Connecticut Lawmakers Offer Bill Rest...

Connecticut Lawmakers Offer Bill Restoring Free Coffee

There are 40 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Connecticut Lawmakers Offer Bill Restoring Free Coffee. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Some state lawmakers say that can't believe they actually have to propose a bill to allow free coffee for drivers on Interstate 95 during the Labor Day weekend.

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just-plain-nuts

Gales Ferry, CT

#1 Mar 5, 2009
fFor goodness sakes! Is there no intelligent life out there? The Boy Scouts have a wonderful gift to give drivers. Let them do it!!!!
Nedermeyer

East Granby, CT

#2 Mar 5, 2009
Unless there was clear reason that imperiled either the scouts, the public or life and limb, the DOT should heed 25 years of success and mind their own business. Otherwise it sounds like a simple case of CYA.
CTAt It Again

Rocky Hill, CT

#3 Mar 5, 2009
It is a sad day when the Boy Scouts can't even give out coffee at the rest stops. Keep up the good work CT.
ricbee

Portland, CT

#4 Mar 5, 2009
DOT is as far gone as the rest of Corrupticut.
Jeff

Beacon Falls, CT

#5 Mar 5, 2009
So what was the reason for disallowing it. The article was most incomplete.
4 real

Hartford, CT

#6 Mar 5, 2009
Why would 24 hours operations be banned at rest stops in the first place? There are no homes nearby to disturbe, and there are truckers and other travelers utilizing the stops 24 hours a day.
Coffee

Mansfield Center, CT

#7 Mar 5, 2009
This service project has long served two purposes. Although the scouts solicit resources from area retailers and wholesalers, make the coffee and offer it for free to weary travelers, they also accept donations. You can, as you see fit, make donations in any amount you like when you pick up your coffee. These donations are typically used for the annual operations of the pack. What wityh the disease of "political correctness" sweeping the scouts previous sponsors, money is fast drying up for them as well.

Rather sad actually, because this is a group that continues, unfettered, to offer lessons in core morals and values. Something we all know has been glassed over and played down in light of "personal preferences" and political correctness.

These boys prefer to assist the community, avoid the hazards of our society and better themselves.

I am glad that this ridiculous rule will now be overturned and the scouts can get back to what they do best, helping themselves and the community while providing you and I services we tale for granted....
Isic

Newington, CT

#8 Mar 5, 2009
Why doesn't the governor just tell the commissioner to allow this or he will no longer be the commissioner
The Secret Weapon

Hartford, CT

#9 Mar 5, 2009
What a joke!!!
Lisa

Rye, NY

#10 Mar 5, 2009
Governor Rell should replace the Commissioner of the DOT immediately. Obviously poor management is the primary reason that the DOT has been plagued with corruption and malfeasance.
In the Suburbs

Deep River, CT

#11 Mar 5, 2009
Good old Connecticut. Saving the citizens from the Boy Scouts and from attacks by giant apes. I guess all the other problems have been taken care of if they have time for this nonsense.
SIG

AOL

#12 Mar 5, 2009
Are these little entrepreneurs paying CT State income tax on these coffee donations?

Think of all the revenue we're going to be able to waste; 24/7 alcohol sales at casinos; Sunday liquor sales across the NUTmeg State; super-duper lotto; and Labor Day coffee donations.
please help us

Manchester, CT

#13 Mar 5, 2009
How things get done in Connecticut: Read the headlines, draft a bill. Read the headlines, give the AG a mike.
Good Greef

Farmington, CT

#14 Mar 5, 2009
The DOT..........enough said!
Roger

Wethersfield, CT

#15 Mar 5, 2009
Too bad the Boy Scouts can't think of any service that is actually useful. Free coffee to SUV drivers on the highway, yeah that's really needed.
Jingles

AOL

#16 Mar 5, 2009
ricbee wrote:
DOT is as far gone as the rest of Corrupticut.
If the DOT is responible for the maintenance of these rest stops, they must also be responsible for the security of the Boy Scouts. If something were to happen to one Boy Scout at a rest stop, The DOT would be facing huge lawsuits. Remember, rest stops are the favorite hangouts of the crazies. In a lawsuit crazed society, who can blame DOT?
the Badger

United States

#17 Mar 5, 2009
Scouts are non-profit. The shouldn't be paying taxes on anything.

I am curious though, seeing the BSA refuses to admit gays, won't this Bill be considered arbitrary and cause an uproar from the Gay Community? Maybe they would like their own weekend to give something away for free.
SIG wrote:
Are these little entrepreneurs paying CT State income tax on these coffee donations?
Think of all the revenue we're going to be able to waste; 24/7 alcohol sales at casinos; Sunday liquor sales across the NUTmeg State; super-duper lotto; and Labor Day coffee donations.
Jeff

Beacon Falls, CT

#18 Mar 5, 2009
With the casinos allowing 24 hr ninge drinking. Get the hightest coffee rolling
Nedermeyer

East Granby, CT

#19 Mar 5, 2009
@sig - of course they pay no income taxes, as they're a non-profit accepting donations. There is no cost to the state for this, until the DOT hits one into the dugout and taxpayer $ have to be spent to teach the DOT how to spell "good deed".

@roger - BSA does plenty besides this useful service - many other services that are also actually useful - most Eagle Scout projects are community service in nature. Do your homework.
Nedermeyer

East Granby, CT

#20 Mar 5, 2009
Jingles wrote:
<quoted text>
If the DOT is responible for the maintenance of these rest stops, they must also be responsible for the security of the Boy Scouts. If something were to happen to one Boy Scout at a rest stop, The DOT would be facing huge lawsuits. Remember, rest stops are the favorite hangouts of the crazies. In a lawsuit crazed society, who can blame DOT?
C'mon. They don't drop the scouts off at dark and come back for them 9 hours later. There are adult leaders there at all times. This is a blip on the liability radar for the amount of traffic through and what goes on at a rest area. The DOT is not currently enforcing the security of anyone who goes through the rest stop - there is barely a greeter and a janitor at the "plain" rest areas most of the time.

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