Wake up, Woodbridge, on use of country club

I’m a former resident of Woodbridge (17 years), a former member of the Woodbridge Country Club, and a current “member” of the Woodbridge public golf course.

The land is a treasure. Unfortunately, the current first selectman and her board have never seen this treasure in its current form as an asset to the town. An asset that, once gone, can never be replaced.

The townspeople voted overwhelmingly to buy the club rather than see it developed for housing.

Yet, the current BOS have acted in a way that undermined the stability of the golf course, did not support the efforts of the Casper Golf Management team, delayed or axed needed improvements, made the Golf Commission toothless by taking away any authority they had, and put some people on that commission who had no interest or understanding of golf or the business of golf.

The WBOS have only seen the Toll Brothers and a housing development as the best use of this glorious property.

Yet, despite their negativity, the golf course is still beautiful. How often have they visited their asset? Have they seen how many enthusiastic children attend the weekly golf and swim camps? Have they walked the course with the Amity golf team over the years? I think the answers are not often enough and for some: never.

And, what about the bonds the town sold to finance the purchase. No sale, to anyone, will ever produce enough money to satisfy those bonds. The town will be left with a debt that has no asset behind it. Instead of working with Casper, or any other golf management company, to maximize the income from the golf course and pool, the town has sabotaged all efforts. A thriving golf course produces income. Now, there will be none.

As for the possibility, very lately announced, of a Yale University purchase of the course and a subsequent combining it with the Yale Golf Course and a hotel to make a “destination” golf resort — well, maybe, but not for some time in the future. Yale and New Haven might have something to say!

Meanwhile, keeping the current use as a golf course would make that option more possible - and produce income in the short term.

I have no “skin in the game,” not being a current resident. I urge the people of Woodbridge, who do have “skin” to ask their BOS what is their endgame now that they have removed a golf course as an option.

Without maintenance the land will grow wild. What about the building? What about the pool? They have already abandoned the tennis courts. The town will never receive enough money to fully retire the debt. I predict the Toll Brothers will be back for a third round. Wake up, Woodbridge.

Myrna Kleeman

Former member Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee, Woodbridge Country Club Board of Governors

Judge coddles

bank robber

Per the Aug. 30 New Haven Register article, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Merriam has released on bail a convicted bank robber who robbed seven banks and then violated his original terms of release by using drugs.

Did the judge take into consideration how these robberies, and the implied threat thereof, affected the lives of the seven tellers that were robbed? This traumatic experience will be with them the rest of their lives. In my opinion, this is a terrible precedent to set. Even Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Morabito was quoted as saying, “I don’t know of any bank robber that gets out on bond, let alone one who robbed seven banks.”

I hope the sentencing ultimately fits the crime.

— Ronald Silverberg, Retired banker

Bethany

Are candidates qualified?

Election time is upon us. Are the candidates really qualified?

Every professional person such as lawyers, doctors, CPAs, Realtors, truck drivers and more are required to be educated in their field of work and continue educational courses. They pay every year for a license to continue their employment.

I believe all politicians are professional people, as they serve the people and make decisions that affect jobs and lives of all people. Why are they not required to take educational courses and be licensed? By licensing the politicians, they may make better decisions and be a flow of additional revenue for the states. Every politician should be required to take an educational course for the position they are seeking. They should be licensed on a sliding scale dependent on the office they seek. All elected and appointed persons should obtain a license before they campaign for an office or appointment.

— Gennaro A. Barbieri

Milford

How did we end up here and where are we going?

America never stopped being great. Too bad globalization deteriorated industrialized countries’ socioeconomic standing including ours. We hugely lost manufacturing industry, blue color and technical white color jobs.

This was not the initiative of scientists, intellectuals, middle or lower class. They do not have the means, organization and, God-forbid, the desire to deeply hurt ourselves. They just were stultified with no organized voice or intellectual self-defense mechanisms while the holders of the economic/financial powers proceeded with celerity.

For culprits, look no further than the usual suspects: mega-million organizations with their owners, executives and upper managers (unconditional supporters of globalization). I lived in the corporate world hearing related discussions. Labor-intensive manufacturing were the most vulnerable operations.

It is a no-brainer: “Move operations from where labor is $7 to $25 an hour to where it is only a few cents to $1 an hour.”

Wealthy individuals, fast talkers and snake oil salesmen mesmerized us to support globalization. No revolt was desired and there was no time to organize and protect our interests.

Better production power equilibrium requires globalization; thus, it is not a bad thing. However, it is regretful it happened at the cost of our nation’s manufacturing base and the livelihood of millions of Americans. And we are not finished yet!

Expecting we support them, extremely wealthy individuals are brazenly applying to the top American job to lead us (president of the U.S.)

Are we nuts?! … Always, there will be sycophants who adulate and glorify billionaires in the hope of capturing some of their limelight. In part they constitute that segment of society that believes in and glorifies “trickling down economy theory.” A very few may get some crumbs, which they would find costly afterwards.

I do hope we are not that stupid!

— Jaime Menendez

Milford

Thanks to customers, friends for helping dog

Many thanks to all the customers and friends who helped with the veterinary bills after our beloved farm dog, Saddie, was injured. She is slowly healing, thanks to your generosity.

— Marion W. Sandell

Clover Nook Farm

Bethany

Big thank-you for help at Superhero 5K

On behalf of the Milford Prevention Council & the Woodruff Family YMCA, we extend a huge thank- you to everyone who was involved as a sponsor, vendor, volunteer, raffle and runner-bag donation and participants at our third annual Superhero 5K & Family Fun Day.

Special recognition to our Superhero team; especially Bill Bevan, Ben Waters, Foran High School cheerleaders, Lauralton Hall SADD group, Launch Trampoline, Sensitive Care Dentistry, Napoli Deli, Bert’s Deli, CT Strong, Carroll, Curseaden and Moore, Flip Salon, Avenue Awards, Trader Joe’s, ShopRite, Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department, CT State Police Department, and, of course, the team from Alternate Universe, LLC.

This day couldn’t have been pulled off without the 30+ volunteers who gave their time throughout the day and the entire Milford community for its continued support.

Our purpose is to provide and promote resiliency through healthy family activities and to foster that back into the community. We hope that this third annual Superhero Day did just that. We want to, again, thank everyone who attended, volunteered and helped promote this event to make it successful.

We are looking forward to next year with many similar and new faces in attendance.

— Wendy Gibbons, MPC program director; Josh Royce, executive director, Woodruff Family YMCA; Alisha Williams, health & wellness director, Woodruff Family YMCA, Milford