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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor


Vote Bailey


Ed Bailey is looking toward the future of Middlefield.

He has looked to our future by investing in the town’s Capital Fund. This will ensure financing for all town buildings, including the Community Center and the firehouse.

You may have heard the term, “The Future is Now.” Well, that describes what Ed Bailey is doing: putting money aside to pay for future needs. That is what leadership and progressive thinking is all about. 

Thank you First Selectman Ed Bailey for taking care of our present and our future! You have my vote.

Vanessa Schmaltz,

Keep taxes down


When was the last time your property tax bill went down? If you are a Middlefield resident, it was in July!

First Selectman Ed Bailey is the one to thank. Ed Bailey has worked to eliminate waste in town government and to make Middlefield run efficiently. 

What a great difference Ed Bailey has made for us. Reducing each property tax bill by 6 percent is truly a great accomplishment! Thank you First Selectman Ed Bailey. I want my tax dollars spent wisely, so Ed Bailey has my vote for re-election.

Charles Zieminski,

Clean up eyesore


To the officials of the Town of Durham: I have lived in Durham for 80 years, and now every time I drive up Main Street and look at our nice firehouse – with those two old houses next to it – I am disgusted.

Those two old houses are dilapidated, with vines and bushes growing all up and down them, and it is a blight on our Main Street.  If you can’t take the houses down – for some unknown reason – then at least get the town crew in there and cut the stuff overtaking them.

Is this too much to ask?

Irene Curtis Roberts, Durham

Thoughtson vaping


As far as teenage vaping goes, there should be a law against it.

After all, look how well that has worked for other drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Pass a new law. Problem solved. Everyone knows everyone obeys the laws, right?

Soon, marijuana will be legal in Connecticut, and for 100 years we've been fining people and throwing them in jail for that. Now, the state will become the drug dealer, and gain lots of money in taxes for doing so.

So vaping will become illegal, but marijuana will be sold at the local store.

Why doesn't the state just pass two or three laws informing people what they actually can do legally, like work 60 hours a week and remain poor, pay 60 percent of your paycheck to the the state, and a dime in tax for a plastic bag?

That's all. Just tell us the three things that are still legal to do.

Mark J. Czaja,

Let’s lead


Durham has a unique opportunity to lead Connecticut into a healthy future by banning herbicides and pesticides. The Shadle Farm, Starlight Gardens and others have long proved the value of caring land stewardship and nourishing food.

Shifting from toxic agricultural farm and land care isn’t that hard and would accomplish major improvements: health, species preservation, cleaner well water, natural beauty.

The selectman candidate who can emphasize a town-wide organic strategy gets my vote.  

Kathy Schwanfelder,