To the Editor:

I grew up in Milford and have lived here all my life. I have always felt that Milford was one big family. Yes, we will have our disagreements, but we cannot let petty politics tear us apart. While this political season has been fairly calm, the past few weeks have seen an increase in partisan attacks coming from staff and supporters of both mayoral campaigns. I urge my fellow Milford citizens to tone down the political rhetoric and stop the unnecessarily mean attacks.

While partisan politics have made Washington D.C. an all but dysfunctional town, Milford does not need to follow in their footsteps. Ad hominen attacks have no place in Milford. Recently it seems that, instead of arguing and debating the issues, many people are just attacking others simply because they are part of a political party or are connected to someone’s campaign. When politicians begin to attack one another’s person we start to see a break down in a functional government. I am not suggesting our elected officials and candidates should agree on everything nor am I suggesting they have to be best friends, but some form of civility would be a refreshing change of pace from the current status quo we have in politics.

Believe it or not candidates are people too. Some of these vulgar attacks go beyond politics and strike a more personal note. It is important we stick to the issues and discuss them in a productive manner.

I do not discourage differences in opinion; in fact I encourage it. A person passionately stating his or her opinion can be very constructive to Milford and is good for democracy; however there is a fine line between criticizing a person's polices and assaulting the person's character.

The conversations the political campaigns have should benefit the well-being of Milford citizens. I ask the staff and supporters to be more considerate in their letters to the editors or their comments on news articles.

Matt Gaynor