Letters: Orange dog park, Supreme Court, I-95
We had a town meeting recently in Orange and it was brought up that we should have a dog park.
There are many dog owners here and most of us wouldn’t mind having the dog license tax raised or doubled to contribute to this. Many other towns have successful dog parks and it’s a good place for the community to meet.
And with successful signage and fencing it would be a great success as all the other places we have lived in and visited. It would be a great addition to the town of Orange.
— Cynthia Palmer Orange
What position in the U.S. government is comparable to that of a king, queen or dictator for that matter? If you guessed Supreme Court justice, then you are correct. Once appointed, you can remain in office until you die or decide to retire. Where else in our government does this happen?
In most cases, when you are 80-85 years old, you are not as sharp as you once were.
There may be some exceptions, but not many. As most of us know, as you reach a certain age, you can walk into one room for a specific purpose, and then once you are there, you forgot what that purpose was. For many of us that started happening many years before 80.
We know that each Supreme Court justice has a staff of very bright and capable people conducting their research, but do we want to trust this high court to make these ultimate, complex decisions when many of the justices are, shall we say, not at the top of their game?
Let’s face it, when the Founding Fathers created this policy, people then did not experience the longevity we have now, so the muddled minds associated with some people in their 80s was not an issue. I propose we limit their terms to 10 years. I think that’s generous.
Then after their tenure is up, perhaps they can be evaluated by a nonpartisan, nonpolitical legal mind to see if they should get another bid. If that seems impossible, then just limit them to one term.
Most of us are in positions where our work is frequently evaluated by our bosses.
It’s called accountability. If they are dissatisfied with our performance, then you may not be long for that job. Shouldn’t our justices be accountable as well? Or at the very least, if we are stuck with an ineffective one, it wouldn’t be forever.
— Robert O. Blake Sr. Milford
For all the great work that the state of Connecticut did in rebuilding the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, it has failed miserably on the new bridge being built on the West Haven/New Haven border on Interstate 95. The engineers must have gone out and had a drink or 10 to celebrate when they sat down to do these designs. While Rome wasn’t built in a day, it certainly was built faster than this bridge is going up and it appears completion is quite a bit into the future. This contributes to backups running all the way to that new Pearl Harbor Bridge along Long Wharf heading toward New York and delays back to almost Milford heading toward Rhode Island.
The temporary entrance ramps in both directions allow you a few precious yards to merge into I-95 traffic, which depending on the time of day, is not an easy or safe process. It is funny how human nature is not quite so accommodating when you have been inching along in a bottleneck.
Also, this new design removed one of the greatest exit ramps on all of the abomination that is I-95. The old Exit 44 loop onto Kimberly Avenue, over the Kimberly Avenue Bridge and into West Haven, was a classic. It looks like 95 percent of that exit ramp is still there. The whole area, including the highway and surrounding streets, is an eternal logjam.
I believe the state of Connecticut needs to reassess what it is doing in this area and include the old Exit 44 in future plans. If need be, I am willing to offer my input over a couple, and only a couple, of cold ones.
— John Fraser Guilford