers.  The facts are as follows.

In 2012 the DEEP concluded that some Old Lyme beach communities had a pollution problelm and ordered the residents to find a solution.  In 2013 the town commissioned an engineering study to evaluate alternatives.  The DEEP strongly resisted a local solution, preferring instead that the wastewater be conveyed by sewer to New London.

The beach communities subject to the DEEP orders independently pursued a sewer solution.  Bonnie supports a plan that would facilitate these efforts by having a town authority (the WPCA) construct and maintain the main trunk line into which the beach communities would connect, bringing management and financial efficiencies to the overall project.   If the project is completed as anticipated, the entire construction cost and most of the study cost will be financed by tax-exempt bonds, and repayment of the bonds and operation of the system will be paid by the users of the sewers, not the other taxpayers of Old Lyme.

Bonnie is in the best position to ensure that this plan is implemented properly and cost-effectively.  We need to re-elect her on November 3.

Gil Soucie,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is Democratic candidate for Treasurer in Old Lyme.  He is also a member and current Treasurer of the Democratic Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Challenging the Challenges to the Carter Candidacy

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to a letter sent in by Bennett “BJ” Bernblum on the 25th.

Contrary to what BJ Bernblum would have you believe, there is no “expiration date” on a Master’s degree.  The fact is, Cathy Carter has 15 years of experience working in positions of responsibility in municipal, state, and federal government.  To suggest as a working mother, and as someone who volunteered countless hours teaching and coaching the youth of our community, that her hard earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in public administration as a young professional are irrelevant – is both ill informed and arguably sexist.

It’s interesting also that Mr. Bernblum fails to disclose that he’s both a Democratic candidate on Bonnie’s Team this year and a maximum $1000.00 donor to Bonnie!

BJ Bernblum just doesn’t speak the facts. And, no matter how much he wants Bonnie, himself, and his team to win, as they say, “while you are entitled to your own opinion, you are never entitled to your own facts!”

Bottom line, Cathy Carter knows her way around government and will no doubt hit the ground running on day one as First Selectwoman.  If you support a common sense approach to government and savvy practical experience, vote Cathy on November 3rd!

Sincerely,

Wayne Buchanan

Old Lyme

P.S.Congratulations to Cathy for her vision and community direction advocated in the Selectmen’s Debate.  She is a community leader with plain to see administrative and government experience.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Republican Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Tooker’s Record as Tax Collector Merits Her Re-election

To the Editor:

I write in strong support of our Tax Collector, Judy Tooker, for re-election on November 3rd. Old Lyme relies on these taxes to pay for our schools, services, and public safety – so whoever is collecting them needs to be reliable and Judy is. Her track record of collecting over 98% of Old Lyme’s taxes year after year is a testament to her work ethic and her consistency. Judy is clearly committed to ensuring taxes are collected quickly and efficiently and she has done an outstanding job, so there is no reason to change the course now.

Judy is a proud, lifelong Old Lyme resident who has built up so many strong relationships with people of all walks of life. Her love of Old Lyme can be seen through many aspects of her personal life. Her children and grandchildren all live in Old Lyme and Judy can frequently be seen supporting local organizations such as the OLFD, the Lymes’ Senior Center, and all of her grandchildren’s school activities. Our town’s sustainability means the world to her and it makes me feel better knowing we have someone so dedicated to us collecting our taxes.

I hope you will join me in casting a vote for Judy Tooker (4B on the ballot) for another term as tax collector – she’s earned it.

Sincerely,

Lisa Knepshield,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Misinformation on Reemsnyder’s Record on Sewers Widespread, Get the Facts & Re-elect Reemsnyder

To the Editor:

As a member of a beach community in Old Lyme, I feel it necessary to correct some misinformation that is circulating in connection with the upcoming Board of Selectman election.

Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder has been, is, and will continue to be supportive of our efforts regarding sewers. To state otherwise is false. It is imperative that all voters seek the facts on every issue and not rely on idle chatter or hearsay. After all, a properly – informed electorate forms the basis on which we can all benefit from a meaningful and fair election. Let’s all do our homework.

When the facts are known, I think you will agree that Bonnie is the right choice for First Selectwoman.

