January 13, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | January 13, 2017 9:00am
In the middle of the night on Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to take the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month. Connecticut must be ready to step in when the law finally dies.
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January 6, 2017
by Terry Cowgill | January 6, 2017 5:30am
January 5, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | January 5, 2017 5:30pm
Well, we knew it wasn’t going to be a sunny, positive, or inspirational speech. The only thing to recommend Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s seventh State of the State address is that his budget speech, to be delivered next month, will be a lot worse.
December 30, 2016
by Barth Keck | December 30, 2016 10:00am
December 29, 2016
by Sarah Darer Littman | December 29, 2016 3:00pm
Congressional Republicans are falling over themselves to repeal the Affordable Care Act with Scrooge-like joy. It’s as if ideology is more important to them than the fact that hardworking, self-employed taxpayers like my husband and myself could be denied health insurance.
by Susan Bigelow | December 29, 2016 5:30am
I took a few weeks off from writing this column, both to furiously edit a novel in preparation for a January deadline, and to try and take stock. The first of these tasks was easy; the book will be done on time, and I think it’s pretty good. But the second, that’s much harder.
I hardly know where to start with 2016, except to say that I can feel an entire cultural and political era slipping away as the year finally comes to a close.
December 23, 2016
by Terry Cowgill | December 23, 2016 5:30am
If you’re a public official involved in questionable behavior, the last thing you want to hear is someone in the media attaching a Nixonian suffix to your dubious doings. But that’s exactly what’s happened in Norwich, where ratepayers are outraged at an annual Kentucky Derby junket for board members that has over the last four years cost the local utility more than $1 million.
The resulting scandal has earned the moniker Derbygate.
December 16, 2016
by Barth Keck | December 16, 2016 10:00am
At last week’s meeting, state Board of Education member Malia Sieve not only expressed her displeasure with the latest national science test results; she also called out her fellow board members’ Pollyannaish reactions to those results.
by Terry Cowgill | December 16, 2016 5:30am
On one level, the pension deal announced last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state employees unions is welcome. It averts the catastrophe of having the state’s annual obligation skyrocket from its current $1.5 billion to an outrageous $6 billion by 2032.
December 9, 2016
by Sarah Darer Littman | December 9, 2016 11:00am
Anyone who believes that public education is a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy should be extremely concerned by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, of Michigan, to the post of Education Secretary.
DeVos, whose family reportedly has “has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes — including donating hundreds of thousands to ‘Focus on the Family’, a conservative Christian organization that supports so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation,” has been quoted comparing her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.”