Frequently we hear, Latinos don’t speak up on the issues. Some of the articles we have offered on this upcoming election however, have elicited some interesting responses from Latinos around the state. Among them, two opinion pieces that presented contrasting views from two Latinas on the gubernatorial candidates, incumbent Dannel Malloy (D) and Republican challenger Tom Foley. They were written by Cecilia Bonelli of Groton who is originally from Peru and Evelyn Mantilla of West Hartford, originally from Puerto Rico. ( http://ctlatinonews.com/2014/10/22/dan-malloy-for-governor-the-clear-choice-for-latinos/ and http://ctlatinonews.com/2014/10/22/why-as-a-latina-i-am-voting-for-tom-foley/)
Another, a news article (http://ctlatinonews.com/2014/10/15/latino-candidates-lots-at-stake-in-getting-out-the-vote/ ) on how some Latino candidates are working to get out the vote, not only for themselves but also for Governor Malloy, because they say the stakes are especially high in this election, for many reasons. And then, some of the comments below are from some folks we asked because we figured you wanted to hear from Latinos regarding this election. Keep the comments coming.
So here’s the Buzz……for now……….Eddie Martinez, Waterbury Unfortunately, as a state employee with 19 years on the job, I’ve never seen as much discrimination and desperate treatment of Latinos during other administrations like I witnessed during the Malloy administration. Now, they want to make it sound like they’re looking for the best interest of Latinos when this is not the case. It’s all about politics and winning votes. After the elections we’ll be back to forgetting about the Latinos. When will we wake up and smell the roses? Nelson J. Rodriquez, West Hartford Mrs. Mantilla, I appreciate you putting together such a well thought out piece. Thank you for presenting us with clear and factual information about what Governor Malloy and his team have been able to do for the state of Connecticut during his tenure. Being a huge proponent of education in general and the father of two boys who are attending elementary school in CT, I am pleased to see the work that Governor Malloy has helped get done to improve our education system. Alma Maya, Bridgeport As a Latina , I feel our communities continue to remain absent from the minds of some of our elected officials. This is reflected in the lack of services which should be targeted to our specific needs and neighborhoods It is also reflected in the few number of Latino appointed officials at all levels of government. Joel Gonzalez Anyone who dares to suggest that Malloy has done anything for Hispanics must be in desperate need of their medication. The biggest tax increase in Connecticut history followed by $120,000,000 cut to social Service Programs is a testament to his great leadership. The worst part of it all is that the “Latino Delegation or Caucus” didn’t have the backbone to stand up to Danny Boy. I believe he did appoint one latino to his administration. He deserves Alama Maya’s vote for that Carmelo Rodriquez, New Britain I do not believe Gov. Malloy or Foley have done enough to reach the Latino community through commercial media or news paper. As chairman of the Latino Coalition I can personally say that I have not been contacted by either of them for any input on the Latino community in New Britain.