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Letter: Darien Is Not Just a Republican Town

DARIEN, Conn. – The following letter to the editor was written by Sunil Saksena of 354 Hoyt St., Darien.

Against a background of constant and rancorous bickering in Washington, D.C., I was heartened by the desire for bipartisanship as expressed in the campaign themes of both Republicans and Democrats: the Republicans' " We are United " and the Democrats' " Darien Working Together ." However, on reading their respective platforms I was dismayed that the Republican team of Stevenson, Campbell and Nielsen wanted simply to unite their party, whereas the Democratic team of Lundeen, Bayne and Riccardo were pledging to work together for all of Darien.This perhaps indicates why on all the major issues of the last two years, the Board of Selectmen has split 3-2, strictly on party lines, with the majority making no attempt to arrive at a consensus. As a consequence, we may be on the verge of spending big dollars on the " Shuffle ," turning the Republican reputation for fiscal responsibility on its head. In contrast, in the previous administration headed by Evonne Klein, major issues were often decided in a bipartisan manner.Darien is not just Republican. It also has significant numbers of Independents and Democrats. So, in November, I will be voting for the team of Lundeen, Bayne and Riccardo in the hope that we can all work together.

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