LETTERS: Marines needed, thanks from Antique Vets, and taking to task an editorial on state prisons

LETTERS: Marines needed, thanks from Antique Vets, and taking to task an editorial on state prisons

Marines needed


The Marine Corps League is the only congressionally chartered USMC related veterans organization in the United States and the world. It is primarily comprised of Active Duty Marines (who don’t pay dues) Honorably Discharged Marines, Fleet Marine  Corpsmen and Fleet Marine Chaplins. However we invite and encourage all Veterans, Active Duty branches and civilians (yes civilians) to join our Southington Memorial Detachment Marine Corps League.

Our main objective is to honor Veterans both past and present and to help local needy Veterans and their families. We also perform rifle salutes and play Taps at ceremonies for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day, where we march in the Memorial Day Parade in Southington. On occasion we help dedicate a new flag and flagpole in town. In addition we have two partial day fund raisers a year.

Short meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (except in July and August) and attendance is not mandatory.

So if you qualify and are willing and able we would love to have you. We definitely need you.

If you are interested call Walt at 203-768-8435, Rich at 860-209-2267 or Daniel at 860-5144486. If they can’t answer please leave a message and your call we be returned.

Thank you and Semper Fidelis (Always faithful to God Country and Corps)!

James Lord, Southington

Thanks from Antique Vets


The Meriden Antique Veterans is celebrating 25 years of bestowing honorary guard services for our deceased brothers and sisters as well as distinguished ceremonies for the City of Meriden and talks to our schools. Since 1996 we have done over 1,800 funeral services with dignity and honor. We recently held a small celebration of our unit and would like to thank the following individuals for helping us celebrate this honor:  Tom Saadi, State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs; State Rep Michael Quinn; Mayor Kevin Scarpati; the Ladies Quilt of Honors, who presented several of our veterans with hand made quilts; Liz Parra, from the Meriden Senior Center; along with Care Partners of Connecticut.  

We are always looking for more veterans to join our unit. If interested please contact Ray Bednarz at whalers44@gmail.com. 

Ed Lynch, Clark Doehr
and Ray Bednarz, Meriden

Here’s the downside


The 4/9/2021 editorial “State prisons are shrinking” lacked credibility and is another example of the blind eye the Connecticut media has regarding crime and consequences. 

The editorial ends with “it’s hard to see a downside to this state’s trend of locking up a smaller percentage of residents.”  Here’s “the downside” not mentioned in the editorial:

■These, often repeat offenders, are released after only serving a fraction of their sentence, to victimize the public again. Look at what has happened in Meriden in the last few years. Did we ever have the amount of shootings and other crimes of violence that the city is now experiencing? These crimes used to be a rarity but are now commonplace. And who is committing these crimes — those released not having served the time their crimes require by state statute. Statutes which are supposed to be law in Connecticut but in reality are the starting point for sentence reductions. ■Secondly, these early releases have a negative effect on the morale of law enforcement. Policemen are risking their health and welfare only to have the prisons and the courts make a mockery of their work. Sure, those risks come with the job, but why should they be exposed to increased risks by a system that favors criminals instead victims and the police? This deteriorating criminal justice system is making it more difficult to find qualified candidates for policemen. The bar has been lowered and cities are forced to take less-qualified candidates, leading to internal problems police departments are facing today.   ■ Lastly, it’s is a sad commentary when the government supports so much advocacy for offenders without nearly a mention of the victims of crimes. Many of those crimes would not have been committed except for early release programs our government and the media tout as a good thing.

Ronald Cornell, Meriden

Action for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021! This year will mark the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day. The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Restore Our Earth." 

What is Earth Day & how did it begin? 

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970. It was started by San Francisco activist John McConnell & Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. They asked Americans to demonstrate their desire to do something about the dangerous and serious issues of air pollution, toxic drinking water, and the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment. The result: 20 million Americans peaceably demonstrated to take action about the environment, according to "Earth Day 2021" from the Old Farmer's Almanac.  

This peaceful protest for Mother Earth led President Richard Nixon to create the Environmental Protection Agency, along with laws that successfully protected the environment such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. 

What can you do today & every day to save our planet? Pick up litter in your neighborhood or a public park, recycle, compost, plant a tree, don't use pesticides in your garden, & conserve water.  

On April 20th at 7 p.m. there will be a free virtual Earth Day event titled "Beyond Recycling: Zero Waste Swaps at Home" with Kim O'Rourke and the Russell Library in Middletown. Learn about ways to reduce waste & learn simple tips to recycle. Registration is required to receive the zoom link. 

You can register at the Russell Library event page at https://russelllibrary.libcal.com/event/7564543. This event is open to the public. 

Middletown Recycling Coordinator Kim O'Rourke said the city will be holding a paper shred event on April 24th at the Veteran's Memorial Park from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Middletown residents only.  

Call your Town Hall to learn what your town is doing this Earth Day. 

Frank LoGiudice, Middletown

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