October 24, 2014

Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Republican Women

To the Editor:

I am a fellow Republican woman who always wanted to be married, but I wanted a career instead of children. Thankfully, when I headed off to college in 1974, I had access to birth control and thanks to Roe v. Wade I also had access to what could be a very excruciating choice. [Thankfully I never had to make that choice.] So it was time travel for me to hear Art Linares’ answer to this question at the debate held on October 8 at the Valley Regional High School: “Where do you stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision?” Linares only stated that “he was raised Catholic and isn’t up for appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.” In other words, he is againsta woman’s right to choose even birth control!

Haven’t we already dealt with this issue 40 years ago? This extremely right-wing view could have totally changed my life and taken my choice to have a career away from me. Also, I would note that extremist views such as Linares’ are not a fit with his own district’s constituency.

Birthing a child sometimes can be life-threatening. Linares doesn’t care: “No exceptions.” I have had a colleague who died from a brain hemorrhage while she was trying to have a child.

I may have wanted to hear more on Linares’ stances, but it seems he doesn’t like to show up to debates.

Please, if you value your choices as a woman, do not vote for Art Linares.

Sincerely,

Sue Huybensz,
Deep River

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Letter to the Editor: Linares Understands Budget Challenges

To the Editor:

I support Art Linares for State Senate. He understands that we need to balance our State Budget and voted down the Budget that the General Assembly adopted. The Republicans did offer an alternative budget, but in a one party state there is no recognition of any ideas from the other party.

According to a Gallup Poll 49% want to leave CT, if they could, second only to Illinois at 50%. From About Money website, CT residents are taxed at 11.1% of their income, third highest. As to a regressive tax, CT pays 67.7 cents per gallon again 3rd highest in Nation.

Art understands that in CT the General Assembly is presented with a Budget Package. There is no chance to eliminate a regressive tax here and there. There may be discussion, but that is grandstanding. Make no mistake, the Governor’s Budget is accepted. The Governor’s last Budget had the highest amount of taxes in our state history, with no sign of balancing the budget yet or paying anything towards our Pension Fund. Do you State workers know that?

I am tired of people who run for office and think that as a Freshman legislator they can single handedly reduce regressive taxes from the Budget. What other loyal soldiers in your party will work to reduce these regressive taxes? Art Linares knows the only way to register disdain for the buget is to vote the whole Budget down.

I leave you with one more question. Will the last taxpaying citizen in CT please leave the light on? Please vote for Art Linares on Election Day.

Sincerely,

Lynn Herlihy
Essex

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Letter to the Editor: Essex First Selectman Endorses Bjornberg

To The Editor:

As a business owner and the First Selectman of Essex, I am keenly aware of the difficulties companies and municipalities face here in Connecticut. Small towns like are taking on an unfair share of the burden and are feeling the weight of an increasing number of unfunded mandates from the state.

We need a stronger voice in Hartford, and that’s why I am endorsing Emily Bjornberg for State Senate in the 33rd District. She has the life experience, tenacity and drive to effect real change in Hartford.

Representing our region in Hartford needs to be more than casting a partisan protest vote against the state budget and then blaming the state’s problem on others. What our region needs is someone who will be at the table as important decisions are being made to represent the needs of our towns.

She understands the needs of small business, having grown up working with her family who owns Reynolds Subaru in Lyme. It’s through that family, made up of prominent local Republicans and Democrats, who have instilled in her the ability to find the common ground necessary to bring about constructive and positive change.

I ask that you join me in voting for Emily on November 4.

Sincerely,

Norman Needleman,
Essex

Editor’s Note: The writer is the First Selectman of Essex.

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Letter to the Editor: Linares Truly Cares About You and Our State

To the Editor:

It is an honor and privilege for me to wholeheartedly endorse the re-election of our 33rd State Senator Art Linares.   During his two year tenure as State Senator, Art has worked tirelessly to serve you, his constituents.  He has been visible, available and listens to all, regardless of party affiliation.

Art Linares has taken the “high road” in this campaign.  Instead of criticizing his opponents, he has emphasized his many accomplishments as your State Senator.  As a business owner, growing jobs and improving the economy has been a priority.  Whether it’s supporting legislation that allows manufacturers to hire apprentices or fighting for a tax structure that will help businesses and working families, Art Linares has been there for us.  He has held town meetings throughout the 12 towns in the district welcoming your input and ideas.

