Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Murphy lectured rather than exchanged ideas

Rick Reichenberger Ledyard

Publication: The Day

Published 03/24/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 03/22/2013 04:33 PM

I attended Sen. Chris Murphy's town hall lecture March 9 anticipating a good exchange of thoughts and ideas. When I entered the room I was instructed to write my question on paper and give it to an aide. This is not what I expected.

A "town hall style meeting" is supposed to be an exchange of ideas, a back and forth, an opportunity to respond to answers to the questions. This did not happen. Murphy opened the "meeting" with a few Democratic talking points. Some of his statements were not accurate, but, because of the format, no one could voice disagreement. After the introduction, the aide began to read questions. When some attendees voiced disagreement with the answers given by the senator, they were tagged as "activists" and talked over.

Of the many questions I saw submitted, only about 10 were read. The senator's answers were lengthy and sometimes did not answer the question. I wanted to stand up and ask the senator if he could be more concise so that more questions could be asked, but the format did not allow this. About halfway through the presentation, attendees started to leave.

This was an excellent chance to exchange ideas, but the opportunity was wasted.

Town News

Visit Zip06
Submit Your:  Submit Your News Submit Your Photos Submit Your Events
Most Recent Poll
A new policy by CVS Pharmacy requires all employees on its health plan to disclose vital information -- such as weight, body fat and glucose levels -- or pay a monthly fine of $50. What do you think?
Companies need to do something to contain health-care costs. This might help.
It's a good plan only if they reward employees who have healthy numbers.
Those numbers paint only a partial picture. What about skinny chain-smokers?
This policy breaches patient confidentiality; it should be repealed.
I thought CVS already had that info on our Extra Care cards.
Number of votes: 1066

No current items found

No current items found

The Day on Facebook

In the past two weeks our Facebook fans have won tickets to the CT Tigers, Newport Winefest and Mystic Seaport. Become a fan of The Day on Facebook for access to these contests, breaking news, TheDay.com's best features and more!