Thanks for the support
I would like to thank all the 3611 voters who came out to vote on my behalf. Those who donated to my campaign as well those who were gracious enough to let me put my sign on your lawn or business. It was an uphill battle but I do believe I was successful in my running. Meriden taxpayers and businesses will still be my fight and I will attend the meetings as being on committees to keep everyone informed. You seniors said you needed a voice and I will pursue that as well as advocate for a new center, this city OWES that to YOU.
I will continue my fight for our Humane Society that runs on donations with NO help from the city as they pay rent. Violi's contract is an issue to be extended for 14 months with NO increase. Based on information from the city’s legal office, they pay 80% of electric sewer and water for 9 months and the rent is $44,400 a year and the Humane Society rent will be increased to $300 a month on January 2020. Another monopoly is the Augusta Cultural Center run by the YMCA associated with Berlin and New Britain and they get 79% of rental fees and 21% to the city. This building cost the city over $30,000 in heat air-conditioning and upkeep in 2018.
The YMCA along with the Housing Authority have taken many properties off our tax rolls. A lot on West Main Street owned by the YMCA charges people to park while their vehicles are parking free in our lots. We need to stand not as Republicans or Democrats but as taxpayers who are fed up with frivolous spending as well no new projects till we get the $154,370,000 paid down.
Dan Zaborowski, Meriden
I look for ways to joyfully measure the shrinking remaining time Americans will have, to put up with the blindness of national Republican senators and representatives, who, through their current monumental delusion of seeing no impeachment evil in the control-less chaos, lawlessness and moral squalor of the Trump administration, are down to tightening their own collars of POTUS-fed “talking point” bluster. Their — and POTUS’ — aim: fulfill the hope to maintain power through oppression of the innocent. This pretense exists regardless of the outcome of the impeachment hearings, and of the 2020 election.
It’s no small coincidence — by the way — to read how fully the struggling leader of U.S. client state Israel now ratchets his self-defense stance on the indictments he faces, to the levels of POTUS-tested scorn and “just attack the...attackers” that serve only the speaker’s ego. That said, will leave this “coincidence” example of how the world is also now being POTUS-poisoned, with a wish: that the never-ending crisis in Gaza, and other Israeli “settlement” areas outside Israel, will see resolution without the reversion to Arab citizen slaughter that has marked prior Israeli invasion events.
Back to the U.S.: To paraphrase author Thomas Pynchon, from his description of the sorry state of the mental health of a certain king (the title “king” is not outside POTUS’ ego realm):
“Neuropathists would recognize in him a desire to construct a self-consistent world to live inside, which allows him to continue the great damage he is inflicting on the world the rest of us must live in.”
Brian Smith, Meriden
Impeach or vote out
As the impeachment hearings continue it becomes more obvious that President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice and endangering our national security, however simply counting on impeachment as the way to remove him from office is not the whole answer, especially when the GOP members of the Senate are not likely to get on board. To get out the vote and make sure all the Democrat candidates discuss important issues where Trump has gone bad is what should be done. Also there is a new book out by a former senior official in the Trump administration and it’s called “A warning,” and it is clearly “Anonymous.” It tells of how the officials in his administration have always had to struggle to keep him from making irrational decisions and have often quit or gotten fired from trying to do it. The book also gives other reasons why we should try everything to keep him from being reelected. I plan to read the book and I think others should also.
James Buchanan, Wallingford
Keep an open mind
I encourage the town of Wallingford to keep an open mind regarding the possible merger of Sheehan and Lyman Hall. There has been a lot of concern, rightfully so, about the disruption a merger could possibly cause to education. A large school could become bureaucratic without individualized attention for students, and the transition period would likely be challenging.
However, I urge the town to not dismiss the idea of merging high schools. I spent my first five years of elementary school at Highland, then moved to Yalesville (now Fritz) for fifth grade due to reconfiguration of the elementary schools. The biggest issue I faced as a student was disorder in bus lines that led to me almost boarding the wrong bus. In fact, getting the experience of transitioning into a new school and meeting new students prepared me for transitioning into Moran the next year.
Combining the high schools could open up some great opportunities, such as having less chances of scheduling conflicts with more sections of any given class running at the same time in the same place. Furthermore, we likely could save some money in the maintenance budget to reinvest in something with a more direct impact on our students, such as curriculum and instruction.
Make no mistake — I am not saying we necessarily should merge the two schools. We do not yet have information as to the direct impact on curriculum and instruction. Ultimately, we should not make any decision either way until we know how it will impact our most valuable asset — our students. Thank you.
Rajan Doering, Wallingford