Letter to the Editor


The Weston Board of Selectmen held a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 19. During this meeting they discussed the potential sale of the Fromson-Strassler land parcel to the Aspetuck Land Trust, a concept that has broad bi-partisan support. They appointed Martin Mohabeer as a Selectman. Additionally, they accepted a resignation, interviewed a candidate for office, discussed food trucks, and approved old meeting minutes.

The following morning, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor issued an Executive Order requiring residents to wear masks in every private business, house of worship and other public gathering place - regardless of one’s vaccination status. To be clear, this was not a recommendation. It was an order. Failure to comply can result in a fine. Why did Ms. Nestor fail to reveal her intention to issue this order the night before, during the regularly-scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting?

Ms. Nestor has assumed a dubious authority - similarly exercised numerous times by her predecessor, Chris Spaulding - to modify the behavior of Weston citizens without even consulting the other two members of the Board of Selectmen, or by accounting for her actions in a public discussion. This is a serious failure to follow basic principles of transparency and accountability, and Nestor’s actions should give everyone pause. As a result, Weston families, who have suffered in countless ways since March 2020, must helplessly watch our precious freedoms continue to erode under her severe lack of leadership.

— Matt Carrothers
Chair, Weston Republican Town Committee

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