As an octogenarian, staunch feminist, married to the same woman for 60 years, there is not a day that goes by that the absolute arrogance and ignorance of a segment of the world’s male population doesn’t fail to demonstrate their adherence to archaic beliefs, some long ago dispelled and others simply abandoned via modernization/evolution or defied and denied as factual accounts.

The Era of Enlightenment’s adoption of reason, science and factuality needs to be employed once again in the 21st century as it was in the 17th and 18th in order to prevent the further exploitation of women and all “others” deemed lesser than throughout the world.

The Washington Post article regarding the seven “male rabbis” who refuse the concept of “gender equality” are part of the same entrenched powers that continue to instigate, initiate, propagate and perpetuate the societal ills and violence against all whom they’ve been culturally and religiously inculcated against from birth; and shall continue unabated until such time as all males finally accept the factual reality that there is “no superior human beings, just human beings,” that should all be judged by their character and merit.

Let it be said from here forward “Beside every good man stands a good and caring woman” not the antiquated “Behind,” inferring not equal connotation propagated for allegiance as a dutiful obligation.

It shall not be until we have complete parity in the governance of “We the people” and the weighted voices of both genders (50% males, 50% females) shall we rid the world of that which threatens civilization itself: misogynistic arrogance.

— Frank C. Rohrig Milford

As the gavel hit the Speaker’s podium at midnight June 7, it marked the end to the 2017 legislation, but the beginning of a special session to close the projected $5.1 billion deficit over the next two years. The call of the special session shouldn’t be a shock to most, because Democrat Speaker of House Joe Aresimowicz made it well known that no budget proposal would be passed by the June 7 deadline.

Instead, the Speaker decided to call legislation such as the legalization of marijuana, tolls, and an anti-police bill, which all never received votes, wasting hours of time. This wasted time should have been used to pass a budget.

During the course of this session, I was proud to join my House Republican colleagues in crafting a budget, which showed that a no-tax-increase budget could be accomplished. Our no-tax-increase budget proposal focused on making long-term structural changes, reducing the size of the state government, and reining in out-of-control state spending.

This will now mark three years in a row that Democrat leadership failed to pass a budget by the legislative deadline and agree with commonsense Republican proposals. We owe it to residents, businesses and municipalities to pass bipartisan budgets. But after two of the highest tax increases in our state’s history, businesses like GE and Aetna packing their bags, and residents running for the border, it seems Democrats are continuing business as usual.

We now have until July 1 to pass a budget in a special session or the governor will have the ability to make budget decisions without legislative objection, which no one wants to see.

Restoring fiscal stability will require Democrats to accept Republican ideas. The Speaker still has the opportunity to come to the table and agree that a no-tax-increase budget is the best way to regain the confidence of Connecticut residents. We will now wait and hope that the Speaker and Democrats will join us and answer the calls of residents and businesses pleading for no more taxes!

— State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus 89th District, Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect

Stanley Heller has contributed to the “Fake News” descending on the news media in his diatribe on the hunger strike of Palestinian jailed in Israeli prisons. Israel says prisoners’ conditions meet all international standards and there have not been any international claims that conditions in Israel’s prison do not meet humane standards. Limiting TV channels is not inhumane except for professional apologists for Palestinian self-destruction.

The hunger strike is a wonderful propaganda tool for foolish people like Heller to use against the state of Israel but, of course, the reality is very different. Prisoners, jailed for offenses linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seek better conditions, including 20 TV channels, unrestricted books and magazines, air conditioning, a greater selection of items available for purchase in the canteen, family visits, the restarting of open university studies, public telephone use, and annual medical checks for prisoners. Requesting more TV channels and air conditioning does not seem to me to be a catalyst for peaceful negotiations.

Even more galling than Heller’s description of the “hunger strike” is his lionizing Marwan Barghouti — the strike’s leader — a man convicted of murdering five innocent people. Heller sees Barghouti as a political prisoner; I see him as a murderer. And Barghouti, while urging on his fellow Palestinians, has been caught twice eating goodies in his cell. Such hypercritical leadership perhaps explains why the Palestinian people have not been able to arrive at any peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps when so-called leaders/murderers like Barghouti and his Hamas/Palestinian Authority minions start caring about the lives of their fellows rather than their own glorification, then people of goodwill on both sides can find the path to peace.

— Elaine Albom Braffman, Esq. Woodbridge