I think that Democrats are always trying to rewrite history. The latest attempt is by Michael Rohde in his letter to the editor (R-J, 3-13). I believe that the entire premise of his letter is factually incorrect, either intentionally or through sheer misinformation. The We the People party of Meriden predates, and has no affiliation with, the Tea Party. We the People party welcomes all political parties for membership on their town committee. Former Meriden Mayor Rohde himself accepted an endorsement by W.T.P. against a Republican mayoral candidate. He willingly and happily accepted this endorsement when it was to his advantage. Now, the Democrats, including Rohde, are doing nothing but whining because they lost an election.
The people of Meriden have spoken — Rohde lost. We the People party will continue to run candidates against both major parties until this city once again is run and controlled by the people. Rohde needs to get over it.
John De Mayo, Meriden Of trees and lines
I’ve written this once or twice before, and as a former president once said, “Here we go again.” CL&P and UI are between a rock and a group of tree-lovers. As I see it, on one hand they have to send people out under nasty circumstances, such as storms, to fix downed power lines caused by trees; on the other hand, there’s a group of people who don’t seem to care about the peril, only the trees. These groups also don’t take into account the fact that losing power for days (when it is 0-10 degrees out) can cause a lot of problems, such as burst water pipes.
I have a solution (which I have forwarded before). The power companies should have the groups/cities who want the trees sign a legal document to the effect that they accept responsibility for the costs related to damages incurred by downed trees and costs of repair to the power lines broken by said trees. This would absolve the power companies who, in good faith, want to prevent the damages such as were incurred in Trumbull (3-12), and which will happen many times again with each storm. Also, this will allow the people who don’t want the trees touched to keep them for the foreseeable future till they fall on something. It’s a win/win for both sides; they all get what they want, except for the poor repair people, who will still have to go out in horrible conditions to fix the lines. God bless them!
Roy Blazejowski, Meriden
In regard to the debate about the Wallingford school calendar, here’s a novel idea: air-condition the schools. As a former teacher, I have been in second-floor rooms with 25-or-more kids where the temperature reached the mid-90’s — believe me, there wasn’t a lot of learning going on. Notice that those in the administrative offices in schools and in the Board of Education offices are not sweltering.
The argument used to be that there were few unbearably hot days during the school year. Students are now in class until the end of June, and they start back in August. It’s also interesting to note that when a town takes over a former school for other purposes, the first thing that is done is to repair the heating system and install A/C.