To the Editor:
Well, Massachusetts managed to give all the Vets and service academy grads a real slap in the face.
For those of you who are not sports enthusiasts, I’ll try to explain the latest debacle that our state has caused by its misplaced government priorities and lack of common sense.
The yearly Army-Navy football game is going to be held in Dec. at Gillette Stadium. This will be the first time that the game will be held in New England and is always a sellout. Needless to say, reservations are booked for hotels and motels well in advance of the game.
Massachusetts’s “Right to Shelter” law guarantees homeless families with children who meet certain criteria access to emergency shelter. This law is being used for illegal immigrants and not MA citizens. With the state in crisis mode due to the influx of illegal immigrants seeking guaranteed housing, our state is paying premium prices to hotels and motels throughout the state to house the illegal immigrants for an unspecified period of time. Don’t even think about it; of course, it is funded by taxpayers’ money.
With this guaranteed revenue, hotels and motels around the state are cancelling reservations and emptying their facilities to house the illegal immigrants. I will note that hotels and motels with some sense of ethics are not doing this. The hotels and motels mostly around Gillette Stadium in the Foxboro area are involved in the cancellation of reservations are available rooms for the Vets and academy grads attending the Army-Navy game.
Since when have illegal immigrants taken precedence over Vets and US citizens?
Do the citizens of Massachusetts realize what the Vets have done to keep our country free and safe over the years? We, as US citizens, owe them a debt that can never be repaid.
I hope all the Vets and academy grads find places to stay and I, for one, am ashamed of the treatment they received in Massachusetts, the home of crisis, chaos and a lack of respect.
Carole A. David