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Readers’ Opinions, 3-25-2014

For the veterans


The Wallingford Lions Club held a comedy dinner show on Feb. 22 to benefit Hounds Healing Heroes. The event was enjoyable and successful. Many thanks go out to our supporters and sponsors. A special thank-you to all the businesses in town that donated raffle prizes and took ads out in our book. You are always there to help and we are very grateful for that. All of the members, family and friends that helped and worked hard on this project, we thank you so much! Most of all we want to thank the two veterans who had the courage to come out and speak about the program and how the dogs have helped them in healing. God bless you and thank you to all our veterans. Once again, thank you everyone for making this the successful event it was. Sent to the R-J on behalf of Sandy Thibodeau and Debbie Purchia by:

Debbie Purchia, Wallingford

Pay equity


I read with interest David McCumber’s “GOP and Women” piece in the Record-Journal (3-22) re the Republican Party’s unsupportive attitude toward women workers in terms of pay equity. Advocacy of a fair pay policy for women would be an ideal Democratic Party issue as it is morally right and appeals to many fair-minded voters. Additionally, women, as well as their like-minded supporters, couldn’t be gerrymandered.

Phil Statlender, Meriden

Bad landlords?


I’m outraged by Justin Piccirillo’s cartoon in the Sunday (3-2) Record-Journal.

A picture of our cartoon city leader on a pile of landlords? Is this really the image we want to portray to someone considering purchasing a property in our city?

Come to Meriden and the city will strangle you with inspections and fees — we’ll step on your throat with our Jackboot and make it so difficult for you to succeed that you’ll eventually sell your property here and purchase in a city where landlords and investors are supported and treated like the small businesses they really are? Landlords — please stay away from Meriden — we don’t want you and we don’t need you! Go to New Britain where they have repealed their Certificate of Compliance program. Invest in New York where the C of C program was ruled unconstitutional. These are places where they appreciate investment in their city. Meriden clearly does not.

Beth Bryan, Meriden

Sixty years


This past weekend showcased anniversary events for two amazing community organizations. Under the leadership of Sean Doherty, our Wallingford YMCA celebrates the 69th annual dinner and recognizes employee and volunteer leadership. Their generosity and wellness support in the community touch so many. And the Wallingford Community Women Inc. recognizes 60 years with an anniversary tea, and a legacy of community volunteerism and contributions.

Congratulations, and a toast to 60 more years!

Marty/Christine Mansfield, Wallingford

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