LETTERS: Mayor Dickinson’s steadfast leadership



In 1983, William Dickinson was elected mayor of Wallingford. As a town employee with the Police Department, I was involved with a feasibility study to computerize the police department, while consulting with a fellow officer from the Hamden Police Department. (Our Electric Division’s computer programming system was similar to that of the Hamden Police Department.)  As a result, a presentation was made to our new mayor, William Dickinson, about the police department's computerization.

Mayor Dickinson approved the computerization based on need, transition cost, and benefit to the Police Department and the town. That project went online in January 1985. This project brought about a standalone computer system in the Police Department with Mayor Dickinson’s full support for the purchase and training.

That was my introduction to Mayor Dickinson many years ago, and so began my respect for his dedication, thoughtfulness, and concern for the taxpayers and citizens of the Town of Wallingford. Mayor Dickinson never proposed salary increases for himself and often turned down any proposals. He has always been a gentleman and never played dirty politics, even when such tactics were used against him. He stuck to the facts, even if those facts hurt him. I traveled around the state of Connecticut, as well as other states, observing other municipalities’ operations, and always mentioned that we were blessed with the way Wallingford was managed by Mayor Dickinson. For a politician to have such integrity after all these years is truly amazing.

I thank Mayor William Dickinson for his steadfast integrity, honesty, dedication, concern for the citizens and taxpayers of Wallingford, and the respect he showed everyone (even if it was not reciprocated). 

I hope Wallingford will support Council Chairman Vincent Cervoni and elect him as the next mayor of Wallingford.

William Butka, Wallingford

Not rulers


After reading all the proposed tax increases, fee increases, and more I have come to the accurate conclusion that our elected representatives at local, state and federal level do not represent us at all. What we have is what our forefathers fought against, “taxation without representation.”

The fact that our “representatives” would even consider raising taxes, fees, hiring more personnel increasing salaries and pensions of civil servants who are the employees of the taxpayer, while the private industry taxpayers are struggling to eat, take care of their children and their homes due to the rampant inflation caused by the government shows they do not care about the taxpaying citizens they are supposed to represent.

The government has nothing, produces nothing, exists solely on the money it takes from private industry workers and companies. To call these people officials, is totally wrong. They are elected representatives and civil servants not officials or rulers, they are employees of We The People it’s time they are reminded of this and start representing us the way they are supposed to and not special interest groups, multinational corporations or other countries.

Because of onerous regulations set in place by the ruling two parties and the support of MSM for those two parties, it is very difficult to set-up a viable political party to return control to We The People of their lives, country and most important their government.

It is time when voting to ignore the party affiliation and look instead on whether the elected public representative honors their oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and they put the rights, needs and wants of American citizens over any other country or multinational corporation.

Bring back America and freedom!

Jim Neilson, Cheshire



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