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Readers’ Opinions, 4-16-2014

Pensions, health care


My 93-year-old father worked a hard 40-hour week to put bread on the table. He had health care for the family and a pension from his employer.

Today, fathers and mothers work just as hard, or harder, with necessary overtime, to put the same bread on the table. Many do not have corporation-paid health care and most do not have a pension. It’s time corporations started being responsible. It’s time to go back to the “good old days” when companies cared about the workers as much as the bottom line.

Call your state representative and tell them to vote for HS5069 to have corporations contribute to a statewide pension fund for those hard-working moms and dads.

Syd Howard, Meriden

Minimum wage


Why would anyone oppose raising the minimum wage? Would they like to work for $8.70 an hour, without benefits? Don’t they want to encourage hard work with reward of a decent wage? Economists agree that raising the minimum wage will help the economy as the increase goes back into the local economy. Why would we want 16 percent of the workforce to struggle to make ends meet while their big-box employers made huge profits? If some big-box chain stores can treat their workers fairly, others can, too. Let’s treat each other with dignity and respect. Thank you, Connecticut Democrat Representatives Santiago, Abercrombie, Altobello, Mushinsky, Fritz, Senator Bartolomeo and Governor Malloy, for raising the minimum wage. No Republican state legislator voted for the increase. That’s too bad. Maybe they should try walking in some other person’s shoes. They might have a different viewpoint.

Milta Torres, Meriden

Worthy event


On behalf of the Meriden Rod & Gun Club (of which the writer is President), I would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to all the people who attended and supported its 18th annual St. Jude’s Shoot-A-Thon that was held on March 29 at the club’s site on Raven Lane in Meriden. Once again, because of you, this commendable cause was a huge success and all proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. In addition, I would like to personally thank my fellow club members that participated with this worthy event that once again created such a positive experience.

Stan Drauss, Meriden

Heartfelt songs


Bulkeley was a boys high school in New London many years ago. Occasionally, the headmaster would have the entire student body sing his old favorites. This was one:

“Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, which I gaze on so fondly today, were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms, like fairy gifts fading away, thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art, let thy loveliness fade as it will; and around the dear ruin each wish of my heart would entwine itself verdantly still. It is not while beauty and youth are thine own, and thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear, that the fervor and faith of a soul can be known, to which time will but make thee more dear. No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets, but as truly loves on to the close as the sunflower turns on her God when he sets the same look which she turned when he rose.”

This song (above) was written by Irish poet Thomas Moore for his wife, whose face had been marked by smallpox. To the young men of my grandsons’ generation — if you have a special lady, tell her this was written for her. I did it for my special lady.

Lawrence P. Crowley, Meriden

That bus bench


I’m writing again about the bench they put up at that Route 5 big-box chain store in Wallingford. What good is it without a cover? People spend their hard-earned money, if they’re fortunate to have a job. Then they have to sit in the rain waiting for the bus. I think this commercial business could afford to put a cover on the bench.

Barbara Pastore, Wallingford

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