Depraved Indifference

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Holocaust (Shoah), an oil painting by Sylvia Davis Patricelli.

The depraved indifference law and legal definition (USLegal, Inc., is: “To constitute depraved indifference, the defendant’s conduct must be so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime.”

We might normally attribute this description to an intentional corporal action by a person or group of individuals. However, it could also be interpreted as rhetorical demand, order or incitement that could cause harm both physically, financially or without regard to incurring collateral “quality of life” damage. It can also mean simple wanton disregard for protecting from or preventing harm.

Could we identify examples of this during the past year, particularly with the COVID-19 challenges nationally and globally? Certainly! We could find fault, not limited to certain political parties or cultural segments or even historical events. 

However, the purpose of this article is to focus on local and statewide economic status for residents in both the public and private sectors. Let’s consider the 2022 elections first by the best candidates by virtue of their previous political or public contributions but also by deliberating on candidates’ platform issues that have been or are detrimental to Connecticut’s future.

What have been the serious errors in omissions or commissions that we want to avoid? There is a learning curve to be noted—doing the same old, same old and expecting a different outcome is not common sense. A party supporting the candidate in their roster who can self-fund “because it saves some work” for fundraising, is not the wisest choice. Remember, it is you, the voter, who determines your and your family’s future success.

Speaking of voters, those of you registered as unaffiliated cannot currently vote in the 2022 gubernatorial primary. You can make a significant difference by registering with a specific party. You can reverse your action post primary should you choose. The unaffiliated segment has an ever-waxing population. Those of you who are not yet registered voters, this is a chance to make a difference. Do not stand by with depraved indifference, as your future can be in your hands as you head to the voting booth.

Susan Patricelli Regan is the host of CT Valley Views, and founder of the Sylvia Davis Fine Arts Scholarship.  

Editor’s Note: Of Granby’s 8,325 registered voters, the largest bloc is Unaffiliated with 3,189 voters; on Nov. 3, 86 percent voted. Republicans have 2,512 registered voters; 90 percent voted on Nov. 3. Democrats have 2,473 voters; 92 percent voted on Nov. 3. Many thanks to Granby’s Registrars for providing this information.