Tolls: Just do it!
I wrote a letter a few days ago about tolls for out of state drivers. Now they’re saying it’s a privacy issue! Any law-abiding citizen or trucker should not be afraid to go through the tolls! Maybe you’ll be catch some crooks! Don’t bother spending $10 million, just do it. As far as I knew most people have a phone with GPS on it. Let’s get the program like other states. Our road system is shot! I can’t take it much more. Let’s spend more of our money, no wonder deficit is so high.
Jon Klinski, MeridenPrevention
Recent announcements regarding actions that states’ and local municipalities’ governing bodies have taken or suggested be taken in dealing with the opioid crisis seem to be missing a critical point. “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.” And while this old saw might tickle one’s funny bone, I’d suggest that it be given some thought. And while slogans and clever sayings may temporarily ease the pain and frustrations associated with an epidemic that seems to be out of control; Band-Aid solutions have not, will not, and cannot stem the tide. In fact, some of the recent suggested panaceas — designated arrest-free injection sites, access to free/clean supplies, better access to naloxone, i.e. dispensing machines, drug tolerant zones, de-criminalization — while rising from a concerned and compassionate society, strike me as being signs of defeat, and capitulation to a societal epidemic. An epidemic in a society accustomed to throwing money at its problems, in the hope that they might sometime go away for a while.
“Maybe until the next election cycle concludes,” or the next Go-Fund-Me tweet sounds on your cell phone. I rush to assure you that I am long past the point of being naïve. Naïve to believe that the Addiction Demon could be easily eradicated. It might, however, be slowed down if the fertile sources of victims might shrink. These non-victims might have been educated to the ravages of the addicted state, and the subtle introductions to-the-dance. Rather than being proffered an invitation to a rehabilitation center, paid for from tax dollars. And it might only cost a few words from a neighbor, an aunt, a classmate, a grandparent to tip the scale. It might only take an ounce of prevention to tip the scale.
Lawrence Singer, WallingfordThink, think, think
Election Day is soon approaching. Think twice before you vote. Do you want more of the same, spend, spend? We have two senators, four congressmen and one congresswoman. They can’t be too bright, they can’t think for themselves, they have to ask Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi how to vote. We need someone who will think of the United States and do the best for this great country. We have seven people in office who only think of themselves or the Democratic Party.
Richard R. McBride, Meriden Budget response
Once again, our elected council persons failed to make meaningful cuts to a budget that the taxpayers demanded through “Referendum.” Remember these politicians next election. The meager cuts that were made is still going to result in a mill rate increase and higher taxes. Thanks for ignoring the majority of voters wanting real tax relief. See ya at the polls!
Thomas Jenkins, Meriden Attacks on media
Verbal statements and writings, attacking print media, made by an individual(s) or organization(s) are attacks on the readership of daily newspapers. It does not matter which newspaper you read. Whatever your opinion, beliefs or politics: attacking the print media does not serve our democracy well.
Ronald D. Roberts, Wallingford