Opinion

New Canaan residents share their thoughts and raise issues of importance to our community, on matters touching local residents—property and business owners, taxpayers, students, nonprofit leaders and caregivers. This is a space for New Canaanites to recognize good works that may otherwise go unnoticed or to raise questions and concerns for public vetting. To submit a letter to the editor, email editor@newcanaanite.com.

Recent Articles

Letter: An Invitation To Battle Substance Abuse as a Community

Dear Editor,

I am writing with an open invitation asking our New Canaan community to come together for a common cause. This cause may not be the topic of conversation at the club this weekend and it won’t spark the next trendy fashions on Elm Street. But it affects each and every one of us. As a local resident, business owner and volunteer, I have personally read too many stories of young people leaving us way too soon. I have seen too many adults not be able to function to their fullest potential. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Moynihan Says ‘Thank You’ To Caucus Voters

I was thrilled and humbled to win the endorsement of New Canaan Republicans for the office of first selectman at the caucus last Tuesday evening. I would like to thank all Republicans who came out to vote at the caucus—1,277 strong. Such a large turnout on a summer night in July showed how engaged and concerned our fellow Republicans are about important issues facing New Canaan. I felt that my message about the lack of sufficient commuter parking, poor to non-existent cell phone service in large parts of town, and problems with financial integrity and transparency in government resonated among voters, especially among commuters who I met on the train platforms at the New Canaan and Talmadge Hill stations. I look forward to carrying this message to all New Canaan voters in the Fall as the Republican Party’s standard bearer, along with the entire Republican endorsed slate including Nick Williams, Tom Butterworth, John Engel, Rich Townsend, Penny Young, Claudia Weber and Andrew Brooks. Continue Reading →

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Letter: In Support of Grace Farms, from Voices of September 11th Founders

Dear Editor,

This letter is to offer our support of Grace Farms, both in our role at Voices of September 11th as well as longtime residents of New Canaan. Our family has lived in New Canaan for 30 years, and during that time we raised our three boys and have been involved in a number of local organizations that have supported the community. Following the loss of our 24-year-old son Brad on 9/11 we founded a nonprofit organization, Voices of September 11th which is headquartered in New Canaan. Like so many communities in the tri-state area, New Canaan was impacted by the terrorist attacks—families lost loved ones while others lost colleagues and friends. Many who survived the attacks may have narrowly escaped or witnessed it firsthand, while others bravely responded or worked in the recovery effort. Continue Reading →

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Letter: Addressing Alcohol, Drug Abuse in New Canaan; Downtown Vigil Planned for Aug. 31

Dear Editor,

Drug overdose deaths in 2016 exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to the New York Times. On Aug. 31, all over the world, it will be “Overdose Awareness Day.” In New Canaan there will be a community overdose awareness vigil in the Pop-Up Park on South Avenue and Elm Street, beginning at 7 p.m.

A candlelight vigil will honor the local young people who lost their lives in the several years from a drug overdose. There is hope in recovery. “The Elephant in the Living Room” does exist and we want to talk about it. Continue Reading →

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Letter: In Support of Christa Kenin for Selectman

Editor:

I would like to express my thanks and best wishes to all of the candidates seeking elected office in New Canaan. Your commitment and willingness to serve our town is to be commended. While our community will benefit from engaging, contested races at the General Election in November – it appears likely as of now that one of the three seats for the Board of Selectmen will be decided at the Republican caucus on July 18th. Accordingly, I would like to convey my strong support of Christa Kenin who is running for Board of Selectman against the incumbent, Nick Williams. I have had the pleasure of serving on the Town Council with Christa and can attest to her integrity, dedication and passion to serve our constituents. On all topics, you can count on Christa to engage in thorough research, respectfully evaluate of all sides of an issue and actively communicate via digital media and face-to-face engagement to keep us all informed. Continue Reading →

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