No ‘sensitive’ way to Inflict this Level of Environmental and Cultural Destruction.

In December 2016 I traveled from Rhode Island to Connecticut to a meeting at the Old Lyme Town Hall where one of Connecticut’s US Senators, Richard Blumenthal, promised to do everything in his power to stop the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan for the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass” including tying himself to the railroad tracks. I loved the imagery of Senator Blumenthal tied to the tracks, not because I would ever want to see him hurt (I have great admiration for the senator), but because the image showed such uncompromising opposition. On July 16’th the Connecticut Examiner reported that both

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Are Connecticut Politics Serving The Greater Good?

Just last week we celebrated Independence Day. Do we need to return to the words of the US Constitution? America’s founding fathers laid the foundation for our political climate. Within the Constitution it read “When government no longer serves the people; the people have the right to alter or abolish it and reinstitute new government.” Those who hold governmental power must always be cognizant their power derives from the people being governed.   “We the people” must guide their actions or we face tyranny.  In the past several months I have witnessed a government out of control. A government that

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Questions Why the Department of Education Would Mandate Masks

I question why the Connecticut Department of Education insists on forcing children to wear masks.  They have an infinitesimal chance of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid.  On the other hand, a study in Germany shows how children wearing masks during a full day at school is truly detrimental to their health.  A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states “German schoolchildren who are forced to wear a mask all day long are inhaling at least 300 percent more CO2 than is legally allowed, putting them at serious risk of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation.”  The

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Klarides on ‘Connecticut’s Crime Epidemic’

Connecticut’s crime wave is an avoidable mess that serves as a prime example of what happens when one party rule and misguided policies jeopardize the safety and well-being of our residents. Governor Lamont has continued Dan Malloy’s failed policies that have released thousands of convicts through an early-release program aimed at lowering the state’s prison population. The prison population has shrunk, but only because the state has simply let loose convicted felons, including many violent offenders who were serving time for some of the worst offenses. Democrats, under the guise of ‘criminal justice reform’, have done anything but reform the

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Torture as a “Necessary Tool” Shows How Sadistic and Inhumane We Have Become

On June 30, 2021 with the stroke of the Governor’s pen Connecticut’s democracy took a hit. The people’s voice was nullified. At a time when human decency called for a limit to be placed on solitary confinement, another group demanded the Governor ignore the people’s voice and the will of our legislators because torturing people is “a necessary tool” to maintain safety behind bars. “A necessary tool.” I cringe whenever I hear that phrase. It triggers the recalling of America’s long history of establishing “necessary tools” to control the lives of African people from the time they were brought here

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Yale Doctor Reflects on Mental Health Toll of Pandemic

My daughter was barely 3 months old when a New York Times editorial stated it was time for the US Government to declare a National Emergency.  As an educated mother of a newborn and a toddler, I was initially petrified, but then mobilized to do anything in my power to understand what the coronavirus was and how I could keep my immediate family out of harm’s way.  Returning to work after maternity leave without much understanding of transmission of the virus and scarcity of PPE made me uneasy for fear of bringing sickness home to my children, but also guilty

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If the Police Commission is a ‘Board of Directors,’ Then We Should Act Like One

At our last meeting I was once again the object of multiple accusations, by both the Chief and some of the Commissioners. In light of those accusations, I think I owe it to the Department and to our community to explain where I am coming from. I also think the other Commissioners owe it to me to let me have the uninterrupted few minutes that explanation will take. First of all, it seems to me it should be taken as a given that anyone who volunteers to serve on any Town board or commission does so because she or he

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Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi Responds

A recent column by Jim Cameron ignores the facts of Metro-North service – painting our railroad as indifferent to the needs of returning riders when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Since last year, our team at Metro-North has continuously reviewed ridership with an eye toward planning for an increase in commuters as the pandemic continues to wane. This ongoing analysis resulted in the plan announced Monday that comprehensively increases service for the first time since schedules were pandemic-modified more than a year ago.  Starting June 21, we are adding 24 new peak trains on all three east of Hudson

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Letter Details Lawsuit and Disagreement in Salem

We are dedicated and passionate volunteers, who are here to serve the community of Salem, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We respond to all calls. We are your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, your family. We put in hundreds of hours of training. We spend a lot of time together, and we do not always get along, just like family.  But at the end of the day, we are here for one reason, to save your life. We are also here to fight fires, to aid in vehicle accidents, or other types of accidents, rescue horses, rescue

