McMahon prepared

to create jobs

To the Editor:

As the new lost jobs numbers came out for September and the latest unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent, I am reminded of the question asked of Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal, both running for the Senate, at their recent debate. The question was, "how do you create a job?" Mr. Blumenthal hemmed and hawed, obviously not having any idea how a job is created, and stammered something like "the government does this or that and a job is ... is ... created."

Ms. McMahon, on the other hand, very succinctly said, "Government does not create jobs. It's very simple how you create jobs. An entrepreneur takes risk. He or she believes that they create a good or service that is sold for more than it costs to create it. If an entrepreneur thinks he can do that he creates a job."

Folks, isn't it clear who our next senator should be? Don't get distracted by the fact that Linda McMahon is involved in -- ugh -- TV wrestling. If you watch any TV at all, you know that wrestling is no worse than the average fare. Except for public television, programming is governed by ratings. For those who know how this works, if nobody watches your show you cannot sell advertising and therefore your show goes off the air. Twenty-five years ago, Newton Minow in his first speech after being appointed chairman of the FCC by President Kennedy called much of TV a "vast wasteland." In my opinion, nothing much has changed.

You know by now that there is no perfect candidate -- no one can meet everyone's expectations. We must determine who best can get this country off the track towards socialism. As Frederick Hayek said in "The Road to Serfdom," "socialism equals slavery." This book, written in 1945 and reprinted in 2007, is now in the top 10 at Amazon.

Nancy Lucht

Greenwich

Mike Murray for

probate judge

To the Editor:

I have known Mike Murray for more than 20 years and as a fellow practicing attorney with extensive probate court experience, I can say without hesitation that Mike will be an outstanding probate judge.

Mike has the proper temperament, experience and intellect to handle the sensitive matters that come before the probate court. Mike has lived in both New Canaan and Darien and manages the satellite office of a major Fairfield County firm here in New Canaan. Mike has the support of the First Selectmen in Darien and New Canaan in addition to many of the other Selectmen in each town, including Rob Mallozzi.

Although Mike was successful in the Republican Primary, he needs your vote in November to be elected and I urge you to join me and many of your other elected officials in supporting Mike Murray for Probate Judge.

Tom O'Dea

New Canaan

Why you must

vote Republican

To the Editor:

It is dollars and cents why you must vote the Democratic majority out on Nov. 2. The Democrats refusal to extend the Bush tax cuts and act on the estate tax will put a dent in all American's paychecks. From the poorest to the wealthiest Americans. This action will stall economic recovery.

Expiration of the Bush tax cuts will raise taxes in 2011 for many low and middle-income earners, with take-home pay shrinking. According to the Robert Williams, Tax Policy Center, in 2011 a wage earner with 2011 income of $40,000 with no children will see a tax increase of $95, with four children $215.

Roy A Abramowitz, CPA

New Canaan

Martha Dean for

attorney general

To the Editor:

Martha Dean is the best candidate for attorney general for Connecticut. Her experience as both a lawyer and a business owner who has run her own law practice make her extremely qualified to handle the job of AG. On principle, she is not taking any state public funding, unlike her opponent.

She has simple and powerful beliefs: The Constitution must be upheld; the state must be fiscally responsible; and the people's interests, not special interests, must be served.

Vote Martha Dean for attorney general. Connecticut needs her, and so do you.

Kathleen Redman

New Canaan

`Recapturing' open space

To the Editor:

Proliferating `mini' museums is a negative as I see it. Why not focus on Irwin -- our latest mini museum and room to expand.

The "Gold Star Walk" was designed to be a walk for quiet contemplation and remembrance -- suitable for the beauty of the natural landscape of the pond and quiet serenity of that side of Mead Park. We are mixing apples and oranges. A decision has been made regarding demolition of this building, supported by unanimous votes of all the Town fathers (Park & Recreation, Selectmen, P&Z, and Town Council and Historic Review Committee) at various points in a long process.

The garage on Richmond Hill Road has been studied, considered and debated for a number of years, and the decision that it is of `no significant historic value' should be accepted -- especially since the benefit -- recapturing open space and passive recreation land within a busy park, is also a very worthy objective.

