Editor, The Cheshire Herald:
Given that the Connecticut economy was already sluggish by comparison to our surrounding states, the importance of getting Connecticut going again as soon as possible is becoming increasingly apparent.
We have the unprecedented unemployment numbers, many of our local businesses are suffering terribly, and the extent of the fiscal impact of the shutdown on our state budget grows more severe with every passing day.
We are wearing our masks and have practiced social distancing, and the health care system has not been overwhelmed. We should continue these precautions, isolate and protect the most vulnerable, and open Connecticut more comprehensively and quickly.
Governor Lamont’s “plan” for re-opening the state is at best tentative and limited. Of the four phases, we have only seen one and the details are sketchy. What is the rest of the plan? How long will it take?
So far, the legislature appears to have had little if any role in the decisions about shutting the economy down or in the plan to reopen. The legislature is a co-equal branch of government and should be representing us in this process. Among our local legislators, we have heard very clearly from Senator Sampson and Representatives Zupkus and Fishbein about the need to — carefully — get Connecticut going again more rapidly. I personally would like to hear a similar message from all our local legislators but, so far, I have not.