YOUR VIEW: Independent Living Centers are an investment

Published on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:08
Written by Kimberly Molaskey


To the Editor:

I am proud to say that I am a Connecticut resident who can get the help I need to be a productive citizen again after a devastating car crash.

The state helps fund Independent Living Centers that assist citizens to do just that - live independently again after trauma of some sort!

However, the state government is considering cutting funds to support these centers because they think it will save Connecticut money.

Yes, the state of Connecticut pays a price to help fund these centers but rather than money spent with no return, it is actually money sensibly invested!

Currently, I am employed again at an Independent Living Center as an on-the-job trainee. They are helping me, after my traumatic accident, rebuild my working skills so that I can become employed and be a tax-payer again!

These centers help citizens in a myriad of ways including assisting disabled members of society make meals, perform needed chores, get back to work, and so much more! Money to support the Independent Living Centers isn’t money wasted at all, it’s money wisely invested!

I am disappointed with the state of Connecticut for cutting the funding to these Independent Living Centers. I have been a more productive citizen who now contributes to our income tax because of these five centers! The state-funded Independent Living Centers actually work to help Connecticut and its residents, like me, rather than “wasting” tax payers’ money!

Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Monday, 15 May 2017 22:08. Updated: Monday, 15 May 2017 22:10.