With election season in full swing, one of the most overlooked demographics is senior citizens. As the “baby boomer” generation gets older, lots of topics that have been previously overlooked are becoming increasingly important. In the month of October alone, The Lodge at Cold Spring in Rocky Hill saw two politicians walk through its doors to voice their concerns and support over issues affecting senior citizens.
The first to come was Republican Congressional candidate John Decker. The biggest issue Mr. Decker brought up was government spending and debt. He said that since he has not had a background in politics, he will provide a fresh outlook on the political climate. It is his hope he can bring back the idea of citizen’s congress; a congress where a representative from that community is in tune with the needs and concerns of where that person is from. Still, being a financial planner, Decker’s main goal is to start eliminating the nation’s debt in order to preserve all the great things our senior citizens had worked so hard on to make this country great. “I see what’s going on in our government, and someone needs to speak up and take care of it. If it has to be me, so be it,” he said.
State Senator Paul Doyle also visited The Lodge recently. State Senator Doyle serves the towns of Rocky Hill, Newington, Cromwell, Wethersfield, and Middletown. Some of the issues that the State Senator supports are the Job Bill and maximization of state aid. The Job Bill will help create new jobs to aid small business and State Aid will help to keep property taxes down. One thing that Doyle stressed was that he is fed up with all of the negative advertising that is prominent in today’s political climate. “All I hear are these negative ads, and nothing about the issues that affect the people,” he said. It is his hope that whoever wins the elections will become more bi-partisan, and work together to assist the people; both statewide and nationwide. His last request was that even if you don’t like either candidate running in the race, still do your civic duty and vote. “I feel that you can’t truly complain about something unless you perform your civic duty and vote,” he said.