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Time to Replace Blumenthal with Carter

To the Editor:

It’s time to give Richard Blumenthal the ol’ heave-ho and replace him with Dan Carter for U.S. Senate.  Dan knows what it takes to be a true leader as he proudly and honorably served our country as a pilot in the United States Air Force and is currently serving his third term as state representative for the Second General Assembly District.

Unlike Richard Blumenthal, Dan will fight for us in Washington and help undo the abysmal economic policies that have been so stifling for many Connecticut residents. Dan will also be a champion for our veterans and a staunch supporter and enforcer of laws aimed at keeping us safe from the vulnerabilities in our immigration and national security.

I urge everyone to vote for Dan Carter for U.S. Senate on Nov. 8.

Andrea Preston

Supporting Himes, Blumenthal for their Stance on Gun Safety

To the Editor:

As we near the election, one issue is paramount for me:  Gun Safety. Both Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Jim Himes have have stood up to a gun-lobby that common-sense gun-safety measures somehow put the Second Amendment under attack. “We can’t be numbed into complacency,” Blumenthal has said. “There is absolutely no justification for weapons that were made for the explicit purpose of killing lots of people quickly to be in the hands of civilians,” said Himes.

We in Connecticut should be acutely attuned to this issue. A Newtown teacher told me that, “when you have to organize your attendance at funerals with an Excel spreadsheet you know you’re in hell.”

Hunting was part of the Michigan world I grew up in, and my relatives have always been comfortable with guns. But we are appalled at the recklessness with which firearms proliferate today—some made explicitly for the military—and can’t countenance the idea that keeping citizens safe through measures such as universal background checks is somehow an attack on the constitution. I strongly support Blumenthal and Himes for re-election, for their positions on this issue alone.

Bob Carney