Letter: Vote Republican to maintain well-managed city operations

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 am very pleased to report that the City of Shelton is not managed on or with the assist of Facebook or any other social media site.

I am always surprised by persons who claim they have better insight into the management of Shelton City Hall from what they read or see on Facebook or social media but rarely if at all attend a board of commission meeting as a participant. Social media sites should be utilized for easy access to information or as a platform to post ideas, thoughts or to provide a forum for discussion but are not where decisions are made about your tax dollars, ordinances, or the day-to-day management of Shelton or any other municipality. It is, however, fun to note that Facebook and social media critics of Shelton, its officials and staff often hide behind fake names and profiles. They don't even allow others differing points of view or opinions to be seen on these sights. I can only surmise that one of the following is true. They don't understand or know the issues, really don't believe in their posts, the posts are lies or they themselves are afraid to be criticized.

Shelton city management decisions are made with the assist of a fine group of tax paying citizens who are very generous with there time (mostly evenings), knowledge and skills. They volunteer as members of our boards and commissions and also include unpaid elected officials concerned with the betterment of Shelton for all its citizens. Most members meet regularly with information prepared and presented by our talented and competent city department heads. Shelton is for all practical purposes a $127-million corporation with its citizens in dual roles as both its shareholders and customers. Whether it is a request for a new fire truck, a lawnmower or extra digital storage strategic decisions are based on hard data and facts. At the end of each day the true value of these decisions can be easily seen in the over all progress Shelton has made in so many areas from Pine Rock Park to the Monroe boarder and back again.

Social media has its place in our society but I would prefer that the public attend and participate responsibly in a meeting of any board, either virtually or in person. There are no surprises and nothing to be afraid of. The agendas are prepared in advance and can be reviewed online. Speak your mind and be part of the solution to problems. If social media gurus truly know and understand the issues then making their comments in a open public forum to be might even be cathartic.

Please continue Shelton's progress of balanced growth, low taxes and the ability for persons on fixed incomes and new arrivals and families to call our town home by voting row B on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Anthony F. Simonetti, Chair

Shelton Republic Town Committee