Letter: Bus situation shows time has come for leadership change

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

The biggest problem with the bus fiasco is not the terrible service or the fact that the city cannot fulfill its obligations. The biggest issue here is it was a truly awful idea in the first place and the seven aldermen (other than David Gidwani) didn't do anything to stop it.

I am aware that many cities and towns around the country are dealing with serious school bus issues this fall because of a lack of available school bus drivers. This is not that and shame on any of our current local leaders who attempt to deflect the root issue of what is happening in Shelton. Some of those leaders have used this forum as a way of deflecting blame. Any parent who has relied on the school buses the last three years will tell you differently. They will be speaking from experience, anger, fear, and frustration. Three years in, it appears our local government hasn’t learned a thing. The same problems persist, some have worsened. Parents asking for answers are left with vague answers and too many “it’s not my fault” responses.

I'm upset (to use mild language) about the school bus situation, and I know many other parents are as well. What action can we all take? Vote on Nov. 2. Traditionally in town parents of school children have been underrepresented at the polls. I get it, parents are busy. However, we have to look out for our kids' interests this November. Look around town. Talk to your neighbors or fellow parents. Things are different this election year. Change is in the air. We just need to get as many people to the ballot box as possible.

Please, make a plan to vote. Schedule a babysitter for Nov. 2. Request an absentee ballot. Make a voting date with a neighbor, but make sure you prepare now. And vote. I know it sounds cliched, but the future of our community really is in our hands.

Envision Shelton has a bipartisan slate of aldermanic candidates who will put the citizens first.

So make a plan and help brighten our city's future.

Brian Coleman

Shelton