Photo and videos — Dan Arestia

The Darien Times holds a biweekly coffee on Thursday mornings at the Sugar Bowl, and elected representatives occasionally stop by to engage with residents. Yesterday, U.S Congressman Jim Himes visited to answer questions covering just about any topic breakfast goers could ask. Topics included the U.S approach to North Korea, Himes role on the House Intelligence Committee and his colleague Devin Nunes, political activism and the women’s march, the fiscal situation here in Connecticut, President Trump, and more.

There was also discussion about the rising interest in Democratic Socialism among some youth in the country, and Himes engaged a young voter at the breakfast on the Hillary as opposed to Bernie question. Himes also talked about looking at that approach with an eye on the future, explaining that nothing is actually free, and while free college for everyone sounds great when you’re 20, you’d better also be happy about it when you have higher taxes when you’re 60 to cover the costs.

Himes also spoke about the wealth gap in America, and urged that a better educated population is one of the steps to addressing it. Himes said that the greatest indicator of future wealth and success was the education level of one’s parents, and that closing a wealth gap begins with improving the level of education in the youth. This doesn’t necessarily mean making sure every child has a four year degree, but learns a trade, or holds a certificate of some kind.

Congressman Himes answering a question on the women’s march, and if those in Congress have really taken notice.

Congressman Himes what he has been hearing from Connecticut business owners on the financial situation the state is in, and how to fix it.

Congressman Himes on things Dan Malloy has done to try to address the state’s financial issues, and what has worked. Also talks about pushing back on pensions, and considering highway tolls.

Congressman Himes on engaging the electorate, getting people involved, and building a strong political center instead of pushing people toward extremes.