Art truly cares about you and improving the State of Connecticut.  Art Linares is a breath of fresh air.  As the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  On Tuesday, November 4th, re-elect a caring, pro-active public servant.  Thank you Senator Linares for your compassion, devotion and commitment to all of us.

Sincerely,

Tom Lindner,
Deep River 

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Letter to the Editor: Boathouse Project Moving Too Fast, Costs Too Much, Benefits Too Few

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Old Lyme

On Oct. 1, a special meeting was held by the Town to present new boathouse plans for rowers at Rogers Lake.  Construction costs are estimated to be $883,000: with $478,000 being a CT STEEP grant, and the remaining $405,000 to be contributed by the town of Old Lyme from its rainy day account.

The Town is in a hurry to move this project forward in a very short time so that construction can begin.  Some would say the Town is in too much of a hurry.

While a boon for the approximate 100 rowers in Old Lyme (50 students and 50 adult rowers), there is next to nothing in this project for the other citizens who are being asked to pay for this effort.

Several areas of concern are:

  • The scope has changed so much from the original grant proposal, the Town will have to resubmit scope to ensure the grant is still valid. For example, the existing boathouse will be torn down, not renovated, and construction of new docks will not be included.  We are being asked to approve funding of $405,000 to support a grant we aren’t sure will be re-approved by the state.  Isn’t that putting the cart before the horse?
  • The President of the rower’s association anticipates program growth to be no more than 10 to 20%. Whether that growth is measured in participants or boats, the proposed boathouse appears substantially over designed.  The current program is supported by approximately 35 boats, whereas the new boathouse is designed to house 53 boats.
  • A scant 1 week of public discussion has been allowed before a vote. Don’t you believe more time and consideration is warranted to make an informed decision on such a large expenditure?
  • As a community, we are proud of the success and accomplishments of our rowers. However, since the boathouse stores boats donated by the rower’s association to Region 18, wouldn’t it make sense to have Region 18 pay rent until the costs to Old Lyme are offset?

As with any project being rushed, too many questions remain unanswered to request the good people of Old Lyme to approve spending over $400,000 of its $4.9 million rainy day fund for so few citizens  Some would even question whether this is a proper use of a rainy day fund.

Not allowing proper consideration for other potentially-interested parties to comment on how to broaden the public interest in the project would be a mistake … politically and possibly economically.  For instance, why not renovate and heat the existing bathrooms for everyone’s use, in lieu of constructing new bathrooms for rowers only for an estimated cost of $130,000? (9/15/2014 Committee minutes)

This project should be delayed to allow ample time to improve the project in the interests of the Town as a whole.  Even if, in the event, there are no other interested parties, at least everyone would have been given a chance to respond.  Please attend the Town Meeting and vote for what is best for the community.

See you at the Middle School at 7:30, Oct. 6!

Sincerely,

Steve Cinami,
Old Lyme.

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An Open Letter to our Readers from Diane Birdsall

An Open Letter to Friends and Patrons of the Diane Birdsall Gallery

I have taken on a job that will take me outside of the gallery in Old Lyme and into another phase of exhibiting.

I will be working with a hotel developer, Charles Mallory — he operates several beautiful and viable hotels in Greenwich, Southport, Stamford, Aspen [Marfa] Texas and a Vermont inn to be completely revamped, as well as a new hotel project on the boards to open in 2016.

I closed the Old Lyme, 16 Lyme Street address gallery at the end of this past show on Aug. 22. The walk-in traffic has always been slow and having a presence outside of the brick and mortar space is more viable.

After SCOPE in Basel and Cutlog in New York, I am now receiving request regarding sales and just recently sold a work to the largest art collector in Turkey.

Funny how art sales work — it sometimes takes years or minutes for people to make a move.

I do conceive a pop-up show here in Connecticut in a completely different sort of space.  You as patrons and clients are important to me and bringing the work of artists out into exhibition is my passion, so I do not want to lose this side of the art world that I truly enjoy.

My website will remain active and I have planned exhibits for 2015 – they will take place in new locations and expanding worlds.

I have always felt honored to work with talented artists and to be a part of their world.  And encouraging others to bring art into their life is like food for me — an absolute necessity — how can you live without it?