Sincerely,

Mary Finley,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Outgoing Old Lyme Treasurer Endorses Griswold as his Successor

To the Editor:

I am writing to endorse Tim Griswold for the position of Treasurer of Old Lyme in the upcoming election.  Tim served the Town of Old Lyme as First Selectman and as a  member of the Board of Finance  for over two decades.  When he left his position as First Selectman, he left the Town finances in the very best position possible. The Town finances were built up during his tenure on the Board of Finance and as the First Selectman.  Unlike many politicians who spend recklessly, Tim watched the Town coffers like a hawk and as a result the Town rating has been AA Plus for many years.  There is no one who I would entrust more with the Town finances than Tim.

I say this as the outgoing Treasurer for the Town of Old Lyme after serving in this position for the past 8 years.  Please join me in voting for and electing Tim Griswold as Treasurer of the Town of Old Lyme on November 3rd.

Sincerely,

John A. Bysko,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a current member and Treasurer of the Republican Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Challenging Three Reasons Cited to Support Carter

To the Editor:

Cathy Carter is running against Bonnie Reemsnyder for First Selectwoman in Old Lyme.  Letters in LymeLine have cited three reasons to support Cathy: her education, her experience, and, apparently, her opposition to state involvement in town projects.  I take issue with each of these points.

1.  Cathy took college courses in public management and public administration 25 to 30 years ago.  That’s a long time.  She has apparently never applied her courses in public office, and one cannot go from college degree to CEO with no intervening experience.

2.  Cathy cites no government experience on her LinkedIn page and I could find no relevant experience elsewhere.  She apparently has never held a significant public or private leadership position, nor served on any Old Lyme governmental board, commission or committee.

3.  Our Board of Selectmen has not asked the state or federal government to meddle in our affairs.  It has, however, solicited and been awarded over $3 million in state and federal grants to improve town assets and, therefore, our quality of life.  (These funds come from our tax dollars, which otherwise would be spent elsewhere.)  I do not understand why it would be preferable to forgo these improvements or to finance them  just with Old Lyme taxpayer dollars.

Bonnie Reemsnyder has twelve years of experience as Selectwoman, four of them as the town’s CEO.  Running our town is not easy.  Issues arise regularly and folks always have differing opinions.  Bonnie has done a fine job, and she is willing to continue to serve.  There is no reason to risk a change on November 3.  We must re-elect Bonnie.

Sincerely,

Bennett J. Bernblum,
Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author is a Democratic member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance.  He is also a member of the Democratic Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme BOF Attorney Suggestions are Sensible, Now Let’s Move Forward Collaboratively

To the Editor:

Findings given in Old Lyme WPCA Probe,” The Day-October 22, 2015, accurately summarizes the preliminary findings of the outside attorney, Robert DeCrescenzo, hired by the Old Lyme Board of Finance to determine whether cost overruns in the WPCA’s waste-water study for the DEEP were the result of improper conduct.

I attended the Board of Finance meeting and listened to attorney DeCrescenzo outline his conclusions and recommendations and find them exceedingly logical and reasonable.  He recommended the formation of a project-specific oversight committee consisting of members from the Board of Selectmen office, the Board of Finance and the WPCA, in part because he found a “not uncommon, lack of institutional communication.” The attorney also made clear what he did not find: “I found no evidence that anyone working on the project was not working in the best interest of the Town of Old Lyme.  They were all working to complete the goal, which was to finish the waste-water management study.”  

The attorney’s sensible recommendations to appoint a three-member oversight committee and the appointment of a town employee as project manager should be immediately endorsed by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance. Let’s move forward in a collaborative manner in order to complete the waste-water management study and identify solutions consistent with DEEP requirements while balancing the best long term interests of all Old Lyme residents.

Sincerely, 

Jeff Hartmann,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Number of Police Grievances Suggests New Leadership Needed at Town Hall

To the Editor:

What is happening in Old Lyme? I just learned that our local police recently have filed 6 grievances against the Old Lyme First Selectwoman. It is my understanding also that each grievance will cost the town in legal expenses.

Is it also true that the town police have filed a total of 15 grievances against the First Selectwoman in the past 16 months?  Is it a management problem within the First Selectwoman’s office that is to blame?

Are town residents being put at risk because of sloppy management style? I hope not!

