In The Loop – August 5, 2022

Different strokes for different folks

Hanging out in Connecticut’s northwest hills sure gives you a different look at the political landscape. While the people here are very socially progressive, you always get the clear message that they don’t always connect with Hartford—let alone Washington, DC. My impression, as I sit back and listen, is that folks feel the economy and happenings on the global stage are high and hot on their lists, and the issues are viewed from a regional lens. To paraphrase Lincoln: “Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

I’m admittedly biased, but the Northwest Corner is blessed with abundant natural resources—from the lakes, forests and trails to the ever-present hills. As issues go out here, education is a staple. Almost everyone speaks glowingly about the options for their children, the quality of their education and the caring and dedication of the teachers and staff. And naturally, if you’ll pardon the pun, the environment is big, too.

In our corner, you’ll most likely meet and greet independent voters and an equal balance of registered Democrats and Republicans. Regardless of political stripe, character matters a whole lot to them, as well, and whether they agree with a candidate or not on a given position, candidates who waffle and wobble on core positions are viewed with great skepticism in the Northwest Corner………..KEEP READING.

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