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Letter: Norwalk RTC applauds After the Bell in S. Norwalk

To the Editor:

The Executive Committee of the Republican Town Committee is happy to add its support to the growing number of voices in favor of the proposal of Schools Superintendent Manuel Rivera to establish an “After the Bell” program to serve the District 99 students in South Norwalk. Here’s why we think it is important:

Many students currently are without the opportunity to participate in after-school activities because they have to spend so much time just getting home from school. That is because of an accident of districting and the use of Columbus as a magnet school rather than a neighborhood school.

But while investing in the South Norwalk Community Center’s infrastructure is a good idea, it is to be hoped that the unfortunate disputes with other community groups are in the past. We are not sure that they are, based on recent turf squabbles, but Dr. Rivera’s personal hand in the program may well overcome any local management difficulties.

The Board of Education’s establishment of such a program at Dr. Rivera’s suggestion is a wise move. And the decision of the Republican leadership of the Common Council to pursue (for the second year in a row) a significant grant application for SoNCC, despite ample political reasons not to, is to their credit. It is further evidence of the Republican Party’s goal of making Norwalk a better place overall, and belief that there is no room for politicians who seek to benefit personally, as is sometimes the case with some members of the opposing party’s caucus.

We are also pleased to have received a letter of support from Harold Bonnet, chairman of the South Norwalk District of the Republican Town Committee. His participation in this effort is important, as is the support shown by the entire South Norwalk Republican Committee. The support of local political leaders and parents is crucial to the overall success of the program.

The Executive Committee of the Republican Town Committee believes in appropriate investment and appropriate use of grant funding to support our educational system, promote families, and prevent youth from becoming ensnared in drugs and gang violence. All of these goals will be advanced through the After the Bell program. We thank Dr. Rivera for his creativity and leadership on this issue.

Peter M. Nolin

Vice Chair, Norwalk RTC

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2 responses to “Letter: Norwalk RTC applauds After the Bell in S. Norwalk”

  1. rburnett

    Oh Boy!! The Republicans are now becoming Republicrats. Amazing how they will grasp at any straw in order to hoodwink the disenfranchised people of color. They think that years of ignoring the minority population will be overlooked by these phony outreach efforts. I know we will not be bamboozled by these attempts. We are a lot smarter and more savvy than they give us credit for. So my message is clear – go back and court your one-percenters. They are the only people you really care about. We will not follow you blindly like the pied piper’s mice.

  2. Norwalk Spectator

    Reading this blog is absolutely amazing.
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    “Amazing how they will grasp at any straw in order to hoodwink the disenfranchised people of color. ”
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    Really, rburnett, do you really believe that or it is just some fine sounding words to throw rocks at Republicans?
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    “we will not be bamboozled by these attempts. We are a lot smarter and more savvy than they give us credit for.”
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    Sounds like you are speaking for the Norwalk DTC, rburnett. Apparently everyone in Norwalk who is not white or wealthy needs to register with the Democratic party. I guess people in Norwalk really aren’t allowed to think for themselves.
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    “So my message is clear – go back and court your one-percenters. They are the only people you really care about. ”
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    Amazing how you claim to know the hearts, minds and motives of all Republicans. 1% ers? Really? Just who are the 1% ers in Norwalk. I’m eager to know.
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    I’ve known a number of Democrats and count many fine people who are Democratic in their politics among friends. And there have been times when I have said, straight out to their faces, “Are you sure the local Democratic party in is your best interest?” usually following comments like yours. If half of what you say is truly how you feel, rburnett, then that’s really pretty sad. I pity you.

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