To the editor:
I had the great privilege of helping a young man named Chris Morelli in his efforts to unseat the incumbent and highest ranking member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. In the end, Chris lost by only a few hundred votes, and our failing state will once again get the government it deserves.
Chris didn’t take the $30,000 in taxpayer money for his campaign, so we did a lot of walking around town to meet his constituents and promote his candidacy. From this, I have a few non-political observations to share.
First, the front walk, the one everyone used to have that ran from the sidewalk directly to their front steps, is almost extinct. I’m not sure what this mean,s but I can tell you it certainly increased my step count.
Second, I need to do a much better job taking care of my lawn. You folks really put me to shame. I could not believe the pride that people take in keeping their yards in pristine shape. It was very impressive, indeed.
Along those same lines, my third observation was that, although I have lived in Southington my whole life, I sometimes take for granted just how beautiful our town is. There are views in our town that will take your breath away.
Lastly and most importantly, as much as the media likes to portray that we are a nation divided, I found that everyone I met was kind, engaging, and just all around very nice individuals. I enjoyed speaking with everyone I met. My experience really strengthened my faith in “We The People” and gave me great confidence that we can now heal as a country and start moving forward in a united fashion as Americans.
Finally, one recommendation…put down your phone, get in your car and take a ride some afternoon to a neighborhood in our town that you’ve never been to. Get out and just walk around. Take in the views. Talk to people. My hunch is that it will not only improve your waistline but your overall mindset as well.
Steve Massucci, Southington