LETTERS: Recommended actions for Wallingford, helping other nations with vaccinations



One out of five registered voters in Wallingford spoke in favor of re-electing our mayor.

I was disappointed on many levels. Over the last ten days I have given much thought to our town's future. The lack of action by our mayor on so many issues, the lack of leadership, the tone deafness, all astound. I have come to realize that this current state of affairs can be remedied.

Mr. Dickinson can, and should, take this opportunity offered by the people of Wallingford to repair his legacy. This is my simple advice. Do something. Get the pool done, now.  Get the animal control building done, now. Fix the leaking roofs of the town hall, and schools, now. Address the parking problems on lower Center St., now. Repair the eyesore of the gazebo, now. These are not things that need study, they are things that need to be done. As Yoda said, Do not try, Do.

Edward M. Kaminski, Wallingford

Who will?


For most Americans, receiving the COVID-19 vaccination is a simple process. You walk into your local grocery store or health center and leave with your first vaccination in less than 30 minutes. Within weeks, the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family becomes reality.

Meanwhile, many low-income countries are imposing new lockdowns to stop the third wave of COVID-19 infections because they've been denied access to COVID-19 vaccines. And now they are dealing with the highly infectious delta variant. Across the continent of Africa, less than 4 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated. Everyone deserves to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, no matter where they live. 

President Biden and Congress must lead a global effort to bring together industry, governments, and global health institutions to urgently increase the supply and distribution of vaccines. If the U.S. doesn't do it, who will?

Shawn Angiletta, Meriden

Great ceremony


The Wallingford Veterans Memorial Committee deserves our thanks for putting together a great ceremony to honor Wallingford’s veterans of all branches and all wars.

Roughly 200 residents turned out on a beautiful sunny day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and those who are still serving. Color guards from veterans organizations were joined by Wallingford Police and Fire Department color guards as well as local Boy Scouts.

Patriotism was everywhere as all those present waved small American flags that had been supplied and listened to inspiring music before the program started. Lisa Zolkiewicz Ives did a beautiful job singing our national anthem, ”America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

We were honored to have Mr Al Ruzzo, a 102-year-old  Navy veteran who served during the Normandy invasion in 1944, lead the Pledge of Allegience. He was escorted by two young men from the Cardinals Legion baseball team.

Our Invocation and Benediction were superbly done by Reverend Dean Warburton.

Mayor Dickinson and Wallingford Fire Marshall Mike Gudelski both perfectly described the sacrifices of those in uniform as well as the sacrifices of those at home. The mayor and director of veterans services then presented blue star banners to four Wallingford families that have sons currently serving in the Air Force, Army and Marines.

Sgt. Zolkiewicz and his son coordinated the recorded music and played taps. The rifle salute was provided by the Wallingford Police rifle squad.

Everyone left with a smile on their face and pride in their chest for their service and that of all our veterans.

The only thing that could have improved it was Lee Greenwood being there to sing “Proud to be an American.”

And me: I was the guy that had the honor to introduce all the fine people described above.

Dave Gessert, master of ceremonies,
commander, Legion Post 187, Wallingford

Dark clouds


At noon on Saturday, November 13, my eyes were arrested by Trump for Connecticut posters held by a few folks stationed in front of the gazebo on Colony Street in Wallingford. While enjoying the bright sun, I immediately made associations with Trump: an inciter of the January 6th insurrection; a compulsive liar; an assaulter of women and a sore loser of the November 2020 election to Joe Biden. Biden will sign an infrastructure bill which will benefit Connecticut communities. Trump talked about such a bill but was impotent in having one passed.

Trump for Connecticut: A few folks on the 13th calling for dark clouds to descend on American democracy.

Alfred Mueller, Wallingford

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