FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org .
To the editor:
As the Republican Town Committee chairman, I have received numerous emails and messages of support encouraging Republican elected officials to stay the course and fight for fiscal responsibility in response to misleading letters written by some local Democrats over the past few weeks.
Instead of presenting their ideas, our Democratic friends have chosen to harp on past votes and mislead people regarding the facts.
On the local level, the facts speak for themselves. The Democratic First Selectman proposed budgets over the past two years with combined increases of nearly 10 percent. Our elected Republicans said that was not acceptable. Republicans fought to find saving and proposed and passed substantial reductions in those increases. These were not “draconian cuts” (as multiple letters refer to them); they were reductions in tax increases.
There is a clear difference between Republicans and Democrats on the local level. On the RTM, Democrats have fought nearly every reduction and presented none of their own. Republicans believe we owe it to the taxpayer to reform our government and consolidate costs.
Unfortunately, until we take back the First Selectman’s office we will continue with status quo government and their proposed tax increases.
On the state level, the Democrats weekly letters would lead you to believe that Kim Fawcett should receive an award for her support of Governor Malloy’s budgets and bonding, which, for the record, have taken Connecticut’s debt to record levels.
The truth is John McKinney, Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick refuse to vote in favor of any budget or bonding that does not adequately address debt service. John, Tony and Brenda believe it is reckless and they voted “no” while providing viable alternatives that balance the needs of our State, as well as our growing debt problem.
People are tired of reading politicians' (and their followers) misleading doomsday rants based on past votes. Our elected officials should spend their time telling the voters what you are going to do to address the issues of today and tomorrow. That would be a good use of time! The people of Fairfield deserve and expect a higher level of decorum and propriety.
James Millington Chairman, Fairfield Republican Town Committee