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From Our Readers: Republicans Continue to Misinform

From Our Readers: Republicans Continue to Misinform

Woodbridge Republicans have chosen to continue their campaign of misinformation past Election Day and into our new year. Finding their budget attacks undermined yet again by Woodbridge’s consistently high performance (Moody’s Aaa bond rating and national budget and audit awards), the naysayers have tried a new tack: claiming that our process for appointing board and commission members is “unfair”. They misrepresented the actual process and proposed one that made no sense. They further insinuated that I created the process, when in fact it has been followed for decades under Republican and Democratic administrations. Ultimately, after two weeks of needless delay, they went along with the time-honored process.

Our process works exceedingly well. Woodbridge benefits from top-notch, dedicated volunteer commissioners who laud the non-partisan nature of their deliberations. Even in this contentious year, more than one third of the nominees were supported by both parties.

The most troubling development is the tactic adopted by the Republican Selectmen to boycott meetings if they disagree with something on the agenda. A leader of their party calls this an “entirely appropriate check” on the authority of the majority. I view it as a blatant abrogation of their sworn duty as selectmen and an insult to Town residents who rely on us to conduct business on their behalf in accordance with our Town Charter and the fundamental principles of governance in a democracy.

I urge all Woodbridge residents to be alert to misinformation and attempts at confusion. Some may sound plausible until one digs a bit deeper.

Ellen Scalettar

First Selectman

Town of Woodbridge

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