How ironic! Having received a $51 million state deal, Alexion lays off numbers just slightly higher than what allowed them special consideration in the first place.

Is Alexion going to reimburse Connecticut? Will Alexion pay back the $16-$20 million “forgiven loan”? The ridiculously low one percent rate on $20 million? The tax credits received? A $6 million grant for lab construction? Why move from Cheshire to New Haven, other than to build a nice, shiny building that will soon prove to be just so much empty space. (Remember Bayer, Pfizer?) Maybe Yale will buy it — more loss of taxable income for New Haven. Our state coffers are not exactly overflowing — is there an escape clause with this agreement?

Alexion executives didn’t project well in planning their “long-range goals” — aka not enough in the pipeline for “sustainable, long-term growth.”

Alexion had no trouble hiring 200 people required to obtain the money, only to lay off the same number a few years later. Imagine the return on investment on that kind of a deal.

Pfizer did the same thing. Is this how we do business — take the money and run? No wonder Connecticut is in such financial straits.

This is a slap in the face to all Connecticut residents.

“Companies ebb and flow” — seriously? The Department of Economic and Community Development has their heads in the clouds. Consider how many other pharma companies we have lost in Connecticut: Pfizer, Bayer and BMS, not to mention all the little-known biotechs. What is Gov. Malloy going to do to rectify this? What is he even thinking? Maybe the more important question is when is Malloy going to step aside? Is it any wonder that residents and businesses alike are giving up and moving out of state?

— Joanna D’Amico Milford

I just discovered that I have been thrown into a basket full of “irredeemable deplorables.” According to Hillary Clinton, who dubbed half of Donald Trump’s supporters a bunch of “xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic bigots.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign she stood before a crowd at a campaign fundraiser and said, “You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic ... you name it.” (That’s what I get for not watching and reading all of the liberal news media’s up to the minute prognostications, pontifications and pearls of wisdom, otherwise I would have known that I was a deplorable a long time ago.)

I stumbled onto the label the other day when I saw a handwritten sign on a local lawn urging someone to rescue an adorable, homeless kitten. At least that’s what I thought it said, but on closer inspection it read, adopt a deplorable, homeless veteran. That began my quest to find out about this deplorable label and see if it applied to me.

Am I opposed to abortion? Yes, all human life is sacred.

Am I a conservative? Yes.

Am I a Christian with Christian values? Yes.

Do I support same sex marriage? No.

Do I call terrorist attacks by their rightful name? Yes, radical Islam.

Do I believe Christians are being persecuted and killed by radical Islam? Yes.

Do I want criminal illegal aliens deported? Yes.

Do I hate anyone who opposes what I believe? No.

Am I a racist? No.

Do I feel that Christians have been under attack by the media and liberals? Yes.

Now I need to look up the word “xenophobic.”

If that makes me a deplorable then I am proud to say that I am a deplorable through and through. God bless you and God bless America. (Whoops — I almost said Jesus loves you!)

— Bonnie Pelaccia Orange

Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., will be the last time Milford residents can publicly comment before the Board of Aldermen vote on the local education budget.

I urge all members of the Milford community who support public education to speak out against any cuts to the Board of Education’s proposed budget. Reducing the local budget at this time on top of the potential cuts from the federal and state governments will negatively impact academic, athletic and arts programs, class sizes and jobs.

In addition to providing an equal opportunity to education and advancement, public education is an investment in the future of our society and democracy. An educated and informed electorate is fundamental to a functioning democracy. We need to keep Milford public schools on its path of improving its educational goals and educating our future citizens.

Please come to Milford City Hall on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and speak up for the Milford public schools’ budget.

— Laura Fucci Milford

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