Readers’ Opinions, 12-16-2013

Readers’ Opinions, 12-16-2013




What a wonderful and inspiring holiday concert presented by the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra with the combined chorus of Lyman Hall and Mark T. Sheehan high schools! Imagine, we all sang Christmas carols — “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” etc. Let us all, young and adult, learn to sing these beautiful carols as well as to think about their meaning. Thank you for the beautiful concert, and a blessed and Merry Christmas to all!

Eleanor H. Oberempt, Wallingford

Taken aback


I was a little taken back by a recent letter to the editor (R-J, 11-24) in which the writer, while trying to make a point about the spiraling national debt and the underfunded Social Security Fund, somehow felt the need to draw a parallel to his experiences in the Philippines. In his letter he stated that stealing was condoned in the Philippines as it was the only way that most people could make a living. But then I realized that someone can be in the same country at almost the same time as another and walk away with a completely different impression of that country and its people.

I lived in the Philippines for 3 years. I traveled to the northern most parts of Luzon, as well as, the southern most parts of Mindanao. I think this gave me a reasonable exposure to the country and its people. I may be a little bias about my opinion of the Philippines and its people, as I met and married my first wife, who is decease, in the Philippines. I found Filipinos to be a very generous, honest, hospitable and welcoming people (well, except initially my mother-in-law who was at first adamantly opposed to her daughter marrying an American). I also found that Filipinos have a very strong work ethic, as well as, a very strong sense of responsibility to family.

It is a country that clearly does not tolerate dishonesty. However, like the United States, the Philippines had/has some unsavory politicians and individuals, but no more than what you would find in any other country.

Jim Seichter, Wallingford

Dioxin emissions


The Environmental Protection Agency Hearing conducted in Wallingford Town Hall on 12-11 regarding permit renewal for the Wallingford Trash Plant was revealing and raised significant concerns. Improper trash incineration creates cancer-causing dioxins that are emitted into the surrounding air and must be closely monitored. It turns out that today monitoring the entire plant is only done once every 3 years while the plant itself runs almost continuously 24/7. This make no sense. This process recently failed and the plant was fined over $350,000. No one knows the magnitude of the dioxin emissions that resulted.

Considering that the Wallingford plant is the only one in Connecticut located close to residential areas, I (and others) have called for more intense and continuous monitoring. Today, the technology exists to continuously monitor many things such as automobile emissions, security systems and nuclear power plants. Surely, when its comes to the health and safety of our families, we should require the same for this incinerating plant. The decision rests with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection. If you agree, you can express your views to Lakiesha Christopher before 12-20. Email is:

Paul Ciardullo Sr., Wallingford



On December 10, the organization Wreaths Across America was scheduled to make a stop at Cheshire High School.

As I watched the snow fall early in the morning, I sat there with extreme disappointment because I knew Wreaths Across America would not be making a stop at Cheshire High School. The students of BRAVE (Bringing Remembrances to All Veterans Everywhere) and I knew that the only possibility for this event to be canceled was if we had school canceled that day. The caravan of trucks that would be going to Washington D.C. were on a very tight and fixed schedule so we could not reschedule the visit to our school.

Needless to say, it was the single most disappointing day of my 34 years at CHS and just as disappointing for all of our members of BRAVE. We have been working on this visit since last March and the excitement and enthusiasm was greater than anything we have done in the past.

If there is one consolation — and it is a rather large one — it is that the community we call our school, our faculty and our students are simply the best in the state.

So many of you contributed to purchasing a wreath, so many businesses as well who contributed, that we were able to send 300 wreaths to be placed on graves at Arlington on behalf of Cheshire. This is remarkable.

On National Wreath-Laying Day, wreaths were placed on graves of our Veterans in all 50 states, at sea, and at 24 cemeteries in foreign countries and of course on as many of the nearly 300,00 heroes who reside at Arlington. I am very proud of our students of BRAVE and our community who made such a valiant effort.

Ralph Zingarella, Cheshire


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