Letters to the editor

In a June 19 press release, Sens. Len Fasano and Kevin Kelly decried the partisan nature of Sens. Richard Blumenthal’s and Chris Murphy’s recent hearings on health care.

Fasano and Kelly called for a bipartisan forum that includes insurance and health care professionals.

Appropriate as that would be, the press release itself was a highly partisan statement that undercut their call for bipartisanship. The source waters of the Affordable Care Act were the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, as implemented by Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

President Obama used Massachusetts’ successful experiment as the basis of his plan. Sadly, the Republican Sen. McConnell’s cry to make President Obama “a one-term president” poisoned the subsequent debate.

The ACA received many public hearings that resulted in some concessions to Republicans. One wonders if the Republican leadership would have supported a similar bill had a President McCain proposed it.

I agree with Fasano and Kelly that the subsequent years were wasted. No complex plan succeeds in its first iteration. Despite the ACA’s many successes, problems emerged.

The past seven years could have been spent improving the ACA. Instead, the Republican leadership chose to eliminate the ACA “root and branch” (McConnell).

The lack of a Republican alternative despite seven years to develop one demonstrates an interest in merely obstructing and destroying the ACA.

To lay the blame at Blumenthal’s feet is astonishing. Where was the Connecticut Republican response to the extraordinarily partisan obstructionism of the national party’s leadership? Why only now a call for bipartisanship at the state level?

If Fasano and Kelly are sincere in stimulating a bipartisan discussion, they need to end their partisan attacks. Let’s make Connecticut a national model of bipartisanship. We might begin with SB586 to protect the health care of women, children and adolescents.

— Lawrence Rizzolo, Ph.D. Guilford

On July 4, my husband handed me the front page of the New Haven Register and said, “You could have written this.”

It contained the article concerning the hidden challenges of suffering from migraine.

As a lifelong migraineur, I fully understand the toll this neurological disease takes on a person’s professional and personal life.

Tasks and situations that are simple daily occurrences for non-migraineurs can push the sufferer into yet another spiral of pain, nausea and vomiting.

The use of sunglasses even indoors is a necessity, loud noises painful, lit computer screens can be agony, as can driving a car as light flashes through the trees.

As an educator I had administrators and colleagues alike say things to me such as, “Is it really disabling? Why don’t you take a year off and get it out of your system? Do you still get those?” and so on.

And yes, I have tried preventative measures which included 13 different drugs (yes, even botox), acupuncture and meditation. Of all this, only one drug offered me some slight help and did not cause intolerable side-effects.

Perhaps shining a light on what this disease is really like will help to encourage more research into a preventative treatment that will ease the suffering of most, if not all, sufferers.

— Barbara Borst Bethany

I would like to ask Nancy Roberto, where was the outrage when images of President Obama being lynched, having his throat cut or burned alive were daily flooding the internet?

When gun-toting, flag-draped “patriots” compared him to Hitler? Was she concerned then with what his little daughters felt seeing them?

Where were the “well-behaved” Republicans then?

Her cry for Republican outrage illustrates perfectly the hypocritical double-standard that Republicans live by.

Sure, scream, cry out, exhibit plenty of outrage — as long as it benefits them.

Her outrage against a “progressive, liberal agenda” reflects totally the business as usual attitude of the GOP — tax cuts for the rich, no health care for the poor, discrimination against minorities of all kinds, a backwards, destructive agenda which threatens a socio-political and economic dark age for the nation, and its current poster boy is certainly not a leader in any sense of the word.

If Connecticut’s Republicans are constantly amazed at why the state remains blue, it’s suggested quite well in her letter.

The level of unfairness and seeming downright antagonism towards anything liberal would only open the door towards turning Connecticut into a more difficult place to live than it is now.

It is not wanted here.

Where’s the outrage, Nancy Roberto? Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. You want it — you got it.

— Barry Hatrick Milford

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary would like to thank the members of the community, especially Laticrete International, for their support for our 10th annual Car, Truck and Bike Show on June 10 at Bethany Volunteer Fire Department.

