by Susan Bigelow | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Consumer Protection | Town News | Housing | Opinion | Taxes | White House | Real Estate
Rejoice, it’s tax week! Unfortunately if you live in Connecticut or another state that’s heavily dependent on property taxes you might find yourself socked with a much, much larger bill next year — or even this year. Just another benefit of living here in the Happiest Place on Earth.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Property Tax Armageddon Comes for Connecticut" »
by Terry Cowgill | Apr 20, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Congress | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety
As a journalist, I’ve covered a lot or rallies and protests over the course of my 25-year career. Indeed I covered one on Saturday in the Berkshires. There’s lots of noise and colorful signs. Sometimes there’s over-the-top rhetoric. Typically, there is a call to action for a policy change or an expansion of rights.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Peering Through The Noise: Gun Rights Come With Limits" »
by James Glassman | Apr 16, 2018 9:35pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Election Policy | Equality | Opinion | White House
I’m now a resident of Washington, D.C., but I lived for 10 years in the beautiful Litchfield County town of Canaan, also known as Falls Village, population 1,081. I am a long-time Republican, having served as Under Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush.
Continue reading "OP-ED | With a National Popular Vote, Every Vote Will Be Counted" »
by Arvia Walker | Apr 13, 2018 8:30am
Posted to: Opinion
I wear a “Stand with Black Women” button daily while working at the Connecticut State Capitol. I make this choice intentionally to create dialogue with our state elected officials — a dialogue that normally starts with a white man approaching me awkwardly and saying “well, I’m standing with you.”
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by Susan Bigelow | Apr 13, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Equality | Town News | West Hartford | Housing | Opinion | Poverty | Real Estate
Is your suburb a monotonous, unwalkable, racially segregated misery pit? Is your city an inescapable concentration of poverty and crime, squeezed from all sides by the surrounding towns? Blame America’s bizarrely strict and exclusionary zoning laws.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Zoning Out: Why Zoning Laws Need Reform" »
by Barth Keck | Apr 12, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Ethics | Media Matters | Opinion
by Karen Jarmoc and Merry Jackson | Apr 9, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Equality | Legal | Opinion
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s response upon learning that her male Chief of Staff was in an intimate relationship with a female staff person whom he harassed and physically harmed was wrong and deeply disappointing as she failed to promptly hold the offender accountable and offer support to the victim. She has acknowledged the opportunity for her and all of us to do better. We could not agree more.
Continue reading "OP-ED | All Organizations - Public or Private, Government or Corporate - Need to Protect Employees" »
by Terry Cowgill | Apr 6, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Ethics | Opinion | 5th CD
In one of the most stunning and precipitous falls from grace in recent memory, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is now toast — the victim of her own bad judgment in failing to adequately protect one of her staffers from her chief of staff’s predatory and abusive behavior.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Esty’s Sudden Demise A Sobering Reminder of #MeToo’s Power" »
by Susan Bigelow | Apr 5, 2018 5:30pm
Posted to: Analysis | DC News Junkie | Election 2006 | Election 2008 | Election 2010 | Election 2012 | Election 2014 | Election 2018 | Equality | Opinion | 5th CD
Well, that happened fast.
Just last week, the congressional races here in Connecticut looked like a real snooze-fest. Now there’s a wide-open contest for a suddenly open seat in the state’s most competitive district, and it’s all thanks to the mind-bogglingly awful way in which U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, handled a harassment complaint in her office.
Continue reading "ANALYSIS | The 5th District is Still the Democrats’ to Lose" »
by Ellen Andrews | Apr 2, 2018 9:51am
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion
Health insurance is too expensive in Connecticut and it may get worse with troubling new federal policies. But one proposed state solution isn’t as simple as it sounds. HB 5463, An Act Concerning a Medicaid Public Option, proposes to study the idea of creating a public health insurance option based on Connecticut’s successful, very efficient Medicaid program.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Connecticut Should Be Careful Building A Public Insurance Option Through Medicaid" »