Golf etiquette lost upon course management

My name is John J. Cody and I live and play golf here in Fairfield. I wish to express an opinion regarding a current situation at H. Smith Richardson. I have been playing at Smith for more than 10 years and, for the most part, enjoy the course very much and consider it an exceptional town asset.

However, I must say that I was extremely upset after teeing off this past Friday and arriving at the first green. When myself and the three gentlemen I was playing with arrived at the green we were dismayed to see that the greens had been very recently aerated (holes poked in the turf) and top dressed with sand, making it virtually unplayable.

Now I understand that the greens need this so they can continue to be healthy and strong, but what I don't understand is why no one in the pro shop or at the first tee mentioned any of this so that we could decide if we wanted to play in such conditions (which in this case I would not have). There was not so much as a sign telling golfers of this situation.

For the Town of Fairfield to charge and then take a golfer's full price fee for playing on greens that were unplayable is really abusive and a kick in the head, especially since the golfer has no idea he is headed out to such a mess! The town should be ashamed of itself for taking advantage of its citizens who play week in and week out and deserve much better treatment.

John J. Cody


Searching for real representation

Several things that are upsetting to me in our elections and I'm wondering if others feel the same and, if so, can we improve our system?

First of all, any young person in this wonderful country of ours who has the desire to run for an elected office in our government must have over a million dollars or more, and unless they have it they might as well forget their dream. Great "would-be" leaders will never have a chance to make a difference. Is this the American way? Does money make a good leader? Money talks, but I don't always agree with the message it sends.

Secondly, all those negative ads on TV only make me want to turn it off. If you can't stand on your own record, who are you? If you must trample your opponent in order to make yourself stand out, who are you? Not someone I would vote for, that's for certain. If you have what it takes to run for public office, do it right and you will win my vote!

The third thing that I think is wrong -- save the paper, postage and save the mail man's back. So much "junk" mail to try to win a vote. I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't ever look at all of them anymore. Why not take that money and do something really good with it? Now that would make your name stand out and win a vote or two in my eyes.

Let me get to know you. Debates, door-to-door visits, coffees, etc., a chance to meet you either in person or on TV, where I can judge for myself who you are. I want to see the person I'm voting for -- hear first-hand and get a real feel for who you are and what you stand for. Then if the hair on the back of my neck doesn't give me bad vibes, you are the person I will vote for.

You must have our state and country's interests at heart and care about what your constituents need to feel safe and happy, not someone feeding their own ego. I want a leader who has the qualifications and the integrity to do it right! For the good of all the people. Are you there? Please show yourself.

Jeanne Harrison


Educational beacon shines bright with community support

For many years, the Fairfield public libraries have provided popular summer reading programs for children and teens. Last year we instituted a summer reading program for adults as well.

We repeated the programs this summer and had more than twice the number of participants than last year's programs. During the last fiscal year we circulated more than 1 million items, and are on our way to another record breaking year! We are excited to be an educational beacon in our community, promoting literacy and providing a fun and safe gathering place for individuals and families. Our goal is to increase the number of people we serve and to encourage as many people as possible to get a library card and to take advantage of the wonderful (and free) services we provide.

As an incentive for families to read and spend time together this summer, we solicited donations from area businesses and local attractions for our summer reading program. Thanks to those generous donors, we were able to offer fun and exciting raffle prizes for 20 families during the 10-week program. We would like to thank the following donors: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Soccer & Rugby Imports, the Peabody Museum, Archie Moore's, The Shack-Hometown Grill, the Maritime Aquarium, the Beardsley Zoo, The Mark Twain House and Museum, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Compounce, Coco Key Water Resort, and the Barnum Museum.

Susan Balla

Senior Circulation Coordinator

Fairfield Public Library