Letters: UConn women, cable TV, Yale, magnet schools
The University of Connecticut girls basketball team was going to play and I was invited to attend a game that was to be played in the near future.
I politely declined the invitation. My friend who invited me was taken aback by my not wanting to attend, and asked why. I told him that I enjoy sporting events that are exciting. Events that are close in scores.
For example, I said how much I enjoyed the Super Bowl and the excitement for the entire game. I never enjoy any event when the scores are continually lopsided. It’s like watching the schoolyard bully beat up all the students every day. I enjoy sporting events that are close and down to the wire.
I stated that when you know the game will be so one-sided all the time and every time, it’s boring.
— Bob Kelso Bethany
I fully realize we live in a complex society and every business needs to be concerned about their own financial forecast. But taxing the hospitals in the state is an approach that should not be continued and fostered.
These “businesses” are in the business of caring for people. They do not have the option to move their business out of the state. What is happening is that the talented and usually committed professionals are choosing to move out of the state for their own personal well-being and for the poor forecast and livelihood of the hospital where they work.
These proposed, continued taxes only make it more difficult to for health care professionals to function and care for the people that they have dedicated their lives to.
There are certainly other avenues in the industry where regulation could benefit all. Please concentrate on those areas (pricing and payment in the pharma, health care supply and insurance arenas) if you are looking at taxing and regulating.
— Kim Knowles Milford Concerned, 24-year registered nurse
Now that we have taken the politically correct high road after protesters have railed about John Calhoun’s connection to slavery, what do we do now?
• Stiles College — Ezra Stiles: 1756, Stiles sent a hogshead of rum along on a voyage to Africa and was repaid with a 10-year-old male slave, whom he renamed “Newport.”
• Jonathan Edwards College — Jonathan Edwards: Edwards owned slaves for most of his adult life, including a newly imported slave named Venus in 1731.
• Franklin College — Benjamin Franklin: He initially owned and dealt in slaves.
• Timothy Dwight College — Timothy Dwight IV: In 1788, Dwight purchased a slave, a woman named Naomi.
• And now the 800-pound elephant, Elihu Yale: The records of this period mention a flourishing slave trade in Madras, a trade in which Yale participated and from which he profited. He enforced a law that at least 10 slaves should be carried on every ship bound for Europe.
In his capacity as judge he also on several occasions sentenced so-called “black criminals” to whipping and enslavement. When the demand increased, English merchants began to kidnap young children and deport them to distant parts of the world, very much against their will.
Should we protest the name of our revered university?
— Bob Reil Bethany
I happen to live in a town whose administrative officials are Republican.
Due to this, I will not be able to get help from the legislature as the majority of them are Democrats and hate Republicans even though they are elected to represent “all of the people” of the state of Connecticut, no matter what their political views are.
Because of this, I have lost WFSB and CBS. Those were my favorite channels. I also have to thank our elected state officials for eliminating the DPUCA control of the cable industry. Not only did I lose my favorite channels, but my monthly bill has increased by $6.04.
Optimum is making a lot of money for their corporation and I am being billed for it. I am asking the legislature to put the DPUCA in charge of cable TV and at the same time I want them to make it legal so that we can buy the cable TV at a reasonable price and make it legal for us to sell our cable boxes.
I am also calling on all the people who enjoy TV to write to the legislature about the dissatisfaction we have with cable TV.
— Paul Amore Orange
I find it interesting that Paul Amore wrote in his letter to the editor complaining that he wouldn’t get any help with the cancellation of CBS because he lived in a primarily Republican community.
Well, guess how we Democrats feel when the president of U.S. is taking away all the rights that were fought for all these years. But he is wrong that he can’t call his state representative or senator, who won’t ask if he is a Democrat or Republican, but will be right on his side to help. If you go onto Sen. Gayle Slossberg’s site, you will see that she is fighting to get CBS back to Connecticut.
I, too, am missing CBS and am not sure when these companies will resolve their problems. If they don’t resolve this dispute very soon, I plan to purchase an antenna that will give me free CBS and cut my TV bill to Optimum in half, because more than half of the programs I watch are on CBS. I think if more people take some action, the problem will soon be resolved.
— Ann H. Berman Milford
In these days of extreme political correctness, I fully understand Yale’s recent move to rename Calhoun College. This is, however, not much of a testament to the education Calhoun received at Yale College.
Was Yale not able to indoctrinate him with a better vision and better morals than those which he ultimately acquired from his time there?
In fact, his biographer Margaret Coit states: Every principle of secession or states’ rights which Calhoun ever voiced can be traced right back to the thinking of intellectual New England. ... Not the South, not slavery, but Yale College and Litchfield Law School made Calhoun a nullifier. ...
Additionally, if Yale truly wanted to make an anti-white supremacy, anti-slave statement, it would change the name of Yale entirely. Elihu Yale was no friend of people of color.
He was an active participant in the slave trade in Madras, India, where he functioned as the president of the British East India Company in the late 1600s. He enforced a law that required every ship bound for Europe from India to carry at least 10 slaves. He whipped and enslaved and kidnapped and deported as his contribution to Western European colonialism in the Indian subcontinent. His excessive taxation of the Indians resulted in a rebellion, which was ultimately and brutally suppressed by the soldiers of the Fort St. George Garrison in Madras.
Elihu Yale used company funds for his own benefit and had to be removed from his position.
Therefore, renaming Calhoun College is nothing compared to renaming Yale itself. Calhoun did not kidnap, beat, and transport slaves as Elihu Yale did. May I suggest a new name for Yale? Clinton University — after its two most prestigious alums.
— Diane Hawkins Port Orange, Florida
Funding for regional magnet arts schools including Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven has been dramatically slashed in the state budget proposal.
The proposed budget reduces funding to ECA by $500,000. This budget hit will devastate this critical regional arts program.
Our son attended ECA for its theater program. Every day from 1 to 5 p.m. and often later he would work with his peers and teachers on the complex craft of acting. Meanwhile, other students were developing their skills in creative writing, the fine arts or dance. For each of these kids, ECA was changing their lives.
This is an amazing program, with extraordinary faculty, bringing together kids from all over the county, exploring the arts at a very high level. It engages the kids in a way that simply cannot be accomplished in the local districts.
I understate it to say that ECA was the most important part of our son’s high school education. Because of ECA he went on to study theater in college and is now getting his masters in fine arts in acting.
I understand the need to slash funding in these tough economic times, but this incredible program needs to be spared. In tight budget times the arts are always among the earliest victims. But this program is so special and so unique. Its teachers and staff literally change the lives of these young artists in immeasurable ways. This program must be fully funded.
Slashing this program is akin to cutting out football for a young athlete who aspires to play football at Yale.
No doubt there are many programs that will be looking to restore funding in these challenging times. But arts for kids is vital. Arts for these kids is essential. Arts to these kids is as important as football to the student who aspires to play in college. I am not arguing for the elimination of sports. But these programs are no less vital. It is imperative that full funding be restored to the magnet school arts programs such as ECA in New Haven.
— Jim Horwitz Woodbridge