Signs of Life

12Sep13
Is there a pulse here?

Is there a pulse here?

With the rejection of the DTC selected candidate for mayor by the voters it is possible that there may be a pulse left in Stratford politics. The DTC has been on life support for years since acquiring Mironitis. To be sure, the prognosis is still questionable but repeated doses of reality might have a positive effect. All traces of the disease must be treated. The process can be painful. We may even see a transfer of this particular disease to the RTC with the defection of spiteful DTC members who are particularly adverse to sunshine. With it’s own aversion to sunshine the RTC would be an inviting host for these parasites.

But we remain hopeful that a healthy process of debate and discussion of issues and solutions might take place before November. We can tell this is happening by actual debates, letters, and discussions in media such as this. It is also important to be aware that the proliferation of lawn signs are a symptom of the disease and not an indication of a cure.

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8 Responses to “Signs of Life”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    One thing that should not enter any discussion about mayoral candidates is if they are “Republican” or “Democrat”. That has never mattered in Stratford politics. I doubt that John Boehner or Eric Cantor have Harkins on their speed dial. I also doubt that Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton have Joe Paul on theirs.

    So let’s try to keep this simple. Who has the better plan for residents and taxpayers for the next four years?

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    The only cure is more cowbell.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Cowbell?

  4. 4 mikereynolds

    An SNL/Christopher Walken joke. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  5. 5 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    “All traces of the disease must be treated.

    Don’t you wish there was a vaccine for the other 9000 registered Democrats in Stratford?

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Ron,

    That’s strange. I was thinking the same thing except for the Republicans here and nationwide.

    Republicans in Stratford keep voting for Councilmen who happily raise any tax or fee Harkins asks for. No questions asked. The nearly anonymous Republicans on the BOE are not much better.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Update:

    “By law, the mayor’s salary can’t be increased during a term. But thanks to a so-called “un-vouchered expense account,” this mayor got an extra $7,500 a year in income.” -Joe Paul.
    http://stratford.patch.com/groups/elections/p/letter-we-need-efficient-government-operations

    That was a nice little practice started by Miron. Apparently Harkins does not have a problem with everything Miron did. Harkins did indeed improve on that by taking $117,000 in compensation (The Charter calls for $90K making it a whopping 30% increase). The story we get is that Harkins declined The Town of Stratford’s health plan and took what would have been the Town’s contribution as “compensation”. If only we could all do that with our own employers……

    Nonetheless, the Republican controlled Council in their wisdom, decided that after the election cycle to raise the mayor’s, shall we say, base pay, to $125K/year. Plus, of course the $7,500 plus the healthcare scheme. Transparent?

  8. 8 jezebel282

    The problem is not a $125K salary. In relation to a $192 million budget it is literally peanuts.

    The problem is a $1.8 – $2.3 million/year Town Attorney budget, a $12 million/year FD budget and an $11 million/year PD budget. We won’t even mention the bloated BOE administration budget. Oh wait, we did.


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