I could not have enjoyed the success of these past eight years without your help and belief and I thank you for your patronage and friendship.  See you soon under a different tent, but assuredly an exciting format.

With heartfelt thanks to you.

Sincerely,

Diane Birdsall
www.dianebirdsallgallery.com

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Letter to the Editor: Bjornberg Shows Genuine Concern for Children’s Safety

To the Editor:

State Senator Linares recently issued a press release calling for hearings on recent infant fatalities in families having dealings with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Few would dispute the importance of understanding why these deaths occurred, and whether DCF can be doing a better job.

But where was Linares’ concern for children when he voted against the Newtown gun control bill, saying he hadn’t read it? More recently, where was his concern for children when he used his position – some might say abused his position – to appoint a paid representative of companies that manufacture cadmium-containing jewelry to a panel looking into health issues presented by cadmium in jewelry intended for children?

Linares voted against a ban on known carcinogens in children’s clothes, and opposed efforts to create a watch list of chemicals of high concern to children. He was also one of only two Children’s Committee members to vote against a ban on spraying toxic pesticides at all Connecticut schools. His concern for the safety of children is not at all obvious given his voting record and appointments.

Senator Linares’ opponent, on the other hand, seems to be genuinely concerned for children’s safety. Emily Bjornberg is the mother of children ages 4 and 7, and for the past seven years has been the Youth and Family Ministries Director of the Deep River Congregational Church. Her concerns mirror my own and she will get my vote in the November election for State Senator.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Sund
Essex.

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Letter to the Editor: Lanier’s Revision of Campaign Filings Raises Concerns

To the Editor:

The public deserves answers when a candidate for political office makes questionable decisions.  I think it’s only fair that we deserve an answer from Victoria Lanier regarding her inaccurate and misleading filings to the Citizen’s Clean Election Program.

Lanier’s campaign failed to show expenses towards campaign buttons, campaign flyers, campaign palm cards, campaign printing, and other miscellaneous expenses that were known to have been incurred based on evidence dating back to April.  The Citizen’s Clean Election Program was correct in questioning these expenditure omissions, and Lanier was forced to account for them.

Why were these expenditures not divulged to the Citizens’ Clean Election Program initially?  Donations of this type are illegal.  Could this be an attempt to hide costs from the State Clean Elections program to give Attorney Victoria Lanier a financial advantage in a program that caps campaign costs?

Could this be a preview of unethical behavior, or an inattention to important details that constituents will experience if Attorney Lanier is elected?  I don’t believe it’s worth it to risk on a seat currently held by someone as ethically sound as Marilyn Giuliano.  She backs Devin Carney in the Republican primary for the 23rd District and so do I.

Sincerely,

Russell Gomes,
Old Lyme

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Letterto the Editor: Lanier Has Extensive Political Experience, Unlike Opponent Carney

To the Editor:

Republicans have a choice August 12th, between an experienced, accomplished representative in Vicki Lanier, and a professionally and politically inexperienced option in Devin Carney.  Hartford is not the place for the most basic civic training in an important job as our state representative.

Ms. Lanier is a successful family law and business advocate, among other duties working extensively with state agencies to support her clients’ interest.  She knows the problems of government directly. Mr. Carney has limited professional experience from which to draw, and though a stated realtor in his literature, let his real estate license lapse in May after less than one year.

Mr. Carney has no elected or even volunteer experience at any level of government.  Vicki was elected to the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education, and served as its treasurer for two years.  She is active in her community, both civically and as a volunteer.  I have had the honor of serving with her on our Republican Town Committee, where she gave her time and talents generously as the secretary and the chairwoman of our Nominating Committee.

Important to Republican primary voters, according to the Connecticut Voter Registration System, Mr. Carney was a Democrat as recently as 2010.  Lanier has been a long-time Republican, serving on the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee faithfully since 2007 and elected as its secretary.

Experience matters in an effective state representative.  I have worked closely with Vicki, and I know how capable and professional she is.  I strongly endorse Vicki Lanier– she is the absolute best candidate for our District, and she deserves Republicans’ votes in the primary.

