CT News Junkie | Because You Need It. Bad.

Social Networks We Use

Connecticut Network

Categories

Our Partners

Opinion

July 21, 2017

OP-ED | Post-Accountability: Now, The Buck Stops Nowhere

by Barth Keck | July 21, 2017 5:30am

REUTERS / Carlos Barria
Post-accountability. That’s the word I predicted would be 2017’s “word of the year.” It seemed a reasonable follow-up to last year’s winners.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Post-Accountability: Now, The Buck Stops Nowhere" »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

July 20, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Too-Costly Union Deal

by Susan Bigelow | July 20, 2017 7:00pm

Edward Fielding via shutterstock
Connecticut’s state employee unions approved a concessions package this week that will save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the deal comes at way too high a price, and will make closing the deficit much harder in the years to come.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Reject Too-Costly Union Deal" »

Tags: , , , , ,

July 14, 2017

OP-ED | Can Connecticut Reinvent Itself?

by Terry Cowgill | July 14, 2017 5:30am

Valentyn Volkov via shutterstock
Poor Connecticut. Because of our modest size and our quirky geography, we’ve long had an inferiority complex. Sandwiched in between two of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the world, we’ve never really been able to figure out what we are.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Can Connecticut Reinvent Itself?" »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

July 13, 2017

OP-ED | Fundraising Race Gives Us Our First Glimpse of 2018 Field

by Susan Bigelow | July 13, 2017 7:00pm

Jim Vallee via Shutterstock
Politics right now is so grim that looking ahead to an election that won’t happen for 15 months is oddly soothing and hopeful — for the most part. So let’s take a look at the still-forming field for 2018’s wide open race for governor, and dream of the possibility of change.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Fundraising Race Gives Us Our First Glimpse of 2018 Field" »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

July 7, 2017

OP-ED | Hartford’s Future is Everyone’s Responsibility

by Susan Bigelow | July 7, 2017 10:00am

Sean Pavone via shutterstock
It’s been a bad few weeks for the state’s capital city. Aetna, long the business bulwark of the one-time Insurance Capital of the World, announced in late June that they will move their headquarters to Manhattan. And now the state’s ongoing budget impasse may mean much-needed aid to cash-strapped Hartford doesn’t materialize.

What happens next is up to all of us to decide.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Hartford’s Future is Everyone’s Responsibility" »

Tags: , , , ,

OP-ED | Factory Towns Are Gone, But Manufacturing Is More Vital Than Ever

by Barth Keck | July 7, 2017 5:30am

S.L. Price’s book Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town is a detailed historical and sociological examination of how business and sports coalesced to mold the town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. As I read this fascinating case study, it prompted many personal recollections and caused me to ponder the impact of manufacturing on Connecticut’s economy.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Factory Towns Are Gone, But Manufacturing Is More Vital Than Ever" »

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

June 30, 2017

OP-ED | Time Management Skills for Lazy Legislators

by Susan Bigelow | June 30, 2017 8:00am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie
SUSAN BIGELOW There’s no budget in place for anything after July 1, and it’s the fault of Democratic leaders and members who can’t ever seem to get their acts together. The only explanation I can come up with is that they are in over their heads and have no idea how to do their jobs from here.

Clearly, they need a little help.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Time Management Skills for Lazy Legislators" »

Tags: , , , , , ,

OP-ED | Lesson for Trinity’s Williams: Would Your Mother Approve?

by Terry Cowgill | June 30, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of Trinity College Instagram feed
Sometimes the public is witness to an event and discerns an outcome that no one will be entirely happy with. It happens in the lawmaking business all the time. We journalists are frequently confronted with this dynamic as well. And I’m afraid this column will be yet another example.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Lesson for Trinity’s Williams: Would Your Mother Approve?" »

Tags: , , , , , , ,

June 27, 2017

OP-ED | Increase Revenue To Save Medicaid And Other Basic Services For People With Disabilities

by Lisa Abbey-James | June 27, 2017 11:00pm

Katty2016 via shutterstock

I have severe disabilities, including brain injury and spinal cord injury, due to accidents in 1985 and 1992. I write to object to the willingness of some in the legislature to consider raising revenue to balance the state budget but ONLY to save municipalities from cuts, and NOT to prevent further shredding of the safety net for people like me.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Increase Revenue To Save Medicaid And Other Basic Services For People With Disabilities" »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

June 23, 2017

OP-ED | Redistricting Reform Long Overdue

by Susan Bigelow | June 23, 2017 10:00am

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case on the politically biased drawing of electoral districts for the first time. Depending on how the justices rule, this could be a watershed moment for fairness in elections both nationally and here in Connecticut.

Continue reading "OP-ED | Redistricting Reform Long Overdue" »

Tags: , , , , , ,