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To the editor:
Connecticut should be a paradise. We have a wealthy and educated population, beautiful seasons, Long Island Sound to the south, state forests in the north, easy trips to Boston, New York, Cape Cod, good healthcare, great schools.
Connecticut should be a place that people are competing to move to. Yet every year, we are among the nation’s leaders in population exodus.
Weather is obviously part of it, but as the Yankee Institute for Public Policy recently determined, population is increasing in surrounding states with the same weather. So it’s more than that.
It’s a cost of living, largely driven by taxes.
We have some of the highest taxes in the nation, and those taxes increased multiple times over the past eight years. This has put us at a distinct competitive disadvantage compared to other states like New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
I doubt there is a family in our state which hasn’t had a family member or friend flee Connecticut for economic reasons.
The Democrats currently control the entire state government. What is House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz’s proposal to fix our uncompetitive cost of living? More tax increases, and tolls.
Recent tax increases have been a fiscal disaster, people are fleeing the state, and Speaker Aresimowicz thinks the way out of the hole he helped put us in, is to dig faster.
We gave our elected officials a ton of money, yet the Democrats spent that to create a landscape in this state so hostile that more people want to flee than move here.
If that’s not failure, I don’t know what is.
Joe Aresimowicz, Cathy Abercrombie and their liberal team must be voted out while we have a chance.
In a recent letter to the editor, George Millerd (former Berlin Republican Town Committee chair and Charter Reform Commission member) attacked Board of Finance Chairman Sam Lomaglio.
I would like to point out a few things to Mr. Millerd and all Berlin Republicans who choose to ignore facts as it suits their agenda.
Mr. Millerd, in case you forgot your charter revision, please read this section of the charter that you were part of creating:
“7.3 (b) In the preparation of said budget, the Board of Finance shall meet with the Town Council to hear and receive the Council's priorities for the town.”
Republican leaders thought they could get a split Board of Finance with the mayor being the tie-breaking vote.
Once the mayor saw that we were an independent board, he chose to ignore this section of the charter and refused to meet with the Board of Finance, despite multiple requests.
The Board of Finance would like to build bridges and do what is right for the town. Unfortunately, the Berlin Republican Party refuses to do so.
My friends, please remember this in November; this year and next.
Mark HolmesBoard of Finance member
The fact that Connecticut has the highest total tax burden in the nation is indisputable, and like all of us, I have a few pet peeves.
I’ve always believed that in most cases, there will come a time when a better way is found to do something. That’s called change.
I embrace change for what it can improve, not just for the sake of it. We always need to guard against the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality.
We are all unique beings, but while sharing many similarities, we don’t all learn the same way, nor at the same speed. Some people are visual, some are auditory and some are gifted with the ability to work and create with their hands. I believe that these differences should be celebrated and supported in our public educational system.
So why must we continually try putting a square peg in a round hole, when it comes to our collective self-governance? The status quo does not always serve us well, even if some markets and politicians thrive on it. It is invention and expansion that drives our economic engine over the long haul. That’s the wonder of change.
To best position ourselves for the eventuality of economic change, our school system must present the best environment for our students’ chances to learn and excel.
Part of that learning environment is the basic need for safety for our teachers and students.
While Cathy Abercrombie supports and asks for votes for a retired teacher, she failed – twice – to actually support teachers and students, voting against SB-453 for the Safe School Climate Plan.
That’s hypocritical, and we can do much better.
I ask for your support and vote to replace the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality.
Lou ArataRepublican candidate 83rd District