To the editor:
I am writing today as a community member who was very disappointed to see partisan politics infect something as wonderful and unifying as the annual Apple Harvest Festival. When Council chair Michael Riccio “rewarded” Chris Palmieri for over a decade of hard work by unilaterally and abruptly removing him from, not only the leadership of the committee, but from the committee altogether, he did so without offering a thank you or other recognition of Palmieri’s contributions.
Then when Palmieri spoke up to voice his disappointment—something he was entitled to do—Riccio rudely interrupted him and chastised him, complete with condescending comments about “sharing.” Rude politics—that is all this is, and it is sad and pathetic.
As a long-time community member and volunteer, this sort of behavior is depressing. This isn’t what Southington is about. People live, work, learn, grow, and volunteer here because Southington is a community of supportive and collaborative citizens. Most of us grew up here knowing that in Southington being part of the town and respecting others was more important than party politics. Our community has always been different in that way, better in that way.
I call for a return to decency. Let’s start treating each other courteously and with respect. It is the least we can do as members of this wonderful Southington community.
Finally, as someone who has watched Palmierie tirelessly serve Southington for well over a decade, I want to say how proud I am of him and his service. Keep setting a wonderful example and keep helping to make Southington a wonderful place to live.
Joanne Palmieri, Southington