LETTERS: Thanks for supporting candidacy in Wallingford; more on phosphorus upgrades

LETTERS: Thanks for supporting candidacy in Wallingford; more on phosphorus upgrades

The quest continues


On July 17, 2019, I was endorsed by the registered Republicans of Wallingford to run, once again, for a seat on the Wallingford Town Council, and I thank them for that. Over the last many years, it has not been easy to continue in the quest for smaller government, lower taxes, and less interference in the day-to-day affairs of our law-abiding citizens.  For many elected officials, it is easy to say “yes” to most things. However, all too often, guided by the above principles, I find myself having to say “no.”  That is because many of the items that the Town Council addresses would ultimately result in government’s intrusion into even more aspects of our citizens’ lives, higher taxes, and bigger government.  And thus the quest continues …

Thank you to the Wallingford Republican Town Committee for supporting my candidacy, and to Councilors Christopher Shortell and Joseph Marrone for their nominating speeches. They have yet to fail to amaze me with their quick wit and delivery. Their amazing skills are those which I quite admire. 

Thank you to the Record-Journal for your support of my prior campaigns.  Last yet certainly not in the least, a heartfelt thank you to the citizens of Wallingford. Your support and comments of encouragement are the fuel that drives the engine — an engine that continues to strive for the above principles, even when faced with what (at times) seems like an insurmountable wall of adversity. I hope that I can count on your continued support in that regard.

It continues to be an honor to serve on the Wallingford Town Council. I hope that you and your readers find my service to be acceptable, and see fit to re-electing me to that position this coming November.

Very truly yours,

Craig C. Fishbein, Wallingford

Facts do matter


I have been following the recent back-and-forth commentary in the R-J’s opinion pages. It has been interesting to see how easy it has been for others to debunk various claims by Democratic mayoral candidate (Liu), council candidate (Hine) and supporter.

In his July 5 letter, Larry Morgenstein claimed that in 2015, the mayor stated that estimated costs for phosphorus upgrades were “15-19 million dollars” and “After years of delaying and denying the science, the cost in 2019: $60 million.” I have known Mayor Dickinson for many years; anybody who knows him knows that he doesn’t speak without knowing the facts first (unlike some others).

Since at least early 2011, there have been many R-J articles about the phosphorus issue. Far from “denying the science”, Mayor Dickinson has been fighting tenaciously and consistently on Wallingford’s behalf for less stringent limits (originally 0.7 ppm vs. final 0.2 ppm).  In 2012, Mayor Dickinson said “upgrading the Wallingford wastewater treatment plant to meet DEEP requirements could cost from $15 million to $60 million.” (3/5/12). The Mayor said, “the 0.2 parts per million phosphorus limit which could be required by DEEP would cost Wallingford $60 million.” (4/25/12). “Local officials have argued that 0.7 parts per million is much more financially realistic. Dickinson said that discussions with DEEP about appropriate limits are ongoing.” (5/11/12) “Reaching the levels originally targeted … would have cost the town about $20 million.” (1/23/13)

It is very telling when Democratic mayoral and council candidates and their supporters manufacture non-existent problems, when they ask us to disregard factual inaccuracies, and when they attempt misdirection by trying to diminish others’ comments.  Of course, all are entitled to their own opinions, but facts do matter.  Keep this in mind.

William E. Butka, Wallingford