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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am

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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.”

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December 11, 2015

OP-ED | The Time Is Now For Moral Courage - Politicians Can’t Be Bystanders To Hate Speech

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.

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November 28, 2015

Refugee Question Draws Both Sides of Issue to Capitol, Governor’s Mansion

by Doug Hardy | November 28, 2015 6:03pm

Doug Hardy / ctnewsjunkie A steady rain did not deter people from gathering Saturday for a pair of political events on opposites sides of the State Capitol, and opposite sides of the Syrian refugee issue.

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November 24, 2015

Malloy: Congress Should Keep Guns Away From People On Terror Watchlist

by Christine Stuart | November 24, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo 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.

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November 18, 2015

Syrian Family Comes to New Haven After Being Rejected by Indiana

by Mary E. O'Leary | November 18, 2015 10:28pm

CTNJ file photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, after meeting with a Syrian family who is taking up residence in New Haven, said America has a moral obligation to take in these individuals who are fleeing the civil war in that country.

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Malloy Defends Resettling Syrian Refugees, Republican Senator Urges Him To Change His Mind

by Christine Stuart | November 18, 2015 2:21pm

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy defended his position Tuesday to resettle Syrian refugees in Connecticut in a cable television interview after a White House call with a bipartisan group of 34 governors.

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November 10, 2015

OP-ED | Connecticut’s Digital Divide Could Widen if Popular Devices are Locked Out of U.S.

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.

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November 3, 2015

Thursday Panel Will Tackle Syrian Refugee Crisis

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2015 1:59pm

David Eric Paradine photo 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.

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October 26, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Courtney Wants to Remove ‘Alien’ from Immigration Language

by Jordan Fenster | October 26, 2015 4:30am

Pew Research Center A proposed law, co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, would ban the use of the word “alien” from federal law, when referring to immigrants.

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October 16, 2015

In New Haven, Blumenthal and DeLauro Back Measures to Help Undocumented Immigrants

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.

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