July 31, 2015
by Susan Bigelow | July 31, 2015 10:00am
Connecticut Democrats recently removed the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from their annual dinner, in part because both men held slaves. This is a good thing for many reasons, not least of which is that this is one of a number of small ways in which white America is starting to come to terms with the past.
by Suzanne Bates | July 31, 2015 8:00am
When Robert Moses, then commissioner of New York State’s Parks Department, started work on what would eventually become Jones Beach on Long Island’s South Shore, he used a tactic that would become his common practice — he vastly understated the cost of the project, knowing that once it was started, it would be nearly impossible politically to roll it back.
by Terry Cowgill | July 31, 2015 5:29am
In most places, the summers are slim pickins’ for state political junkies. And truth be told, except for the lively mayor’s race in Hartford, it’s pretty slow here in Connecticut as well — even with the party conventions, caucuses, and primaries.
July 30, 2015
by Kate McEvoy | July 30, 2015 10:00pm
by John Brady and Lisa D’Abrosca | July 30, 2015 7:00am
Today is the 50th anniversary of one of our nation’s most successful efforts to lift people out of poverty with the signing of the law creating Medicare. As caregivers, we know firsthand the difference this signature program from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” has made in the lives of older Americans.
Tags: Medicare, anniversary, AFT Connecticut, nurses
July 24, 2015
by Jason Courtmanche | July 24, 2015 1:29pm
If you’ve been reading about Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, you have surely heard several disturbing things about the 72-year old Atticus Finch. He’s attended a Klan rally, he possesses racist literature, and he’s a segregationist. I’d also point out that Atticus has crippling arthritis that makes him unable to perform simple tasks like buttoning his shirt or handling kitchen utensils. Throughout the novel he frequently asks Jean Louise to drive him places because he can no longer manage the steering wheel of a car. This is not an insignificant detail nor a digression on my part.
by Susan Bigelow | July 24, 2015 8:00am
Two new reports, one from a consultant and one from the Office of the Child Advocate, paint a damning and bleak picture of life at the Department of Children and Families’ two high-security locked facilities in Middletown. DCF is failing and abusing children under its care, and this must stop.
by Terry Cowgill | July 24, 2015 5:29am
As longtime observers can tell you, Connecticut can be slow to respond to commands from on-high. Whether it’s the court-ordered Sheff vs. O’Neill decision to end “racial isolation” in the state’s public schools or the federal Fair Housing Act — both well intentioned, to be sure — we independent-minded Yankees don’t especially like being told what to do.
July 21, 2015
by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | July 21, 2015 10:29am
The first debate of the 2016 presidential election is just weeks away, and I for one am looking forward to it.
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July 17, 2015
by Suzanne Bates | July 17, 2015 11:23am
The most underreported story of the past few decades is that during that time period, across the world a billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day.