“Thank you.” Two very simple words that, when said to someone, leave a big impact and usually a smile. As we reflect on the great day we had for the 2013 Fishbein/YMCA Community Day Road Race, there is so much to be thankful for. I would like to share the following thank you’s.
First, thank you for the hard work and countless hours of our event director and his superstar event committee. They led a passionate, dedicated group for six months of meetings and planning to make it possible. To everyone who helped us promote healthy lifestyles with our 5K and 10K races, Kids Fun Run and Youth Race. It is our hope that the tradition of Johanna Manfreda Fishbein, in providing a day of community health and happiness, is celebrated each year to honor her memory and spirit.
To all of the sponsors from this years and previous events. Thank you to our major sponsors. To the Wallingford Police Department and Hunters Ambulance for keeping our runners safe. And of course, our Hollywood photographer, Ray Ross, for his priceless photos capturing a perfect day. To the Wallingford Parks and Recreation, Wallingford Public School System and Youth & Social Services. To all of the clubs, groups, non-profit organizations and companies, thank you.
Lastly, to our local newspaper who continues to provide an avenue and support for success by helping promote and cover the event. If not for them, it would be difficult for us to get the word out about the impact that this event has on the community and cancer survivors. I know that I could not have listed all of the people who made this event possible, but you know who you are — so thank you for all you do, and we look forward to next year’s event!
Sean Doherty, Executive Director
Wallingford Family YMCA
Has anyone else noticed the appropriateness of the name the Republican activists chose for their group? In Lewis Carroll’s story, Through the Looking Glass (aka, I believe, Alice in Wonderland) there is a tea party led by none other than the Mad Hatter. Interesting that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did not mention this during his twenty-one hour “speech.” It might have hit a bit close to home, I guess. From the way they act, it’s most likely that particular beverage has never passed their lips, other than the Long Island iced version. Reducing the deficit seems to be the tea party’s battle cry.
To do this they would cut back on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and others that many Americans desperately need to survive. Would they also include themselves in these cuts? Their pensions and medical benefits are the best taxpayers money can buy. (Talk about “entitlements”!)
The best way to reduce the deficit is to get Americans back to work in real jobs. The jobs that were allowed to go overseas in the pursuit of even higher profits. There is nothing wrong with making a profit, provided it is shared with American workers in the form of decent wages. Once that happens, those who are on unemployment will again be paying taxes and the United States will once again be exporting instead of importing. But the tea party members will never let facts cloud their misguided agenda.
As for that group, I’ll go back to Carroll’s story and borrow a line: “Off with their heads!” (Politically speaking, of course.)
Kevin Coane, Wallingford
Fun and food
I want to thank all the people who attended Pint Night in Cheshire on Nov. 1. It was a successful fundraiser for several non-profit organizations that have similar goals of protecting the environment. Members of Cheshire Land Trust, the Quinnipiac River Watershed Assoc., the Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society-Riverbound Farm and the Southington Citizens for Common Sense Land Use all came together for a night of fun and food with a main goal of raising money for their organizations. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and I believe that as long as we all continue to work together, we will make an impact on the environment. A special thank you goes out to Janice Bryden, President of Cheshire Land Trust, who organized the event and invited the rest of the organizations to join them. We hope we can continue to connect with all of these groups in the future. (The writer is Past President, Quinnipiac River Watershed Assoc.)