Ronald Reagan said, \u201cConcentrated power has always been the enemy of Liberty.\u201d Today, Shelton\u2019s City Hall is a very concentrated power. "When you can't get your opponents to debate you, that should be a red flag,\u201d said Mr. Lauretti to the New Haven Register in 2009. Now, Mr. Lauretti refuses to debate. His last budget roll out, opened with a joke about its importance, was a quarter million out of balance and didn\u2019t allow for questions. He said he would debate, \u201canyone on any platform,\u201d on \u201cout of control education spending,\u201d and yet, declines to do so for voters. Last year, when asked why some department heads pad budgets and don\u2019t attend public workshops, Board of Alderman President Anglace lashed out for questioning the process. Of all incumbent city officials, only Jack Finn answered questions for the Shelton Voters guide. Simonetti issued a short statement, claiming, \u201cWe will continue to work diligently to inform voters of our vision for Shelton,\u201d while ignoring the questions aimed at informing voters of that \u2018vision.\u2019 They ask us to blindly accept \u2018their\u2019 \u201cvision,\u201d as it unfolds. Shouldn\u2019t it be \u2018our\u2019 vision as a \u2018community?\u2019 We are left to make assumptions as we vote. Yes, we enjoy low taxes, growth and many services. However, the current administration has also allowed dangerous infrastructure breakdowns during \u201cSurplus\u201d years, in house grand theft, a fiasco with every education budget negotiation and they even lost the last development opportunity on the river, to a private developer, after having first crack at it; a million dollar over-site. Do they really believe that there is no room for improvement, or just that voters aren\u2019t worthy of the conversation? Aren\u2019t checks, balances, transparency and debate, essential to the American way? Aren\u2019t these practices that separate us from countries like North Korea? There is still time to ask questions, but they do still have the right to remain silent. It\u2019s a power we\u2019ve confirmed for them them each November, for a dangerously long time.