Letter: St. Patrick Church’s Youth Group adviser does great job

To the Editor: In the article titled “Paying it forward,” that was published in the Redding Pilot on Thursday, July 26, I feel that not enough praise was given to the St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church’s Youth Group in Redding, and especially to Youth Group Coordinator Tom Doherty. Tom and his wife and their son did a fantastic job on Luella’s home. Tom also does a tremendous job as youth group adviser. The youth group members did all the work on that house. Tom was at Luella’s house almost every afternoon. He made all the arrangements to have the trees … Read more

Letter: Sarah Ewud is fearless leader for Redding Parks & Rec

To the Editor: What I love about living in Redding is the amazing Sarah Ewud, the fearless leader of Parks and Rec Travel Camp and also co-director of Extended Day. Who takes a bunch of middle schoolers at 7:30 a.m. to Six Flags and returns them safely, happy and exhausted at 9 p.m.? And does this Monday through Friday for six weeks every summer so that our kids are off devices, active and exploring other daily activities including trips to museums, and Broadway shows? Thank you, Mrs. E. We love you. Melinda Irwin High Ridge Road, Redding

Letter: Redding community helped scouts earn Bronze Award

To the Editor: We would like to thank the Redding community for helping us earn our Bronze Award this year. We learned so much. We also thank you for donating coats for people who can’t afford them and donating to our local Redding food bank. Without you, we wouldn’t have earned our Bronze Award. Without you, there would be more people worrying that they would freeze this winter or starve. We learned that you can always donate to people in need. Sadie Neville and Amanda Meschi Redding Girl Scouts

Letter: Redding honored for financial reporting

To the Editor: With the recent divisiveness in Redding on budget matters, it’s time to take a moment to celebrate. The town of Redding recently was awarded the Government Finance Officer Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. What is that? The certificate is awarded to state and local governments that to go beyond the minimum requirements in applying the accounting rules to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFR) that provide transparency and disclosure to readers of the financial statements. In other words, the CAFR is presented in a user-friendly format that simplifies complex data. In case you … Read more

Letter: Thank you for the success of the Rock’n Roots Revival

To the Editor: The late Charley Couch, our town historian, and Redding Historical Society Board member envisioned a gathering for the community to celebrate the town and country’s history. The consummate Redding historian and preservation advocate, knew such work required funding. The vision and need, a passion for music, and love of fireworks, morphed into the annual Rock’n Roots event hosted by the Redding Historical Society (RHS) at Lonetown Farm. This year’s event was made possible by the production expertise of Lara Schuler, Amy Cabot’s  creativity, and Eliot Cabot’s technical expertise and the assembled musicians providing an outstanding day-long concert. … Read more

Letter: Balloonacy was a truly fun and special opportunity

To the Editor: Watching and hearing three-year olds captured by theater —  pantomime — is a phenomenal experience for a former theater critic, and for the folks who brought them to Summer Theatre of New Canaan’s production, Balloonacy. The children (ages 3-7 and even some younger ones) were completely connecting to actor extraordinaire, Omen Sade, who uttered no words but whose actions were clearly understood.  Such opportunities hold the promise of the relevance of theater to our lives. It is truly fun for all ages and a special opportunity for hearing impaired folks, of all ages. June September April Great … Read more

Letter: All people have the right to an opinion

To the Editor: I would like to remind the writer of last week’s letter regarding what “Local Republicans should do,” that we still live in a democracy. Further, we all have the right to an opinion, to support a candidate, and that some of us still have the ability to formulate that opinion without his deigning assistance. Chris Dahm Umpawaug Road, Redding

Letter: Thank you, Redding voters for supporting the schools and town

To the Editor: Thank you to the 2,276 voters who voted in the third referendum on the Redding school (K-8) and town budgets on June 26. And, a special thank you to those voters who supported the schools and town. The school budget lost many special after-school programs and also important special help sessions. Hopefully, we can understand the reasons that some voters indicated “no” three times so that we do not further diminish the quality educational programs that this town has always provided and cherished. William Brown Lonetown Road, Redding

Letter: Church golf outing was a big success

To the Editor: The First Church of Christ, Congregational, “The Church at the Center” in Redding, would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time, treasure and most important, their fellowship, to make our charity golf outing fund-raiser a huge success on June 18. In addition to support from our own church members, many non-church neighbors and local merchants made donations that helped to insure success. We had a beautiful day full of great fun, food and fellowship. Our host, the Redding Country Club, did an outstanding job as always. Funds raised at this event will benefit our church greatly … Read more

Letter: Local Republicans should speak up about national leadership

To the Editor: Trust is a valuable commodity. Too often we waste it on politicians we elect. Then, instead of admitting our mistake, we petulantly double down. The result has been an unprincipled demagogue with childish behavior degrading the Presidential office with a Cabinet of deplorable, lying sycophants. Occasionally, a real voice is heard: General McCaffery noting Trump’s the “serious threat to U.S. national security” and Secretary of State Tillerson admitting Trump is a moron. Deterring asylum seekers by punishing their families was the announced game plan when building those “summer camps” — internment camps to keep “the vermin” from … Read more

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