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Federal funding

Mass is in legitimate need of significant federal funds. This is for non-boondoggle projects like; Mass and Cass, Quincy, Cape Cod Bridges, and many more very legitimate projects.
In the old days we had people like Tip O’Neil, Ted Kennedy, …ie: The Big Dig, it went over budget but no one said a word, the federal funds kept coming.
Now we have two senators that forgot they are voted in to represent the people of Massachusetts and not their personal goals and agenda. We know Biden remembers a personal slight. If you think Mass is going to get ANY funding you’d be sorely mistaken.
It is time for Markey, and especially Liz to move on. We can not afford her personal ambitions while we have some huge local issues to resolve.

Tom Buffinton

Plymouth

Griner’s release

Brittney Griner is back in the U.S. after the Biden administration was able to negotiate a prisoner swap with Russia, but was this the right swap? Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, has been a Russian prisoner for four years. His health has deteriorated, and Whelan and his family are probably losing confidence in the ability of the U.S. government to bring him home.

I am sure many people in the U.S. believe Whelan should have superseded Griner in the order of swapping prisoners. Furthermore, the prisoner we returned to Russia was an arms dealer who sold weapons to anti-U.S. terrorists. Have we enabled him to sell more weapons to terrorists who want to strike at the U.S.?

I wonder if Griner’s popularity and notoriety as a big time basketball player played into her superseding Whelan in the prisoner swap. Did the Biden administration place importance on her popularity and the impact on the voting public when compared to Whelan’s obscurity? Whelan was a Marine who was willing to fight and die to defend our country. Griner said she thought the national anthem should not be played prior to her basketball games.

Hopefully, Whelan will be receiving the same U.S. negotiating skills Griner received, and we will see him back in the U.S. very soon.

Donald Moskowitz

Londonderry NH

Fighting drugs

Drug dealers and addicts should be arrested. First offenders should be given a chance to choose rehab for 90 days or jail. If they are dealing or caught a second time, they should go to jail. Unless we become proactive, the crime is only going to get worse.   Boston has become a sanctuary for drug dealers and violent criminals. Sadly, all addicts do not want to stop doing drugs, all criminals are not misguided, and everyone is not “fixable.” That is why we used to have laws, courts and prisons. They worked!

Our legislators have been busy passing marijuana, online betting and new alcohol laws. Instead, with thousands dying of overdoses every year, they should be making dealing Fentanyl attempted murder/ murder.  They defund the police, even though the police are our first line of defense against all of these issues. Police are leaving in droves. crime is rampant and our courts are a revolving door.

It is time to respect our police officers, allow them to do their job and support them by upholding our laws in court.

Joan Gonfrade
Ashland



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