Free T rides
I don’t live in Boston so I cannot vote in the mayoral election, however, the outcome could affect my wallet. Paying people to ride on the MBTA or already riding on it for free is not a good plan. Where would the money come from? Three guesses and the first two don’t count, taxpayers is my guess. We have enough politicians who want to give free stuff away using someone else’s money to go around. We don’t need another one as the mayor of Boston! keep up on to your wallet.
— Paul Quaglia, Billerica
Justice for victim families
It appears the Joint Committee on the Judiciary has begun testimony on a number of criminal justice pieces of legislation. One bill is H.1797 an Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration, sponsored by Reps. Liz Miranda and Jay Livingston (“Justice for murder victims negates parole for killers,” Boston Herald, Oct. 25).
If passed, it would allow parole after 25 years. I remember two years ago when it was hypothesizedv and shot down. I was up on Beacon Hill two years ago with the families of murdered victims who successfully killed this idea.
In Massachusetts, anyone convicted of first degree murder is sentenced to life without parole and little has changed since 2019 to change the minds of the families of murdered victims. I do agree with Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, who stated the obvious, “As a society, we must continue a standard of decency. The sentence of life without parole is an expression of that standard; the value of a human life taken with such depravity requires long-lasting removal from society.”
Public safety is enhanced by keeping the worst of the worst locked up without any chance of parole. Our elected representatives up on Beacon Hill need to remember to never forget murdered victims and to stand with the families of those murdered victims.
If they think they can use down the families of the murdered, they do not know their resolve.
— Sal Giarratani, East Boston
Biden tax plan
I’m writing about the article written by Stephen Moore on Oct. 24, 2021 (“Biden’s plan to undo tax cuts will undermine country’s growth”).
I am 100% not in favor of Biden’s tax plan. But, Stephen Moore’s article shows how easy it is to manipulate data in your favor when you are the proponent of a plan. In 2019, the UK unemployment rate was the lowest ever since 1975, and the EU unemployment rate was its lowest ever since May 2008. And, can you believe it, neither country had the Trump tax cuts. The FACT is that there was a global economic expansion that led to tremendous business revenue growth, low unemployment rates, higher labor participation rates for minorities, higher taxes paid by companies, and a higher proportion of taxes paid by the richest 1% (due to a booming stock market that goes back years before 2017). For Moore to state that the tax cuts are irrefutable evidence that the tax cuts proved how to grow an economy is a bunch of nonsense. His article is irrefutable evidence that people with titles and access to the president are often not very smart.
— Jay Brookstone, Wayland
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