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Readers’ Opinions, 3-19-2014

Lions Club


The Southington Lions held their 23rd annual charity auction on March 1 at Mary our Queen church hall. The event was successful and will allow the club to continue to support Lions Eye Research Projects, local community service projects, youth and educational programs. We want to thank all the people who came out to support this effort. We also want to thank all the businesses and companies who provided items and donations to make this a successful event.

Bruce Vagts, Southington

Seems backward


I read with interest the R-J editorial of March 17 regarding mental health treatment and gun permits and agree with the need to question the latest set of rules coming out of our Connecticut legislature. As a recently retired clinical social worker in the field of community mental health over the last 35 years, I cannot understand why our State Assembly decided to have gun rights restored after six months for people involuntarily hospitalized (danger to self and others), while a voluntary admission would have that right taken away permanently. It seems backward. In most cases individuals are held and confined against their will under a Physician’s Emergency Certificate because their reason and judgment are impaired at the time, making them much less likely to sign themselves into a hospital as a voluntary admission. In a good number of these cases, the person is suspicious and distrustful of providers and authority figures and can pose a threat to others. The person who admits voluntarily recognizes the need for treatment, tends to be motivated, and is more likely to have a good treatment outcome.

The even greater issue is the question of gun access and the types of guns accessible. The assault weapons, particularly the AR-15, have no place in the hands of persons not in law enforcement or the military. It is not a sportsman rifle. It is the same as the M-16 military weapon and can be converted to automatic. In the military, we were told what the rounds of this powerful weapon do to the human body after impact. We also know that death and injuries are more likely to occur due to accidents than anything else. Connecticut laws are considered to be too strict; in fact, they are not strict enough.

Paul Scollan, Meriden

Passion, knowledge


Dwight Needles is extremely passionate about preserving the beauty of our open spaces and the creatures that live within. He once spent many months advocating for an endangered spotted salamander and their vernal pools, and then testified in front of the City Council to include protections in The Plan of Conservation and Development. While serving as a volunteer on the Linear Trail Committee, Dwight lead the development and design of trail maps to market the beauty of Meriden’s over 3000 acres of park land, and assist hikers in navigating their way through the trails as they venture out to exercise and explore the beauty of our community. Dwight’s passion for the environment and his knowledge of our community is exactly what we should be looking for when making appointments to the Conservation Commission.

Senator Dante Bartolomeo, Meriden



My daughter and her family in Vermont have raised a dwarf rabbit for an amazing fourteen years. Frodo died on 3-16.

Larry Brill, Wallingford

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