The apartments built along Park Street have completely closed what once was a lovely view of Mead Park pond. Let's open up a vista we can all enjoy as we pass by.

Terry Spring

New Canaan

Himes is not an

`independent voice'

To the Editor:

Recently Beth Jones, who was a delegate to the 2010 Connecticut Democratic State Convention, discussed Congressman Jim Himes.

She stated, "Since, 2008 Jim has been an independent and thoughtful voice in Washington."

I don't think that a Congressman who voted more than 90 percent of the time with Nancy Pelosi, voting for all the major pieces of legislation including the stimulus, health care, financial reform and even cap and trade (which was only voted on in the House,) can be considered independent.

We had an independent voice in Washington with Chris Shays. We don't have an independent voice with Jim Himes.

Dan Debicella, candidate for Congress for our district, will be an independent voice for us. He will listen to his constituents and vote for measures to put Connecticut and America back to work and contain spending. Visit his website at www.debicella.com/

Mary-Ellen McDonald

New Canaan

Foley represents reform

To the Editor:

On Nov. 2, Connecticut voters will face a critical choice in who they select for governor. They can choose to maintain the status quo, or they can choose new leadership focused on reforming and restructuring state government.

As a lifelong Democrat and career politician, Dan Malloy is a high-profile member of the party that has controlled the State of Connecticut for almost two decades with veto proof majorities in both the State House and Senate. During his party's leadership, Connecticut has consistently been ranked among the least "business friendly" states in the nation. Job creation stalled, with Connecticut now sharing the distinction of no net new jobs created since 1989 with Michigan. Despite flat population growth, State government spending exploded by more than 200 percent in real terms -- much of this funded by sharply higher taxes and debt.

In 2010, Connecticut won the distinction of having the highest per capita public debt of any state in the nation. Far from controlling spending during the economic downturn, the legislature increased it resulting in a projected $3.4 billion deficit next fiscal year.

Dan Malloy has been endorsed by multiple unions representing public employees. Most recently, the Service Employees International Union announced it would spend $400,000 to support Malloy's candidacy.

Against this background, how can Dan Malloy credibly argue that he is the change agent Connecticut needs at this critical time in its history? He can't.

In contrast, Tom Foley can make a very credible argument he is well prepared to lead Connecticut towards a more prosperous future. While he has engaged in public service, he is not a career politician, and he is not beholden to any special interests or entrenched constituencies. Instead, he has highly relevant private sector experience, and he knows what it takes to create jobs and encourage businesses to locate in Connecticut. This isn't theory to him. From the outset of his campaign, Tom has committed himself to putting Connecticut on a fiscally responsible course, and he has demonstrated a willingness to make the tough decisions necessary to do so.

Tom Foley will lead Connecticut in a responsible, growth oriented direction. Dan Malloy will maintain the status quo -- which we can no longer afford. The choice is clear.

Stephen Boeschenstein

New Canaan

Keep the bus

stops as they are

To the Editor:

Allowing the children to be picked up and dropped off at their individual driveways is an important way to keep our children safe. Our beautiful country roads have no sidewalks and houses are far apart in many parts of town.

For these reasons alone, it seems logical to continue the individual pick up and drop off procedure.

As it is now, parents and caretakers can see that the bus did pick up their children and not someone with wrongdoing in mind. If the back-up behind the bus really annoys anyone, take another road, or leave earlier as my husband did when he commuted regularly. Individual pick-up and drop-off are a small inconvenience in order to protect our children.

Rita Steel

New Canaan

Senior Policy

clarifications

To the Editor:

Thank you for the article in the New Canaan News of Oct. 8, 2010 describing The Senior Policy Team Reviews Focus Group Results. As it is important to keep the objectivity of the focus groups and Tom Greenbaum's research analysis of his findings separate from the deliberations and idea generation of the policy team, there are several items in the article that we would like to clarify:

1) There were eight total focus groups conducted -- four of current seniors 65-plus and four of rising seniors/ boomers who are currently bestween 46 and 64. All respondents were randomly recruited from New Canaan voter roles by a marker research professional.

2) The Lapham Community Center extending its hours, Staying Put adjusting membership for snowbirds, and a number of other "ideas" that are being generated were developed and discussed by the team as a result of the research as we sought to innovatively respond to what we had heard.

