LETTERS: Support for Meriden teachers, worries about road work



About teachers

Editor:

I am writing in response to your article, “Teachers’ contract ratified in Meriden” in yesterday’s paper (R-J, 1/18/23). In it, Councilor Dan Brunet says his opposition to the contract isn’t “about the merits of the teaching profession itself and talent,” a sentiment echoed by others in the minority caucus. When the facts presented in the article show the proposed increase is comparable to other collective bargaining groups in the city, including police and firefighters, their opposition to this contract feels like it is just about the teachers.

As a teacher in a nearby town, and a mom of a soon-to-be Meriden kindergartner, this angers me. If it’s not about teachers, what message is sent to the hardworking teachers of this district when the Republicans oppose only the raises in these teacher contracts? 

With the growing teacher shortage, it will be all too easy for the talented educators of this district to leave for a higher-paying one — something that hurts our kids, and the future of this city.

I am a mom and a teacher. I am also a taxpayer and a voter. Because of staggered terms, Councilor Carabetta is the only minority member who will be up for re-election this year. I am not sure if he plans to seek re-election, but if he does, I hope the voters of Area 4 remember this issue come November.  

Our education system is one of the most valuable assets we have in this city. Supporting the education of our children starts with supporting the people who educate them — our teachers. 

Thank you to the Democrats on the City Council who voted to show Meriden educators how valuable they are, how much we want them to stay here, and how much we appreciate all they do for our children.

Sarah Taylor, Meriden

Recommendation

Editor:

I recommend moving Paul Krugman from the Opinion page to the Comics. It would greatly improve the quality of both.

Jeff Wolansky, Wallingford

Road work

Editor:

About three months ago we received the final street surface for Glen View and Greenbrier roads. The paving turned out to be the chip coat process instead of the typical paving we all know. Within a couple of days after the final process was complete, a letter by a couple of our neighbors was distributed to all our neighbors complaining about the new road and encouraging a call to our town manager. Several of the neighbors complained, but were unpleasantly rebuked. Knowing that there was no way the city was going to rip up the road and install a paved road, I decided to write this letter after allowing for some months to pass to see if the road condition improved.

Despite the best efforts of the sweepers to remove the loose gravel, there is a never-ending supply. We had plows come by recently and the gravel is found 2 feet up on the lawns. From inside our house, you can tell a vehicle is going by because of the crunching of the tires on the surface of the road. Stones get caught in the tires and shoes, and are found at the edge of our driveways.

I have taught two grandchildren to ride a bike on this street, but the third will not be taught here. If a child went down on this surface, it would chew them up. I am disappointed that this surface was chosen for this road since this neighborhood has an increasing number of young families. While I understand that this surface is supposed to be cheaper and longer lasting, I still question its suitability in a residential neighborhood. Note: I do want to give credit to the city crew who installed the new drains prior to the road resurfacing.

Andre de la Chevrotiere, Meriden



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