It pains me to see people walking around with no mask covering their face. The governor issued a mandate for wearing a face covering while in public, but still, I have seen many people in stores or crowds with no mask, and not social distancing.
As stated many times, we wear masks in order to protect others in the event we are carriers of the virus.
It is time for mask-wearing to be mandatory, and police should be required to issue a ticket for not wearing one. If a police person fails to write a ticket, they should be reported and fined.
Stop playing with the health and well-being of your follow citizens. Look at what is happening in states where they have relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
I understand people are tired of all the rules put in place due to the virus, but if you do not abide by the regulations imposed, the virus could take you or a loved one.
Do not be one of the irresponsible persons helping to spread this deadly virus.
Sherman Katz, North HavenBe counted
Why is it vitally important that every person in Connecticut, from newborns to the most elderly, be counted in the census this year?
Because we need the money!
When we all get counted in the census, we guarantee our state $11 billion in federal funding, as well as fair congressional representation.
Your census information is private and safe. There is no question asking about your citizenship. By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That's protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.
This funding helps to pay for planning and funding for healthcare —including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
It also pays for planning and funding for education — including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education and grants for preschool special education.
In addition, the funding pays for planning and funding for infrastructure— including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development and rural water and waste disposal systems.
And don’t forget it also pays for planning and funding for employment and training — including programs for vocational rehabilitation state grants, dislocated workers, and much more.
It only takes 10 minutes to shape Connecticut's next 10 years. Do your part to help make sure our state receives all the funding we are entitled to and pay for with our hard-earned federal income taxes.
Please, take the census today. Go to my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
Diane Hoffman, League of Women Voters-Hamden/North Haven