Who are Romney's
Mitt Romney, in dismissing 47 percent of Americans, implies that these are all people looking for government handouts and states, "They will never take personal responsibility. ... They're not willing to make necessary sacrifices to improve their lives."
Who are those that fall into this category using Mr. Romney's criteria?
It is the mother and father, trying to raise a family, sometimes working an extra job, yet who still make small enough incomes that their credit for dependent children allow them to be exempt from paying income tax.
They are the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who are struggling to reacclimate into the work force. Mr. Romney, when you speak of "sacrifice," does what these men and women did for their country qualify as such?
Or is sacrifice only important when it is for the purpose of attaining more wealth and privilege? What about the parent who chooses a modest income so that they can be around more to help with their kids homework, or be at their children's football, baseball, soccer games, etc? Is that not in your definition of "sacrifice?"
Mr. Romney's quotes are very telling about who he represents -- whether it's dismissing the 16 percent living at the poverty level, such as those he says, "I'm not concerned about," or dismissing the 47 percent who "pay no taxes."
Not surprising though when you spend all your time with the 1 percent you're really concerned with!
Camillo represents bipartisan politics
I have always voted by candidate and never by party. Although I tend toward the Democratic candidates, I am the true moderate.
On election day, Nov. 6, we have many choices, including that of State Representative. With no reservations, Fred Camillo gets my vote.
Unlike most politicians, who relate on a self-involved level, Fred is available to his constituents and always willing to listen and help. Here are some of the legislative items in which Fred has participated or sponsored.
The Volunteer Protection and Indemnity Bill -- Introduced by Fred, which protects fire and police volunteers should an exigency transpire while they are protecting the public.
Learn Here, Live Here Bill -- Fred participated in this legislation with Commerce Committee Chair Jeffrey Berger (D-Waterbury). After 2014, this bill permits graduates of Connecticut technical schools and colleges to accumulate up to $2,500 from their paid taxes toward a home down payment.
Single Stream Recycling -- Advocated by Fred, which saves our town more than $1,000,000 per year and increases the number of people recycling.
Co-chairs Legislators for Animal Advocacy and has introduced bills that have become laws; something very dear to my heart.
Fred worked tirelessly on the cell tower applications to prevent construction in North Mianus and Valley Road. This bill became law in 2012.
Fred is politically Republican, but values Democrats and Independents. He is one of our finest bipartisan politicians, and we are fortunate that he is our representative. I believe in Fred, and your vote will be well-placed with him.
Frantz points the
way to a better future
We all know that the federal government is on an unsustainable fiscal path, a path littered with spending increases far beyond the rate of inflation, budget deficits "solved" by borrowing and massive unfunded future liabilities.
Result: a credit rating downgrade. Did you know that all of the above also applies to Connecticut's budget?
As one of very few legislators with a graduate degree in business, his background and financial expertise make him a leading spokesman for financial responsibility. He is an authority on state government, having served as chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority and member of the Bradley Airport board of directors.
Beyond that, Scott has received numerous community service awards, including recognition for co-founding the Arch Street Teen Center and, most recently, receiving the "Friends of Eagles" award from the Boy Scouts.
Thanks, Scott, for all you do!
(The writer previously served as State Senator from the 36th District for 18 years.)