LETTERS: Gun violence; Climate change and immigration?, Workers rights,  

LETTERS: Gun violence; Climate change and immigration?, Workers rights,  

Gun violence


Adherence to the strict wording of the Constitution on “bearing arms” will, in the future, be considered national madness.

Someday, the Ku Klux Klan will be better thought of than the National Rifle Association. The list of names we’ve heard many times, including Newtown, Las Vegas, Pulse night club, and Virginia Tech, keep growing. 

In the first three months of 2018, the U.S.A has seen nearly 3,000 deaths due to gun violence. This country has approximately 310 million guns, the next country is India with 46 million. We have had the most killings in the world. 

Our interpretation of the Constitution is a work in progress and has to be. The framers, if working today, would not approve placing tens of millions of weapons, some of which can kill dozens in minutes, in the hands of the general population. Can anyone really make a case for assault-style weapons designed for war and killings? 

Shame on us all. We have to fix this. 

Edward DeRosa, Meriden

Climate and immigration


With today’s news about children being separated from their parents at the border and not knowing when they will see them again one feels outrage and wants them to be reunited in the process. However there is another issue on the sideline that may seem unrelated but can also affect the issue of immigration both legal and illegal. That is the issue of climate change.

If climate change can cause a drought in Mexico or a hurricane off the Central American coast then it can cause more immigrants to come across the U.S. border and make the immigration crisis worse. There is a dot connection between climate change and immigration.

Jamen Buchanan, Wallingford

An issue of equity


I most certainly disagree with guest columnist Chis Powell’s title of his piece — Government employee unions do Connecticut no good — and in particular that a government worker does not need what agency fee provides. It helps to fund negotiations of their salary, benefits and upholds the terms of the contract in case a non-member has a dispute and wishes to file a grievance. Each person should want these rights in the workplace. I cannot imagine one who does not want them. The act was created with workers’ rights in mind. It had nothing to do with either political party or increasing salaries. It is all about fair representation, getting what others pay for, equity, not getting a “free ride.” It has worked well for workers for decades. It must be restored to ensure continued equality among workers.

Karen J. Ostby, Meriden

Climate change


While our federal government continues to fail to take action on climate change, I applaud Governor Malloy and our elected state leaders for stepping forward recently to pass laws aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and promoting renewable energy in Connecticut. These laws reflect the growing need for bipartisanship to tackle climate change at the national level.

The Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan, which was proposed in 2017, has been met with bipartisan support from national leaders, corporations, environmental groups, and college students through the group Students for Carbon Dividends. The plan is based on four pillars: a gradually increasing carbon tax, the return of the carbon tax revenues to Americans through dividends, a global domino effect, and regulatory simplification. Many Republicans may doubt the science behind climate change, but even for skeptics, this plan serves as an insurance policy against climate change and harnesses the free market to do so.

The plan has been heralded for its ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by three times what the Obama Administration’s regulations were able to do, while allowing the U.S. to more than meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement. In addition, a study by the U.S. Department of Treasury showed that a carbon dividends program would make 70 percent of Americans net financial winners, helping to ensure financial stability for many Americans.

Connecticut’s actions on climate change should be praised, but there is more work to do. As a coastal state, Connecticut understands the seriousness and impact that climate change can have on our state. Baker-Shultz is a bold, innovative solution that allows the country and our state to move quickly and efficiently to combat climate change. Despite the great deal of rhetoric regarding climate change on both sides of the aisle, at last we have a realistic solution with bipartisan appeal.

Spencer Kinyon, Cheshire




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