3) All of the "ideas" in the article that are being generated by the team are early concepts at this point and time, and how we are seeking to evolve the potential building blocks and actions to make New Canaan an optimal livable community, our strategic planning model that seeks to make the town a great place to both grow up and grow old.

Both Tom Greenbaum and I appreciate your coverage in our behalf for the town's senior policy project looking at town trends and needs for the next 15 and 20 years.

Jim Lisher, Chairman

Senior Health Care & Housing

Policy Development Team

Vote Mike Murray,

probate judge

To the Editor:

We are writing to encourage voters to cast their vote for Mike Murray in the upcoming election for probate judge. Having known Mike for several years, we believe he has the professional traits and personal integrity to become an effective probate judge.

Probate judges protect the needs of families facing difficult times in their lives. These families depend on the probate judge to expeditiously make fair and just decisions that effect sensitive personal issues. Mike possesses the compassion and skill to handle this job effectively.

Not only does Mike have the education and years of legal experience to enforce the law but he has the even temperament to handle the job fairly. Mike is a devoted husband and father. He is involved in our community and local church. He understands both Darien, having lived here for many years, and New Canaan, where he practices law.

Ultimately this job needs someone with uncommon integrity. We will be voting for Mike and we hope you will join us with your vote. Please consider voting in person or by absentee ballot. Mike Murray is the right candidate for this job.

Brenda and Mike Bennett

Darien

Candidate forum Oct. 21

To the Editor:

Candidates for State Legislature and Judge of Probate will be in New Canaan to debate the issues and meet the voters on Thursday evening, Oct. 21, in the Town Hall auditorium.

Tax policy, public utilities, transportation, education -- consider the many issues that you might like to explore with those seeking office. The candidates will be available to meet personally with voters before and after the debate. Refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m., the debates will commence at 7:15 p.m., and candidates have been asked to stay for a half hour after the conclusion of the program. This Candidates' Night Forum will also be broadcast live on Channel 79.

The League of Women Voters of New Canaan will moderate the debate.

Jane Himmel, President

League of Women Voters of New Canaan

Letter criticizing

Himes `exaggerated'

To the Editor:

Edward Dadakis' letter attacking Jim Himes last week was loaded with exaggerations and errors.

Himes did vote with the majority to adjourn and return to Connecticut. But to call his the "deciding vote" is a bit silly. It implies that there was a tie, and the eyes of the Congress turned to the moderate freshman from Connecticut's Fourth. Nonsense. Himes' was one vote, just like any other.

As for the content of the vote: The do-nothing Senate had already announced that it would not take up the tax cut extension. Whether or not the House considered the bill became moot. Unfortunately, we can add this to the list of 400 bills stalled in the Senate, where astronomical numbers of filibusters and holds have undermined the legislative process.

Jim Himes is 100 percent behind the extension of all tax cuts, even for the highest earners. He was among the first and most vocal Democrats to go against the President and congressional leaders on this. It's one more example of his willingness to break with his party on significant issues. To paint it as anything else is deceptive.

Jim Himes has done a good job representing New Canaan residents and the rest of the Fourth Congressional District and should continue representing us come Nov. 2.

Maureen Michael

New Canaan

Reject extremism

in New Canaan

To the Editor:

Last week, a letter critical of one of Jim Himes' recent votes appeared here. Citizens expressing support or criticism of candidates is a valuable part of any campaign. But I do think it's important that the public discourse on the pages of the newspaper remain civil.

It's one thing to criticize Himes' vote. It's another to say he "runs where he always runs, behind Nancy Pelosi's skirt." That shameful choice of words reflects the hostility that engulfs the ascendant far-right forces in the new Republican party. Like it or not, Republicans now have their most extreme faction calling the shots. Did you ever see an intentionally emasculating attack like that in a previous year?

It's time for moderate, lifelong Republicans and independent voters to recognize that the crazy rumors and unhinged rhetoric that now dominate activism from the right can only be defeated with votes for Democrats.

David Kostek

David Kostek is the vice chairman of the New Canaan Democratic Party. He wrote this letter as a private citizen.