Letter: Herbst letter to student raises more questions than it answers

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to First Selectman Timothy Herbst, who decided that the best course of action to respond to Tyler Morin’s letter would be a public attempt at discrediting the college student. However, the first selectman's response raised more questions than it answered.

For example: Why would you ask the student to file an FOIA if you claim your office is already inundated by them? How many is inundated?

How can the first selectman say this filing was politically motivated when he directed Tyler to file the FOIA in an email on Aug. 26?

Even if we take the first selectman and finance director at their word — that these records are in storage and that they require an unprecedented amount of effort and time to fulfill the FOI request — why is that the case?

Why after six years in office, has the first selectman not made digitizing vital financial information a priority?

Why can’t the finance director, as she stated to Tyler, access information on the MUNIS software prior to 2011, when Trumbull has been utilizing the system since 1999?

What did the first selectman find so “intentionally misleading” in Tyler’s letter as stated in the first paragraph of his letter to the editor? What was he referring to, as he never identifies any inaccuracies?

The first selectman ended his letter with an invitation to Tyler to do his research over Thanksgiving break. Tyler has since followed up through multiple channels to see if Town Hall would be open at that time, but has yet to receive a response.  Why is this so difficult to answer when the First Selectman initialed the idea?

Ultimately, it comes down to judgment and leadership skills, both of which are required for Office of First Selectman. At the end of the day, we have to wonder why he chose to publicly address this situation, when a private phone call or email to Tyler would have sufficed. Tyler’s initial contact with the first selectman’s office was on Aug. 12, via an email (that he was told went to a junk folder), and he followed up with a phone call. If a 20-year-old knew that this was they best way to have a conversation and problem solve, why couldn’t the first selectman do the same?

At the very least, Mr. Herbst owes Tyler a public apology. The first selectman’s actions throughout this process have been politically motivated, when there was no reason for it. One expects a more balanced and considerate response from the Office of the First Selectman of Trumbull. While his rhetoric is delivered most eloquently, when push comes to shove, the first selectman’s actions fall flat.
Trista and Gregg Morin