>HeadlineBriefs< What’s the cost?
>f F<“Outgoing prosecutor proud of her work fighting crime” (R-J, 10/29) raises my question. “It is customary for all U.S. attorneys to leave their posts once a new president of a different party is in office, and many left in January. Daly, however, was among a small number of federal prosecutors to be given more time to reach service anniversaries that affect retirement benefits. She left office Friday.”How much additional does this cost the taxpayers?
>q 2,1<>pa 2<>f F<Peter Bunting, Cheshire
>HeadlineBriefs<>f F<Scaife’s evaluation
>f F<Let’s give him a raise. Yea! Only one year on the job. Typical Meriden. Stop lining up so fast behind this guy. Getting back to the matter at hand though, you guys (councilors) dwelled on the positive, but the negative needs to be addressed. That feedback reeked of some serious issues. My take on it was if you’re not on “the team” (yes men) you’re out! Also by hiring off the grid and creating new positions without going through normal procedures (are these union jobs?) (where’s the grievance?), and that’s just bad! Any other taxpayers concerned? Further, give the Police and Fire a raise. They put it on the line every minute. And, but of course, why not me. Where’s my raise? Paying my taxes every year, (with complaints), how about dropping my mill rate ten points? Ba! Ha! Ha! In reality, let the contract run. You guys really like spending my money. It’s only been one year. Got it! We all might wake up one morning to a Trojan horse, and then the finger-pointing will be real nasty. But not your (councilors’) fault.
>q 2,1<>pa 2<>f F<Mark Gostyla, Meriden
>HeadlineBriefs< How the EDC works
Wallingford Democrats criticize the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and its director, repeatedly, without understanding how the EDC functions. None have attended EDC meetings. Economic development is also done in subcommittee meetings, Planning & Zoning Committee (PZC) meetings and in the Planning & Zoning Department (PZD). The PZD director is also being criticized. Those critical are not attending PZC meetings and lack understanding of the PZD.
Critics say these town employees should be replaced. I do not always agree with the EDC and PZD directors; however, I am impressed with their work. I am concerned that replacements could not fill their shoes, no matter how impressive the resume. Both have extensive experience directly in Wallingford.
There’s talk about Amazon moving to Wallingford and that it’s the EDC’s fault they aren’t. The EDC director spoke with Amazon representatives. Amazon let him know they’re not considering Connecticut, or Wallingford, for demographic reasons. As far as the EDC needing more employees, there are plans in place right now to possibly take on new EDC employees in the near future. As far as the EDC needing more members, two have been added in the last year, and the public is welcome to participate in meetings or call by phone. In the last conversation I had with the director, he couldn’t express enough how much he welcomed the input of everyone in the community. And not only has he said that but I’ve seen it in his actions.
If people aren’t attending meetings, they have no understanding of how the EDC functions. To assume the EDC is incompetent is a dangerous way to address concerns. Critics need to begin a dialogue with the commission, keeping in mind we’re a diverse community with conflicting ideas. Not everything you want is going to be something the EDC does.
>q 2,1<>pa 2<Jessica Wysocki, Wallingford
>HeadlineBriefs<>f F<It’s about ability
>f F<I have great respect for Ryan Bell for sharing his experiences living with Treacher Collins syndrome with his fellow students at Wallingford's Dag Hammerskjold Middle School. His doing so took great courage and trust at his young age. You have proven you are more than your genetic make-up, Ryan. You are a fine example of one who makes the most of life and overcomes challenges that might have derailed others. How wonderful to see his classmates’ acceptance of all of his fine qualities. As a child of the late 1940s, I enjoyed a good life without classmates staring, asking questions or bullying me. In college, in group showers, there were no questions or comments. Children raised by parents who whispered "later" when they had a question, knew how to behave appropriately. Perhaps today's parents do not explain appropriate behavior or perhaps the "baby boomers" paid more attention. Adults also behave inappropriately when salespersons suggest "Try the children's department." I am NOT a "little person." I am a regular, short person (4'10-1/2") who became even shorter-looking due to osteoporosis. No one told me not to mention my severe, bilateral clubfeet, which may have a genetic component, a certain gene on a certain chromosome. As a child, I just knew they were private business. I never spoke about them until I was 68 years old. It was time to come out of my closet, out from under the rug. When I interviewed for my first position at 23 yrs., the leader of the agency asked if I could do the job. I was shocked and momentarily speechless. I replied, "Why? Of course I can!" He said. "Your feet." I assured him I had recently walked all over Europe. My friend and I each had similar sore feet and blisters. I was furious he would question an ability that had nothing to do with my being a speech-language pathologist. I worked there two years and switched to a regional school system for 35 years, going to multiple sites for each, carrying my materials with me. No one questioned me until people in the public places asked If I drove, if I'd been in an accident, why did I have odd shoes (made from molds made by a podiatrist). Young children asked, "What are you?" "A person?” "An adult," I answered, embarrassed among adults.
>q 2,1<>pa 2<>f F<Karen J. Ostby, Meriden
>f F<>italic<The writer is a retired speech-language pathologist for Regional School District 13, Durham-Middlefield.>res 1<