LETTERS: RJ anniversary / Opioid epidemic / COLA

LETTERS: RJ anniversary / Opioid epidemic / COLA



Thanks to the R-J

Editor:

I would like to personally thank the Record-Journal’s management and staff for their many years of service to the citizens of Meriden.

Many cities in our state do not have a daily newspaper! The Record-Journal has evolved since 1867, from being a weekly newspaper, to being a morning newspaper, to being a daily newspaper. The name of this newspaper has also changed over the years:

… from the Weekly Visitor,

… to the Meriden Daily Journal,

… to the Meriden Morning Record,

… and now the Record-Journal.

… and hopefully this will be its name for many years to come!!!

I have read this newspaper daily every day of my city manager and post-city manager life! I am proud that they have provided excellent news coverage on evolving news and events at the Meriden City Hall, as well as the Meriden Board of Education. All of our citizens have benefited from this up-to-date news coverage of these two public entities – the City of Meriden and the Meriden Board of Education.

We should also all recognize the Record-Journal’s increasing readership popularity. I still read a hard-copy of the R-J every day, since 1993 – my city manager and post-city manager years, and I will continue to do so every day of my life, hopefully for many years to come.

On behalf of all of the citizens of Meriden, I would like to personally thank the R-J’s talented management and professional staff, for a JOB WELL DONE over the years, and encourage the talented owners of the Record-Journal, and their dedicated professional staff, to KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK during the coming years!!!

All of your readers would like to have the Record-Journal around for another century-and-a-half.

Dr. Roger L. Kemp, Meriden

Save the COLAs

Editor:

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my Representative and Senators oppose any proposals that would reduce COLAs for federal retirees.

The annual COLA provides protections against inflation, but even the current calculation is inadequate because it understates the impact of health care spending, yielding lower annual COLAs. Reducing or eliminating my COLA further threatens my health and financial security.

This proposal would diminish the value of my hard-earned annuity by allowing inflation to erode the benefit over the course of my retirement. With the cost of goods and medical care on the rise, I will not sit back and allow this attack to gain a foothold.

Linda Kunofsky, Glastonbury

Grassroots action

Editor:

After listening to the President’s pre-mortem speech regarding the opioid epidemic, the thought occurred to me that the solution to the elimination of the national opioid epidemic lay in the hands of the citizenry, and not only the underfunded and underpopulated government agencies. Much like the theme of Les Miserables, the passion of the populace, and the erection of the barricade provided the grassroots opportunity for the citizenry to become involved in matters of universal concern. A hands-on effort by every element of the society is mandatory, if this scourge is to be removed, and those confronted with the horror of addiction are rehabilitated. All levels of our community need to be involved. Classmates of students they knew to be involved with experimentation with gateway drugs ought to have an opportunity to tell someone, and enjoy the security of the knowledge that they might be saving someone’s life. Family members need to enjoy the same benefits of anonymity, while agencies with legal authority might pursue the sources of these drugs. Meanwhile, town agencies, police department, health department, senior center, pharmacies, restaurants and bars, the Principal’s Office, all should have some means of inter-connectivity and focus on working together, whether it be an anonymous hot-line, or merely a drop-box located somewhere safe. It just has to be started somewhere, somehow. Go-Fund-Me promotions seem to explode at the drop of a hat, and then go away. This opioid epidemic will not go away that easily, with the donation of a few dollars. It might begin to be eliminated if a “grassroots” effort is gotten underway, and soon. And yes, I recognize the titillation that the word “Grass” evokes. Let’s get serious, here!

Lawrence Singer, DDS, Wallingford


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