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Sean Sullivan
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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09/16/2008
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Sean Sullivan is taking on Joe Courtney in Connecticut's sprawling 2nd congressional district

 

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Two years ago, the race between Courtney and then-incumbent Rob Simmons was the closest in the country.  After his narrow victory, Courtney stepped into a new Democratic majority in the house.  Now, he faces his first challenger - Sean Sullivan - a lawyer and former Commanding officer of the Groton Naval base.

Today, Where We Live, we'll kick off our series of conversations with top state officials and their challengers leading up to November, and we'll give you a chance to ask questions of Sean Sullivan. 

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Sean Sullivan

1. There is a profound difference between Health Care and Health Insurance. Mr. Sullivan speaks from the perspective of someone in a health care system
provided by the Federal Government. By any statistic, Health Insurance
provided in the United States lags behind single payer and other plans in place
in Europe. It
sounds great to leave health care to the free market. In reality, the
"consumer" is left with a labyrinth of confusing plans to choose from
and when in need, is most often left without coverage. Indeed, often insurance sales representatives do not understand their products. How then, is the layman expected to understand what is the best plan.

2. Oil drilling
is also a good idea, if and only if, we actually gain oil from drilling.
Case in point, most of Alaskan oil is shipped overseas and gas prices
in Alaska are among the highest in the nation.

3. The economy,
in terms of the small investor, highlights, bolds and italicizes the
fallacy of using the stock market for retirement accounts, college
savings accounts
and saving for a new home. The same problems indicated with health insurance also apply to the blizzard of plans available to thesmall investor. Indeed, if the stock market is so wonderful, why are so many financial institutions which have market specialists falling by the wayside?

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It was so obvious how Sean was stammering when asked about taxing middle
class people's health care benefits. Tell him I said he should be
absolutely ashamed of himself for supporting another attack on the
struggling middle class. This particular policy suggestion both disgusts
and enrages me.

Ellen Volpe
West Haven

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BUT what about the contamination suffered by residents of areas where uranium is mined, particularly those who live on reservations?

Susan in West Hartford

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1. Nuclear Energy: It appears that nuclear energy is the most efficient way to produce electricity. A tractor-trailer's worth of material will power a nuclear plant for 18 months. As the former commander of a nuclear submarine, you have a unique vantage into the use of nuclear power. Many people are concerned about the safety of nuclear power— nuclear meltdown. Is it possible to safely implement nuclear power?

2. Constituent Services: What will you do to improve constituent services? I actually wrote Courtney a letter about one bill, citing the bill number, and got a letter back about a completely different bill.

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JAMES BAILEY BRISLIN

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1. There is a profound difference between Health Care and Health Insurance. Mr. Sullivan comes from the perspective of someone in a health care system provided by the Federal Government. By any statistic, Health Insurance provided in the United States lags behind single payer plans in place in Europe. It sounds great to leave health care to the free market. In reality, the "consumer" is left with a labyrinth of confusing plans to choose from and when in need, is most often left without coverage.

2. Oil drilling is also a good idea, if and only if, we actually gain from drilling. Case in point, most of Alaskan oil is shipped overseas and gas prices in Alaska are among the highest in the nation.

3. The economy, in terms of the small investor highlights, bolds and italicizes the fallacy of using the stock market for retirement accounts, college savings accounts and saving for a new home.

Gordon Adams

Nuclear Energy

Question for Mr. Sullivan.  I am all for nuclear energy generation if the spent fuel can be recycled or disposed of in a responsible manner (not burying in a mountain).  How does Mr. Sullivan propose to dispose of spent nuclear fuel?

 

Interesting observation:  While driving today, I saw a "Sullivan" campain sign in a lawn.  It is in the same lawn as  an "Obama" sign. People are not following party lines, but looking at the candidates.

 

Victor Host

East Hampton, CT