LETTERS: A successful tournament in Meriden; broadening the lens of history

LETTERS: A successful tournament in Meriden; broadening the lens of history

A Meriden gem


The 7th Annual Evan Allen Landry Golf Tournament was held in September 2019 at Hunter Golf Club in Meriden. This tournament is held in honor of our son, Evan, who passed away in 2012 from mental illness. Our mission is to raise awareness of mental illness and reduce stigma while honoring and remembering our Evan by providing scholarships to local high school students. Evan was on the Maloney High School golf team and Hunter’s was his favorite course. He became an avid golfer during his high school years and we are grateful for the sport he loved so much and the golf course he played on often.

Meriden is fortunate to have this treasured golf course. Every year Hunter’s gets better and better. The course is beautiful, the grounds are meticulously kept and the staff is exceptional. The day of our tournament the staff makes sure all runs smoothly and it sure does! They do a fantastic job of assisting us in any way possible. We especially appreciate Bob Tiedemann. His support of our event has been invaluable to us and the success we have enjoyed. With this past tournament we have raised over $19,000 towards scholarships while supporting our own Meriden public golf course. Violi’s Restaurant does a great job with the tournament dinner under the tent. It is a team effort that makes this day a success. We could not have one without the other.  

We are proud to support our local golf course and all that it has to offer and hope to continue to do so in the years to come. Hunter Golf Club is a Meriden gem we can all be proud of!

Deborah & Gary Landry, Meriden

Indigenous peoples


When will we learn to broaden the narrow, destructive lens of European history? 

Let’s be real, much of what we think we know about the past has been and is still largely piggybacked on privileged white patriarchy, often Christianized. From within our society to the very education our schools virtually indoctrinate our children with, the age-old superiority complex still lurks. Did you know that a century before Columbus violently stole the limelight, Spanish, black, and Middle Eastern Muslims arrived in America with peace? Amid the West’s hijacking of history via bloody inquisitions marinates an egotistical fantasy to steal the restorative arena posing as saviors to an injustice they themselves created and continue to push. The insensitive hypocrisy has to end. 

Instead of covering up atrocities and guilt through quick-fix distractions and sensational language, let’s administer the medicine of sparing time in our lives and classrooms to truly appreciate the treasure of Indigenous Americans, their experience, history, culture, and, dare I say, religion from their perspective. I promise it will be an enlightening and humbling experience. Perhaps one day we’ll do the same with other minorities after realizing that we too are a piece of America’s fabric, in more ways than what meets Google search results. 

As an Ahmadi Muslim American teacher and double minority I recognize that the healing liberation in replacing dangerously entitling facades like Columbus Day with reformative truths like Indigenous People’s Day is just the start. 

Regards of peace,

Zahir Mannan

The writer serves voluntarily as a Meriden police chaplain and is the elected outreach director for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque, Meriden.