The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. Received July 29, 2021. The letter below is in response to this letter.
Your letter which appears to be rifled with misleading opinions and accusations is deeply troubling and cause for concern. I have never met you and yet you feel it is ok to question my character. I suspect you have based your opinion off of the [hearsay] of others.
Please allow me to introduce myself to you and the community.
- My name is Shannon Johnson; I am a Republican Candidate for the Regional School District 17 Board of Education.
- I am a wife of 21 years. We have 2 daughters ages 13 and 15 both of whom attend HK schools. My 15-year-old is on the track and field team and currently the team manager for the cross-country team. My 13-year-old is a soccer goalie and has been on our HK Soccer Club team for many years.
- I am a paralegal and have been employed as such for 18 years.
- I have lived in Haddam for 20 years and have been a member of our community.
As for your misguided opinions regarding not only myself but anyone who attended a rally in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. The fact is I attended that rally with my 70-year-old mother-in-law who is from Holland with thousands of other law-abiding citizens. We went with the hope of hearing our President speak and to show support as well as make our voices heard by Congress.
The 1st Amendment of our Constitution debunks your allegation of whether it was illegal or not and stands on its own. I am not aware of anyone being armed or of any arrests made regarding the use of or carrying firearms. I am not aware of any profound damage and will leave that to the investigators.
I am deeply disappointed that you are unaware of how the process of electing a President goes. It is my understanding a new President is sworn in on Inauguration day, which was January 20, 2021, and not January 6, 2021.
I hope this clarifies things. I would like to focus on what is important for our town and that is the future of our children and our community. I am looking forward to meeting with my neighbors and seeing how we can best meet our children’s needs day to day. That is my focus, and I can’t wait to begin.
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