Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor


Honored to serve

To the editor:

Well, another campaign season is here! It was an honor to be unanimously endorsed to run for another term as State Representative for the 101st District of Madison and Durham. Thank you to Madison’s First Selectman Tom Banisch for nominating me and Durham’s Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, Bill Laflamme, for seconding. I am so grateful for the trust of all the delegates. There is a lot of work that needs to still be done but none more critical than stabilizing Connecticut’s financial picture. 

Over the past two years, we have finally started to work in a bipartisan manner and initiate controls and predictability to our state budget and regulations. We are one of the few states who have failed to regain the jobs lost in 2008. In order to change our economic outlook we must change not only our policies but our attitude of working together for everyone. We must move away from policies that have been punitive to our state businesses, job creators and retirees.

As always, I will continue to advocate for fiscal common sense and for creating sound policies that will move our state forward. Of course, I will continue my work for seniors, children and those with special needs while working to also address our opioid crisis and mental health initiatives.

I promise to continue serving you with the positive attitude, maximum effort and the leadership that the residents of the 101st District have come to expect from me. I look forward to speaking with many of you during this very important campaign season.

In November, Connecticut will elect a new governor with new direction and new opportunities. This election is critical to moving forward and restoring Connecticut to the great state that we all call home and love.

Thank you all.

State Representative Noreen Kokoruda

Wake up

To the editor:

I was brought up in a farming community – Durham –and still live on the same road. Eighty years.

All my uncles were dairy farmers and we were brought up on raw milk, all four of us kids, and so far most of us have reached 80.  

In those days the farmer brought up his family on the farm, raised his own beef, pigs, chickens, sold eggs and bacon and took his milk in large metal cans to a loading dock for the big truck to take away.

Then the state (government) told the farmer he could not use those metal cans anymore, he had to put milk in a big cooler (at his own expense) and have a big tank truck come in and pump it out and send it off to a “refinery” where they would boil it and take all the goodness out of it and resell it to us (as that will make us healthier.)

So then the price of feed would go up and the price the farmer got for his milk would go down. So now the farmer has to go out and get a “job” just to support his family and be able to still keep the farm, which is a 24/7 operation. Does this make any sense?

Where have all the farms gone since 1940? Now Greenbacker’s no longer has cows, no corn planted in the big field.  

I do not like what I see.

It seems everything has to be in “mega size” – mega houses, mega farms, mega cars/trucks, mega highways to carry all the mega  trucks to bring us milk and produce from “away.” 

Does this make any sense?

But then, I have said for a long time, there is no more common sense. 

I will miss seeing the cows out in pasture; always a peaceful feeling. Good luck to the Greenbackers, God bless.

Wake up, people.

Wake up, Durham.

No farms, no food. 

Irene Curtis Roberts



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