Letter: Open letter to Connecticut residents

To the Editor:

I don’t have to tell you things are bad; everybody knows things are bad. Our taxes are causing the largest corporate exodus seen in the history of our state. Government jobs are growing at the expense of private sector employment. And don’t even get me started on what medical expenses are doing to our state’s pensions. We’re in trouble. We need a leader, but instead we have a political pundit who has pledged his allegiance to his party and not our state. It isn’t right. We’re in a difficult situation, but we can navigate out of this. Our state has a history of being the most resilient of any, and if we can tap into the prominence and talent hidden in Connecticut, we just may be able to save it.

Before America was America, Connecticut was Connecticut. Innovative since conception, we actually had our own trade with the West Indies; ships would sail from Connecticut ports like Milford and would deliver ‘country produce’ from farmers across the state to the Indies in exchange for sugar, molasses, rum, salt, fruit and coffee. And while it is true that a conservative elite has always been at the helm of our state, this group has always been steadfast in inclusively recognizing the sovereignty and liberty of each resident to encourage local business, that is, up until now.

I find it unbelievable that a state home to esteemed executives such as Ray Dalio, Richard Attias, Barton Biggs, Steven Black, Peter Brant, Richard Breeden, Richard Fuld Jr., Louis Gerstner Jr., Vladimir Gusinsky, Paul Tudor Jones II, Mel Karmazin, Ray Kassar, Donald Kendall, Edward Lampert, Henry McKinnell, Linda and Vince McMahon, John Meriwether, Indra Nooyi, Thomas Peterffy, Daniel Scotto, Alan Schwartz, Barry Sternlicht, John Sculley, Christopher Sinclair, Sanford Weill, Harold McGraw III, Peter Schiff, Thomas Baldwin, Jeff Immelt, David Neeleman, Hugh Wiley, Gary Crittenden, Rich Riley, Joe Scarborough, Ralph Bahna, Steven Cohen, Stephen Mandel Jr., Richard Chilton, C. Dean Metropoulos, William Macaulay, Brian Olson, Larry Lawrence, and Tom Foley cannot find legislative solutions to revitalize the majesty for Connecticut was once known. It has become clear that the ‘porcupine’ philosophy Gov. Malloy had employed on his 2014 campaign has infected his administration, marginalizing global business leaders and misallocating democratic political staffers. Why are we tolerating this?

We are at a critical moment in history where we are responsible for deciding the future of our state. Our state’s economy suffered a massive contusion from the 2008 recession and has been slowly bleeding out since. It is crucial that we take a hard look at our state’s leadership and summon the courage to make difficult decisions in the face of adversity. We owe it to our children and grandchildren. We have tremendous momentum from Sen. Blumenthal and Sen. Murphy, but it is not enough. We must consciously step towards economic stability via republicanism, for true republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate.
Robert Espierre