LETTERS: Connecticut budget / Protect endangered species / Wallingford sidewalks

LETTERS: Connecticut budget / Protect endangered species / Wallingford sidewalks


Hear us, Hartford!


I read a post from ARC Ct. where house Democratic Leaders at the highest level are saying that they are not hearing from rank and file legislators that funding for community support for people with ID/DD (intellectual or developmental disabilities) is one of their top priorities.

Have they not seen the hundreds of families and private providers at the LOB, listened to their phone calls, heard their testimony or read their emails and letters in newspapers across the state?

As an aging parent of a 57-year-old man who resides in a MARC group home I am terrified and outraged by the current outcome of these cuts. I spent years advocating for my son and others’ DDS services. Has Hartford turned a deaf ear, and its back, on its most vulnerable citizens?

Once my son received residential funding I thought I could take a breath and relax! How foolish of me. Now funding cuts have reared their ugly head and we find ourselves battling for funding again. This is nothing new for parents of special-needs children. From their first breath to either their or our last breath, we advocate. We ask not for special favors but for basic human rights. If you have not heard us in Hartford, hear us now! Fund DDS and Community Services For ID/DD residents now. We may be weary but make no mistake: we will not give up. Do your job and listen to your constituents. We have raised our voices many times and will continue until you LISTEN.

Joanne Ouellette, Meriden

Protect endangered species and their habitats


I am writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law.

The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever, including the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon and the American alligator, and many more are on their way to recovery.

But now, some members of Congress are trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act to benefit developers and the oil and gas industry.

Protecting endangered species is important to me. We have a responsibility to future generations to be good stewards and protect imperiled wildlife and the special places they call home.

Our senators must oppose efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro, Meriden

What cost frugality?


The citizens of Wallingford may believe that our mayor is a good one due to his frugal ways, amassing $29,000,000 in savings, but I ask you, at what cost?

I took a walk down South Main Street for the first time in a while and was saddened to see that our sidewalks are still cracked, crumbled, with uneven heights. Why does this matter? A citizen of our town was seriously injured due to the state of disrepair of our sidewalks and sued our town. On several occasions I almost fell. This is serious, folks.

The loss of the constituent’s health apparently is not an issue. It’s obvious the bottom line is more important. What REALLY concerns me is the town’s failure to see the “human” side. Any one of us could end up in a wheelchair, with a traumatic brain injury or worse. Would you give up your mental and physical health and mobility for a million dollars? Or any amount? I would not. If you were wheelchair bound there is NO way you would be able to maneuver the sidewalks in our town.

So, a fat bank account is nice, but, again, I ask you, at what cost?

Frances LaFrance-Proscino, Wallingford

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