Lawson ‘will not be a stranger in any of the towns in this district’
To the Editor:
I have known David Lawson for more than 10 years and enthusiastically endorse his candidacy to be our next state senator.
David, a retired high school history teacher, has been a member of the New Milford Board of Education for more than 12 years, and has been the chairman of that board for the past three years. He fully understands the challenges faced by our public schools today in terms of giving the schools the needed facilities that are necessary so that our students can make the most of the opportunities that are needed in the 21st century.
He is well aware of the need for well-prepared dynamic teachers and gives the curriculum of the New Milford Public Schools his full attention.
When I was a teacher at New Milford High School, he was the only Board of Education member who visited my classroom so that he could keep current on what was happening in our schools. I very much appreciated the support that he gave the teachers in this school district.
David’s candidacy is endorsed by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) because of his strong commitment to the environment in western Connecticut. This same group has said that his opponent (Craig Miner) “has taken the anti-environmental position on more than 85 important environmental bills in the Connecticut legislature between 2001 and 2018.”
As far as I am able to research, his opponent has yet to take a stand on the Cricket Valley Energy Center project that is currently under construction in Dover Plains, N.Y., -a mere six miles from New Milford, Sherman, and Kent.
Even the DEEP has said that this plant “would definitely add pollutants” to the air that western Connecticut breathes. The plant is expected to produce tons of pollutants annually (although we are told these would be within federal limits).
As we all know, many times the winds blow from west to east - meaning that many Connecticut towns will receive the polluted air caused by this large gas-powered facility.
Many of us, including David, chose to live in western Connecticut in order to have clean air. I have seen no comments from our current state senator (Craig Miner) on this situation.
David Lawson has stated that the first bill that he will introduce in the legislature would require air quality monitoring on the state line of our air before the plant starts operating with continued monitoring after it starts producing energy.
Do you think it was an accident that New York State decided to build such a plant within a few miles of their border with another state?
A state senator, especially in a district as large as the 30th District (going from Brookfield to the Massachusetts boarder) will need to do a significant amount of travel to keep in touch with those of us who live in that district. How many times in the past two years have you heard of town hall meetings when Craig Miner came to meet and listen to his constituents?
When elected, David will not be a stranger in any of the towns in this district.
I will be voting for David on Nov. 6 and I urge you to do so also.