Letter: Shelton deserves optimism not Lauretti’s negativity

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 latest mailer from Mayor Lauretti asks if you can trust Democrats who want to improve Shelton while holding property taxes down. Bizarrely he attempts to sling mud by drawing comparison to a national political figure whose record is proof that such goals are attainable, Bernie Sanders. Sanders was named one of the top 20 Mayor’s in the nation by US News and World Report for his management of Burlington, Vt., and counts among his many successes keeping property taxes low. As reported by many bipartisan news outlets the Sander’s administration in Burlington was progressive yet pragmatic and fiscally conservative to the point where voters felt he “out-Republican the Republicans” on the issue of property taxes.

Here’s my question, why shouldn’t we expect Shelton elected officials to aim high and bring the same success to Shelton? Why can’t we also make a more transparent and smarter budget that frees up millions to improve our city?

When confronted with qualified candidates who want to improve Shelton, Mayor Lauretti’s response has been to spew pessimism about our city’s ability to do better by its citizens. Mayor Lauretti would rather make straw men out of national politicians who are not on the ballot than have voters look hard at the operations of the City of Shelton.

I believe elected officials should listen to residents and oppose the overdevelopment of our city. We should preserve public access to Shelton’s riverfront, not sell it off for the biggest buildings possible, while still collaborating with developers on good development that expands our tax base the right way. Shelton should focus more on building housing that seniors and working families can afford. With proper leadership Shelton can nurture small businesses and energize our economy. I think everyone in Shelton would be proud to give our friends and neighbors the chance to succeed and build the American Dream. These goals honor Shelton’s past as a working-class industrial town.

In this election I’m asking you to choose optimism. When elected Alderman, I will represent us and our shared goals of a better quality of life. We can aim high while also being pragmatic and holding the line on property taxes. It’s patriotic to believe our city and community can be better than it is today. Which is why I’m asking for your vote.

Kevin Kosty

Candidate for Shelton Alderman, Ward 2