[Glenn Richter: ] Can we survive Trump?
It seems that The Donald has a new buddy. King Kong Un.
He seems to like that all No. Koreans stand up and cheer whenever he shows up and Trump thinks that all Americans should do the same for him. But in No. Korea if you don’t stand up and cheer, you could wind up dead, or worse.
Maybe Trump just might forgo the title of POTUS and adopt a title more suiting his enormous ego. Pharaoh. Then he could not only be the supreme leader but a god to be worshiped by all. He thinks the White House is a dump, so he can then build a Trump pyramid and live there instead.
Two more years of this. I hope this once-great nation can survive it.
Kevin Coane, Wallingford
[Glenn Richter: ] Referendum on city budget
For the past 30 days a small army of Meriden residents canvassed Meriden streets and neighborhoods gathering signatures to send the recently approved city budget out to a public vote. This was no small task, but they succeeded! There will be a special referendum vote in late July/early August asking Meriden voters to vote yes or no on this budget which includes a 4.66 percent tax increase on your home and a 13 percent tax increase on your car.
Now I hear Councilor David Lowell is looking into the possibility of adding questions to the referendum ballot to poll residents on what they would like to see cut from the budget. I’m sorry, you, sir, have not earned the right to add anything to this referendum ballot. If you want additional questions on this ballot, I suggest you start your own petition drive and round up the 2,779 required signatures (better make that 3,400 because some of the signatures won’t pass muster).
Nothing should be on that ballot except the following: “Shall the City of Meriden budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 as presented by the City Council (which includes a 4.66 percent tax increase on property and 13 percent tax increase on automobiles) be approved.” YES or NO
If you want suggestions from the public on where to cut, then hold your own little town meeting. I’m sure this small army will be glad to provide constructive input. See you at the polls.
Tina Manley, Meriden
[Glenn Richter: ] Speaking the truth
“Our presidency has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division and only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works.”
Mr. Trump’s “reaction to unflattering news stories, calling them ‘fake news’ whether they’re credible or not, is copied by autocrats who want to discredit and control a free press.”
On Fox News as propaganda machine: “How can you do this? How can you lie to our country? How can you knowingly attack our Constitution, the bedrock of our system of government, the bedrock of our country?”
Liberal Trump bashers? No, just conservatives Jeff Flake, John McCain and ex-Fox military analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, speaking irrefutable truth to protect the country that they love.
Teresa Kristan, Wallingford
[Glenn Richter: ] Thanks for that thank-you
What a kind, uplifting, thank-you letter from the parent whose children received many supportive services in their school. Parents often thank classroom teachers but sometimes fail to recognize those who provide therapies. They are key figures in children’s’ lives too. On behalf of them, since I was a speech-language pathologist for thirty-seven years, thank you. I am happy to hear of your childrens’ progress.
Karen J. Ostby, Meriden
With the fourth of July (Independence Day) coming up, I would like to remind our towns and churches that through he efforts of two men; Eric Sloane and Eric Hatch, President John Kennedy made a proclamation urging that Independence Day be celebrated each year by the ringing of all bells at 2 p.m., EST. This was a custom that was started after we won the war of Independence from Great Britain that unfortunately was lost through history and was brought back with this proclamation.
If you stand outside, as I did last year in Wallingford, you can hear the bells ringing all around town. Let’s hope this year we will hear even more bells.
Robert Korb, Wallingford