I think it is time for a change in leadership and that’s why I am supporting Cathy Carter for First Selectman on November 3rd.

Sincerely,

Cliff Johnson,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Republican Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Carter Will Find Local Solutions

To the Editor:

In the many years I have lived, worked, and served on a number of boards and
committees in Old Lyme, I am aware of one fact; there are many very smart people living in our town. That would include our friends at the beaches. Together, we can solve our problems and address our challenges without turning to the State and other municipalities; such as New London.

Outside government bureaucracies do not offer the best solutions for us and worse they view us as the “rich town” that can well afford to pay more for their imposed solutions.

Our current First Selectwomen is too quick to turn to leaders in other towns and State government in Hartford without first seeking advice from local residents to address town projects.

I believe Cathy Carter will better serve our town as we can solve our own problems and control our own future.

Sincerely,

David Griswold,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Republican Town Committee.

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Letter to the Editor: Carter Will Bring Strong Leadership Skills, Ethics to Town Hall

To the Editor:

I met Cathy Carter shortly after our family moved to Old Lyme when our daughter joined the freshman lacrosse team Cathy coached. Cathy instilled value in our girls. I respected her leadership skills then and I still do today.

As our town’s leader, I believe she will bring the same ethics to Old Lyme Town Hall. Cathy has a BA in Public Management and an MPA in Public Administration with a concentration in Municipal Government. 

I feel that Town Hall is relying too much on state involvement when we should be solving local problems here in Old Lyme.  Town projects such as the boat house, Soundview improvements, and the sewer issues are proposed one way and then developed another way at a much higher taxpayer expense. How will we recover from the exorbitant expense s and how will the average household benefit from these improvements?

Cathy Carter will use her many years of government education and experience to provide us with strong leadership. I’m voting for Cathy Carter and her team on November 3rd. I encourage all Old Lyme voters to do the same.

Sincerely,

Nancy Meinke,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Hunt’s Long, Relevant Career Plus Experienced Incumbents Will Create Strong Region 18 Board of Ed. Team

To the Editor:

Old Lyme residents have a dynamic and highly competent slate of Democratic candidates for the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education. Included in this group is a former colleague of mine, Dr. Peter Hunt, whom I enthusiastically endorse.

I worked with Dr. Hunt for fifteen years and have great respect for his skill and wisdom as a school psychologist and educator. Dr. Hunt’s 35 years of training and experience in education and child health care will serve the Board—and, therefore, the school district—very well. His principal educational goal is to make sure that children are academically and emotionally supported and successful. He demonstrates the ability to work extremely well with school staff and administrators at every level. Dr. Hunt also served on teams that evaluate all characteristics of schools for national accreditation standards, and he consults with schools and school districts statewide.

Dr. Hunt’s approach to our school system will be thoughtful, reasoned, creative and inspired.  He will make an invaluable contribution to the Board of Education.  I urge you to vote for Peter Hunt and the experienced incumbents, Mimi Roche and Paul Fuchs, on November 3.

Sincerely,

Jeri Baker,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme Rowing Association/Blood Street Sculls Celebrates Success of Inclusive Program

To the Editor:

As the summer programs at Old Lyme Rowing Association/Blood Street Sculls wind to a close, it is important to celebrate how fortunate we are to have an inclusive, successful program.

158 kids ranging in age from 11-17 enjoyed learning to row, refining their skills and racing locally. The adult programs welcomed over 80 adults ranging in age from 18-75. National Learn To Row day allowed 65 people who had never rowed to give it a try. This event is free, and is completely volunteer supported. Athletes from our programs will be representing the US in international competition at World Championships, Junior World Championships and other international regattas.

Old Lyme Rowing Association/Blood Street Sculls is happy to welcome anyone into the program that best fits their ability, schedule and budget.

Sincerely,

Candace Fuchs,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Lyme Library for Book Sale Help

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Friends of the Lyme Library, I’d like to thank everyone who came to our Book Sale the weekend of May 16-17. A very special thank you to our incredible volunteers who sorted books all year in the new library basement and helped out during and after the sale.

