Scalettar used improper process to promote her agenda

First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar called a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on June 22 to reveal and discuss the new Toll Brothers proposal for development of the Country Club of Woodbridge property.

Although short notice was given to the public, many concerned town residents attended the meeting. It was quite clear from the outset that Scalettar favors the Toll Brothers new development proposal for cluster homes and condominium units, 80 units in all on 42 acres. What is equally apparent is she will use inappropriate means, including irregular and improper process, to promote her agenda.

The meeting was noticed as a special BOS meeting not a joint meeting with the Board of Finance. Three members of the BOF attended and were seated in the front of the room with their official nameplates, as if they were there in an official, proper capacity. As she did with the members of the BOS, Scalettar asked each of these BOF members to publicly express their opinions regarding the new proposal. It was no surprise they offered overwhelming support for the proposal, why else were they there? As an appointed body, the BOF doesn’t have a vote to approve any development nor do they vote to send any development option to the residents for referendum. Why were they actively participating in a special BOS meeting?

It seemed to me they were there to support Scalettar’s position on the proposal and advance her development agenda — one that will forever change the landscape of Woodbridge. These BOF members had an unlimited amount of time to share their views while the residents had to wait patiently for the public comment session, and each resident was limited to three minutes of speaking time.

In the future, Scalettar should adhere to all the rules of a special BOS meeting, not just the ones that serve her political needs. The future of the CCW property is a major issue in Woodbridge, and it’s time for our first selectwoman to stop manipulating the evaluation process, having tunnel vision for only Toll Brothers proposals and playing politics.

— Chuck Pyne


Are radical Muslims’ actions really due to GOP rhetoric?

In reply to William Sherman’s letter to the editor where he states the Orlando shooter murdered 49 gays because he had been “radicalized by the rhetoric of the Republican Party and its candidate for president,” does Sherman actually believe the radical Muslims’ mass beheadings, stoning of women, burning people alive, among other atrocities, are due to “Republican rhetoric”?

What I find most disturbing about Sherman’s letter to the editor is the suffix attached to his name - Ph.D - and a professor at SCSU. This is the type of professor I try to steer my children away from in college so my hard-earned money is not wasted. My bet is this professor inculcates students with personal radical opinion, rather than teaching our youth to be critical thinkers.

— Allison Rossi


Lawmakers thank residents for input

We thank the residents who stopped by our “Coffee Hour” event at Country Corner Diner in Bethany on June 10.

We appreciate that people took the time to meet and share their concerns and views with us, and to have the opportunity to update area taxpayers on issues that were debated that impact our daily lives.

For those who could not attend, please feel free to contact us at 800-842-1423 or email Lezlye.Zupkus@housegop.ct.gov or Themis.Klarides@housegop.ct.gov.

We look forward to future coffee hours at Country Corner and we thank everyone at the restaurant for hosting us.

— House Republican Leader Themis Klarides

Rep. Lezlye Zupkus, R-89

Congratulations to the Amity baseball team

Congratulations to the Amity baseball team for winning four championships in a row. Winning takes a lot of hard work and practice. I hope you don’t get the negative attitudes the UConn women basketball team received for getting four wins in a row.

People don’t seem to realize high school and college players put in hard work and practice to get to where they want to go. Don’t let the naysayers bother you. You deserved to win. Other teams can learn from you guys how to get where you did.

— Genevieve Amento