The Connecticut Senate approved the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition concessions package a week after the House of Representatives approved the deal.

Sen. Gayle Slossberg, our representative from Milford, made a big issue of trying to reduce resident taxes. She was one of the deciding votes to pass this bill. In this bill is included 10 years, until 2027, no layoffs for state workers as well as pay increases.

How many Connecticut citizens can say that? I listened to that phone call and gave my opinion that if taxes increase, companies like Sikorsky Aircraft, now owned by Lockheed, will find it advantageous to move to a more favorable location.

Many of the skilled labor force would be glad to follow if given a good incentive, like cheaper taxes. Most of the Sikorsky employees are from the Milford-Orange area.

My opinion, our Sen. Slossberg is only interested in the most votes and not the good of the working people. The statement she made states the $5 billion deficit Connecticut has. Does she think additional taxes will be beneficial to us residents?

Sen. Slossberg also tells how she would like to create an environment where people want to raise families and start businesses. No one in their right mind would start a business in this state. The insurance costs and the taxes are too high. Keep increasing the minimum wage, we will have machines flipping the burgers.

It seems to me that the goals of the Hartford politicians are not to help Connecticut, but to keep their own jobs. The average resident does not have an organization that can rise up against them. It’s time to tally our votes and kick them all out of office.

We need to start our own coalition SRBAC (State Resident Benefit Act Coalition).

— Bill Simpson Milford

Residents, if you are planning a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles be sure to take a beach chair, and a cooler of water, as you’ll be there awhile. The problem at DMV isn’t the people. I have found them to be helpful, competent and overworked — unlike our politicians. The problem is residents cannot go to AAA anymore, so this created a heavier burden on the satellite offices. So, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Mayor Ben Blake think closing these will help? No, it will only place a bigger burden on the existing offices and staff, which means even longer lines.

I don’t understand how we can pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, yet receive so little in return. Pay more and get less, that’s the world we live in. Once again, we can thank our politicians for creating yet another fine mess. Perhaps the governor, and the mayor should spend a day working at the DMV. After spending a day dealing with hundreds of tired and angry people, who have been standing in line for hours, maybe then they’ll have some empathy for the workers and see what the problems really are.

It is absurd that people have to take a vacation, or sick day, to go to DMV. I have been driving for over 40 years and it was never like this. The best solution, for now, is to bring back the option of going to AAA for license renewals. Thankfully, I won’t have to go to the DMV again for another six years.

— Theresa Champagne Derby

There once was a day my mother said if you do not have anything good to say, do not say anything. Every day we wake up to offensive tweets from Donald Trump. Obviously, he never listened to my mother. Our country is on a downward spiral of negativity and unhappiness. I suspect that we are on our way to mediocrity, not greatness.

There once was a day when the majority ruled with leadership and compassion. People accepted the results of congressional votes and moved on to the next issue or respectfully continued in their political efforts to disagree and change the system. America was great because we were innovative and worked towards the common good.

More recently there is venom in our disagreements and we have a so-called president who speaks in platitudes but thinks and acts as a child bully. He has no leadership qualities and is bringing the discourse in our country to a dangerously low level.

Our political system has historically had a two-party government that ultimately worked together to solve problems and deal with crisis. Somehow, someone has stepped forward to fill the leadership void. Hopefully this will happen again or I believe America is past its greatness.

— Dr. Sheldon Natkin Woodbridge