Tetreau budget fails to address traffic jams

To the Editor:

I voted against Mike Tetreau’s annual budget because it doesn’t adequately invest in our transportation infrastructure at a time when local traffic congestion is impeding economic growth and hurting the quality of life for those who live and work in Fairfield.

What’s even more frustrating is that the First Selectman seems unwilling to even acknowledge that we have serious traffic issues here in Fairfield—it’s as if he thinks these traffic jams will simply clear themselves up if he remains silent about them long enough.

This is exactly what Benjamin Franklin warned us about generations ago: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

So the next time your car hits a pothole on a local street here in Fairfield or when it takes you 25 minutes (or possibly longer) to cross town, I recommend you call Mike Tetreau’s office to ask: “What’s the First Selectman ’s plan to fix traffic in town? What type of road improvements is he recommending? When will we see some congestion relief?”

Michael Herley

RTM District 10

Rededication of soldiers memorial

To the Editor:

You are invited to the rededication ceremony for the Shea-Magrath Memorial that honors fallen soldiers, on May 20 at noon. The memorial is located at the tip of the beautiful Calf Pasture Beach here in Norwalk.

My Name is Terry Rooney, a United States veteran. I enlisted in the US Navy as soon as I graduated from high school to help in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged at its armistice.

Upon my return home to Norwalk, I landed a job with the First District Water Department as a water meter reader. I remember well being invited into my customers’ homes and being shown photos and listening to stories of their family members who had been killed defending our country. I remember I was so very saddened to hear of their loss, as I still am today.

My best friend and former Norwalk Mayor Thomas O’Connor asked me to join the Veterans Memorial Committee back in early ’80s. I humbly accepted and continue to serve on the committee to this day. Over the years, we were able to erect three monuments around Norwalk to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives during a conflict that protected freedom.

The Shea-Magrath plaques have faded over the last 30-plus years and you cannot read the names. Karen Doyle Lyons and I embarked on a fundraising project to refurbish the plagues. Thanks to generous support of Norwalk businesses, city residents and Karen’s commitment to the project, we were able accomplish the goal.

So I invite you to come to the beautiful rededication ceremony on May 20, noon, at the Shea-Magrath Memorial, Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk. We must all remember to honor those brave, courageous soldiers, who are our family and friends and who gave their lives serving our country.

Thank you and God Bless America.

Terry Rooney

Navy Veteran

Veterans Memorial

Committee member