Sincerely,

J. David Kelsey
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Carney Can be Trusted to Work for the People

To the Editor:

Joe Bruno, there you go again, playing fast and loose with the facts.  Devin Carney recently accepted a debate, pending the results of a primary, with the Westbrook Council of Beaches for the general election.  He doesn’t step away from a challenge, but this particular “debate” you were referring to was being planned by Tim Griswold.  Yes, the same Tim Griswold who wrote a nasty letter about Devin, and the same Tim Griswold who is Lanier’s deputy treasurer and top campaign advisor.  Carney has no issues debating Lanier, but unfortunately, this appeared to be a last-ditch, biased attempt to jump-start her flagging campaign in order to tip the scales in her favor.  This is not consistent with Republican values, and voters deserve better than gimmicky, “gotcha” politics.

Here’s a refresher – Devin’s opponent, as a Board of Education member, was the only person to vote “no” against beefing up front door access security at Lyme-Old Lyme elementary schools.  Need proof?  Check out the Board of Ed Minutes from December 5, 2012.  In the wake of countless school shootings, this is unacceptable.  Additionally, she sat silently by acquiescing to the district’s implementation of the controversial Common Core.  And how about her vote to close the recently renovated (at great expense) Center School on Lyme Street despite strong and widespread parent and community opposition?  She does not deserve our support.

I trust Devin to work for the people, and not for his own special interests.  He has my vote on Aug. 12 in the 23rd House District Republican primary and I ask all voting Republicans that day to cast their vote for Devin Carney.

Sincerely,

John Johnson
Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: Joe Bruno’s letter, to which Mr. Johnson is referring in this letter, can be found at this link.

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Letter to the Editor: Lanier is Better Choice; Has Experience, Strong Credentials

To the Editor:

Vicki Lanier is the better choice for Republican voters when we vote for our candidate to be State Representative of the 23rd District in the August 12th Primary.

She was elected to the Lyme/Old Lyme School Board. She owns a successful small business and is a family law attorney who interfaces with many State agencies. She is a fourth generation resident of Old Lyme and is a lifelong Republican who has voted consistently in municipal and state/federal elections. In short, Vicki is the real deal and her experience will enable her to be an effective voice for us in Hartford.

Contrast this record with that of her opponent. He has not been elected to any political office, he changed his party affiliation in July of 2010 and he has changed his voting address three times in the last two years (from Saybrook to Essex to Westbrook and back to Saybrook). His voting record shows he did not vote in three of the last four municipal elections!

Given Vicki’s experience and strong credentials, we can depend on her to competently represent us in Hartford. Please join me in voting for Vicki on August 12th.

Sincerely,

Timothy C. Griswold,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Similarities to Giuliano Make Lanier Best Candidate to Fill Giuliano’s Shoes

To the Editor:

For a seamless transition to elect a new State Rep in the 23rd District, Republican voters should consider the similarities between the retiring Marilyn Giuliano and Vicki Lanier when voting on August 12th.

Both are long-time Republicans with experience in elected office before running for state rep; Vicki was treasurer on Region 18 Board of Ed; Marilyn was vice chair of Old Saybrook Board of Finance.

Both are working mothers who balanced demands of parenthood, work, and volunteerism with their public service; Vicki is partner in her law firm, Marilyn is a public school employee.

Both devote time to community outreach; Vicki mentors women in need; Marilyn lent time to public health and housing. Both gave time and effort to PTO and Scouts.

In an ironic twist, both Giuliano and Lanier did not emerge with their party’s endorsement.  Twelve years ago, Marilyn won her primary.  Given the similar strengths and experience that both Vicki and Marilyn possess, please vote for Vicki Lanier on August 12th.

Sincerely,

Joan C. Carlson,
Old Saybrook.

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Letter to the Editor: Carney Has the Character to Continue Giuliano’s Work as State Rep.

To the Editor:

Devin Carney is a great choice to be our next State Representative for the 23rd District and we will proudly vote for him in the Republican primary on August 12th.  Marilyn Giuliano has held this seat for 12 years and it is important the next person represents us with the same passion as she has.  We believe Devin is that person.

Devin is committed to the 23rd District and believes in focusing on making it possible for our families and seniors to be able to continue calling it home.  Times are tough and no one better than Devin understands, first-hand, that when times are tough it means rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. We are reminded of when he was a kid and he started a paper route to help his single mom, Deb, make ends meet.  Through hard work and against the odds, he became the first person in his immediate family to graduate college.

