As published in the letters to the editor section of the Record Journal Friday June 7, 2013
[NOTE – the cross posting of this writer’s letter is NOT their endorsement of me. I have posted this here because I am in full agreement with this writer – nothing more.]
Editor: Does the mayor of Wallingford serve the wants of his public or even that of his councilors?
We in Wallingford value life and our environment. Last Tuesday, seven of nine councilors agreed (Rascati abstained, Fishbein agreed with Mayor Dickinson) that a medication drop box would be a benefit to our community. The only thing in their way was our mayor.
As a physician assistant for over 30 years, I know firsthand of the problems that come from misuse of prescription drugs (narcotic and non-narcotic) and the measures medical providers take to combat prescription drug problems. Our community is attempting to take responsibility and combat prescription drugs making it into the wrong hands — but our hands are now tied.
Thirteen police chiefs in Connecticut are offering to discuss their drop box programs, and have provided answers to the mayor’s and Wallingford police chief ’s concerns, but the major just says no, expressing his personal opinions and spouting personal responsibility. How do we move forward into the current era when we have the questions and concerns that are raised and still hear no? I say the lives that could be saved could/would be members of his community, and that must matter.
GINA MORGENSTEIN, WALLINGFORD