Don't leave pets in car

To the Editor:

Now that hot weather is here, it is time to remind everyone of the dangers associated with leaving companion animals unattended in parked vehicles. Animals, like young children, can die in cars. When it is 85 degrees outdoors, the interior of a car can skyrocket to 102 degrees in only 10 minutes, 120 degrees in 30 minutes. Opening windows won't help; short exposure may result in severe injury or death. Ensuring our pets' safety is the primary reason for keeping them home on hot days.

Our pets are best left at home when temperatures rise. They'd thank us for doing so if they could.

Louise Foerster


Support for John Ryan

To the Editor:

As the three-way primary election for the Darien / New Canaan probate judge position fast approaches, I wanted to publicly lend my support to John Ryan. I have known John for the past 20-plus years both as a colleague on the RTM as well as someone who has sought his legal counsel. Given John's more than 30 years of legal practice as well as his experience in state and local government, John has the proven ability to get things done.

John has consistently shown his good judgment and temperament in his legal practice as well as the leadership positions he has held. Aside from the experience and perhaps more importantly, John has the character to service as Probate Judge. In my experience, John has always been honest, fair and direct -- qualities that will serve him well as probate judge. Without question, John is the right choice.

Tim Lobdell


Continue support for

vets after their return

To the Editor:

Every American, Republican or Democrat, is a proud supporter of our troops and the efforts they are making overseas. Whether or not you are in favor of the terms of their deployment, we hope for their and safe return home. 

I cannot stress how important it is that our concern for our veterans does not desist once they come back. For the men and women who have protected us as individuals and protected our sovereignty and freedom as a nation, we must similarly give back and offer our assistance to these heroes. 

Congressman Jim Himes, along with fellow Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, recently announced a $300,000 grant to WorkPlace, Inc., an establishment that gives formerly incarcerated veterans a chance to reacclimate themselves into society by helping veterans secure a steady job and avoid homelessness. 

The grant has been specially formulated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service to address the issues faced by veterans recently expelled by our local prisons and gives them the skills they need to reenter into the workforce and their local communities. Congressman Himes' activism in the area of veterans' services and rights is extremely commendable and I thank him for his support of this grant and the many veterans this money will reach in the 4th District.

Phillip Kraft

Veterans' Advocate, Darien

New Directions thanks Town Club for donations

To the Editor:

I would like to extend my gratitude to the members of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk Town Club for collecting women's business attire for our New Directions program participants. Thanks to the generous clothing drive you organized, our participants have a new, on-site "boutique" available for selecting job interview outfits.

New Directions provides women with support and tools needed to find employment, with the ultimate goal of economic self-sufficiency. The program combines computer classes with training and support to help women of all ages throughout Fairfield County with the job search process. Women are able to select the New Directions services that meet their particular needs including Microsoft Office applications, keyboarding, individual computer assistance, resume writing, cover letter writing, interview skills, networking, how to navigate job search websites and individualized career coaching.

Kate Foster

YWCA Darien/Norwalk

New Directions Program Coordinator

Endorsement for

Mike Murray

To the Editor:

We have been fortunate to have Mike Murray as our lawyer for many years. He has worked with us on estate planning as well as many real estate and other business transactions. He is a consummate professional who is levelheaded, intelligent and trustworthy.

We are proud to support him for probate judge. Along with his many years of diverse legal experience, he will bring sound judgment and fair-mindedness to the position.

Debra and John Hertz


Mike Murray for

probate judge

To the Editor:

Mike Murray embodies the perfect combination of professional expertise, experience, personal integrity and personality that make him a great candidate for probate judge. The qualities one looks for in a probate judge include fairness, common sense, patience, experience, skill, toughness, hard work and the ability to get the job done.

Mike has demonstrated these traits throughout his professional and personal life. He will make sure the probate court provides fairness, respect and dignity to the people who come before it.

So vote Mike Murray, probate judge, Aug. 10.

Debbie Parnon


Mike Murray

has experience

To the Editor:

The next Judge of Probate for Darien and New Canaan needs to be a person with many different qualities. Expertise in probate law, sound judgment, calm temperament, respectful, compassionate and good organizational skills to name a few.

Mike Murray has all of those qualities along with another very important one. Mike is uniquely qualified to bridge the two towns for this new probate district. He is the only candidate who currently lives in Darien, but has his law practice in New Canaan. Mike really understands the people who live in both towns.

Probate judges must deal with people when they are experiencing very difficult complex issues. I know Mike Murray is the right person to be the next Judge of Probate for Darien and New Canaan

Please join me and vote for Mike Murray on Aug. 10. If you will be out of town vote absentee.

Susan Marks