Remember this vote
To the constituents of Connecticut’s 90th House District, parts of Wallingford and Cheshire, our representative, Craig Fishbein, was one of 15 of 142 House Representatives who voted AGAINST House Bill 5765 on January 22, 2019. This is the emergency bill that allows the state to back interest-free loans to federal workers impacted by the shutdown.
There are about 1,500 federal employees in Connecticut: TSA agents, air traffic controllers, Coast Guard, EPA, FBI and others. For a month they were not getting paychecks, but they were required to work.
They are our people, our neighbors who are hardworking and responsible, some of whom would be at risk of being evicted if they miss another paycheck and many who were in need of food assistance, money for bills, and for some in the most frightening circumstances, medical supplies for themselves or family members.
The best news recently is President Trump agreed to open the government, ending the longest shutdown in our history. I hope legislation is passed in Washington ASAP to protect government workers from being totally at the mercy of this kind of disaster in the future.
Lastly, I know it’s almost two years from now but I hope House District 90th residents will remember Craig Fishbein’s NO vote for this bill in 2020.
Laura Lytton, CheshireToo much holiday spirit?
As a taxpaying Wallingford resident, I have to wonder why, at the end of January, there are still Christmas wreaths on the poles in downtown Wallingford, their lights burning brightly in the middle of the day.
Dick Barbieri, Wallingford
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