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On Arguments Against Exploring the Idea of Systemic Racism

I am continually struck by the meeting of predominantly white audiences within predominantly white communities arguing that systemic racism does not exist, and that to even explore and objectively examine the issue is, in itself, a threat, bad, wrong or — and this is the richest hypocrisy of all — racist. Richard W. Stout IIIOld Lyme, CT

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One Possible Solution to Free Speech in Social Media

There have been several rounds of congressional hearings on the topic of censorship by social media platforms. Facebook has been advocating increased regulation of social media speech as the preferred solution to ensuring free speech, while also preventing “harmful speech” in social media. They have produced a white paper entitled “Charting a way Forward – Online Content Regulation,” which is chock full of platitudes, but gives no helpful guidance on how such moderation might actually work. In 2019, Facebook created an independent Oversight Board, to hear appeals from censored and de-platformed users. The Oversight Board recently made the controversial decision

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The Benefits of Homeschooling — Educational, Practical, Ideological, Medical…

My name is Sarah Dzialo, and I am a young, 25 year-old woman living in Connecticut, who is five months married and four months pregnant with twin girls. For the last several years, I have been socially plugged into the network of homeschooling families and have been planning on homeschooling my now-imminent children. There are serious educational, practical, ideological, political, financial, religious and even medical benefits that families can reap from homeschooling, the main ones of which I plan to enumerate in this short piece. Flexibility of schedule. A homeschool schedule can be tailored entirely to fit the other needs

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DEI Versus CRT

Right now in our country there is an increased awareness of these 6 letters. The problem that is happening is the first 3 are actually what schools are attempting to address while the second 3 stand for a topic that isn’t traditionally taught in K-12 curricula.  DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion while CRT stands for Critical Race Theory, and the two teach different ideas. Schools over the past year have been attempting to transition their learning to be more inclusive and open to the ideas within those first 3 letters.  What is happening now is the narrative is

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McCarty Offers Her Take on the 2021 Session

This session, the legislature worked in direct response to the unprecedented events related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Education Committee, of which I serve as Ranking Member, was especially concerned with understanding how the pandemic affected school-aged children both academically and emotionally across our state. A concerted effort was made to address the social emotional needs of our students. The Aging and Human Services and Public Health Committees put forth legislation that will assist nursing home residents and their families to connect easier through in-person and virtual visits. The Public Health Committee took on opioid addiction and treatment and the

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Nolan Reflects on the 2021 Legislative Session

The General Assembly concluded its 2021 session on June 9th, and I believe we passed significant legislation to bolster the Connecticut economy, maintain the state’s fiscal stability, and improve the quality of life for all. I sponsored, co-sponsored and had significant input on many bills this year. As Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee I am particularly proud of a new state budget that holds the line on tax increases, supports small businesses, our local and state economies, invests in our communities, protects the environment, and supports hard working families. Over the past 18 months, America learned that the U.S.

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‘Is it Any Wonder That so Many Voters Distrust the Elected Officials?’

In May we learned that the former Mayor of Danbury Mark Boughton had taken a job with the state working for the Lamont administration.  Boughton’s endorsement for a second term for Lamont followed shortly thereafter.  No one is alleging any illegal activity.  However one can’t help but conclude Boughton, a Republican, has been “bought” with his job, the attendant benefits and, one supposes, pension opportunities. Connecticut is rife with politicians who have strayed from the model envisioned by the Founding fathers of citizen legislators serving for limited terms.  We have multiple examples of seemingly life-time politicians in the state Assembly.  The wonderfully named Martin Looney,

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Critical Race Theory and Education: SERC’s Perspective

Critical Race Theory (CRT) and education have recently attracted considerable local and national attention. Here at the State Education Resource Center (SERC), we feel an important duty to add our perspective, as an agency that supports schools in developing effective and equitable classroom practices. In addition, as the state of Connecticut put its trust in us to lead the coordination and development of a prominent new course of studies under Connecticut Public Act 19-12: An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Black and Latino Studies in the Public School Curriculum, the local discussion about CRT has directly included SERC. SERC’s vision is

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Sampson: A Wake Up Call Against Counter Systemic Racism

