To the Editor:

I am an adult resident of Darien, having lived here for almost 24 years and having sent my children to the public schools here. While I certainly do not condone the admittedly immature emails of what appear to be a few Darien high schoolers, I would have expected Mr. Jeff Jacobs (a journalist who repeatedly states he has more than 40 years of experience) not to use those emails (and some vague statements about how “Folks in Darien” supposedly “circled the wagons”) to engage in the worst and most blatant kind of negative stereotyping about en entire community (column, Feb. 23, “Darien students’ emails abusive, immature”).

I wholeheartedly agree that this incident presents a great opportunity to teach high school students about values such as respect. Unfortunately, Mr. Jacobs’ broad-brush condemnation of an entire town does more harm than good.

James Condren


To the Editor:

On March 17, Americans from coast to coast will don shamrock green and celebrate one of the biggest parties of the year: St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re over the legal drinking age, we’re asking you to stay under the limit and do your part to prevent drunk driving.

That’s why we’re joining Anheuser-Busch and asking pub-goers to #GiveADamn and get home safe no matter where the night takes you. Over the past 30 years, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesaler partners have invested more than $1 billion in the United States to promote alcohol responsibility and help prevent drunk driving.

When you’re making plans for this St. Patrick’s Day, think ahead to the end of the night and make the choice that keeps both you and the roads safe for everyone. Please use a designated driver, a taxi, ride-sharing service, or public transportation if you’ve been celebrating with alcohol.

From everyone at Dichello Distributors, have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

Tony Lota

Alcohol awareness and education coordinator Dichello Distributors Inc.