Tuesday, November 06, 2018

11-6-18 Get Out The Vote CT

Today is Election Day! 

The polls opened up at 6am; it's noon now,
have you gone out to vote yet? 

There is still time to get your voice heard by casting your vote for lower taxes! 
Cast your vote to #FixCT 

The polls will be open until 8pm sharp. 
Only those already in line will be able to vote once the 8pm deadline is reached. 
So start calling your friends and family and remind them to vote ASAP!

(Thanks for sharing, Theresa!)

Monday, October 29, 2018

CCDL - Crucial Election Information

The November 6th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.

The anti-gun groups in our state have endorsed Ned Lamont for Governor. If he wins, we will have four more years of non-stop gun control. If you disliked Governor Malloy, you're going to hate Governor Lamont.

This is some of what to expect from a Lamont administration:
  • Harsher requirements and penalties surrounding “safe storage” requirements
  • Elimination of "Open Carry", which means you could be arrested just for printing or having your shirt ride up while carrying concealed
  • Continued support for existing unconstitutional gun laws
  • Continued under-funding or even outright elimination of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
  • Continued looking the other way while numerous municipalities violate state statutes regarding new permits
  • Continued support of any and all anti-gun proposals that make it out of legislative committee
  • Bypassing legislators and implementing executive orders that will negatively impact legal gun owners

    CCDL endorsed candidates such as Bob Stefanowski for governor will respect the Constitution, and the rights of lawful gun owners.
    But first they must win on November 6th.
    If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is Tuesday, October 30th.
Voter registration is simple, and can be done online. Just go to the following link and follow the

Sunday, October 28, 2018


The 2nd Battalion, 173rd U.S. airborne brigade advance toward suspected Viet Cong positions through jungles clouded over with smoke and dust from an earlier artillery barrage. | AP Photo
Photo from Politico
A guest column by Mike Peters, Vietnam Veteran
Edited by William Boylan

Days on missions were spent searching for the enemy in what the army labeled, “Search and Destroy” missions; fairly basic terminology, really, and self-descriptive.  There was no mistaking what the army expected of us.  We were given an objective for the day and if in the process of reaching that objective we encountered the enemy, engaged them and got a body count, then it was a successful day.  If we didn’t reach the objective because of engaging the enemy and in the process lost some of our own men as well, then that’s just the way it went.

The days were long, arduous, and full of angst as peril was always just a step away.  Whether it was the rainy season or the dry season, the heat was oppressive and unrelenting in its design. We would sweat until it seemed like we could sweat no more.  Water was the key to our survival and we had to caution ourselves not to drink too much at any one time.  Although we were supposed to get re-supplied every two to three days, it didn’t always happen and we had to ration water until we did get re-supplied, adding additional stress to our already overly stressed bodies.  Our fatigues, once olive drab in color, would turn to rags and transform to a sandy tan color from the sweat and dirt of our daily toil.  Ultimately, they were destined for the fire pit on our return to the firebase.  At the end of each day, we would set up in an ambush perimeter, putting out trip flares and claymore mines around our position and wait for the enemy to come to us.  Each flank of the four sides of the perimeter had a guard on duty all night long and we would all share in the guard in two-hour increments throughout the night. If we were lucky, we might get 4 to 5 hours sleep per night.

Most nights on guard were uneventful and welcomed breaks from the discord of the day.  However, guard duty could be an intensely lonely time, as well, since almost everyone was asleep.  There was no one to talk to except for God and I must admit I talked to him many a night.  The only other being about was Death, lurking in the jungle, sprawling before us.  He was there; he was always there.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

PTSD - The Beast

Image from Fireengineering.com
A guest column by Mike Peters, Vietnam Veteran
Edited by William Boylan

It’s August, 1974 and we’re walking through a large open field of deep grass that is being utilized as a parking lot for the Canfield Fair in Youngstown, Ohio.  There are quite a number of people heading toward the fairgrounds.  Not too far in front of us, some kids set off some firecrackers and the smell of gun powder permeates the air.  The grass is thick, long and somewhat moist from a thunder storm that had passed through the area in the early morning hours.

With each step, the grass rolls over my shoes and rustles beneath my feet; a hauntingly familiar sound that begins to trigger something in my psyche.  The odor emanating from the combination of wet earth, grass and gun powder further stir my senses and heighten the angst I am now feeling.

I have been here before, not here; not Youngstown, but on this walk and I desperately want to be away from it; to be as far away from this field and this smell as I can get!  But, I cannot leave, not without having my fiancé and my friends think I’m crazy.  So I continue on, and once inside the fairgrounds, the feeling subsides.  I realize what it is and try to shrug it off, telling myself that perhaps it was something I ate for breakfast and had a reaction to.

But deep down, I knew it wasn’t; “It” was back. That same feeling I experienced every day some five years prior, in the jungles of Vietnam.  It was supposed to stay there in those jungles, in that horrid war torn country.  Everything after that year of hell was supposed to be gravy.  That’s what the lieutenant said one day as we waited on the choppers to pick us up for what was to be a long and dangerous mission; “All gravy!”
Now it was back. The Beast was back.  In reflection, I now knew what it was that rousted my father from sleep those years I was growing up.  He was an infantryman with the 26th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge, in World War II.

