Dear Connecticut, Remember the great tree slaughter back in 2017? So what the heck is going on with the CT legislature this year? Is it the distractions and all the cat fighting going on with the big roll out? Or is everyone sleeping behind their Zoom screens? I spent years when I was younger sending emails and letters to my reps about issues and things still continue to fall on deaf ears even all of these years later. Complete S-I-L-E-N-C-E. I even had one of mine run away from me at a public event this year. Thank goodness they have the excuse of people wearing masks that they didn’t know it was me. I didn’t even know about this until I received an email this morning. Now the CT Legislature wants to let private companies, mainly UI, in this case, act as tree wardens when they have no training. Let’s see, maybe I’ll let someone not trained as a dentist take care of my teeth. If you want some random person authorizing the cutting down of a tree on your property, by all means, support this. Here’s the email: Despite lengthy testimony in opposition, Raised Senate Bill 950 has made it out of committee and is continuing to move along in it’s original form. It is now referred to the Office of Legislative Research and Fiscal Analysis. This bill would allow the utilities the authority to prune or remove trees along the utility backbone without the involvement and authority of the Municipal Tree Warden or the notification of abutters. At this point, it is imperative that you contact your local representatives and voice your concerns over this bill and the removal of a Tree Wardens’ authority. Tree Wardens are public officials, professional and trained representatives of the towns you serve, and often serve as an intermediary between the utilities and the public.Go ahead with your cat fights over Zoom while the people you chose to represent you are hurting your property values, taking away your freedoms of choice, and completely ignoring you like they would the Borg because you won’t pick up the phone or send a 2 minute email or sign one of the numerous petitions circulating. Don’t ever tell me I didn’t warn you when one day you wake up with no freedoms, no birds singing, no horseshoe crabs to protect your medical equipment, and no trees to cover your baking house in 100 degree heat and you have to pay utility bills through the yin-yang because more deregulation was snuck in last minute (it does happen, I see it all the time and it might even happen tomorrow or Friday morning) while you pried into people’s personal business because the government and media told you it is “patriotic” to do so. It’s patriotic to tell the people who represent you how you feel and hold them accountable. You pay their salaries, you pay for all the paper, ink, and supplies these monstrosities they are calling “bills” are written on, the heat in their offices, gas, etc., and they rely on your SILENCE to sneak their own personal agendas in under your nose. Leaders LEAD and not hide and run away from their constituents. They have those tough conversations, they respond to your phone calls and emails, your social media posts, they take your point-of-view and thoughts into consideration before casting their final ballot. They signed up and spent a lot of money to be doing this and then act like Janus, one head one way, one head the other. I have more respect for people who, even if they vote a way I don’t like, will at least hear me out first, acknowledge my input, and not doublespeak when telling me why they are voting the way they are. My 2 cents, take it or leave it.