Best of Greenwich

In many ways the past week showed off the best of Greenwich in all its different facets.

One might not think that politics necessarily shows off the best side of a community, but it does when it’s done right without all the mudslinging and dirty dealing that makes us cynical. The Democrats have put together a ticket of John Blankley, Stephanie Paulmeno and David Rafferty to run in the 149, 150 and 151st districts. They’re putting their names and faces out there in expensive and tiring races to come because the citizens of Greenwich deserve a choice.

Among those three and Democratic state senate candidate Daniel Dauplaise, whom we are meeting for the first time and are already very impressed with, Greenwich’s voters will be able to listen to a real debate on the issues this fall and then make a choice based on who they feel will best represent them. We won’t have any coronations. The people who win those legislature seats will earn them, just as it should be.

Mr. Blankley, Ms. Paulmeno and Mr. Rafferty have also been dedicated public servants, whether through service to the RTM, volunteer positions or, in Ms. Paulmeno’s case, a commitment to the town’s health. They will be opposed this fall by incumbent Republican State Sen. L. Scott Frantz and State Reps. Livvy Floren and Fred Camillo and former BET Chairman Stephen Walko, who is seeking state office for the first time. All of these candidates represent the best of what Greenwich has to offer.

Mr. Frantz, Ms. Floren and Mr. Camillo have represented this town with honor, dedication and skill. Mr. Walko served for years as a volunteer in one of the most demanding positions in town. We have no doubt that these fine citizens in all ballot positions, whether Republican or Democrat, will give us issue-based campaigns that will bring credit to Greenwich.

But it’s not all about politics. We will have plenty of chances in the months ahead. What else is right about our town here today? It’s the way we gathered Monday morning outside Indian Harbor Yacht Club to honor veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we can live in peace and freedom in a moving ceremony that didn’t just honor those who served, but also taught our youth about commitment and the price of freedom. And then we followed that up with a community parade, one of several in town last weekend, that showed how well we can all come together.

Add that to the big gestures like the one of Greenwich millionaire Ray Dalio who put his money where his mouth was with an extraordinary Greenwich Town Party that provided fun and entertainment to the whole community. He wanted to create a block party atmosphere and boy did he and everyone involved with this endeavor make it happen. He and everyone involved deserve a thank you and so do the members of the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company who, in quieter fashion that is no less powerful, provided something for all of Greenwich to be proud of.

Placing American flags along the Mianus River Bridge is a statement that shows us as a proud community committed to our soldiers. At times when patriotism is too often used as a cheap political tool, this effort, begun by Selectman David Theis and taken over by the members of the fire company, is a true Greenwich effort, done without courting of publicity because it is the right thing to do.

It’s something for us to be proud of in town and there’s a lot of that to celebrate.

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