Reasons to Vote for Rob Sampson

Dear Friends,

It's less than three weeks to go until Election Day and my opponent is clearly desperate and attempting to mislead voters.  Please help me push back and set the record straight.   Share this message with as many voters as you can. 
Reason #1 to support Rep. Sampson for State Senate over his opponent – He doesn’t lie on his campaign mailers.
Last week, it was a false statement in a campaign mailer about my record on prescription drugs and healthcare.
Today, another campaign mailer from my opponent showed up in mailboxes across the district.
Below, I will address ALL FIVE false statements from my opponent’s mailer one by one.
1 - “Voted NO to pay equity – one of 4 no votes”
My opponent is attempting to deceive voters into believing that I voted against equal pay for women. However, the bill has absolutely nothing to do with pay equity for women, or anyone else. The language simply adds even more regulation on businesses - preventing employers from inquiring of job applicants of any gender, about their pay history.
2 - “Voted NO to health benefits for women and children”
Here, my opponent is attempting to deceive voters into believing that I voted against health benefits for women and children. That is an absurd accusation on its face but let me address it. This bill included 2 basic parts. First, it was a Democratic initiative that places major parts of OBAMACARE into CT law out of fear that the Trump administration and congress may succeed in repealing it. This would preserve Obamacare in CT state law. Since this bad policy which has done extensive damage to both the access and affordability of healthcare is still federal law, the bill has no current effect.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Rep. Sampson: 2018 Session Shenanigans

A common theme of my recent columns has been my dissatisfaction with the ever-increasing amount of partisan politics, games, and distractions that have become pervasive in actual policy making. I have always accepted that during campaign season (it is an election year) that there would be an increase in rhetoric and finger pointing. However, now it seems that it’s no longer just election year competition and, sadly, actual public policy is being created for political reasons.

Last month, I touched upon a few bills that were proposed for the sole purpose of creating election year negative campaign mailers. Many are nothing more than creative titles that have little to do with the content of the bills themselves. There was the so called “women’s health bill” that writes federal Obamacare statutes into our Connecticut state law on the possibility that the Affordable Care Act (another oxymoronic title) would be repealed in Congress. This November, there is no doubt that Republicans will be a target of Democrats making the false and ridiculous claim that we don’t support women’s health based on this vote.

There was also the “pay equity” bill - that has nothing at all to do with pay equity. The bill simply added another burdensome restriction on employers, effectively prohibiting them from asking for a potential employee’s previous pay rate. Again, there is no doubt that those of us who voted against adding even more regulations on business will be falsely accused of being part of the made up “war on women.”


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Back by popular demand! Roots in Ripon: Push Back Against the Viciousness That Permeates Today’s Discourse

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Roots in Ripon - Author Chuck Roots

          Many of you have contacted me over the past three months to inquire about my weekly column, Roots in Ripon. In mid-April I decided to take a break from writing the articles since my brother, John, was coming out from Virginia for a visit and a lot of golf. This included a jaunt to Nampa, Idaho to connect with our cousin Jimmy. I wanted to enjoy the time with them without the ever-encroaching demand of another article.

          However, the primary reason for not writing my articles had to do with the newspaper that was carrying my column. For a not-yet-explained reason, despite my numerous inquiries, the paper made it plain to me that they wanted me gone. For 15 years I have written this column, first for the Ripon Record, which folded in 2015, and then with the Manteca Bulletin for two years. During those fifteen years I never once failed to submit an article. This included my two years being recalled for the Iraq War, flying over the Pacific, Atlantic and most major continents. I served at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (California); Camp Commando, Kuwait; I MEF Headquarters, Babylon, Iraq; and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. 

          In the current environment of our nation, I’m led to believe that my conservative views politically, and my religious views as an Evangelical Christian, are no longer welcomed within the print media, or few other places for that matter. I am dismayed by this as it is clearly a sign of the times. Not so many years back, we could have healthy debates and dialogue, engaging in the give-and-take of differing points of view, yet coming away as friends despite our differences. Not so today! The attitude seems to be, “If you don’t agree with me, then you’re the enemy!” 

          Think about it! Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, was having a quiet dinner a few weeks ago with her husband and extended family in a local restaurant. Because she works directly with and for President Trump, Sarah was told she was not welcome in the restaurant, The Red Hen. She and her husband left, driving home. The rest of the family adjourned to another restaurant across the street. They were followed by staff of the Red Hen and harassed there as well!

Friday, July 20, 2018

OPINION: Eminent domain threatens Hartford’s future

Joe Markley, speaks after being nominated by the Republican party as their chosen candidate for lieutenant governor at the State Republican Convention, Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Mashantucket, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Joe Markley speaks after being nominated by the Republican
Party as their chosen candidate for lieutenant governor at the State
Republican Convention, Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Mashantucket,
Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, and My Record Journal, where this first
Appeared on April 28.)
Too many political leaders in Connecticut have yet to accept this reality: More government is not the answer. Needless laws, regulations, and other intrusions into our lives and relationships can be just as damaging as higher taxes and more public debt.

Clearly, Hartford’s leadership still doesn’t get it. A recent proposal by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) to use eminent domain to take private property next to the XL Center provides ample evidence of continuing dysfunction.

Northland Investment Corp. constructed and operates the Hartford 21 tower, a 36-story residential facility on the southeast corner of the civic center block.  As part of the public-private partnership that made that construction possible, Northland received title to the XL Center’s atrium and adjacent retail space (known as the Trumbull Block).

CRDA now wants possession of that property.  Rather than negotiate an acceptable price, the agency is threatening seizure. No more alarming signal could be sent to potential investors in our capital city than this willingness to treat a private partner as the enemy, using an extraordinary government power casually and recklessly.

Eminent domain gives government the right to take private property when there’s a “compelling public interest.” Abuse of that power created a national scandal, when city officials in New London decided to seize and destroy a close-knit, waterfront neighborhood for the benefit of a multinational corporation. The subsequent battle, known as the Kelo case, reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In a decision that stunned many Constitutional scholars, the Court ruled against defenseless homeowners and the city prevailed—but the corporation left town anyway. The former neighborhood site is now a 90-acre dump for municipal debris.

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