LETTERS: Southington needs to start over with library; the complex issue of panhandling

New library


The recent picture in the Record-Journal of the proposed library for Southington can only be described as “UGLY.” This project should be shuttered and started all over. Come up with a  new proposal for a library that will make residents proud. Then ask  for the voters to approve, which I am sure they will as they did before. 

Don't build something cheap, too small and be sorry later. It has to last for 50 plus years like the previous one.

William Slade, Southington



Panhandling, also known as begging, is a complex issue that many cities face. Here are some potential strategies that our City should consider addressing the issue of panhandling:

1. Education and Awareness: One of the ways to address panhandling is to educate the public about the negative consequences it can have on the community. By raising awareness about the issue, people may be less likely to give money to panhandlers.

2. Support Local Charities: Encourage people to donate to local charities and nonprofit organizations that help individuals who are experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, or substance abuse. This can help redirect funds from panhandlers to organizations that are better equipped to provide long-term solutions.

3. Outreach and Support Services: Many individuals who panhandle are experiencing homelessness, addiction, or mental health challenges. Cities can work with local service providers to offer outreach and support services that connect individuals with housing, job training, and mental health services.

4. Enforcement: Some cities have passed laws or ordinances that prohibit panhandling. While this approach can be effective in some cases, it is important to ensure that any enforcement actions are fair and equitable.

5. Work Programs: Some cities have implemented work programs that provide individuals with meaningful employment opportunities. These programs can provide individuals with an alternative to panhandling and help them develop valuable skills.

It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to panhandling. A comprehensive approach that combines education, outreach, and support services, as well as potential enforcement measures, may be most effective in addressing this complex issue.

Sean McDonald, Meriden


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