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Make no mistake, NS referendum was binding


Thank you for keeping North Stonington and our region informed as we struggle to keep Firefly Farms a productive farm in North Stonington. We have always tried to let people know everything that is going on at the farm as accurately as possible. Your article about the loss of our two rare Mulefoot pigs is a continuation of your helpful articles; however, there are some inaccuracies in the July 3 article, “Firefly farms family suspects foul play in death of piglets...”

The first highly significant inaccuracy is you imply that I said, “the incidents began shortly before a nonbinding May referendum ...” I did not say “nonbinding.” The referendum is binding. To state otherwise is inaccurate. That misstatement does a disservice to all of the citizens of North Stonington who interrupted their busy days to attend the Town Meeting and vote on the question. I am sure it was an editorial mistake that you will want to correct, but if you have any doubt, please consult your files concerning the 2006 case where the First Selectman of Preston thought he could ignore the vote of a Town Meeting and lost in the Connecticut Supreme Court. That case is 277 Conn. 565 (Conn. 2006), 17336, Morris v. Congdon. Please correct this mistake so the voters of North Stonington know their efforts have meaning.

The second is that the pigs that were strangled were not mere “piglets.” As they were my “babies,” I use the term until they are adults. Each weighed approximately 120-150 pounds. The Department of Agriculture investigator felt it is unlikely that they died without human intervention. In other words, it is probable that they were killed as part of the ongoing vandalism our property has suffered since the Town Meeting and favorable referendum vote.

Beth Tillman

North Stonington

The writer’s family owns Firefly Farms.



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