Letter: Small business owners deserve better than public shaming

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:

I was dismayed to see the public shaming of one alderman candidate and to hear that a second candidate was informed, by the Herald, that the Republican Town Committee given them paperwork involving financial repercussions from her failed business.

I worked 15 years in small business lending and know that anyone who decides to open a small business takes a huge financial risk, pouring their heart and soul into it. Any such venture is not a 9-to-5, 40-hour work week — it is 24/7 and requires passion as well as sacrifice.

To see the current mayor financing a large sign to publicly shame a small business owner candidate and a longtime alderman twist the situation in a newspaper article, sends a bad message to current and potential small business owners.

Shelton proprietors now have to wonder — if my small business fails, will elected officials publicly shame me? When potential small business owners decide what town they should open their business, do they now look at Shelton as a place where city leaders could humiliate them?

Shelton leaders should ask themselves why some small business owners have failed in Shelton and what they could do to prevent this from happening? Look around town and you will see there are several locations that that have changed hands many times, as well as small spaces that are vacant. What could our elected officials have done to help these former small businesses succeed?

It is time to think hard in the voting booth — if this is what you want from leadership in your hometown? Small businesses deserve better and so do the rest of us.

Diana Meyer

Shelton