Letters & Endorsements

Letter to the Editor

Dems actions make difference in South Windsor

South Windsor’s Democratic leadership has accomplished amazing things in the past two years.

Holding the majority on the Town Council, Board of Education, and the Planning and Zoning Commission, Democrats have given residents two consecutive budgets with no tax increase. Sewer fees did not increase and the mill rate went down.

The grand list has grown by $3.9 million, despite the pandemic. More of our low-income elderly have extra money in their pockets because the income cutoff to qualify for a tax credit was raised. Democrats don’t just talk. They take action that makes a difference for every single person in South Windsor.

We all know that our town is a wonderful place to live. Money Magazine has affirmed that belief by naming South Windsor the 12th best place to live in entire country (2020). Let’s keep it that way. Vote Row A on Election Day.

Elizabeth Kuehnel
South Windsor

Published in the Journal Inquirer, October 25, 2021

Letter to the Editor

South Windsor Dems deliver for residents

Society must demonstrate progress, not politics, to achieve, grow, and prosper, and in our society, especially during election cycles, we are subject to opinion and rhetoric.

Rhetoric — idiomatic speechmaking — sounds good but, without the facts, it is akin to a limp piece of lettuce.

It is far too easy to throw out that proverbial baby with the bathwater. If we indeed are to face facts, we must take the time to listen, read, and understand them.

Municipal officials are volunteers who are paid nothing for their hours of service and are subject to verbal abuse, mischaracterization, and ugly vitriol on social media posts.

Dislike of elections has risen dramatically over the years, and voters decry signage, door knocking, mailers, and anything else that might highlight positions.

Sadly, all lead to the avoidance of voting in a country that prides itself on free and democratic voting.

In South Windsor facts are clear: Democrats delivered for taxpayers and residents, with no tax increase or reduction in services for two years. Our Board of Education continually puts students and staff first for their safety during the pandemic.

Money talks in today’s economy, and actions speak louder than words. I will vote Row A: Democratic.

Daria M. PlummerPaterna
South Windsor

Published in the Journal Inquirer, October 13, 2021

Letter to the Editor

Progress in South Windsor under Dems can be seen

Under Democratic leadership of the Town Council, Board of Education, and Planning and Zoning Commission, we have demonstrated progress you can see.

We delivered two years with: no tax increase, no mill rate increase, no increase in sewer fees, and attracted many great companies to town with no reduction in town services. We kept town hall open during the worst pandemic in 100 years.

We added $3.9 million to our tax base in 2020. We supported building four new elementary schools. We will achieve 100% renewable electrical energy in all town buildings in 2022. No other town in the state is doing these things.

We are focused on preserving open space: purchasing Porter’s Hill at Nevers Park, and 50 acres of farmland near Main Street have been saved forever.

We received national recognition for South Windsor, as we were named the 12th best place to live in America (Money Magazine, 2020).

We are focused on making South Windsor a great place to live, work, play and learn.

Vote Row A on Nov. 2 for progress you can see.

Andrew Paterna
South Windsor

The writer is the Democratic mayor of South Windsor who is running for reelection.

Published in the Journal Inquirer, October 6, 2021

Letter to the Editor

South Windsor Dems offer record of positive change

South Windsor voters have a choice. They can choose Democratic candidates with a proven track record of positive change that continues to focus on progress, or candidates from the other party offering no new ideas for the town.

Democrats have held the Town Council and Board of Education majority for four years and these are some of their successes: no tax increase; successful completion of the school district three-year plan; planning and building three new elementary schools with a fourth on the way; creation of a tax stabilization fund; a smart growth strategy to drive new tax revenue bringing great American companies to town; national recognition as 12th best place to live in America (Money Magazine, 2020); renewable energy achievements; preservation of open space and farmland.

Republicans are a vote for “change.” To what? A reduction in services and regressive policies that prevent progress?

Keeping Democrats in the majority just makes sense to continue moving South Windsor forward. Vote Row A on Nov. 2.

Linda Jeski
South Windsor

Published in the Journal Inquirer, October 5, 2021

Letter to the Editor

South Windsor Dems are focused on data-driven decisions

As South Windsor Democrats we are focused on data-driven decisions that bring growth, prosperity, and solutions to improve our community.

Under Democratic majority leadership we have made progress you can see. Residents have enjoyed two straight years of no municipal tax, mill rate, or sewer usage fee increase — all without reduction to town services. We have set high education standards and are about to break ground on our fourth new elementary school.

We’ve driven smart growth, attracting great companies into the town, which delivers incremental revenue to keep taxes in line.

Under Democratic majority leadership we’ve added $3.9 million to our grand list, created a tax stabilization fund, will achieve our goal of 100% renewable energy on all town buildings by 2023, while being committed to preservation of open space and 50 acres of farmland.

These accomplishments have resulted in our town being nationally recognized (MONEY Magazine, 12th best place to live), and our Democratic team is determined to continue to make South Windsor a great place to live, work, play, and learn.

On Nov. 2, a vote for me and my colleagues on Row A (top row) will assure that we continue this success and progress.

Damian Humphrey
South Windsor
The writer is a Democratic candidate for selectman.

Published in the Journal Inquirer, September 23, 2021

Letter to the Editor

Dems are demonstrating good leadership

I am a long-time South Windsor resident and I know what good leadership looks like. Democratic leadership in South Windsor has made the town a better place to live for me and for all residents.

Under Democratic leadership on the Town Council, we haven’t had a tax increase in two years. There’s been no mill rate increase and no increase in the sewer usage fee. All of this has been done without reducing services for residents.

The Democrat-led Board of Education has helped prepare our kids for the future by making sure the school system has an excellent curriculum. We also have three new state-of-the-art elementary schools, with a fourth scheduled to be completed in 2023.

In addition, Democrats have helped seniors by increasing the tax credit.

So it makes sense to keep Democrats in charge. They make good decisions for the town and have proven they are great leaders. I’ll be voting Row A for all the Democratic candidates. I’m asking other voters to do the same.

Dwight Johnson
South Windsor

Published in the Journal Inquirer, September 21, 2021

Letter to the Editor

A simple act of kindness

This November 2nd, there will be municipal elections involving – in some cases – dozens of candidates campaigning for our various Boards, Councils, Commissions and more.

The candidates are investing their time, effort and personal funds for the privilege and opportunity to participate in our democratic process. With very few exceptions, these elected positions are voluntary. The reward is giving back to the community.

Many candidates will be campaigning tirelessly to get themselves known so voters can make educated decisions about who to vote for.

One of the best known and effective forms of campaigning is “door knocking.” While this can be perceived as a nuisance to some – maybe many – I am hopeful that residents will embrace ALL candidates as they walk our streets looking to meet and greet.

Given limited budgets, door knocking is the best way for candidates to articulate their views and platform, and address our issues and concerns.

I am making the commitment to receive any and all candidates with courtesy and respect. I hope all who read this will join me.

Paul Bernstein
South Windsor

Published in the Journal Inquirer, September 9, 2021