May 21

Update May 6th,2010

Hello, Friends,

Today Wednesday has been a very interesting day!  At 5:00 p.m., I went to an After-Hours reception of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.  It was a Cinco de Mayo theme held at the renovated Arcade on Main Street in Bridgeport.  The location is quite large and well-done, with a large interior glassed dome area and apparently awaiting additional businesses to contract for space.  The Latin cuisine and Mexican costumes were abundant.  For sound and ambiance, they had representatives of Radio Cumbre, the Hispanic station 1450 AM.  The owner of the station is Pablo Colon whom I know from Principe de Paz Church as well as through the El Alfarero Hispanic radio prison ministry.  Of course we greeted each other.  I had to leave the reception early for a limousine service booking.  However, Pablo insisted that I wait a moment.  It appeared that he wanted to speak on the air about the candidacy.  We waited for a song to finish and he then did a brief, light interview in Spanish.  He mentioned the candidacy.  I explained, "Soy republicano conservador!.  He asked what I thought about the remodeled Arcade.  I said, "Es verdaderamente fabulosa!"  He then asked what I thought of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.  I said, "Debido a que vivia por ocho anos en america latina y que la cultura me pego, me gusta mucho!"  It was quite a welcome spur-of-the-moment opportunity!

Tomorrow Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., I'll be at a Stratford Tea Party promotion to be held at the corner of Main Street and Barnum Street in Stratford.  The primary objectives of the Tea Party movement are reduction of government, reduction of government regulation and reduction of taxes (objectives which are supported by 1/3 of Democrats).  All of that squarely fits the first point of my Campaign Platform.  Cheryl Lemos, the Stratford Tea Party coordinator, has published on their website and Facebook site that I will be present.  Your presence to support this effective movement is encouraged. 

At 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening, I will be at the annual meeting of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (to be held at the Covenant Church in Easton).  Rev. Brian Schofield-Bodt was the senior pastor of the Golden Hill Methodist Church in Bridgeport where I attended for a number of years before I began to attend in 2004 Principe de Paz in Bridgeport.  He is now the President of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport.  I look forward to an interesting event!

Also, our Campaign Treasurer, Rev. Lyle Wahlberg, has presented an idea for a plan for concerned citizens to buy U.S. Savings Bonds for the purpose of retiring international debt (i.e., with China).  The idea as it stands is that it would be voluntary, would likely offer an interest rate that would be better than usual CD rates (taking into account tax free interest), and of course would decrease our nation's dependence on foreign debt sources.  When I worked in banking in Latin America (i.e., the late 1970's), large international banks were participating with the International Monetary Fund to assist countries like Brazil and Argentina.  There were refinancing programs which involved strict conditions of reducing government spending and increasing taxes.  That was the only way that the plans would work.  If we don't get control of government spending in this great nation, we soon will be facing a similar situation here.  The idea proposed by Lyle might work if there are strict conditions that the concurrent reduction in international debt would not be considered by the federal government as an additional opportunity for more borrowing!!!

The Connecticut Republican Convention quickly approaches (i.e., May 21st and 22nd).  Much is happening.  The pace is fast and getting faster!  Things are looking very interesting!

Ethan Book
Tel. (203) 943-0045

Constitutional integrity and individual freedom with global focus!

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