Letter: Eldridge the change Shelton desperately needs

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:

My mother raised her five children to “never say or do anything in the Valley that you didn’t want her to find out about by morning.”

Over the years I’ve found this to be true in more ways than one.

I’m all for building up downtown, but safely and responsibly. The downtown of old had apartments, but also ample parking for them. The patrons of businesses have nowhere to park. The apartments on Canal Street are a nightmare. There is no traffic control whatsoever. They should never have been built without first having a traffic study done and/or a second emergency entrance/exit plan.

The old downtown had a police substation and officers on foot patrol. The Shelton of old had its own K9 unit, dive team, and was a member of The Valley Street Crime Unit of which Dave Eldridge was assigned and took very seriously.

I’ve met people who were arrested by Dave 25 years ago, who now thank him because he changed their lives and forced them in the right direction.

Recently I’ve seen two signs on private property that apparently tell a story, but not the whole story. These signs have not directly hurt the person intended, but instead, their tender aged children who drive by these signs twice daily on a school bus filled with their peers.

I know die-hard party followers vote party lines. I’m hoping in this year’s local election, people will open their eyes and vote for the person not the party; the person who will not only get the job done with fresh eyes and ideas, but do it fairly and without any bullying tactics. I firmly believe it is time for a change in Shelton, and Dave Eldridge is the change that Shelton desperately needs.

Rachel K Clancy

Shelton