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Candidates debate

In order to make an informed decision Nov. 6, you need to know where the candidates stand on issues that matter to you and your family. Those running for various offices are gearing up for the election and that means a chance to see them in action, during a debate.

Here is a list of upcoming debates for candidates who will be on the ballot in Shelton.

Monday, Oct. 15

U.S. Senate: Linda McMahon (R) and Chris Murphy (D), hosted by The Day of New London, televised on MYTV9, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

President: Incumbent Barack Obama (D) and challenger Mitt Romney (R) in town meeting format, including foreign and domestic policies, in Hempstead, N.Y., nationally televised 9-10:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18

U.S. Senate: Linda McMahon (R) and Chris Murphy (D), hosted by the Connecticut Broadcasters Association at the Hilton Hartford Hotel, 4-5 p.m. (check listings for broadcast times)

4th District: Incumbent Jim Himes (D) and challenger Steve Obsitnik (R) luncheon (11:30 a.m.) and debate at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center in Norwalk, 1-2 p.m., sponsored by the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce in partnership with News 12 Connecticut, the Business Council of Fairfield County, and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. (Members $50, non-members $75)

Monday, Oct. 22

President: Incumbent Barack Obama (D) and challenger Mitt Romney (R) talk foreign policy in Boca Raton, Fla., nationally televised 9-10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28

4th District: Incumbent Jim Himes (D) and challenger Steve Obsitnik (R) at the Clune Center at Wilton High School, Wilton, 4-5:30 p.m., co-sponsored by area LWVs.

Friday, Nov. 2

4th District: Incumbent Jim Himes (D) and challenger Steve Obsitnik (R) at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn on Main Street, 10-11 a.m., sponsored by AARP.

In other election news, it’s not a surprise, nor is it even unusual this time of year, that political lawn signs tend to disappear. What it is, however, is sad. While we haven’t heard about it happening this season in Shelton, it’s a common problem that comes up again and again.

It’s sad because it’s so immature — it’s reminiscent of a small child who squeezes closed her eyes and covers her ears and yells, “la, la, la, la, la!” when there’s something she doesn’t want to see or hear — only the child doesn’t know any better. People who steal or destroy political signs are undoubtedly grown adults. Apparently, though, they have yet to grow up.

Political signs are not offensive; they generally contain only a name. Their purpose? To show support for someone running for office. Our country is a place where free speech is one of the values we hold most dear. To deny one’s neighbors the right to respectfully express their opinions is about as un-American an act as there is. It’s a childish, petty slap in the face of democracy, and it has no place in any community.

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