February 5, 2016
by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am
For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”
December 11, 2015
by Sarah Darer Littman | December 11, 2015 2:00pm
Growing up, I was profoundly influenced by my father’s stories of growing up in the Bronx fearing the hate-filled rhetoric of Father Charles Coughlin’s radio broadcasts. Like his modern day counterpart, Donald Trump, Coughlin was a bona fide media star, with millions of listeners. “When we get through with the Jews in America,” Coughlin spewed, “They’ll think the treatment they received in Germany was nothing.” In December 1938, thousands of Coughlin’s followers took to the streets of New York City, chanting, “Send Jews back where they came from in leaky boats!”
I also remember the deep emotion my father expressed when we found out the method by which his grandparents, who’d remained in Ukraine when my grandfather emigrated to the U.S., were murdered by the Nazis during WWII. Our family knows from personal experience the real consequences of hateful rhetoric.
That is why I am so deeply appalled that the party my father supported is aiding and abetting hate speech. That is why I was so disgusted with former Congressman Rob Simmons’ answer to WPLR’s Chaz and AJ when they posed the question: “Donald Trump calls for a temporary ban on Muslims until our legislators can figure things out — is that nutty?”
Simmons said, “No, it’s not nutty at all.” Simmons claimed that Democrats from “Barack Obama on down” are scared of Trump. I’m an unaffliated voter, and I’m scared of him, but Simmons couldn’t be more wrong (not to mention condescending: “voters have short attention spans”) about the reason why.
Either Chaz or AJ stated that “someone donated or deposited” $28,500 in San Bernadino shooter Syed Farook’s bank account before the attack, implying that it was a payment from a terrorist organization. Instead of correcting this with the known facts, namely that San Francisco-based online loan company Prosper already admitted that they were the originators of that loan, Simmons decided not to let mere “facts” get in the way of some good, bigoted fear mongering.
November 28, 2015
by Doug Hardy | November 28, 2015 6:03pm
November 24, 2015
by Christine Stuart | November 24, 2015 5:30am
One of a dozen governors to welcome Syrian refugees, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy suggested to top Congressional leaders that if they wanted to make U.S. citizens safer they could ban the sale of weapons to anyone on the terrorist watchlist.
Tags: Terror Watchlist, Congress, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, guns, NRA, dh
November 18, 2015
by Mary E. O'Leary | November 18, 2015 10:28pm
by Christine Stuart | November 18, 2015 2:21pm
November 10, 2015
by Sandra Trevino | November 10, 2015 5:30am
The country’s wealth and income gap continues to draw attention from pundits and policymakers alike. Connecticut, perhaps more than most states, exemplifies the issue.
November 3, 2015
by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2015 1:59pm
A panel of experts on Syria and international affairs will gather 6 p.m. Thursday at Center Church in Hartford for a robust discussion on how Hartford can assist with the refugee crisis.
October 26, 2015
by Jordan Fenster | October 26, 2015 4:30am
October 16, 2015
by New Haven Register | October 16, 2015 4:30am
Every day Eric Cruz Lopez has to curb his fear that his parents will be deported.