To the Editor:
I am not one to usually partake in social media sites. I've so far managed to avoid sites like Facebook and Twitter, sticking instead with news websites to fill my need for information.
But Sunday morning a friend emailed me a Facebook page called People of Hamden, where a conversation was posted apparently between Quinnipiac University students discussing complaints of Hamden residents pertaining to student parties.
My friend knew this would be of interest to me because for years I had put up with students renting two homes that surrounded my home. It was not a happy situation; it got so bad that three years ago, I sold my home and bought another in a student-free zone.
When dealing with Quinnipiac students, they were, for the most part, very arrogant. Not all, but most. Some were apologetic and almost embarrassed over the behavior of their peers. But many had the attitude that they were better than us lowly Hamden homeowners and we had no right getting upset at their drunken hijinks.
So it wasn't surprising to see what student Anthony Volpe had written, and I quote: "I hope when you people in Hamden figure out that you are a [expletive] stain on this country you will remain quiet."
Mr. Volpe also detailed his esteemed family linage and status as a candidate for a master's degree in finance. But one thing, Mr. Volpe, that you didn't learn during your years at Quinnipiac University is how to exhibit a little class.
I don't have a master's degree from Quinnipiac. But I do have one from another university -- it's right down the street in New Haven and it's called Yale. Perhaps you've heard of it. And I chose to make what you call "a [expletive] stain on this country" my home because of its beauty -- the most majestic landscape of which is right in your front yard.
Hamden is a wonderful community filled with a diverse population of caring and compassionate people. It's a shame that during your time here Mr. Volpe you haven't opened your eyes wide enough to see that.
Or perhaps it's for the best.