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What's On Your Mind, Wilton?

WILTON, Conn. – The dawn of a new school year, the down economy and the upcoming presidential election were some of the things on the minds of people in Wilton when we spoke with them Thursday afternoon.

Taylor Gillespie, 18, was enjoying a day out with her yellow Labrador, Tucker, before preparing to head to college. It will take more than a bus or car trip to get to her school. Gillespie will begin classes at the University of St. Andrew in Scotland. “I could use a little more summer, but I’m excited to go. It’s a great environment,” said Gillespie, a 2012 Wilton High School graduate.

Friends Jeanne Allardyce and Nataliya Lalor of Stamford were talking about work, planning a birthday party and balancing lives as working mothers. The women were also looking forward to the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures.  “We get to try new clothes,” Lalor said.

Tom Varian of Ridgefield was thinking about the economy and wondering what can be done to get people back to work after long stints of unemployment. Many have spent their retirement money and personal savings to cover their needs, he said. “I’ve met so many people who are upset about the fact that they’re out of work,” Varian said. “A lot of people are stressed out.”

Mary Benson was a busy mom – and daughter — on Thursday. After filling up her van at the Citgo gas station on Route 7, she had to head home to prepare food for the arrival of her father, Jim Nagy, who was making his annual visit to Wilton to spend the weekend with Benson’s kids before the start of the school year.  “It’s always good fun,” Benson said, noting that her kids are ready for the new school year. “They’re excited. They want to get started.”

Fran Sonkin of Weston, stopping off to fill up on gas, says she has been thinking about the upcoming presidential election. “I would like to see (President Barack) Obama re-elected,” she said, noting her disappointment with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin and his recent comments about rape and abortion. Sonkin says she would also like to see the nation focus on important issues instead of the deluge of negative ads that have been launched of late. “We need more serious discussion and less mud-slinging,” she said.

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