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RE “Long Island access calls for thoughtful planning, not a $100m bridge”: The letter from former state senator Michael W. Morrissey recalls a tale of two cities — Boston and Quincy — and their decades-long turf war over ownership and control of the Long Island Bridge and public access to the island in Boston Harbor.

What is correct in Morrissey's letter is his call for smart planning "for the future use of and access to the facilities on Long Island."

However, what is outrageously incorrect is his assumption, in writing "that all the services have been more centrally located," that all the vital human services lost on Long Island with the bridge closure have magically been relocated and replaced.

This couldn't be further from the truth. None of the state's addiction treatment programs on Long Island prior to Oct. 8 have reopened, and the homeless continue to live crammed into disgraceful conditions in overcrowded Boston shelters.

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If only Quincy and Boston could come together first to actually fix the significant human life problem created without Long Island's services and programs. The tale of two bitter cities might accomplish something more meaningful than their ongoing bridge dispute. They might agree that saving real lives comes first.

Jonathan D. Scott
President and CEO
Victory Programs Inc.
Boston