Letter to the Editor: No Trust, No Justice
No Trust, No Peace
By Cathy Hopperstad, Republican and Independent Candidate for State Representative, 9th District
During the July 2020 Special Session, the General Assembly of CT passed The Act Concerning Police Accountability. Prior to the session, on July 17, 2020, the Judiciary Committee held a virtual public listening session to discuss its contents. In reality, a bill of this magnitude required a full public hearing with all affected parties involved. But that did not happen. The public was told during the Senate vote that the sections of the bill that were troublesome to police and the public would be discussed during another Special Session in September. But that will not be the case. Instead a new “environmental justice” bill is on the list of items that Governor Lamont tweeted late Friday afternoon. The bill hasn’t even been finalized. Now we learn that there will be a bill to allow the early counting of absentee ballots. Where is the truth, accountability and transparency of the majority party? It hasn’t existed since the lockdown. One party rule has become tyrannical.
If we are ever going to move forward in this state and country, then we need to have open and honest discussions about issues and it should start at the local level and in our state legislature. My opponent, Representative Rojas, if he is truly interested in justice and peace, should not be pushing bills through the legislature of this magnitude in special sessions, without minority representation and under the cloak of darkness. This only divides us more and creates more mistrust. We need legislators who will work with all affected parties to move our state forward in the light of day and I hope to be that legislator for you. Without trust, there will never be peace on either side.