We believe his character, morals, and values are exactly what our district needs and he is more than ready and able to continue what Marilyn began. Please join us on August 12th in voting for Devin Carney for State Rep.

Sincerely,

Sharon and Dave Tiezzi,
Old Saybrook.

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Letter to the Editor: Carney Understands Cost Challenges of Connecticut Living

To the Editor:

As a newly registered voter, I am very much looking forward to casting my first vote for Devin Carney  for State Representative on August 12th.  My generation (and many others) understands that we need to have strong representatives who want to focus on improving opportunities here in Connecticut.  I hope that when I graduate from UConn, I will be able to find work and afford to live in the state I love – Devin wants to help make that a reality. 

He understands that the high costs of doing business in Connecticut significantly diminish our competitiveness. I am confident that his vision of housing affordability to the new workforce, investing in our transportation system, and lowering taxes and regulations on business will help improve the job market.  Not to mention, he will fight to keep tuition costs low for our state schools, so that everyone can afford a quality education. 

Sincerely,

Sam Stadnick,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: After Declining Debate, Carney Now Needs to Offer More Details About Candidacy

To the Editor:

Unlike some residents of the 23rd District, clairvoyance is not my strong point.  I felt compelled to study the candidate’s most recent literature for more information about his professional background, and his solutions to problems he has identified that need correction.

After reviewing the material, I believe that the candidate still has no experience in government, no managerial experience in business, no background as a negotiator, and no stated solutions to problems.

It has been pointed out that vetting a candidate is a most important factor in the decision making process.  But how can we do that when Candidate Carney has ducked  a debate, which would have given us a true side by side comparison of the two office seekers?

Remember, Vicki Lanier accepted the invitation to debate, but Devin Carney declined!

Sincerely,

Joseph Bruno,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: A Hearty Thank You to Lyme From Lyme Library Book Sale Organizers

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Friends of the Lyme Public Library, I’d like to thank everyone who came to our Book Sale this weekend.  Additional and very special thanks go to our wonderful volunteers who sorted, stored, priced, and sorted some more.

Because of our new library construction, this turned into a wonderfully shared community event: we coordinated with Lyme Land Trust on the date so we didn’t conflict with the Tour de Lyme; we held the sale at the Lyme Public Hall; we used the Lyme Ambulance shed to store our books all winter; we borrowed Lyme Fire Company’s sturdy tables and we parked at the Lyme Congregational Church!

We are so fortunate to live in this extraordinary community.

Sincerely,

Anne Clement
2014 Lyme Public Library Book Sale Chair

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Letter to the Editor: Senator Linares, Explain Your Voting Record

To the Editor:

The ValleyNewsNow.com (April 29) and LymeLine.com (May 16) carry a press release written by supporters of Senator Linares expressing “marvel at what this young man has accomplished in such a short period of time.”  Given Mr. Linares’s lamentable voting record, it is hard to understand what the release is talking about.

The record shows that Mr. Linares has waged a quiet but persistent campaign against a wide range of legislation that most constituents in his District support.  For example, Mr. Linares has:

  • Voted against an increase in the minimum wage, a measure supported almost three to one by Connecticut voters (71% for, 25% against).
  • Voted against a measure that paves the way to allowing commuters, the elderly, working parents, and many others who have difficulty getting to the polls to exercise their right to vote by means of absentee ballot.  Such provisions are prevalent in other states and enjoy strong public support.
  • Voted against bipartisan legislation on gun safety following Newtown that was supported by a super majority of Connecticut voters (anywhere from 68% to 93% depending on the provision) and even by many in his own party.

Mr. Linares’s web site does not even mention these important votes, let alone explain his reasoning for them.  The web site is filled with details of his other exploits — toy drives, hosting flag collections, honoring a beauty queen (and, yes, his opposition to an increase in the gas tax and work on some other bills) — but not his opposition to major mainstream legislation that commands widespread public support.  It is hard to escape the conclusion that Mr. Linares seeks to draw attention away from his record.  Why?

One concern is that Mr. Linares may be more attuned to the interests of the Tea Party than those of the moderate center of his District.  Mr. Linares has stated publicly that he was inspired to enter public service by his experience in 2010 working “proudly” for Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, known in political circles “the Crown Prince of the Tea Party”. When it comes to voting, can it be that Mr. Linares hears the voice of the Tea Party more clearly than any other?

