November 21, 2014
by Susan Bigelow | November 21, 2014 8:00am
If you live in Connecticut you live with — and surprisingly close to — state borders. In fact, no matter where you go in our state, you’re never more than about 50 miles away from either New York, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island. So why do we continually treat the state lines as if they’re the edge of the world?
Tags: New York, Massachusetts, commuter rail, Rhode Island, regionalism, Susan Bigelow, dh
October 24, 2014
by Susan Bigelow | October 24, 2014 12:26pm
Every other year, during election season, I go to a specific corner near my home in Enfield and take pictures of the election signs campaigns have posted there. I’ve been doing this for a decade, now, and the result is my own very minor contribution to local election history.
Tags: Election 2014, election signs, Susan Bigelow, Enfield, dh
September 29, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | September 29, 2014 9:33am
September 25, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | September 25, 2014 3:09pm
April 28, 2014
by Rep. David Alexander | April 28, 2014 10:24pm
I write in response to Mr. Pat Elder’s Op-Ed article published in the CTNewsJunkie on April 21, 2014, regarding SB 423: An Act Concerning Student Privacy and the Administration of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (“ASVAB”). The ASVAB is a military aptitude test that serves as an entrance exam for the military and a means to slate potential recruits with specific jobs. SB 423 would require parental consent if the student is a minor before the student’s ASVAB score is released to military recruiters. While SB 423 is a well-intended bill, I worry it produces negative, unintended consequences for Connecticut students as well as the overall military culture.
November 22, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | November 22, 2013 8:52am
It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means a day of home, family, togetherness and, if you’re unlucky enough to have a job at one of an increasing number of retailers, going in to work that evening.
Tags: wages, minimum wage, fast food, Black Friday, retail, workers, workers' rights, labor, Susan Bigelow, dh
October 7, 2013
by Jennifer Alexander | October 7, 2013 6:06pm
Whether it’s in Bridgeport, Bristol, or Brooklyn, budget cuts and teacher layoffs are an unwelcome prospect but sometimes an unavoidable reality. The manner in which school districts choose which teachers to let go is often decided long in advance, during collective bargaining negotiations.
September 6, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | September 6, 2013 8:19am
July 12, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | July 12, 2013 7:47am
This week the National Shooting Sports Foundation withdrew its support for the long-running effort to make a national park out of the Colt firearms manufacturing complex in Hartford’s Coltsville section, citing Connecticut’s new strict gun control laws. The foundation couldn’t abide the “hypocrisy” of paying homage to an arms factory while simultaneously restricting the modern firearms industry. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wasted no time in calling it “sour grapes.” He’s right, it’s a petty move, but there’s more to it than that.
Tags: gun control, Colt Manufacturing, Coltsville, ar-15, firearms, industry, history, Enfield, Susan Bigelow, dh
April 25, 2013
by Christine Stuart | April 25, 2013 1:00pm