Letters to the editor: town voting, Optimum,

As Woodbridge voters contemplate the upcoming election, I urge them to bear in mind: our taxes have been increasing yearly to the point where the mill rate approaches 40; real property values continue to be depressed, unlike many other area towns; the Country Club of Woodbridge property challenge is unresolved after eight years and millions spent; the Bradley Road Tract remains undeveloped, and town debt is at the top end of any reasonable limit.

We all go about our daily business to the point where much of this goes unnoticed, but this direction is untenable. Business as usual, continuity as some people would call it, will not serve our future well. It is time for a change and, for me, the agent of change is Tony Anastasio.

Tony has a long and accomplished resume of community service in Woodbridge, including: Volunteer of the Year in 2012; president-elect of the Woodbridge Rotary; longtime Woodbridge, Bethany and Orange youth baseball coach, and youth services volunteer for many years.

Even more significant, Tony is a two-term member of the Board of Selectmen. He is aware of the challenges facing Woodbridge voters. He knows our town and how town government works, and how it doesn’t. He has spent his working career in the financial industry and is eminently qualified to manage town departments and preside over town finances and budgets. Tony is a man of integrity, dedication and action, and he has shown a capability to work in a nonpartisan fashion - strong traits essential to resolve challenges and bring about change.

On May 1, there is only one clear choice for the first selectman who will lead Woodbridge in a new direction. That person is Tony Anastasio.

— Dorothy J. Martino Woodbridge

I wrote a letter to the editor on April 24, 2015 regarding ongoing blight issues in the southern section of town, commonly referred to as “The Village” or “The Flats.”

Several neighbors and I also met with town leadership about this same issue in July of 2015. I presented them with the ordinance the city of Ansonia enforces; but unfortunately, the issue clearly is not a concern for the town.

I am amazed landlords continue to think it’s OK to own rental properties, but not keep up the maintenance on them. I continue to see storm doors torn off the front of homes, part of light fixtures gone, mailboxes in disrepair, broken screens, garbage on the side of homes and siding torn off of houses. I also blame the town - there is a blight ordinance in place - but noticeably not enforced. It took one landlord and many calls into the town, about four years to clean up property that was used for storing building equipment. Of note, this was the only issue that has since been cleaned up.

Because zoning is different in this section of town, the current ordinance needs to be revised to address these ongoing issues. Other than a letter being sent to the landowner to clean up the property, there should be a plan in place. Blight issues are not simply aesthetic. They also cause a decline in home values, and puts a burden on the environment. The pile of construction equipment/lumber can be a haven for pests and vermin, which may roam to nearby homes. Aside from the immediate impacts on neighbors, blight can negatively affect the image of the entire community.

I am looking most forward to a leadership change on May 1.

— Kris Festa Woodbridge

Optimum Cable represents today’s “corporate world” attained after Richard Nixon’s appointment to the Supreme Court of Lewis Powell and the “revolt of the bosses” to essentially destroy all the gains that the working men and women made post-WWII. They represent the “right wing” zealotry who equate corporations as people and that has led to the decimation of our middle class citizens, increased poverty, and an uncertainty of our nation’s well being.

All of us who were Optimum customers paid “hard-earned cash” each month we were billed for programming subscribed for but did not receive and it is cash/money we are all deserved of receiving back, for their failures, not ours.

This nation is at the precipice of a revolution for a multitude of reasons and corporations buying our political system and politicians is at the top of the list.

— Frank C. Rohrig Milford Disgusted octogenarian

Woodbridge municipal elections are approaching rapidly: Monday May 1.

Each of us should be asking: “What is the most important issue for our town today?” In today’s difficult fiscal climate, we must have leaders with a strong financial background. This is the only way to turn our town around economically. Tony Anastasio has a proven financial background as a successful business owner and financial planner. Currently Tony is Woodbridge’s “Everywhere Man.”

In his capacity as a Board of Selectmen member, Tony ensures he has all the facts and details to make sound decisions. He is always willing to take the time to listen to his constituents and looks for sensible solutions to the issues which face our town. He is extremely visible, attending board and commission meetings as well as supporting local nonprofit organizations. He will continue to be present and diligent as our next first selectman.

It is time for Woodbridge to have a change in leadership and Tony Anastasio is the person for the job.

— Cynthia Gibbons Woodbridge

It’s one of the oldest cliches in the book: a bright light bulb appearing over our head means we have just had a great idea. But Hamden residents right now are in a very real fight against a very bad idea: United Illuminating installing too-bright light bulbs over our heads.

UI wants to install 4,000 kelvin, blue-spectrum LED bulbs in the streetlights throughout Hamden. While I applaud the energy-saving objective, these bulbs exceed American Medical Association guidelines for exterior lighting. Moreover, the intense blue/white light they emit bring the ambiance of the prison yard to quiet residential streets.

A much smarter alternative is the 3,000 kelvin bulb that Eversource has apparently committed to for future streetlight installations. This approach is the proverbial win-win: lowering energy use while maintaining public safety and quality of life.

UI should heed the wishes of its Hamden customers and modify its plans by switching to the healthier alternative. It’s a bright idea, but not too bright.

— Matthew Broder Hamden