Letter: Resident reflects on the Ridgefield Town Council meeting

Below is a letter to the editors in this week's Wilton Bulletin. If you would like to have a letter published, send it to editor@wiltonbulletin.com by noon on Monday. The word limit of 500 words is strictly enforced. Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Ridgefield Press. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com. Deadline is 1 p.m. and word count is 300 words.

Below is a letter to the editors in this week's Wilton Bulletin. If you would like to have a letter published, send it to editor@wiltonbulletin.com by noon on Monday. The word limit of 500 words is strictly enforced. Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Ridgefield Press. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com. Deadline is 1 p.m. and word count is 300 words.

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On September 7, the citizens of Ridgefield resoundingly (76 percent) voted to ban cannabis establishments in town.

The most gratifying aspect of the night was that the citizens present were well informed, an essential requirement for the preservation of Liberty and self-government.

But there are other pressing issues that we should be aware of:

The “bone-headed” “Pro-Cannabis” proposal originated in the one-party controlled Hartford and was sponsored by the Town’s Economic and Community Development Committee.

Also approved on September 7 was an ordinance expanding the number of that committee’s members from 7 to 9. Attend the meetings and consider volunteering for that Committee.

The Affordable Housing Committee produced a draft “Affordable Housing Plan” that most citizens found repugnant; the Board of Selectmen was unsatisfied with it and has undertaken a complete review. Watch the agenda, read the upcoming re-draft, and participate.

Many Hartford politicians, dominated by a single party, our representatives included, want this small town transformed into, or be dominated by, the beliefs and needs of the large, ill-run cities in this state, to our detriment.

“The purpose of a just local government is not to do good with other people’s money but to prevent injustice by protecting the property and securing the liberty of its citizens, Dorn, James, Cato Institute, ‘The Scope of Government in a Free Society.’”

Unless we are all vigilant, Ridgefield could become dominated by partisan apparatchiks who want our town transformed from the small town community of the mythical “Bedford Falls” into a utilitarian and ideological “Pottersville,” See: Frank Capra’s 1946 Film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Don’t let them do it.

John Tartaglia

Danbury Road