Thursday, June 13, 2013

* Glenn Olds' Two -Week Rule ignored by President of Hamden, Connecticut's Legislative Council

"Any executive in America ought to be able to clear his desk in two weeks."

Glenn A. Olds, President of Kent State University , 1971.





The year after the Kent State shootings, Kent State University hired a new president, Glenn A. Olds, a Ph.D in Philosophy from Yale.  

When I remarked to him how impressed I was that he answered my letters so quickly he replied, "Any executive in America ought to be able to clear his desk in two weeks." 

That was in the midst of national chaos and uproar which descended on Kent State after the May 4, 1970 shooting of thirteen students (four fatally) by Ohio National Guardsmen.

And that was decades before email and instant messaging had even been imagined.  

Apparently in 2013 the President of Hamden, Connecticut's Legislative Council, Ms. Judi Kozak, doesn't subscribe to Glenn Olds' philosophy about executive correspondence, even though she lives in a comparatively quiet time to that of President Olds and the Kent State shootings.

She has had my email ( attached below) since May 28th and has not found it convenient even to acknowledge its receipt, let alone respond to its request, despite the ease of communication in 2013 compared to 1971, and despite my second email yesterday requesting that she do one or the other or both.

We shall keep note of the calendar.

Paul Keane
June 13, 2013


Fwd: Donation of Burial Plots to Town of Hamden in memory of my Mother, Barbara W. Keane
Burial Plot
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Paul Keane <pkvermonter@gmail.com>
Jun 12 (1 day ago)
Reply

to JudiCraig

Ms. Judi Kozak, President
Legislative Council
Town of Hamden

Dear Ms. Kozak:

I emailed you on May 28th ( but have to date had no reply or even acknowledgement of its receipt ) , my request (below) for Hamden's Legislative Council to accept or reject my offer to donate to the Town  burial plots in the Mt. Carmel Burying Ground to be used for US Veterans' families who might need them now, or in the future.

May I expect some acknowledgement  soon?


Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div., M. Ed. 

cc:
Mr. Henrici


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Keane <pkvermonter@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Subject: Fwd: Donation of Burial Plots to Town of Hamden in memory of my Mother, Barbara W. keane
To: Judi Kozak <Jak43pa@aol.com>, craig@craighenrici.com
Cc: Christine Weideman <christine.weideman@yale.edu>, Larry Dowler <ladowler@gmail.com>, "Massa, William" <william.massa@yale.edu>, Mike Bellmore <bellmore@gmail.com>, "mbrackenbury@nhregister.com" <mbrackenbury@nhregister.com>



TYPOS CORRECTED:


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Keane <pkvermonter@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Subject: Donation of Burial Plots to Town of Hamden in memory of my Mother, Barbara W. Keane
To: Judi Kozak <Jak43pa@aol.com>, craig@craighenrici.com
Cc: Christine Weideman <christine.weideman@yale.edu>, Larry Dowler <ladowler@gmail.com>, "Massa, William" <william.massa@yale.edu>, Mike Bellmore <bellmore@gmail.com>, "mbrackenbury@nhregister.com" <mbrackenbury@nhregister.com>





Ms. Judi Kozak
President, Legislative Council
Town of Hamden

 2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Dear Ms Kozak

I told the New Haven Register that if the Tsarnaev family declined my offer of a plot in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground, I would offer the remaining plots to the Mayor of Hamden to disperse to needy families of United States veterans.
Mr. Bellmer, reporter to the Register, informed me that the Mayor declined, saying that such an offer would have to go through the Legislative Council.  He recommended that I give the plots directly to a veterans organizatipon. 
Note I volunteer at the Veteran’s Hospital in White River Junction M-F 2-4 PM every day that I am not called from my retirement to substitute teach
However I want these plots to go to the Town, not to a veterans organization for the following two reasons:
I am offering this donation in memory of my mother, Barbara W. Keane, who worked in the Hamden Town Clerk’s Office for 15 years as Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics.  Therefore, I want the plots to go to the Town of Hamden to be dispensed in a charitable manner by a responsible official or committee.
 In addition, I personally worked with three different Mayors of Hamden from 1974-85 on the Mayor’s Bicentennial Commission arranging the donation of Thornton Wilder’s furniture and memorabilia to Hamden’s Miller Library.  Link  http://wilder1985.blogspot.com/
It is for both of these reasons that I wish these plots to be donated to the Town of Hamden and not to any other organization. 
That is the sole condition of my gift other than that it be used for needy veterans' familes. 
Please let me know if you accept my offer of this donation in memory of my mother, your former public servant, Barbara W. Keane.
I submit this  letter at the instance of the Mayor's Administrative Assistant, Mr. Curt Lang, who informs me that according to protocol, neither Mayor Jackson nor he can forward to you an identical letter to this one which I  originally addressed to the President of the Legislative Council (James J. Pascarella, according to the Mayor's website) since the Mayor declines to recommend that you accept the offer of this gift.
One is impressed by this rigidity and coldness to past servants of the Town, both my mother and myself. 
But given the fact that I had to practically shove the Thornton Wilder donation down the Town's throat over a none year period and three mayors, I should not be surprised.  
Had it not been for my invitation to Hamden's richest citizen, G. Harold Welch, to join the reconstituted Mayor's Bicentennial Commission in 1984, the Wilder furniture would still be in storage in the basement of Town Hall today instead of on display in Miller Library.  (Link: Pay particular attention to the three New Haven Register articles at the end of of this blog:  http://wilder1985.blogspot.com/)

There is no such G. Harold Welch in the offing today. (Mr. Welch died in 1992 at age 95)

 Perhaps the former Mayor of Hamden, Craig Henrici, with whom I rode my bike as a child in Mt. Carmel, and who I believe worshipped at the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church and may even have had my mother as a Sunday School teacher, would speak in support of my donation.
Perhaps.
However, as I have learned in the last weeks since I originally offered to donate a burial plot to the Tsarnaev family, people want to distance themselves from me and my offer as quickly as they can.
So be it.

Sincerely,
Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div., M.Ed.


CC:
The Hon. Craig Henrici
Ms.Christine Weideman
Mr.Larry Dowler
Mr. William Massa
Mr.Mike Bellmer
Mr. M. Brackenbury
Mr. Curt Leng

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