To the Editor:
I have thought long and hard over the course of some days about the Jan. 14 Town Council meeting. I’ve followed the E-mails and news reports pertaining to Ms. Phillips resolution.
The events at Sandy Hook were horrific and obviously signaled a shift in consciousness for the entire nation. I continue to pray for those affected as no amount of teddy bears, fund raising or legislation will ever make that event okay. The scars will linger for our lifetime.
While Ms. Phillips resolution defines some of the discussion our nation should have as a whole, across a broad spectrum of issues, its inclusion on the Jan. 14 agenda was not appropriate. To attach Vicki Soto’s name to it, in my opinion, was not appropriate.
The Jan. 14 meeting was supposed to be about healing, compassion and human dignity. It was about healing as a community and offering a path for the grieving and affected to become whole. The Jan. 14 meeting was about Victoria Soto, her family and friends and about Stratford as a community. It was not the place for political vitriol about 2nd amendment arguments or discussions about gun control or mental health issues.
The meeting was about celebrating the life of our fallen hero with dignity and respect for the grieving family and friends. The renaming of Honeyspot House as Victoria Soto house while maintaining the identity of Stratford Academy is completely appropriate. Ms. Phillips is right about one thing; it is not enough, and more will be done. Yet nothing we can do as a Town Council will ever be enough to wash away the stain of this horrific event.
I am saddened and angry that tonight’s meeting could devolve into a discussion about the nature of Ms. Phillips resolution and its inclusion or not. I will regret that it takes away from the true nature of tonight’s meeting, which is honoring this senseless loss of one of Stratford’s own beloved daughters, with dignity and compassion.
Matthew P. Catalano