May 3, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | May 3, 2013 5:30am
The stories keep getting worse out of Torrington. Four different teenage boys affiliated with the Torrington High football program were charged in February and March with statutory rape. On the heels of that, some of their classmates took to social media to further humiliate the victims. And now there’s this:
Another incident surfaced in Litchfield Superior Court this week in which three other boys — two of whom were affiliated football team at the time — are charged with the 2011 gang-rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl. The Register Citizen reports details of the allegations unflinchingly and graphically in this harrowing read.
by Sarah Darer Littman | May 3, 2013 5:30am
When my son registered to vote two years ago this month, he wanted to register unaffiliated. “Both parties are just corporate shills,” he said.
I had a hard time disagreeing with that point of view, but I talked him out of it with the same words my father told me thirty years earlier, when I was a new voter: “You should always join a party in a closed primary state so you can vote in a primary.”
My son listened to me, as I listened to Dad. So he was shocked when I told him that I’d gone to Town Hall this week and changed my registration from Democrat to Unaffliated in the final stage of my journey to disgust and disillusionment with the two party system.
“Welcome to my world,” he said.
April 26, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | April 26, 2013 8:56am
Gas taxes are going up again this July, and so once again I thought, briefly, about finding some other way to get around besides driving my car. I live and work smack in the middle of a busy, densely-populated valley stretching from Northampton to New Haven, so you would think that I would have several good transit options for getting to work. You’d be wrong.
Tags: gas tax, Taxes, transit, buses, springfield, Enfield, car tax, Susan Bigelow, dh
by Terry D. Cowgill | April 26, 2013 5:30am
As if we needed more evidence, yet another sobering nonpartisan report came out last week projecting a bleak economic future for the Nutmeg State.
April 24, 2013
by Nora Duncan & Peter Gioia | April 24, 2013 8:33pm
Connecticut continues to face the fiscal strains of a slowly recovering economy and persistent unemployment. That means lawmakers in Hartford face difficult decisions and new challenges to Connecticut’s already strained safety net.
Tags: Nor Duncan, Peter Gioia, AARP, CBIA, long-term care, nursing home, elderly
April 20, 2013
by Sarah Darer Littman | April 20, 2013 5:47am
According to the arrest warrants, a 13-year-old girl said “no.” Not just once. Multiple times. But an 18-year-old football player had sex with her anyway.
By the law, by any normal, decent person’s standards, that’s called rape. It doesn’t matter if she snuck out of her house at 3 a.m.; it doesn’t matter if she smoked pot for the first time; it doesn’t matter if that 18-year-old football player plied her with alcohol first. She said “no.” More than once. And when a girl says “No, I don’t want to have sex,” then a man is supposed to respect that.
Otherwise, there’s a term for him: Rapist.
April 19, 2013
by Susan Bigelow | April 19, 2013 9:43am
April 18, 2013
by Terry D. Cowgill | April 18, 2013 3:42pm
I’m a reasonable guy. I’ve tried to be patient all these weeks. But the politicians and media organizations that have been exploiting the woebegone Newtown parents have tested my limits of tolerance.
April 12, 2013
by Heath W. Fahle | April 12, 2013 2:51pm
by Susan Bigelow | April 12, 2013 8:14am