LETTERS: Increase funding for cancer research; rising electricity costs

Increase cancer research funding


Congress is now in a rush to complete its work and to pass a 2023 federal budget. Congress should prioritize an increase in federal funding for cancer research and prevention.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are the foundation of our national cancer research program and support research in every state, including $691.9 million right here in Connecticut. Their work over the last fifty plus (50+) years has resulted in remarkable progress against a disease that strikes more than 1.9 million new people each year. Because of their work and the bipartisan investment in that research, there are now a record 18 million American cancer survivors, and the cancer death rate continues to decline.

However, past progress does not guarantee continued success. We need our lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, to do their part and insist on increased investment in the NIH and NCI for the 2023 budget.

I, like most of us, have been touched by this awful disease. I call on our members of Congress to increase NIH and NCI funding by $4.1 billion and $853 million, respectively, so that we can end cancer as we know it.

Marci Baxter, volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Wallingford

Getting by


I just read that Eversource wants to double transmission rates (from 12 to 24 a kilowatt hour). This is insane! Eversource is the only game in town (monopoly). This will make your electric bill $300 instead of $150. Anther example of price gouging! C’mon politicians that we elected. You must do something about this! People on fixed incomes are going to be the most vulnerable! This is also true about gouging at the gas pumps. How are people supposed to get by? Good question.

Jon Klinski, Meriden


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