Letter: Sometimes change is necessary

To the Editor: If you believe what Citizens for Easton say about Easton, the proposed Plan of Conservation and Development, if it is approved, the world as we know it will stop spinning on its axis and life as we know it will cease to exist. One flyer sent around by CFE shows the street in front of the Weston Shopping Center. This picture is disingenuous at best as just across the street from the shopping center are three public schools. Of course you will get traffic like this when school is in session. Current Easton zoning rules go back … Read more

Letter: Easton Historical Society thanks public for coming to event

To the Editor: Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Easton Historical Society’s 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday. The board members who were present believed it was a great success and we are hopeful that you did as well. If you took time out from the food, drinks and music, did you review the historical exhibits we had on display, from the Adam School House history to the photos and a trophy from the Sport Hill Races in the early 1900’s? Most of these historical items have not been viewed by the public for many, many years. Based … Read more

Letter: Resident supports Kaplan for Easton selectman

To the Editor: I write in response to Easton First Selectman Dunsby’s comments with respect to the candidacy of Ira Kaplan and the interpretation of Connecticut General Statutes Section 9-222. There is no reference in the statute toward “pushing” toward appointment as replacement for a member of the same party. In fact, the statute is silent. A person with any political affiliation could have been appointed. The statute does not identify that a particular affiliation is required or even suggested for the replacement. After 30 days, the issue of candidate selection is determined by members of the same political affiliation, … Read more

Letter: Easton residents rally to support children separated from families

To the Editor: A number of Easton residents, among them Easton Democratic Selectman Bob Lessler, attended the “Families Belong Together” rally at Fairfield Green on Saturday, June 30. One of 700 events held nationwide, the gathering was held to protest the current administration’s separation of children from their families as a deterrent for illegal border crossings. In response to outrage expressed across the country and across party lines, the president recently signed an executive order terminating the policy, yet has left uncertain the fate of some 2,000 traumatized children and their agonized parents currently held in detention centers.     The … Read more

Letter: People should have the right to clap and be heard

To the Editor: If the goal of the June 20 public conversation in Easton about a town center and the revisions to the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) was an effort to get a sense of the townspeople’s opinions, telling us that we should refrain from clapping clearly flies in the face of that goal. Some people are not comfortable speaking in public, but will clap to show support of a position. In a democracy, we, the people, are supposed to have a say. Additionally, when people attempted to speak about zoning violations that have gone unchecked, they … Read more

Letter: Easton first selectman should respect nominating process

To the Editor: Easton Republicans must call First Selectman Adam Dunsby to account for acting outside the bylaws of the Easton Republican Town Committee (ERTC) in filling the vacancy on the Board of Selectmen. By state statute, the BOS had 30 days to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Selectman Carolyn Colangelo. During that 30-day period the ERTC performed due diligence in interviewing and vetting candidates to recommend to Adam Dunsby. However, Mr. Dunsby, who was nominated by the ERTC and elected by its efforts and the votes of Easton Republicans, with full knowledge that the nominating committee was … Read more

Letter: Thank you to everyone who signed Easton petition

To the Editor: I just wanted to personally thank each and every one who signed the Petition for a Special Election for Selectmen. We collected 323 signatures and I really enjoyed meeting new people . You all were so welcoming and It really made me realize what a special place we live in. As I walked the neighborhoods and (drove some) it really made me appreciate the serine and beauty of Easton and why I moved here in the first place. Thanks again. June Chiaia-Logie Rock House Road, Easton

Letter: Easton P&Z chairman may have conflict of interest

To the Editor: As the Easton Planning and Zoning Commission begins its public hearings on its proposed Master Plan (Plan of Conservation and Development), one very important issue that has not been adequately addressed is the fact that Chairman Maquat and/or his family may have ownership interests in land holdings that directly abut P&Z’s proposed Village District at the intersection of Sport Hill, Center, and Banks roads. Before any further Planning and Zoning action on this matter is undertaken (and obviously a lot has already been undertaken), it is paramount that Chairman Maquat address this potential conflict of interest and … Read more

Letter: Easton selectmen usurped power of citizenry

To the Editor: The Easton Board of Selectmen usurped the Town Meeting by denying the public the right to take action on the proposed budget at the April 30 Town Meeting. Selectmen Dunsby, Lessler, and Colangelo unanimously voted to exclude the public’s right to lower the budget at its Annual Town Meeting and go directly go to a machine vote, through controlling the agenda/call of its Annual Town Meeting. While it is within the selectmen’s purview to set the agenda/call of the meeting, it is not within their purview to use their charge to prevent the public from adopting, lowering … Read more

Letters to the Editor: Redding-Easton Budget

Redding budget — let’s work with real numbers To the Editor: Most of what I hear about the impact of the town budget, overlaid on a townwide revaluation, seems to be a combination of confusion and political talk — but numbers, if honestly discussed, are more objective than political talk. The town’s budget is proposed to go up by 2.35%. That is how much more money it needs to collect from us taxpayers. Any amount or percentage other than this is due to the revaluation and will vary greatly from house to house with some higher, some lower than 2.35%. … Read more

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