LETTERS: Curtis Cultural Center in Meriden, Minimum wage, Junior Democrats, BMS building in Wallingford, Border wall and billionaires

LETTERS: Curtis Cultural Center in Meriden, Minimum wage, Junior Democrats, BMS building in Wallingford, Border wall and billionaires

Curtis Center fund drive


The arts are important to people of all ages. They help children to think creatively and explore what is possible. They help adults engage in their community and life-long learning. In a society that is constantly plugged-in, the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center offers crucial creative experiences that bring the community together and allow us all to unplug. 

Over the past 18 years, the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center has been focused on bringing the arts and educational programming to life in Meriden. As a volunteer-run organization, we take pride in what we do and the programs we offer. You may have attended an event, brought your family to a program, or volunteered your time or your money. For all of those things, we thank you.

If you haven't had the chance to get involved with the ACCC, we hope you consider doing so this year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely entirely on friends and community support to offer programming for the people of Meriden. To make a gift, please visit curtisculturalcenter.org and click the yellow "Donate" button to give securely via PayPal. 

Lose yourself in the arts — an experience you will always cherish. We hope to see you at an event in the future!

Diane Warner Canova, ACCC board president

They are not our rulers


The raising of the minimum wage will do nothing to help anyone. It is another “feel good” move pushed by socialists to maintain control over lower-income voters.

The issue is not how much someone is paid. The issue is how much money is taken out of their check by state and federal taxes. Taxes, that it appears especially in CT that we taxpayers have little to no say in how they are spent. Our elected public servants from the governor on down have forgotten they are our representatives, not our rulers. These public servants speak in terms of millions and billions of dollars, which are abstract numbers to most people. It is about time they start speaking in numbers we can see, understand and feel in our bank accounts. We should know how much the busway to nowhere takes out of our weekly pay checks. How about exorbitant pensions, drivers licenses for illegals?  Let's not forget using tax dollars for electric cars. Do these things take, for example, $50 a week out of a $400 paycheck? If that is so, by removing them from the budget the person making $400 per week would have an extra $200 or more a month in their pocket to spend. That's where the money should be: in the wage earner’s bank account. The raising of the minimum wage will do nothing except raise the amount of taxes you pay. Then businesses will be required to raise their prices to cover their costs. You will not be able to buy more. You will just have been hoodwinked by the socialists. What needs to happen is the reining-in of government spending, which will lower taxes and keep more money in the wage earner’s bank account.

Jim Neilson, Cheshire

I fear for America


As a senior who has witnessed many horrific events in history, i.e. Holocaust, genocide in many countries and prejudice, I had high hopes a change was coming. I was wrong. New junior legislators in Washington have made threats against a sitting president and the Jewish people. It is disheartening to see that we have learned nothing from history. Threatening a sitting president should be treason! Sounds harsh but so are the comments coming from Washington. Allowing these junior legislators to make such comments tears at the very beliefs and fabric of this country. We prove again that man is the most dangerous animal on the Earth. The Democrats postponed the vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism  WHY?. My fellow Americans, this is a classic lack of responsibility on the part of the Democratic Party. These junior legislators need to be reprimanded and we need to let them know we do not tolerate such behavior. All the brave men and woman who have fought and died for this country would be weeping if they witnessed this behavior. I know there are times I feel the need to. If the Democratic Party cannot handle their renegade legislators, maybe the American people will step in. I know many are leaving the Democratic Party as I have done. I fear for America, my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. What will the future hold in this torn country?

Joanne Ouellette, Meriden

Save the BMS building


Destroying this facility that is so well constructed and beautifully designed will be a travesty of justice!  It has many years of usefulness in our society but not maybe a great tax generator. It should not be destroyed, letting to waste all of the beautiful finite natural resources and manufactured products that were artistically woven together to make this wonderful structure. Forget your greedy need for more and more tax dollars at the sake of destroying something really beautiful! Let it exist as an educational institution, just so that it still exists and remains! Millions of dollars spent to construct such a beautiful structure and you want to destroy it for something tawdry just for tax revenue is sinful. Think of all the many uses it could have within the community if Wallingford kept it for itself. Please don't destroy it! Respectfully submitted,

Mark Drechsler, Southington

Time to clean up the mess


Is it fair to leave CO2 Mess to our children? Remember the deadly tornado in Alabama. The polar vortex in January.  Australia's record heat and 4 feet of rain in one week!  Are these events related or caused by climate change? You decide.

Since the 1950s, the CO2 levels have been rising. Nature can't balance out the CO2 gases we produce. Don't you think we should at least stop polluting the environment and take advantage of programs that promote clean energy?

What can we do?  We need to change our mindset and that can be hard. Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) has reintroduced The Energy Innovation and Carbon Fee Dividend Act Bill into Congress (H.R. 763). The purpose of the bill is to change our behavior from fossil fuels to renewable energy.  A fee is placed on fossil fuels at the source (oil or natural gas well, coal, etc.) This fee starts at $15 per ton CO2 equivalent emissions, and increases each year by $10. 100% of the net fees is returned to us on an equal basis. Under this plan about 2/3 of all households would break even or receive more in their dividend checks than they would pay in higher prices due to the fee, thereby protecting the poor and middle classes.

Since we started this mess, we need to be take responsibility to fix it. The children are speaking. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg started a climate justice movement where over 30,000 children are protesting the government. Juliana vs U.S. Government lawsuit.

Write to your representatives and ask them to vote for this bill. Go to: CCL WEBSITE:  then click the action button and then write to Congress. CBIA WEBSITE: Click ACTION CENTER the click DRIVE CHANGE. Let them hear your voices and march with the children.

Ron Brandes, Southbury

Citizens Climate Lobby Southbury Group

Let the billionaires pay


It seems that the price for Trump's wall has increased. It started out at $5.8 billion. Now it's $8 billion! Where will he get the money? I think I have the solution. Do you remember what he said when he signed that huge tax cut bill? "You just got richer!"

I don't think he was referring to the average middle class-taxpayer. Emphasis on “payer”. Nope, he was talking to his billionaire buddies and corporations that were already hiding their ill-gotten gains in overseas accounts.

I suggest that he get on his tweeter and ask them to contribute 10% of their tax savings to build his wall. Much less than what the middle class pays. For a billionaire that's $100 million. He would just need 80 of them to get his 8 billion. Of course he would have to contribute as well. And we'll all cross our fingers while he holds his breath waiting for them to come up with the money. This way nothing important gets cut that will only benefit We The People.

Sounds like a plan to me. All in all, he's just another brick in the wall.

Kevin Coane, Wallingford,



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