March 24, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | March 24, 2017 11:00am
I was going through some old posts the other day and found one about the legislature considering putting up tolls on the highways to help pay for transportation. It was from 2007. Maybe — just maybe — they’re finally getting ready to do it this year.
by Sarah Darer Littman | March 24, 2017 9:00am
by Terry Cowgill | March 24, 2017 5:30am
As if Connecticut didn’t have enough to worry about amid the economic disruption caused by revenue shortfalls and a state government unwilling to live within its means. One of the business community’s jewels is, by some accounts, collapsing.
March 17, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | March 17, 2017 10:00am
This endless casino war between Springfield and Greater Hartford is being cast by supporters of an East Windsor casino as one state vying to keep jobs the other state is stealing, but it’s not that. It’s a single cohesive region of two million people gleefully shooting itself in the foot.
by Barth Keck | March 17, 2017 5:30am
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 235,000 new jobs were added in February, the first full month of Donald Trump’s presidency, the response from the White House was predictable.
March 13, 2017
by John Erlingheuser | March 13, 2017 11:36pm
In his Op Ed piece on March 3rd, Kevin Hennessy (director of state policy for Dominion) claims Dominion is not asking for any subsidies from the state of Connecticut, its taxpayers, or ratepayers. This is simply not the case.
Tags: John Erlingheuser, AARP Connecticut, Millstrone, Electricity, rates, Dominion, dh
March 10, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | March 10, 2017 11:00am
by Sarah Darer Littman | March 10, 2017 9:00am
“What do you suppose is the life expectancy is of a country that’s lost its grip on reality? Whose national consciousness is based on delusion and fantasy? Whose dominant mode of expression is the language of advertising and sloganeering?”
—Soldiers on the Fault Line: War, Rhetoric, and Reality, The Seventh Annual David L. Janetta Distinguished Lecture in War, Literature, and the Arts, 9/10/13 U.S. Air Force Academy delivered by Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
One of my favorite creative writing exercises with teens is to have them make a list of 10 current issues, technologies, or laws and then make second column where they extrapolate 50 years into the future and imagine how the things they’ve written in column one might affect society.
Have laws been taken to the extreme? Are technologies being used for good or have they taken a less benevolent turn? Teens then write a story using some of the ideas in column two.
Last night, I read Ben Fountain’s lecture as research for a novel I’m writing, and it prompted me to ask a few “what if” questions of my own:
March 3, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | March 3, 2017 11:00am
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. There was an old man in some godforsaken land clinging to power, and he, in his weakness, needed to look strong. And so he found those who were powerless and alone for the people to hate and to fear.
Tags: Donald Trump, nationalism, Canton, Hartford, hate, hateful rhetoric, Susan Bigelow, dh
by Barth Keck | March 3, 2017 6:30am