LETTERS: Comparing approval ratings, food insecurity

A little odd


Lately, the dire news about the Biden administration is that his approval rating is getting down close to forty percent. Yikes!

That particular metric, a presidential approval rating of forty percent nationally, resonates with consumers of the news. It was Donald Trump's approval rating for his entire presidency. Nothing he ever did or said moved it much from there either way.

Being on a par with Donald Trump in any way is indeed cause for concern. Still, our media treat Biden's forty percent and Trump's forty percent as if they were completely different phenomena. It's a little odd.

Eric Kuhn, Middletown

Remember food insecurity


I encourage your readers to remember their food insecure neighbors into the New Year. Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas we see many wonderful programs to help those who are struggling financially. These programs are fantastic because they allow everyone to enjoy their holidays, regardless of their financial status. I have volunteered with several of these programs and know so many people who are grateful beyond words for all the help these programs provide.

Once the holidays pass, our neighbors who need these services still have a need for essentials. According to the food bank’s website, 9.9% of individuals in Wallingford are food insecure and 5.1% are in poverty.

These numbers are very sad. According to the same source, approximately one-third of food insecure individuals across the state are children, and most of these families are making decisions between food and other essentials, such as rent, utilities, and medical care.

Once the holidays are over and the holiday programs end, the need for food does not decrease in the slightest.

Wallingford is blessed to have some wonderful resources to help our neighbors. Master’s Manna and Wallingford Church of the Nazarene, better known as The Rock Church, provide food to neighbors in need. The United Way has a large network of community support to help Wallingford residents. I encourage all members of the Wallingford community to consider supporting one of these organizations to help neighbors in need. Thank you.

Rajan Doering, Wallingford

Turning away from darkness


“Let There Be Peace on Earth” is a familiar song performed worldwide throughout the year, particularly during the Christmas season. It was sung joyfully during a Christmas carol sing-a-long in the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert on Sunday the 19th. Its words are a call for personal commitment: “Let there be peace on earth, And let it begin with me …”

During its singing, a small group of  adults stationed at the park at the junction of Center and Colony streets in Wallingford waved a Trump 2024 banner. They were promoting the second coming of Donald Trump as president of the United States, not “peace on earth.”  Do we need another round of  Islamophobia, misogyny, lies  and attempts to undermine democracy and replace it with authoritarianism?

Those behaviors are the ice and snow of a cold human heart, not a loving one, and are not needed in Wallingford and beyond.  Just as the winter solstice on Tuesday the 21st is a turning away from the hours of daily darkness to more hours of light, so also can enlightenment come to human hearts. 

I hope that will be the case with the good people who waved banners and they will commit to “peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” 

I hope they will burn their Trump banners at the junction of Center and Colony streets in Wallingford, a public statement of turning away from darkness. 

Alfred Mueller, Wallingford



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