Members of the community enjoyed food, fun and great music by Snap On-Dave Gregoire.

The generosity of all those that attended the event was outstanding and very much appreciated. We would like to extend a thank-you to all “show” vehicles participants, spectators and volunteers.

We also wish to thank the following companies and individuals for their generous donations: Franklin Construction, Johnson Automotive (NewEnglandTractor.com), Gary Ross, B&B Transportation, Mike’s Auto Towing, Minnow Brook Services LLC, Highland Greens, Bethany Firearms, Truck Toyz Unlimited LLC, Brookview Heavy Equipment Repair LLC, Lock Stock & Barrell, DiGennaro Service LLC, Pro Automotive and Motorcycle, Magna Steel Sales Inc., Country Companions Veterinary, Pleasantview Garage, Green Light Auto Sales LLC, Summit Residential, Plimpton & Hills, Custom Sheet Metal LLC, Paint World, Teddy B’s, Cofrancesco Chiropractic, Afcon Products Inc., Ryan Angelicola and Family, Middlesex Corp., Bobby Crisculolo, Town and Country Liquors, Freezer Hill Mulch, Bunny Village, JP Garcia, Zep Superior Solutions-Gina Monaco, Country Diner, Bethany Veterinary, Billy’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Marketplace, Ground Up Co. Electrical and Co., Sabo Auto Body, Action Moving & Storage, Cora Pool Water, Eugene & Paula Cofrancesco, KAT Logistics, Hurlburt’s Sugarhouse, The Flanagan Ambulance Alumni, George Arms, Steve’s Deli, Visiting Angels, Chabaso Bakery, and Joe Kelley.

Everyone’s support, cooperation and donations helped make this event a success. The BFVD and Auxiliary members are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Proceeds from this event will help support essential training and equipment for the Fire Department. The BVFD and Auxiliary are dedicated to Bethany, Connecticut’s Number One small town.

— Bethany Volunteer Fire Department & Auxiliary members

A short quote taken from the editor’s page in Esquire Magazine. A quote by Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) who is also on the cover.

He says, “People who really desire power, are the people who shouldn’t have it.”

Sounds familiar to me, sounds like someone we all know. Doesn’t it?

— Ronald Cofrancesco Bethany

It is amazing that a homeowner with a weapon captures two murderous fugitives that escaped from prison by killing their guards gets a one-paragraph write-up under the picture of the two murderous prisoners in the New Haven Register, and in Sunday’s Register, Woodbridge bans weapons from town-owned property gets front page news and an almost full-page follow-up on Page 2.

Why is that? I am sure the criminal element loves to read that law-abiding citizens are not allowed to carry weapons. Who are we protecting?

— Skip Zona Sr. Wallingford

Recent letters from strident supporters of Israel are amiss in rejecting out of hand Stan Heller’s comments on Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinians in Israeli prisons and on the ground in the West Bank.

Heller’s observations are of a piece with the pattern that has been solidly and soberly documented by Israeli human rights organizations, one of which is B’Tselem The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

Its report, “Backed by the System: Abuse and Torture at the Shikma Interrogation Facility,” concluded, “Israel must immediately cease the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, as well as the abuse and torture of detainees, both in overt interrogation and through the conditions in which they are held.

“Moreover, Israel must abide by the prohibition on torture and abuse also in its cooperation on security matters with the Palestinian Authority.”

Unlike our local Israel supporters, B’Tselem is even-handed: It criticizes Hamas and the Palestinian Authority when occasion warrants.

B’Tselem’s activities and reports (to be found on its website in Hebrew and English) are supported and implicitly endorsed by dozens of human rights and development organizations on several continents, some governmental, some non-governmental, some secular, some religious, some Jewish, some Gentile.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the U.S. do not pay enough attention to B’Tselem’s reports.

Fair-minded readers should give B’Tselem the consideration and support it deserves.

— Jeffry Larson Hamden