LETTERS: Trump and Russia? / NFL and the national anthem / Wallingford and opioids

LETTERS: Trump and Russia? / NFL and the national anthem / Wallingford and opioids

Leaning sympathies


As more and more facts become available, the dots begin to align, so as to form a more complete picture. Some time ago, after repeated defaults, Donald J. Trump had burned all bridges with American banks and lending institutions. He then turned to German and Russian banks to finance his interests. This is significant, as this constitutes the underpinning of his financial holdings. By equal measure, it begins to explain his outwardly friendly relations, fixated with the style and totalitarian power, exhibited by Putin and a uniquely gracious approach to all things Russian.

Along with the growing evidence of collusion and associated obstruction of justice, what concludes is grave and rather frightening. We may very well have a president that is so financially indebted to Russia, so as to have influenced his decisions (enough to suggest) he has been compromised by a foreign power. By word and deed, he has adopted a most amiable position on Russia; developing a much softer and more conciliatory path. Indeed, a most curious position, were it not for the link between his finances and the overt Russian need to absorb the Crimea, the Ukraine and the lifting of crippling sanctions (imposed under former President Obama). The current president and administration have (ostensibly) climbed deeply into bed with Russian foundations. It may well explain the current and deliberate dismantling of our governing institutions. As difficult as it may be to believe, the president of the United States could reasonably be viewed as a communist sympathizer and the Republican Party, his donors, his followers and his rabid supporters (by extension) would follow, with equal measure and accountability.

Delmiro D. Gomes, Southington

Respect our flag


One of the best things that I enjoyed about watching a football game is the singing of the National Anthem, by a vocalist, who would blast it out in their own special way, with all the people standing, cheering, clapping and many waving the flag. It brought excitement to the game. Now the “kneelers” have taken that away by kneeling and disrespecting the flag. The flag is a symbol of our freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and yes, freedom for the “kneelers” to act in their own disrespectful way, and more. They are disrespecting the very symbol that gives them the right to kneel instead of standing. That is exactly like biting the hand that feeds you. They should stand and honor the flag for giving them the right to do what they are doing and find another way to protest without using the flag. Many people have fought and died so our flag would still wave and they still are.

How do you think they feel when they see the “kneelers,” especially the parents of service men and women who have lost their loved ones while serving? It’s all about money, the players make so much that it goes to their heads and they feel that they can do whatever they please. The owners of the teams are acquiescingbecause the players are making them rich and are afraid to discipline them. Only the owners can solve this problem. Also, I think the New England Patriots should change their name to Unpatriots because that is what they are. Stand up and be a man, respect our flag and bring back the excitement at the beginning of the game and let all of us sing the Star Spangled Banner together with “gusto.”

Fred Antonio, Middletown

Respect for all


Lately, there has been a lot of negative press concerning the motivations and actions of our law enforcement officers. I find this very sad since I was always taught as a child that I could trust a police officer to help me. I have always had a deep respect for law enforcement officers and I want that to continue, though I know there have been situations which questioned that loyalty.

However, I am very proud that in the Meriden Police Department there are officers who can be trusted and deserve our respect and support. Recently we had a theft in the Chapel of MidState Medical Center. I met with Officer Michael Hadvab to report the incident. I was impressed with his compassion, kindness and his realistic perspective. He demonstrated to me his caring respect for those who have “slipped through the cracks” of our society and have few if any options. I was pleased he was the officer that was assigned to our case. He listened and understood that respect for all people is central to our humanity.

In this holiday season, I hope we all will reach out and stop to listen to the lonely and those on the fringes of our society.

Doreen Bottone, Meriden

The writer is the chaplain
at MidState Medical Center.

The opiate tide


It is impossible not to feel compassion for those whose lives have been devastated by recent events, such as fires in California and the aftermath of hurricanes to Puerto Rico and Texas. Unfortunately, these events will be repeated somewhere and sometime in the future since they have been categorized as natural events.

What are not natural events are the thousands of deaths each year from opiates and other addicting and habit-forming drugs. Newspaper readers and television viewers are bombarded daily with the grizzly statistics, and we often feel helpless to do anything about this tragedy. But we are not helpless.

We should not be hopeless, as there are ways that communities might rally together to beat back the opiate tide of deaths and the devastating costs that can follow a course of rehabilitation for those who escape that tide.

One way that must be recognized as beneficial is the involvement of an informed citizenry, and an openness regarding programs that are already underway, such as coalitions of citizens and the manner by which each communities’ administration is dealing with the problem. Recently, Wallingford’s Town Council discussed the merger with other Connecticut towns in a lawsuit against a drug manufacturer/distributor. Mayor Dickinson described the legal process that was involved as Wallingford might merge with Waterbury and other towns in that lawsuit. Yet, regardless of the fact that this proposed lawsuit would not cost the town anything, it was suggested that we maintain a wait-and-see attitude before committing what now would be considered emotional support.

This is not the kind of message that Wallingford’s citizens should be hearing. Instead, an informed citizenry must be invited to the fight. We are all in this together, or should be.

Lawrence Singer, DDS, Wallingford

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