Monaco Wins (the Debate)

"If the recent debate ... is an indicator on who we should choose, I think the clear choice is Linda Monaco."

We’ve been reading a lot of articles on Patch about Linda Monaco and James Albis, and on Feb. 22 we in the 99th District have to make a decision on who we should select as our next state representative. If the recent debate, airing on ETV, is an indicator on who we should choose, I think the clear choice is Linda Monaco.

I must say I have never met James Albis but I do know his Father, Mike. Even though in the political arena you have differences, it is truly hard to find anything wrong with Mike Albis. He’s truly just a nice man with a very nice family. Being that we have heard such great things about the family I certainly expected to turn on ETV to find an inspiring debate between two heavyweights, Linda Monaco and James Albis. What I discovered is that the Democratic candidate is not ready for this job in any facet.

On almost every issue -- health care, taxes, old high school -- Republican Linda Monaco had a clear command of what the issue was and a plan to take action and in some cases a full remedy to solve the problem. You could see the confidence of Linda Monaco as she laid out her vision. When you looked at James Albis, it was painfully obvious that he had no command and grasped at times just to get the words out.

Monaco talked about taking the costs out of health care by trying to eliminate costs, introducing light regulation and her own personal experiences with controlling health care with her own business. Even telling us at one point she needed to reduce her health-care coverage and place her husband’s care to the VA hospital so she could afford it. Albis said he fully understood the health-care issue because some of his friends lost their health-care coverage and he knows the pain. What pain does Albis truly know? Monaco had to make a choice; Albis just had to empathize.

Monaco talked about how we need to revamp our tax system, bringing new ideas in on how to reduce costs and stressed no more taxes and making Connecticut business friendly. She leaned on her experience as a business person and what she did as a business person. I honestly could not articulate what Albis was trying to say on the issue.

Monaco on the old high school mentioned specifics on asbestos removal, seeking grants from the state and even Washington to try to revitalize the 200 Tyler St. building. While Albis said that we needed to keep the building because it is a beautiful piece of property.

I think the Democratic leadership in East Haven is banking on a four to one margin of Democrats vs. Republicans along with heavy absentee ballots to carry this election home for them. It is very clear that despite what the Democratic Town Chairman Gene Ruocco says about James being a young Mike Lawlor, James has nowhere near the experience that Mike Lawlor had at his age and I don’t think it is fair to Mike Lawlor to compare the two.

I encourage those who have Comcast or AT&T U-Verse to tune into East Haven Public Television to watch. The show airs at 8 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you don’t have these services at home you can watch online by clicking East Haven Public Access.

Lastly, the argument which I personally cannot stand because it’s insulting to every non-naturalized East Haven resident, that in order to serve you must be born here. I think Monaco summed it up beautifully. She said she chose to move to East Haven, she wants to be in East Haven and she loves East Haven. Just because you were born here doesn’t give you entitlement.