In the absence of information from Mr. Linares on his voting record, constituents can turn to Project Vote Smart, a well regarded, non-partisan, independently funded voter education website. It has posted a report on 10 “key votes” by Mr. Linares over the past two years.

In 7 of the 10 cases, Mr. Linares voted “no” — in other words, his “accomplishment” was to oppose any legislation.  In an 8th case, he did not vote at all.  In only one case in the sample did Mr. Linares vote for something that actually became law – the legalization of mixed martial arts competitions – a matter most voters would not consider a priority.

Mr. Linares, we are entitled to know why, in our name, you have opposed the exercise of basic voting rights, opposed economic fairness by means of increasing the minimum wage, and opposed protecting the public from gun violence.  Please give us a full accounting of your votes on these key issues, so that we may know you by your actions, rather than your press releases.

Sincerely,

David Harfst,
Essex.

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Letter to the Editor: A Note of Thanks From the Old Lyme Historical Society

To the Editor:

This past Tuesday, April 8, several local historical societies and the Connecticut River Museum sponsored “Light Up the Night” to commemorate the 200th anniversary of “the Burning of the Ships” in Essex Harbor by British forces during the War of 1812.  Three different sites along the Connecticut River in Essex, Old Saybrook and Old Lyme featured bonfires such as were used 200 years ago to silhouette the escaping British forces on the evening of April 8 1814.

The Old Lyme Historical Society was proud to be one of the sponsoring organizations.  We could not have done our part without help from several different groups: the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen,  Old Lyme Fire Marshal Dave Roberge, Public Works Director Ed Adanti and his crew and members of the Old Lyme Fire Department.  In addition we owe great thanks to Brenda Milkofsky and Jerry Roberts for their organizational skills and drummer Jason Augur for “alerting the citizens of Lyme” to the narration of the events of so long ago.  In addition we have to thank all the townspeople of Old Lyme who came to the Dinghy Dock on Ferry Road to observe the events.

On behalf of the Old Lyme Historical Society, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all those who contributed showing how well a small town can come together to recognize a significant historic event.

Mark Lander, Co-chair
Old Lyme Historical Society

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Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Old Lyme Fire, Police Volunteers

To the Editor:

Although I was just going to sit down, read the paper and start a cozy fire in my fireplace, fate decided to take a turn.  I poured a beverage as I planned to enjoy the warmth of the fire, I noticed an all too familiar sound, a flue fire.

I left the house, called 911 and waited a minute until a growing team of volunteers and police showed up. The fire was extinguished and all is well.

The speed, professionalism and courtesy of all of those who came to help cannot be ignored.  All too often we go through our day without appreciating the tremendous team that is here in Old Lyme to assure we are safe.  Thanks to all.

Sincerely,

Bob and Sue Staab,
Old Lyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Sale of Drug Paraphernalia in Old Lyme Sends Wrong Message to Community, Especially Children

To the Editor:

As the health teacher at Lyme Old Lyme Middle School, I have major concerns about the Bestway gas station at 281 Shore Road selling drug paraphernalia.   I truly believe this gives children in this community the wrong message about drugs.

While bongs, glass pipes and other items can be used to smoke or prepare tobacco, even young children know that they are primarily used for marijuana.  Seeing these items sold so openly in a convenience store normalizes the items and can affect a child’s attitude about marijuana.  The message becomes: sure it isn’t good for you, but everyone does it.  This is not true.  And marijuana is not a safe substance, especially for young minds.

In addition, the Bestway sells items used to conceal drugs!  Parents should be particularly concerned about these items.  Do we want a local business helping our children conceal drugs?  It is difficult enough in our current times to protect our children.  We do not need a local business making it easier for them to consume and conceal substances.

The beach area is already struggling with a reputation.  Selling drug paraphernalia in Bestway only adds to this reputation.   Also, drug paraphernalia attracts drug users as customers.   This certainly does not help the beach community remain a safe and enjoyable area.

Please voice your opinion to the owner of Bestway that drug paraphernalia does not belong in our community.

Sincerely,

Patricia Cournoyer

Editor’s Note: The author is the Health Educator in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.

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