Letters: Trump, marijuana, columnists, Cabinet, Crisco

The word narcissist has been mentioned many times when referring to our president-elect. I looked up the word to see what both the regular and medical dictionaries had to say.

They were essentially the same: “love for one’s body.”

Not being quite satisfied, I called my psychologist friend for a better definition or explanation. This is what she gave, which comes directly from the Mayo Clinic: a person of a narcissistic personality disorder which is a mental disorder in which a person has an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for adoration and a lack of empathy for others. Behind this mask of ultra- confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that is vulnerable to the slightest criticism”.

In his own words, he has demonstrated these characteristics. One of his most egregious: “I can go down Fifth Avenue and shoot a person and they will still vote for me.” There are too many more to list here. But still disturbing, we will have as head of our nation, a man who will be tweeting with his bullying all those who may offend him.

He has chosen for his Cabinet, mostly men with money, billionaires, millionaires, CEOs and the rest who will be lining up to protect their prospects to become moneyed like the rest. Not one of them with an ounce of empathy for “the common good” and or the working man and woman. I was worried during the electoral process, but consoled myself with the quote made by Winston Churchill who said to a friend, “The American people always make the right decision, after they have tried everything else.”

Well, am I disappointed, afraid and angry? You betcha.

— Ann H. Berman


Connecticut Police Chiefs Association President John Salvatore has said “There are reservations among chiefs about permitting marijuana for recreational use.” What they see in other states “is definitely a concern for us.”

Good for them. It should be a concern for every police chief and every law enforcement officer as well. “There is no clear way to determine if a person is high on marijuana” according to the chief.

A recent National Academy of Science Report has stated “the use of marijuana will cause an increase in traffic accidents” and can “exacerbate schizophrenia”.

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use should be a concern for teachers, doctors, ministers, mothers, fathers, and grandparents and everyone that knows we have a drug epidemic with opioid and heroin abuse in the state. A murder just took place in Connecticut reportedly because a drug deal amongst two teens went bad. It is time to speak out.

Those who are pushing legalization such as Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven and state Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven are being grossly irresponsible. They are pushing drug legalization for the revenue it will generate with little regard for the mixed signals it will send to the young. They are, in effect legal pushers. Doing something morally questionable for money is prostitution, and, besides, virtually everyone agrees the effects of marijuana use are not well understood or studied.

With little thanks to our legislators, Connecticut has become a gambling state. Is it too much to ask that we not gamble with the health of Connecticut’s children and grandchildren? I am a grandfather and a registered Democrat, and I ask every decent citizen to speak up and JUST SAY NO.

— Tim Chaucer Milford

I’m just taking a moment to thank you for carrying the columns of Norm Pattis and Peter Berger. They offer a breath of fresh air with their insights and thoughtful commentary. It is good to have an alternate view to the mostly left-leaning opinions usually printed in your newspaper. As a subscriber, I hope you will continue to publish their excellent work.

— Steve Soricelli Milford

Donald Trump has nominated billionaires and generals to his Cabinet that do not represent the best interests of working and poor people for attorney general, Education, EPA and many others.

This includes fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder nominated to lead the Labor Department. Pudzer opposes raising the minimum wage and has enriched himself at the expense of working people by violating labor law and not paying workers what they were owed for their labor. He made more money last year in one day than one of his full-time minimum wage workers makes in a year. Andrew Puzder would be an anti-labor secretary and is not qualified for the position. He should be rejected.

— Joelle Fishman New Haven

For nearly a quarter of a century, Sen. Joe Crisco’s advocacy for seniors, for veterans, for greater health care access and for ground-breaking bioscience research has helped to improve the quality of life for the people of the Naugatuck Valley and for residents across Connecticut. (“Forum: Teamwork and dedication were the hallmarks of my youth” Dec. 28)

Crisco used his position in the Connecticut Senate to be a champion for the families of the 17th Senate District and to promote the idea of individual responsibility.

Respected by Republicans and Democrats, he served because he loves Connecticut and cares deeply about our state’s future.

— George Logan Ansonia

We thank area taxpayers who attended our Jan. 10 Town Hall meeting at the Bethany Town Hall.

The forum allowed us to speak face to face in a casual setting with residents about our priorities at the State Capitol.

Your comments and ideas help us to be better legislators.

We feel we have a tremendous opportunity this year to put Connecticut back on a sustainable, pro-business path. We look forward to holding more community forums in Bethany and throughout our region.

— Rep. Themis Klarides, 114th District, Derby, Orange, Woodbridge Rep. Lezlye Zupkus, 89th District, Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect Sen. George Logan, 17th District, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge