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Editor:

Why is it the high school is behind in the maintenance stage? Where are the brains and thought process of Windham’s manager, planner and town council? I ask on the grounds the town is asking for a lot of money that doesn’t seem to be available for repairs.

Windham created three new schools, one being the magnet school. The common-sense thought process should have been to spend money on repairs needed for the existing school firstly.

I disagreed to the magnet school being built because of the environment that was going to be destroyed, which was the pond, the trees and the aquifer. Which may or may not affect the wells in surrounding neighborhoods from water runoff the aquifer contained, as well as the trees and dirt the trees were growing in.

In other words, if the magnet school wasn’t built, Windham would have plenty of money for repairs for the high school. The town council probably wishes the magnet school wasn’t built.

Also, the stage being built at Jillson Square should go to referendum on the grounds it will be an eyesore and only and be used three to four times a year. The electrical source is across from St. Mary-St. Joseph School. If the stage were to be built, it should be on the opposite side of the field in the back of the Jillson House. If it were built on that side I wouldn’t have an objection. Just move the electrical source.

If the town council doesn’t put that up for vote to the citizens I will request a cease-and-desist letter.

After speaking to a University of Connecticut geologist before the aquifer was destroyed to build the magnet school, I was going to request a cease-and-desist letter but for some odd reason I didn’t.

Gregg Marchand

Willimantic

Editor:

Congratulations to the Town of Coventry and the Coventry Housing Authority for recently securing an $800,000 grant for its Orchard Hills Estates housing complex, and many thanks to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program for this generous award.

Orchard Hill Estates is an 80-unit subsidized housing complex for elderly individuals and people with disabilities living on low, fixed incomes. Many of the tenants are lifelong Coventry residents or moved to Coventry to be close to their families. The complex offers these residents an affordable opportunity to live independently and age in place with dignity, in a quiet community setting that offers social supports.

The funds will be used to complete much-needed repairs at the nearly 40 year old complex. The renovations include roof and entrance door replacement, and replacing and widening walkways to make them more accessible to those who use canes, walkers or wheelchairs. Without the grant, the Coventry Housing Authority would have been forced to raise rents or postpone critical repairs. This award will not only increase tenant safety at Orchard Hills and extend the life of the property, but it will ensure that the elderly and disabled residents do not have to forgo food or medical expenses in order to cover a rent increase.

Lisa Conant

Coventry

Editor:

One of the heroes of Windham County is a woman. Her name is Prudence Crandall. Willimantic has a poetry park on the corner of Jackson Street and Terry Avenue. We should name the park for Prudence Crandall.

The Windham Town Council recently passed a resolution supporting the removal of Confederate monuments a thousand miles from here.

That same town council ignored a monument to a communist, 1½ miles from Windham Town Hall. The monument to communist Julia De Burgos at the poetry park is a disgrace.

The Communists murdered more people than did the evil National Socialists led by Adolf Hitler.

The Windham Town Council should remove the name Julia De Burgos — who never lived in Connecticut — and replace it with Prudence Crandall. President John F. Kennedy wrote about Prudence Crandall in his book, “Profiles in Courage.”

Roger Morin

Willimantic

Editor:

The editorial on Regional School District 11’s economic sustainability noted the schools’ low enrollments this way: “The amount of students going to school there is minimal at best.” What would larger “amounts” of students look like? Bigger students? Students are measured in “numbers,” not in “amounts.”

Cynara Stites

Mansfield

 

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