Questioning Liu’s numbers
Jared Liu on May 30th wrote that the Town of Wallingford should set up voicemail, email, and a network for all town hall departments. Most town hall departments actually do have email and there is a shared network that covers not only town hall, but also the four buildings used by public utilities. Liu also mentions that the Town already spends upwards of $500,000 in most years on technology... I’m not sure where that number came from, but the only way to get a number that high would be to include board of ed and public safety. And $150/month per department phone line? Try $24.00 a month. Then Liu says, “This is like paying AOL a monthly fee for email, because you don’t realize Gmail is free.” I’m not sure what he is talking about here. Is he suggesting we switch to Gmail? Google was actually invited to bid on our hosted email, and they chose NOT to respond. Liu finally suggests that the cost of these items would be $0, but no one will give you free network cabling and switching equipment not to mention servers, workstations, printers, telephone lines, or an email system that complies with records retention and FOI rules.
Chris Lucht, Wallingford
The writer is the Network Administrator for the Town of Wallingford, having served in that position for 18 years and worked in IT for over 30 years.
Making things worse
I fished Cedar Lake in Chester, CT for 45 years. Ever since they came out with this trout stamp for $5.00 the fishing has got worse. We use to get our limit almost every time we went there. $5.00 is nothing, where is this money going? It is not making the fishing any better. In the last 2 years Cedar Lake went downhill. Now, we go to the Lake and we catch catfish instead of trout. I don’t want to catch a fish with whiskers and a stinger in case you grab it the wrong way. That’s an ugly looking fish. Some people like them, but this state is making things worse. Just like major league baseball, they keep changing the rules, and it’s becoming less interesting to watch. Don’t break up double plays, don’t pitch high and tight, or maybe somebody might get hurt and they won’t be able to spend all those million dollars they make. Trout season is a short season. Let the people have fun before we lose that sport too. People come here from out of state, they laugh at our 11” and 12” fish we catch. Don’t make it worse.
Bill O’Looney, Meriden
Something from ‘The Onion’?
I just read in the Record-Journal that the "Library Building Renovation Committee" couldn't vote on the renovations, because there wasn't a quorum, only three persons showed up. I commend those that did. So sad, almost laughable that a committee PUT together called "Library Building Renovation" and most members don't show up to do the task THEY were put together to do. Can't make this stuff up. "Only in Meriden" can inaction reach another absurd level. Almost like a parody reading something out of "The Onion" that satires the news.
Henry J. Krupa Jr., Meriden