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Letter: Focus On Real Issues, Not Politics

DARIEN, Conn. – The following letter was written by Matt Troy, a member of the Darien Republican Town Committee.

Does it make sense to run if you can't catch a train?

To seek political office, and once elected, question the time required to serve, raises the issue of putting self-interest ahead of responsibility. Then to politicize the issue, claiming that adhering to established practices demonstrates a lack of empathy for a certain group (in this case, commuters), is disingenuous at best. I compare this to a college graduate applying for a job that, once hired, complains the hours conflict with his personal life.

The response to the "issue" of scheduling selectmen meetings is telling. The Republicans offered a clear and thorough response from Jayme Stevenson, detailing scheduling protocol. Some Democrats and the DTC attacked, trying to manufacture a lot of sound and fury about early executive sessions and published a political cartoon implying Jayme Stevenson doesn't care about or want help from commuters.

Really? Darien faces bigger issues than this. Real issues. Let's not waste time inventing fake ones to score cheap political points. Look no further than this "non-issue" to judge how each party will approach the political process, and how they will communicate their views.

I'll choose character over cartoons every time. Vote Republican.

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