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GOP Town Council Candidate: Don't Go Backwards

The following is a letter to the editor from Ennio Devita, a Town Council candidate.

My name is Ennio De Vita and I am a candidate for Town Council representing District 1. Reading the letters to the Editor by certain a Democrat, August 29, 2013, prompted me to make some comments. Let me say that I am new in this Town. I moved to Trumbull from Greenwich in 2006 and I do not believe I have met the gentleman, so my comments are only philosophic in nature. He indicated that in 2009 he was a Republican, in 2010 he became unaffiliated, in 2011 again Republican and finally in 2012 a Democrat, because of disagreements with Mr. Herbst. He also indicated that others in Town like him switched from Republican to Democrat for “A matter of principle”. What principle may I ask?

We are in a particular party for our beliefs not because of a particular man. We are, in general’s terms, Democrats if we believe in a socialistic society. We are Republicans if we believe in a free market. In my case I am a Conservative, believing, first of all, that I am a single individual and my rights are to be protected. Society is a result of individuals. We have a good society if we have good individuals not the other way around.

I support the Constitution of U.S.A in full, including the 4th Amendment. I disagree with some of the policies of the Republicans in Washington, but I do not become a Democrat. I do not reject my beliefs. It appears to me that the reason that he and the other Republicans who became Democrats have nothing to do with “Principal”, but with personal needs. It is also my opinion that those people do not have philosophic beliefs, and they are ready to change affiliation depending on the circumstances. The people of Trumbull should consider their words and actions before given them their support.

I met Tim Herbst in 2009 when he asked me to be on the WPCA Commission. He struck me as a man of principles, integrity and leadership. He indicated that the WPCA was a mess. I discovered that he was right. I had, on my side, 37 years’ experience working for the Engineering Division of Town of Greenwich. I cannot understand, after the critical improvements that his Administration made, there are people who desire to return to the old destructive policies.  

Pam Georgas September 03, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Hello Mr. De Vita I am a district 1 unaffiliated voter. As I am sure you are aware at least 50% of Trumbull voters are registered as unaffiliated. There are a variety of reasons why residents are not registered with a party. Many don't feel their beliefs fit neatly within either party in this state of our nation. Nationally the republicans have gone far right, and many dems far left. If I were to vote for you, would you feel you could be open enough to represent me, even though i am not a registered republican? would you make decisions based on the communities best interests before the parties agendas? Although I think locally republicans are different than nationally...I find that partisan politics sometimes drive decisions.
Tom Kelly September 04, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Hello Mr. De Vita. Thank you for your letter. Rather than even respond to a nonsensical arguments about socialism (that one hasn't worked too well for Republicans the last few years except to rev up the crowd at Tea Party rallies), I would like to ask you about something more important. You say you are on the WPCA, and I would like to ask you directly why the WPCA has never conducted the financial audit of the -59 and -20 accounts that you have been talking about in your minutes since 2010. Doesn't Trumbull deserve to know exactly how much is in these accounts as reviewed by an auditor? Second, can you tell me if you voted to use $2 million in funds from the WPCA repair account to reduce the assessments in the Jog Hill sewer district, and did the reduction in sewer assessment benefit your home? Third, can you tell us if you just voted for the staggering 34% increase in sewer use fees recently passed by the WPCA? Thank you for answering these questions.
Ennio De Vita September 04, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Pam Georgas, good morning. It is precisely your right to be unaffiliated. Some years ago, I also became unaffiliated, because of the politics of the Republican Party, but I did not become a Democrat. That is my point. As I said, I believe that the rights of a single person is paramount. You have the right to believe the way you do. Not any disagreement from me. I am a candidate wishing to represent the people of District 1, running under the Republican Party, not for the Republican Party. I am a firm believer in representing issues. Too often we are represented by those with political motives, rather than what the people really need. I also, believe that, at this time, Tim Herbst is the right person to be the Selectman of Trumbull.
Pam Georgas September 04, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Thank you for responding to me so quickly, Mr. de Vita. What do you feel are the most important issues facing our town?
louis September 04, 2013 at 10:02 AM
I don't think there is a way to fix Trumbull. I think its broken by nature. The church ladies and GOP guild just heighten the dysfunction and a type of fascist control of opinion prevents a kind of individualism while taking vitality away. It is meant to wear people down so they conform and who benefits is a type of incompetent low level Republican bottom feeder public official. This might still work in theory if there were strong centres of leadership in the region but the people have been undermined by corporate-think and weak public officials are controlled by the private sector, increasingly dominated by foreigners. Westport experienced the same when it was transitioning from farmland in the 1970's. It might be a good thing if it was working for us but obviously its not working for democracy in any sense.
JR September 05, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Will you be answering the WPCA questions above, Ennio?

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