During their campaigns and in their media reports, Gayle Slossberg and Kim Rose claim to be independent, working for the good of all us little people, but they’re not. They’re Malloy Democrats and their voting records prove it every time.

Monday, July 31, the Democratic legislature handed the unions the sweetest deal yet that locks in unprecedented benefits for the next 10 years.

What did they hand the taxpayers? A steaming pile of poop, the nastiest financial liability for taxpayers yet. This comes on the heels of repeatedly voting for historic tax increases. They claim this union deal will save the state big money overall but it won’t.

Gayle and Kim’s press releases justifying their votes were pure entertainment. They clearly worked longer over these than over this SEBAC bill. Kim’s release is ridiculous as she tries to make everything seem hunky-dory.

She never met a tax hike she didn’t like and vote for. Check her voting record.

Sen. Slossberg’s strategy is classic Gayle: numb them with self-serving “facts” and assure them everything will be all right, not to worry. She promises it’s a good deal, but it isn’t. She talks like a Republican, but always votes Democrat. She assures taxpayers this situation can be fixed in 10 years. Ten years? We need it fixed now!

SEBAC never should have passed. What possessed these legislators? I’ll tell you. They don’t represent us, the taxpayers, who foolishly voted them into office. They are Malloy Democrats who represent the unions first, last and always. Gayle and Kim should be thrown out of office.

Remember this debacle come election time this year and next year, when these two are up for re-election. Nothing will change unless you vote for change.

— Connie Jagodzinski Milford

(Editor’s note: Gayle Slossberg and Kim Rose represent Milford in the state Senate and House, respectively.)

The Democratic Party’s challenge during the 2016 election was facing some of its hypocritical tendencies.

“The party of the working class” has members who publicly deride the enormous forces that inflict struggle upon the lower and middle classes, yet give private, highly paid speeches to those same immoral powers.

They fight for health care, yet some Democrats still decide to pass legislation that benefits only large pharmaceutical companies. The Sanders movement brought this into sharp focus, for the better.

However, one fact must not be forgotten: members like Elizabeth Warren represent the average American on the national stage, and will continue to do so. They will butt heads with their hypocritical colleagues until there is nothing left to the party but the original message: representing the little guy.

The Republican Party points out this hint of hypocrisy for its own benefit.

But let’s make no mistake: the GOP, perhaps better called the Grand Old Parody, is so deeply entrenched in contradiction that it will soon collapse under the weight of its own irony.

The “pro-life” party is fighting, as you read this, to steal essential healthcare away from millions of us, pushing many closer to their own mortal limits.

Republicans claim to represent the working man, but strive to ensure that his blue-collar job won’t be enough to pay for his family’s necessities, and silence him in the face of his superiors by de-unionizing the workforce.

The GOP accuses the media of not letting people think for themselves, but fights to de-fund public education and is strident in its rhetoric berating highly educated communities, which at this time are the only international representatives we can take pride in.

The Republican Party is a grotesquely disfigured remainder of what it once was, and in its final days, instead of wondering what happened to the legacy of Lincoln and standing its ground, it shouts Trump as it plunges into the abyss of history.

— Filip Dul Bethany