LETTERS: Hispanics in the Korean War / Public financing of elections

LETTERS: Hispanics in the Korean War / Public financing of elections


Service to country


During the Korean War, Hispanic-Americans, approximately 60,000, served in the Army and Marine Corps. Several thousand served in the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard in both combat and combat service support branches. Commanders recognized the courage and determination of Hispanic-Americans in combat. Nine Hispanics were awarded the Medal of Honor and more than 100 others received Distinguished Service Crosses and Silver Stars for acts of combat bravery.

Honor et Fidelitas, or “Honor and Loyalty,” was the motto of the 65th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) from the United States territory of Puerto Rico. During the Korean War, this unit, nicknamed “The Borinqueneers” after one of the original Indian tribes inhabiting Puerto Rico, quickly won respect on the battlefield.

Ronald D. Roberts, Wallingford

In support of the CEP


Who among us is not concerned about the influence of ‘big money’ in our electoral process; local, state and national? Now more then ever we see the peril when big money and politics intermingle. We see it in elections and we see it in the impact of lobbying. So what is the alternative? A long-standing choice has been the concept of public financing of elections. Since 1972 taxpayers have had the opportunity to contribute to presidential elections by checking the Presidential Election Campaign box on their tax return. But what about state elections? Also in the 1970s, Connecticut General Assembly created a five-member bipartisan and independent State Elections Commission to ensure the integrity of the state’s electoral process. Through this commission came the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), created in 2005 following a period where “big money” impacted Connecticut elections. This is a voluntary program, which provides full public financing to qualified candidates for statewide offices and the General Assembly.

Before CEP, unions or corporations could donate as much as they wanted directly to candidates, and expect favors in return. Some current legislators are proposing its elimination as a way to save money during the current budget negotiations. However, CEP is funded by the sale of abandoned property in the state, not tax dollars, and its funding constitutes only 0.0001 percent of the state budget. Fully funding the CEP is crucial to Connecticut’s ability to transcend the days of “Corrupticut.”

Joan Means, New Haven

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