Today The Wilton DTC endorsed the candidates for the local November election. I will be running for the Board of Selectmen. See the Good Morning Wilton article to see more. https://goodmorningwilton.com/breaking-news-dtc-endorses-candidates-for-municipal-races-mcfadden-tartell-kaelin-maher-and-more/ Source

Asylum Officers’ Union Says Trump Migration Policy ‘Abandons’ American Tradition

Union Local 124 of federal asylum officers filed a brief in court essentially saying, “Asylum officers are duty bound to protect vulnerable asylum seekers from persecution,” the union said. “They should not be forced to honor departmental directives that are fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our nation and our international and domestic legal obligations.” (NY Times). To say the least, the Trump administration is not pleased.https://www.nytimes.com/…/asylum-officers-trump-migrants.ht… Asylum Officers’ Union Says Trump Migration Policy ‘Abandons’ American Tradition The union said that migrants could face persecution under the policy, which forces them to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases […]

Fourth of July was great. At the Republican-Democrat softball game, Congressman Jim Himes played right field and (as most of you know one of the reasons I ran for State Representative to make sure that our current representative showed up in the Wilton section of his district) State Representative Tom O'Dea came to the game for the second year in a row! Source

Lights for Liberty

The United States has always been a beacon of liberty and a symbol of justice to the world. We must continue to find ways to light the darkness if we are to keep that reputation. Source

5 powerful ways we can help detained immigrant children today

America has always been a beacon of hope to the world because of who we are, our willingness to help others in need and the core value of due process that is central to the rule of law in our nation. At the border, we now have extinguished the beacon and we deny due process to those seeking asylum. This administration's actions destroy the very core of who we are as a nation. 5 powerful ways we can help detained immigrant children today We teach our children to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs, brush their teeth […]

Trump falsely claims ‘drug prices declined in 2018’ – STAT

As usual, our President makes claims that are not accurate. The increase in drug prices has moderated in 2018 – but they have not dropped. Facts matter. Trump falsely claims ‘drug prices declined in 2018’ – STAT President Trump asserted Friday — incorrectly — that drug prices have declined in the last year. Instead, data suggests that increases may have slowed. Source

Math versus Myths: The Business, Economic and Social Case for Immigration

This panel discussion, hosted by Columbia University, looked at immigration's impact on the US. Their conclusions were that "immigration is not only good for the economy, it’s vital for healthy growth. The factual misinformation and inaccurate statistics often quoted by politicians and repeated in the media – that there are hordes of immigrants coming in, committing crimes, and stealing American jobs etc. — are simply not supported by the actual numbers." Math versus Myths: The Business, Economic and Social Case for Immigration The Bernstein Center hosted its annual Klion Forum featuring a discussion on the business case for addressing the […]

Coast Guard Can Stop More Drugs Than Trump’s Wall, Congressman Says

The Coast Guard stops more drugs headed to the U.S. than all other federal agencies combined, said Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. An investment in assets for the Coast Guard — both personnel and equipment — would be a heck of a lot better then a static wall that people can go around, under or through," DeFazio, said during a hearing on maritime drug interdiction. Coast Guard Can Stop More Drugs Than Trump’s Wall, Congressman Says The Coast Guard stops more drugs headed to the U.S. than all other federal agencies combined, said […]

Today I was an usher at the Memorial Service for Al Wood. A core theme of Al’s life was service. Even though he died at age 95, Al was still on committees serving the community. He provides a model of a lesson that, in this world, we all need to remember and live. Source

Make America talk again: the lab teaching sworn enemies to have decent conversations

https://www.theguardian.com/…/make-america-talk-again-how-t… Make America talk again: the lab teaching sworn enemies to have decent conversations. Conflict is hard. But one condition that leads to understanding is subtle but logical: It turns out that when people build up even a small buffer of goodwill, their conversations go much better. Specifically, people need to have about three moments of positive feelings for every one moment of negativity. This 3:1 ratio is one critical lesson. Goodwill is the gateway drug for listening. “People need to have some balance of experience, of feeling like they’re heard, [to be told] that’s an interesting point they made,” […]