To the Editor:

Please allow me to express my sincere appreciation to all who, on the past several Saturdays at the Stop & Shop stores in Westport and downtown Fairfield, took a moment, reached into their pockets, and made this year’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign a success.

Those donations will be distributed by the social service directors in Fairfield, Westport, Easton and Weston, and will help truly needy families in our four towns. The donated funds are used for emergency fuel, and to meet urgent food and housing needs of our neighbors.

A heartfelt thank you is due the dozens of individuals who volunteered their time and energy to ring the bell in the sun, in the rain, in the cold and in the snow. Special recognition goes to the Campus Ministry and the fine young men of Fairfield College Preparatory School, and to the members of Student Athletes Serving Others, for their outstanding commitment and service.

Moreover, we thank the public servants who helped us, including First Selectmen Jim Marpe, of Westport, and Mike Tetreau, of Fairfield, state Reps. Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Laura Devlin and Brenda Kupchick; and the Social Services directors of Fairfield, Easton and Westport: Theresa Giegengack, Eileen Zimmerman and Elaine Daigault.

Those who joined us and those who gave know the generosity of our community and the satisfaction of helping those whose needs are great.

Thank you for sharing the season’s joy and a happy and healthy new year to all.

Daniel F. Caruso

Fairfield Judge of Probate

Chairman, Southern Fairfield County Salvation Army Service Unit

To the Editor:

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and reprinted here at the author’s request.

Respecting your time and keeping in mind how very busy your schedule must be during these trying times, I will attempt to be brief.

Despite my level of distress with the actions carried out by the President of the United States since he moved into the Oval Office, and quite seriously, throughout his campaign, I have been silent. I feel it is time to speak out. I hope many others will as well.

I honestly thought that the President, and as such, America, could sink no lower than the depths fallen to in Charlottesville. However, I have been proven wrong.

This past Thursday the level of vulgarity displayed had never been reached, that I am aware of, by a Western leader. When my President displays a complete hatred and disregard for such a tremendously large segment of our world neighbors, it is time to hold him responsible. His actions, as you know, are not just wrong, they are now dangerous and threaten our standing, credibility and world stability.

OK, so what do I want? I would respectfully request that you send a letter to this president demanding that he admit he did in fact use this outrageous language and apologize. Should he refuse, which we know he will, please make it clear that you believe censure should be seriously discussed and considered. I admit it is too early to broach the subject of the 25th Amendment at this point, but certainly we are moving in that direction. Please believe me that I do not relish this possible step.

If possible, I would like to be sent a copy of your letter to the President and of course would ask that you prevail upon your colleagues in the Senate and House to write these important letters as well.

Thank you for being my voice and that of so many other like- minded constituents.

With respect and rationality, I thank you and wish you a productive and happy 2018.

Thomas M. Porter Jr

Fairfield