A vote for Williams

To the editor,

New Canaan needs Roger Williams on the Town Council. Roger brings a balanced and informed perspective to the council. He offers a different and pragmatic approach on the important issues facing the citizens of our town. None of his opponents have his successful business background and his experience with emphasis on the bottom line. He is not afraid to speak the truth and question things when others seek to conform. Roger has served the citizens well for the past four years and we are fortunate that he is willing to serve again. We need Roger on the council. Look for his name on the petitioning line of the ballot and join me in voting for Roger!

Eric B. Freeman

New Canaan

LWV’s regret

To the editor,

With a sense of real regret the League of Women Voters of New Canaan has canceled its long-standing annual Candidates’ Debate. The decision to cancel was advised by the State of Connecticut League of Women Voters as a result of the league’s strong policy to remain non-partisan. With only one candidate to be featured in the first selectman spot and only Republican spots in contention for Town Council, the debate did not meet that criterion.

The mission of the New Canaan LWV is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Our Candidates’ Debate is intended to benefit the citizens of New Canaan. It is not held for the benefit of the candidates. This year, we believe that the best way we can pursue that goal, and maintain our policy to remain non-partisan, is through wide distribution of our Voters’ Guide.

This has not been a typical political season for New Canaan. The collegial atmosphere of the past has been replaced with threats of lawsuits and legal proceedings. Although this is not the reason for the cancellation of the debate, residents have expressed their concern that the atmosphere is so negatively charged that they would not feel comfortable participating in or attending the political debate for this year.

We are fortunate to live in a town that offers an extraordinary quality of life. It is important to value what we have here. Please take the time to learn about the issues and about the candidates . . . and above all, please exercise your valuable right to vote.

Kit Devereaux

President

and the Board of Directors

The League of Women Voters

New Canaan