Ted Musco February 18, 2011 at 10:32 PM
WTG Dan, I couldn't have said it any better, GoodLuck on Tuesday Linda
Dave Hausler February 19, 2011 at 12:13 AM
Dan- Do you believe, as Linda does, that we can solve our current budget crisis without raising taxes? Judging by the response to my column, it certainly seems to be a shared idea. But do you really think we can cut $3 Billion out of the budget without that move coming back to haunt East Haven in the form of reduced state support for our Education and Public Project costs? Where do you think we can find that extra $1.5 Billion above what the Governor has already indicated asking for out of the state budget?
The Truth February 19, 2011 at 04:40 PM
The more I read what Dan says the more I think he's on some kind of mind altering drugs. Dan, just being a Republican doesn't make you right all the time. And lets not forget, you lost to Lawlor without even coming close. This is a democratic town and you Republicans are done.
Dan McCann February 19, 2011 at 06:08 PM
The Truth have the b*lls to use your first name. I do not use drugs never have and never will.
Rosie February 19, 2011 at 06:29 PM
From what I hear around town, no one is really too happy with the democrats. And they know it, they are all scared of November. Start looking for new jobs!! Dan, keep doing what you're doing. Expose them all!!
Linda February 19, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Anger management, Dan!
Dan McCann February 19, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Is that you Ms. Abbott?
Linda February 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Dan McCann February 19, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Ms. Abbott I have no anger just tell it like it is. Don't judge me you don't even know me.
Jon T. February 19, 2011 at 11:08 PM
I agree with McCann 100%. Linda just don't go back on your word once you get elected. To The Truth, both parties are bulls**ter's, I am a Democrat but have not voted that way in awhile now. If the Republicans can get someone in office with b*lls the town may not be Democratic for long, I take it you think Dan (weicker) Malloy was a great choice too.
Max Synder February 20, 2011 at 02:56 AM
I like Linda. But I really find both fellows, Dan and Gene, quite pedantic. Please let them publish their own dribble on their blogs.
Dave Hausler February 20, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Max- What kind of opinion pieces would you like to see on these pages? This is not a sarcastic question. I'm seriously interested in trying to find what is missing and take the discussion there. This is a unique time in journalism. In the past, editorial comment fought for limited print space, with the editor responsible to make the final decision over what made the press. Now, the space issue is essentially gone, though the editor still has the right of decision as to what prints. Add to that the ability for the public to provide limitless feedback on each piece that is published, another first for journalism. Those who regularly read the Patch have seen, firsthand, the conversation swing toward the lowest common denominator on a number of scales. This is disappointing. But along with that, we've also seen a kind of local news format evolve that has never existed in this town. There is definitely value in and among the schlock. The remaining hometown print newspapers cannot match the Patch for its timeliness and depth of coverage. We are seeing one of the first, if not the first political campaign in town that is being decided in considerable part online, due to the short nature of the campaign. But, we have also seen the baser side of our community come out in the process. Where do we go from here?
Carl Perez February 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Can anyone answer Dave Hausler question to Dan " can we solve our 3 billion dollar budget crisis without the state raising taxes and without it coming back to haunt East Haven". I along with everyone in the state dislikes a tax increase but whats the remedy? Before someone gets this twisted I am not for a tax increase!! This State and country is in a mess!!
Dan McCann February 20, 2011 at 01:50 PM
All: Sorry, I've been quite busy with my daughter and softball over the past few days. As for Dave's question. It's a good one how do we close the gap of 3.5 billion without raising taxes? 1) I would not raise any taxes on any items. All taxes would stay flat. 2) I would try to generate revenue through a toll system rewarding CT Drivers and charging Non-CT residents a toll. (Since I am not a lawyer I would have to check to see if there is interstate commerce violations here.) I would think a $6.00 toll entering CT from RI, MASS and NY would be enough from cars and an $8.00 per axile would be for trucks. This would do a couple of good thing for CT. First we would have enough money to pay for repairs to our highways, bridges and expansion projects. I have not confirmed this but we are known as the "cut through state" and over 1 million non CT-cars use our roads weekly. Just on cars alone we could generate $312 million per year in toll revenue on cars. As for trucks I am told it's above 500K trucks per week which would bring in $936 million in revenue (1.2 billion) per year in toll revenue. That's of course if these numbers I received were correct 3) I would slash the corporation taxes by 8-10% trying to drive business into CT from other parts of the country. Thus increasing revenue by allowing companies to hire more employees and then making up the difference with income taxes, Reducing unemployment liability and driving more dollars into the economy.
Dan McCann February 20, 2011 at 02:02 PM
4) State Legislature would be cut and consolidated. Thus increasing the geographical size of the House of Representatives and Senate but reducing costs. Additional cuts in support. 5) Introduce a Constitutional Amendment to introduce the power of Referendum so the people can have a say in the Budget process. 6) Introduce a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw all unfunded mandates. (This is where government overspends it's budget) 7) Reduce Commissioners and eliminating unnecessary departments in State Government. 8) Hiring freeze on all State Employees until 2012. 9) Across the board cost sharing to all State Employees with Medical costs. No more free medical. We just can't afford it. 10) State pensions are capped and paid through a Constitutional Amendment. These are many ideas I would have to get numbers for but I believe would not only close the gap but create revenue for our State, reduce unemployment, create jobs and put us back on our feet.
Carl Perez February 20, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Dan, do we not lose federal funding if we bring back the tolls? I am in agreement to bring them back but do we lose the federal funding?
Dan McCann February 20, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Carl: I don't know. It's something to explore though. We can not expect CT residents to continue to bear thr brunt of the tax burden for our highways any longer.
Joanne February 20, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I've always believed that we would lose federal funding if we bring back the tolls. Is that true? If not I would be all for having a "gateway" at our state lines for out of state vehicles.
Carl Perez February 20, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Dan, I do believe we lose the funding, if not its a no brainer put up the tolls!! Lets not forget more jobs, more benefits, building maint, etc etc, that goes along with putting up these tolls. The tolls are a GREAT idea but without the tolls Dan, this is almost impossible task with out raising taxes. Dan once again we agree ( on the tolls) LOL. NOW for that beer I mentioned, you never gave me an answer!!
Dave Hausler February 20, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I also agree it is time to consider tolls at the borders, but we do have to look at any offsetting loss in federal grant money if we enact tolls and figure that into the cost. I believe that Maine has a toll policy that does not charge residents to use state roads, so it may be legal. But consider, if we enact tolls high enough to meet a significant portion of our deficit gap, we may also force interstate haulers to reroute around us. We're a small state geographically, and they can easily do this. It's a good sized basket, but we may not be able to put all of our deficit reduction eggs in it. Also, can we afford to cut corporate taxes without raising other taxes? All the budget information is on the State website, but it requires much analysis to parse.
Citizen February 21, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Kenny Barber February 21, 2011 at 12:54 AM
East Haven would be better off with the Democrat James Albis. With the State Government controlled by all Democrats, it would be advantages for East Havener's to have a much louder, clearer voice in Hartford with Albis. Its just the facts in politics, more will be done for East Haven with a Democrat voice in Hartford.
StavenObserver February 21, 2011 at 01:42 AM
It also gives no opposition to the overload of Democrats in Hartford and their personal agenda's. We have a rubber stamp town, we don't need a rubber stamp state.
Michael Ritter February 21, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Max Synder, Why dont you keep your comments on topic. There where no comments article written by Gene so how does he come into the conversation. Give up all ready.


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