As always, this year’s event would not have happened without the assistance of several key people and organizations here in town—the Lyme Garden Club; the Lyme Public Hall for the use of their tables; the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Community Service students and their amazing advisor, Heather Fried, for carrying countless boxes of books up from the basement; the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries for the use of their carts for ferrying boxes of books out to the tent; and, of course, the wonderful staff at the Lyme Public Library, who were (and are) always ready to help in any way.

Sincerely,

Anne Clement,
Lyme.
Editor’s Note: The author is the 2015 Book Sale Chair.

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Letter to the Editor: The Reign of the Nuancers

To the Editor:

The Kings and Queens of nuance have deluded themselves into believing that the delicate difference perceived by any of the senses (nuance) gives them a superior ability to make decisions. It appears, however, that nuance is running rough-shod over any semblance of wisdom coming from the Obama administration.

The nuancers are deflecting the reality that worldwide murderous Islamic jihadists are intent on killing all who do not believe in their revolutionary ideology; they are bound by an imperative to fight to kill infidels till death.

This administration’s tag-team of haughty wizards have offered nothing of value. Their fanciful ideas and statements are alarming and devoid of intellectual honesty. Deputy spokesperson for the Department of State, Marie Harf, posits that the extremists are driven by economic deprivation and need jobs — really?

John Kerry, the emperor of nuance, offers the ludicrous statement that the world is “safer than ever.” Kerry hardly inspires confidence in those of us who hear direct threats, witness barbarous immolation and beheadings and understand what is motivating the slaughter. Does Kerry even know that 2014 was the deadliest year for terror attacks in forty-five years?

All of this nonsense is coming from the same administration who made the incogitable decision to trade Bowe Bergdahl, the deserter, for five high-value Taliban prisoners. And why does this administration continue to cuddle-up to Foreign Nationals who continue to break immigration laws. One can only imagine, because we just do not know, how many jihadists are slipping through the borders.

Is the current accommodates approach to Iran another decision influenced by nuance? The last time I checked, Iran was the leading sponsor of State Terrorism and too close to having nuclear capabilities. They would love the “deal” being contemplated by this White House. The “geniuses” are beginning to scare me. They believe that the just war is the war against “global warming” (the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on humankind) and refuse to accept that radical Islamists are driven to wipe out Christians, Jews and moderate Muslims who are, in their minds, infidels.

There are no shades of gray here. The nuancers need to get off their high horse, stop the verbal acrobatics, get a grip and LEAD.

Sincerely,

Alison Nichols,
Essex, CT

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Letter to the Editor: Linares Pleased with State Funding, Thanks Those Who Have Helped Preserve ‘The Preserve’

To the Editor:

Jan. 12 was a good day for Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

On Jan. 12, I was pleased to join with area legislators and environmental advocates to applaud the approval of $2 million in state funding to help finalize and secure the purchase of The Preserve.

A huge amount of credit for this funding goes to Chris Cryder, who has been working to prevent the development of The Preserve for the past decade.

The Trust for Public Land has played a major role, as have Rep. Phil Miller and former Rep. Marilyn Giuliano.

Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna, Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop and Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman also have been strong advocates for this funding

Thanks to the hard work and determination of so many environmental champions in our region, a 1,000-acre plot of forest and swamp land will be protected for future generations to enjoy.

Sincerely,

Art Linares,
Westbrook.

Editor’s Note: The author is the State Senator (R) representing the 33rd Senatorial District, which includes Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook (www.senatorlinares.com).

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Letter to the Editor: Rumors Linares Might Run Against Courtney Understandable, Justified

To the Editor:

You cannot blame people for wondering whether State Senator Art Linares might consider a challenge to Congressman Joe Courtney in the 2016 elections. [“Linares Denies Rumors of Challenge to Courtney in Next Election” Dec. 30]

Consider the following:

·         Linares had a strong showing in the recent election, soundly defeating his Democratic challenger.

·         Linares is young, bright, and a successful business owner.

·         He is active and vocal on issues which affect consumers, such as the recent energy rate hikes.

·         He connects well with people of all ages and backgrounds.

·         He has shown himself to be extremely responsive to his constituents.

Art Linares represents the future of Connecticut Republicans, and it is a bright future.

I hope he remains our State Senator for a long time, but I wish him success in whatever path he chooses.

Sincerely,

Tom Lindner,
Deep River

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