December 12, 2018

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.


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.