Saunders: Needleman’s Energy Plan Places Heavy Burden on Consumers

Like many of the families I seek to represent in the 33rd Senate District, I was shocked and upset by the recent steep Eversource rate hike. I’m concerned that the politicians are now attempting to divert voters’ attention from the real causes for this increase. I believe that Eversource isn’t entirely responsible. Much of the blame goes to incumbent State Senator Norm Needleman, chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee. I consider that his recent demand for the resignation of the company’s CEO is simply smoke and mirrors and that this pointless blustering does nothing to solve aproblem he helped

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Saunders: My Concerns with the Connecticut Police Accountability Bill

At the time of this writing, the Connecticut legislature has called a special session to address several key issues, mostly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Included in their session is a bill on police accountability.  With the understanding that bills get amended many times, often leaving the final version looking very different from the first, here are three concerns I have with this bill in its current form. 1.  Qualified Immunity This measure would allow police officers to be sued individually in state court for their actions.  This has the potential to open a “Pandora’s Box” of lawsuits and harm

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Deep River Follows other Towns and Considers Authorizing Short-term Borrowing

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Facing temporary cash shortfalls under new emergency tax-leniency rules and with the fiscal year beginning in July, more municipalities are considering a rarely-used short-term borrowing option. “We just don’t know where we’re gonna land,” cautioned Deep River First Selectman Angus McDonald. “I’m certainly hopeful that the majority of our revenue will come in as normal, but this is anything, but a normal situation.” Deep River typically collects about half its tax revenues in July and August. The town also completes the majority of its spending for the year prior to September, McDonald explained. The town has built its reserve fund

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Opinion: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”

“Dad, did you see that another black man got killed by the police?” “Yes, I did. What do you think about that?” “It’s crazy, clearly he was down. People were standing there watching them telling them to stop. The other police was just standing there. It was crazy!” And so began another conversation about the realities of life with my fourteen-year-old daughter. Hate is a strong word. I don’t use it flippantly. But, I hate the abuse of power! That’s what we witnessed: bad police officers abusing their power. I like the police. I appreciate their service to our community.

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