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A "Letter to the Editor" that you won't see in the Newstimes

Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 6:15 PM

Today, former 2nd ward Democratic candidate Ken Gucker reached out to me and asked if I would publish a letter to the editor that he submitted to the Newstimes on Feb 24th. Although the write-up fulfilled the letter to the editor requirements, the Newstimes did not publish the piece nor do they give contact Gucker explaining why the item was not published.

People over Politics?

As I walked door to door last fall, the overwhelming feeling in the 2nd ward was, oh great, another politician, or why bother voting, city hall does not care. Or lastly, politicians are out for themselves and we the voters have no voice, I am staying home! Well as someone who does care about local issues and hoped to better our community, I tried to stay positive and tell voters that they do have a voice and everyone counts. I guess I was wrong and the people were right. The politicians are out for themselves and the last election proved it. I speak of Mr. Trompetta and his run in the 2nd ward. Knowing he was moving and for the sake of his party, he stayed in the city council race to keep a seat for the Mayor. Once the race was over, he would let the mayor pick someone to replace him, say a “Horace Miller” type. Some in his party tell a different story but the facts are the facts. His house was off listing in October, he signed over the warrantee deed election day and after being sworn in, he resigned. Some in city hall do not see the problem and many just choose to look the other way. Say what you will, but Mr. Trompetta had to know he would not be able to serve long before the end of the election. The bigger issue is that the people were deceived and to this day do not know who will be representing them. In the end their vote did not matter but moreover is it too much to ask for a little honesty and transparency?

Kenneth Gucker
Danbury CT

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

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