I was very pleased to learn that Brian Daniels was running for Meriden City Council re-election this fall. We need hard-working volunteers like Brian to keep Meriden moving in the right direction. Not only was Brian instrumental in obtaining federal approval to begin demolishing the Mills, but he has tirelessly protected the interests of the east side. Brian spearheaded the East Main Street tax incentive zone to encourage economic development such as the new auto dealership and a restaurant replacing Jacoby’s, and he worked closely with the city manager to negotiate the removal of the power plant eyesore that we all saw every day getting on I-691W.
Brian also initiated improvements in the neighborhoods where we live, getting almost 10 miles of roads in Area 3 paved, including Carriage Drive East, Kennedy, Jodi, Markham, Baldwin, Murdock, and Overlook. Most recently, Brian introduced a resolution to begin addressing the problems that trees are causing to the sidewalks on the East Side, with that work expected to begin within the next year. And, of course, the renovation of Maloney High School is coming along extremely well. As a direct result of Brian’s leadership, about 120 Meriden residents have been employed to date on the high school jobs. Millions of dollars in salaries have been paid to those Meriden residents, getting that money reinvested in our own community. Economic development, jobs and quality of life — simply put, Brian is positively Meriden! Please join me in supporting Brian Daniels during his city council campaign over the coming months.
Michael Grignano, Meriden
We have all seen the letters, heard the politicians and seen the social media posts complaining about every tax increase as if they never should happen. My response to the complainers is: “When you develop a guaranteed way that labor and services cost never increase, the cost of energy, cement, timber and food never goes up, the cost of cars and equipment stays the same, then and only then will I support a tax freeze.” I prefer fact and science-based policy over smoke and mirrors.
Peter Hargett, Meriden
Several weeks ago, the flag at the American Legion, Post 45, in Meriden was stolen by two cowards. I want to thank the public for their calls of support to the Post; it was greatly appreciated. Representative Esty recently presented a flag to the Post that flew over the capitol in Washington, and we are proud to report that this flag stands tall at Post 45.
I want to personally thank our public safety professionals for the job they do every day for the betterment of our country. When there’s a disaster, gun shots fired, most of us are running away — think about the men and woman who run into danger every day of every week. Ask yourself: Where would we be without them, and what would our society look like? I also agree that our first responders need to be held to the highest of standards, but let’s be honest — in a great many cases they are dealing with people who would enjoy terrorizing society, robbing you and me, raping your daughter or wife, breaking into your grandmother’s house. Let’s not fool ourselves — there’s a lot of dirtbags out there who want to prey on my family and yours. I want to personally thank our first responders for the job they do in protecting Meriden, our state and our country.
Bob Williams Jr., S. Meriden
Superior court Judge Barry Pinkus denied the request for a restraining order for the mother of baby Moreno. He stated the couple had a chaotic relationship but he was not convinced that there was a continuous threat of physical injury to the child. I would ask Judge Pinkus if the death of this poor innocent infant is proof enough for him? He could have saved this child’s life but he failed to do the right thing and protect this child. I would ask him if he’s happy now. Was the death of this baby enough proof? What right did he have to deny this request? His incompetence cost this baby his life! The father has mental issues and the judge knew this, yet he denied the right to the mother to be free from his threats and as a result the judge caused this baby’s death. Even though he wasn’t on that bridge, he is still responsible because he could have prevented this horrible tragedy from happening. He needs to resign his position as judge. I don’t blame the father, he is a sick man, I blame the judge; he had the power to stop it yet he didn’t, how is he going to live with himself now? This poor baby never had a chance at life, never saw it coming, this sickens me to death, just to even think about this tragedy. I hope the mother sues the judge and the State of Connecticut for damages in her baby’s death. Pinkus had a duty to protect the life of this baby and he failed this mother, this infant and this family all because he didn’t think the father was a threat. Hope he’s satisfied.
Kathy Castello, Meriden
Don’t goad them!
Quick — name me a family or privately held business that has done more for the City of Meriden over the past 100 years than the Suzio’s? I suspect that list would be very short or nonexistent. The Meriden Daffodil Festival, the Steven J. Suzio Memorial Scholarship fund, Noah’s Ark Adventure Hollow Project, and yes, allowing the public to enjoy the beauty of Chauncey Peak are but are but a few of the many projects the family has supported generously. I don’t get why people are currently harassing a family that has an impeccable track record of business savvy, ethics and philanthropy regarding Meriden and surrounding communities on Chauncey Peak. In the end, I would highly suspect the Suzio family will do what is best for their customers, employees and City of Meriden as a whole. If people continue to goad them, I would not blame them one bit to protect their self-interests. Is this what everyone wants?
Paul E. Bourdon, Meriden
I want to thank the City Councilors who have brought about positive change in Meriden, all while having to come up against resistance and unnecessary politicking. I thank those councilors who have remained focused and concerned about what’s best for Meriden. The Democratic Councilors and Councilor Scarpati have proven time and time again that they are invested in Meriden and its future. There is something to be said for how city officials carries themselves at meetings and the level of respect they show other officials, also. That is how you can tell who is focused on the real issue: Meriden — and not themselves or any sort of personal or party agenda. These Democratic councilors and Kevin Scarpati are such people that are willing to make positive changes for Meriden, whether large or small, immediate, or a ways down the road.
The reality is these particular councilors are the only ones, to me, that have put forth any sort of effort to improve this city, and have found ways to move it forward. I have been watching and listening, and I see how they do their best to be informed and put forth real, genuine ways Meriden can be improved. I also respectfully disagree with those that state tax increases are the “fault” of Democratic councilors. I feel it is a case of needing to put things back into perspective again. I thank the Democrats for working hard to address city spending from a logical, practical approach. Without these city officials, we would all be in a sorry state of affairs, losing the funding our town needs, the maintenance of our quality of life, and the burgeoning projects that can help Meriden grow down the road. Without them, we are in a world of trouble.
Joy Battista, Meriden
Meriden has two great linear trails — the Quinnipiac Gorge Trail at Red Bridge and Hanover Pond Trail, along Hanover Pond, and we are in the design phase of the third trail. Dedicated trail corridors such as ours play a valuable role in preserving linear space for future needs and preserving open space. A challenge for many communities such as ours is revitalization. Quality of life truly determines the livability of an area. People that tend to focus only on the recreational aspect of a trail or greenway are short-sighted, at best. They fail to see the big picture which is the total package that includes leveraging funds for flood control, the effect on a community’s pride and identity as well as the public health aspects, economic and transportation benefits — all with a minimal public investment compared to other costly undertakings. It’s not a recreational luxury that we need to postpone for another time: it’s the best bang for our buck and an investment in our future. Thank you to the Democratic councilors who have garnered continued support for initiatives such as these and can see the big picture with the best interest for Meriden.
Susan Lewis, Meriden
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