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Letter: Let’s change ‘politics-as-usual’ in N. Ston.

North Stonington voters have an opportunity to change the politics-as-usual mindset which has held the Town back for years.

After watching the recent events in Washington, it’s obvious that straight answers remain elusive, whether at the national, state, or even local level. In most cases, campaign promises become nothing more than catch phrases.

While candidate signs stress experience meeting new ideas, a look around shows an infrastructure in decay, empty buildings, and lost business. This type of experience and vision will only increase the burden currently being placed on the residential tax payer. Using scare tactics in an attempt to prevent change only masks those with stale ideas. Can we really afford “just two more years”? We must do better for North Stonington.

The primary questions which should be asked of any candidate is “What is integrity?” followed by “Do you have it?”

Bob Testa demonstrated integrity and a commitment to transparency during his years on the Board of Education. While it would have been personally easier to remain silent during questionable expenditures, his desire to be an advocate for the taxpayers and hold people accountable was paramount.

The example he has set will send the message that while we are open for quality business and new ideas, as First Selectman, he will not forget the people he serves and his core values of honesty and integrity.

A vote for the Testa/Pelland team will benefit us all.

C. A. Steinhart IV

North Stonington

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