We deserve better Editor:It’s OK to lose a game, it’s OK to fail a test and learn from it, but when the state’s bond rating and residents and businesses are fleeing from the state it’s NOT OK to present a state budget that does not change the systematic flaws in the bloated CT employees state union-induced (and Joe supported) pension system. That lies at the feet of Joe Aresimowicz and his Democrat friends Cathy Abercrombie and Terry Gerratana, who have beefed up pensions and salaries and too many state employees. Their budget offered NO real change to the pension system — it just threw the problems down the road for five years — maybe giving them enough time to flee the state. We should not expect more from Joe. After all, his own salary comes directly from the same system that he is pushing through for you to accept. We can also talk about the UNION salary he also receives as he tries to promote the union during negotiation. Joe doesn’t want to hear doom and gloom about the state? Isn’t that like putting your head in the sand? Or as a child putting your head under the covers when you are afraid of the dark? Joe is not a leader — neither is Cathy Abercrombie. CT deserves better than Joe and Cathy. Berlin and Meriden residents deserve better. We need someone who is willing to say ENOUGH and to say — “YES” CT is in a bad place and our STATE GOVERNMENT needs to make REAL change to make businesses want to stay here and move here. 2018 can’t come soon enough for our town and our state. Anne Reilly, Berlin The writer is the chairperson of Berlin GOP.