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Letter to the Editor: Response to Conflict

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received August 1, 2021.

Last year in response to threatening and hostile discourse on social media in Haddam, our First Selectman and others created guidelines for ethical behavior for those who hold office in town. Coming from different points on the political spectrum they came together to head us in a constructive direction.  Let’s build on that.
As the letters in these pages from Rep Palm and members of the HRTC have shown we must as voters, as candidates and office holders reach past strong emotion/opinion and act to strengthen the educational, fiscal and social fabric of our community thoughtfully. This means including facts about racism and any discrimination in our history. Our aim should be to serve the community as a whole with honest discourse planning for growth and safety.  I hope integrity leads us to build agreements that give us constructive results.
My husband, son and I have lived in Haddam for 33 years. I practiced medicine here for 10 years. Our son attended elementary school here. Now retired,  I recently became the Democratic Registrar of Voters and will be running for the Zoning Board of Appeals. I’ve been reviewing zoning regulations, reading minutes and hope to speak with and learn from those who continue on the board.


Kate Wessling, M.D.

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