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I tend to appreciate the diversity of perspectives that we enjoy in our community, especially around election time. Our democracy is built upon a robust and earnest exchange of ideas, and political disagreement can often be an opportunity to learn, grow, and find new paths forward through compromise.

Or, at least, it used to be.

Ideas and concepts that we all once held true have suddenly become controversial.

Doing honest work should allow you to make a living and support your family—that’s not controversial, right? Yet when our Norwalk Assembly Representatives Lucy Dathan, Chris Perone, and Travis Simms supported a gradual increase of the minimum wage here in Connecticut, their Republican counterparts acted as if it’s so controversial to pay fair wages. When Stephanie Thomas, running in the 143rd District this year, talks about paid family medical leave and the crisis of childcare in our state, is that controversial? Her Republican opponent seems to think so.

Keeping Connecticut residents safe and healthy during this pandemic, especially in the minority communities that are hardest hit, should not be controversial. That’s exactly what our Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff has been working to do, while Republicans criticize him for it. He has demonstrated consistent leadership, standing up for us even when it’s hard.

It should not be hard to stand up for American ideals against foreign threats. U.S. Congressman Jim Himes has been tirelessly pushing for more transparency and accountability when it comes to Russian attacks on U.S. troops. How can Republicans see this as controversial? Few leaders have done more to stop the current President from undercutting the pillars of our government.

It’s amazing that no Republican has tried to keep the President in check as he’s systematically made dishonesty and disorder the hallmark of his tenure. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. In Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we have a choice to move our country back to a place of decency, always striving to be better.

I don’t think any of this is controversial. All I want is for our representatives and leaders to serve our community in a way that uplifts us individually, economically, and socially. I think that’s what most other people want, too. That’s why I’ll be supporting our Democratic candidates on Row A on November 3, and I encourage you to, as well. Let’s be controversial together.

Colin Hosten

At-Large member of the Norwalk Board of Education

4 comments

John ONeill September 18, 2020 at 8:20 am

So…If I understand this post, public discourse it great IF you agree with Colin’s position? If not, you’re a monster right winger?
Sounds about right. Comrades, let’s not let facts get in the way of public policy.
Who’s been in charge of things like utilities for the last 40 years as an example? How about a rep elected , but doesn’t show up for committee meetings? How about the absurd lack of help state has given Norwalk for ELL crisis in our schools? I guess Colin would find these and many other questions unfair.
Lastly, I anxiously read NON every morning looking for Bob Duff’s apology to the police, his supporters who publicly supported him, and Norwalkers who were lied to.
A shout out to O’Neills Pub. Yesterday marked half way to St. Patrick’s Day. Better days are coming.

john j. flynn September 18, 2020 at 8:41 am

Colin has abandoned his voter base. 285 asthma sick kids live on Meadow and Woodward, standing on a silly issue. Dathan and the plastic bags. 7,000 new bills and they did not address the disability bill ranking the ailments for those taking care of their loved ones. Selective issue have abandoned reason for the undecided. Even Riling out of Character (survival mode), is stepping far-out. Colin is now on the Blumenthal; Himes, Perone, Simms, and Murphy bandwagon.

Patrizia Zucaro, Candidate for State Representative 143rd September 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Collin, this was a beautiful article. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, consideration, and time it took you to write these words and express your opinion. I find it necessary to make one correction. I have never heard Stephanie discuss paid family medical leave or the crisis in childcare, and I do not have any in-depth familiarity with her views on solutions for providing these benefits to employees. So, when you state, unequivocally, that I believe her positions are controversial that is not a fair assessment.

I actually support paid family leave, in fact, I believe we can do better than the system that was chosen by Connecticut. The changes I support would provide better flexibility to employees, reliance on access to future benefits, and significantly reduce the overall cost to the State. If you would like to learn more about my campaign or platform please visit my website http://www.zucaroct.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zucaroct/. Alternatively, I am available any time, and would love to discuss with you more about this subject matter and learn what are the issues you find to be most challenging. I can hear your passion in the tone of this article and I commend your commitment to supporting our community. Thank you for taking the time to write this opinion piece.

Patrizia Zucaro
Zucaro for State Representative, 143rd

Bryan Meek September 19, 2020 at 10:39 am

Himes investigating the attacks on US troops by Russians?

Because the 1000s of maimed and murdered soldiers at the hands of Iranian backed terrorism, largely funded by John Kerry and Barack Obama who gave them $ billions, isn’t worthy of investigating. No, speculation of the former is, but actual transgressions against the military are not.

And please remind me, which party is it that actively fights counting of the military’s absentee ballots ever single election?

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