Recently, I’ve been the subject of numerous hate-filled attacks because I dared to speak the truth about a dangerous, radical ideology promoted by progressive Democrats here in Connecticut and across the nation. This ideology is advanced under many different names: “white privilege,” “implicit bias,” “social justice,” “equity,” and “critical race theory.” These policies are being written into our laws on a state and national level and organized efforts like the largely discredited “1619 Project” promoted by the New York Times are tearing at the fabric of our country. They suggest that America began in 1619, when the first slaves set

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A Testament to the Spirit and Will of Our Community, 200 Years in the Making

While a most challenging, unprecedented year forced the Darien community to postpone all bicentennial festivities in 2020, it hasn’t confiscated the will of its people to carry on. In our community of doers and go-getters, we’re seeing to it that such festivities happen – regardless of it occurring a year later than expected. After all, we have much to celebrate. In Darien, our can-do spirit and collective will has led us through 200 years of incredible history, including two pandemics, and we’re ready for the next chapter and new milestones. Despite the challenges and setbacks COVID-19 has presented to us

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HB6107 is no Threat to CT’s Historic Architectural Heritage

As the owner and resident of a historic property in Guilford that was built in 1769, I feel a unique responsibility to preserve what makes my hometown so special. That entails a duty to speak out in favor of legislation that would actively enhance the quality of my town. With this responsibility in mind, I would like to applaud Governor Ned Lamont for signing HB 6107 into law. HB 6107, the so-called Desegregate CT bill, will increase the architectural beauty and inclusivity of my town, as well as our state as a whole. What makes this bill unique is its

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‘Teachers Don’t Need More Regulation. They Need Less.’

Former teacher Laura Rondazzo went viral on April 8, with her “Why I Quit Teaching” YouTube video. She received over 2,500 comments in support of her complaints from teachers experiencing similar heartbreak, and their testimony provides a window into understanding the decades-long and well-documented Connecticut teacher shortage.   Education in United States is a Saharan story of desertification. We daily read more stories of underachievement and disenchanted, demoralized teachers. The pandemic only highlighted the failures of the bloated educational bureaucracy. More spending and more regulation are demonstrably not the solution. The United States spends more per public school student — figures

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Save the Sound’s Legislative Session Wrap-Up

One of the most unusual sessions in memory has also proven one of the most momentous for Connecticut’s environment, with substantial victories for public health, clean water, and resiliency, as well as missed opportunities on climate action. Many of these important bills originated in the Environment Committee, and we thank co-chairs Senator Christine Cohen and Representative Joe Gresko for their tireless efforts, along with every legislator, advocate, and Connecticut resident who have dedicated their time and energy over the last five months ensuring a healthier and more just environment. SAVE THE SOUND PRIORITY BILLS This year the legislature approved multiple

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You Don’t Cure Prejudice With Prejudice

Dear Governor Lamont, I am writing to you to voice my objections to SB1, and though I am willing to ascribe only the noblest motivations to the legislators who sponsored the Bill, the final draft currently awaiting your signature contains some language that is highly offensive and some that is nothing short of dangerous. While SB1’s stated objective is to simply equalize the healthcare outcomes for all CT residents, it sets out to do so exclusively through the prism of race and blames racism alone for the unequal outcomes we see today. Setting aside the question of scientific merit of

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Greg Howard Sketches Out Year One in the Legislature

As a freshman legislator, sworn into office in January, I didn’t quite know what to expect due to Covid. The State Capitol has been closed to the public since March 2020. I spent most of the session in front of a laptop attending committees and listening to public hearing testimony, serving on three big committees, the Judiciary, Public Safety and the budget-writing Appropriations committee. It is my belief that the public not being able to enter their State Capitol and engage with state lawmakers was a disservice to democracy. Citizens should be able to advocate for their issues and normally

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Haines Sounds Off on ‘Long’ Legislative Session

This legislative session has truly been like no other. Our committee process was conducted entirely over Zoom, which was convenient at times but certainly limited our ability to work as closely as we might have in the past. Lately we have been meeting daily in a nearly empty building, with Republicans and Democrats more separated than ever. In reflection, we have tried to make the best of this strange situation and have accomplished a lot of good things despite these limitations. But unfortunately, we have yet to come together on some issues we need to tackle.  First and foremost, I

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Session Drinking ‘Shows Disrespect for the Integrity of their Offices’

This week we learned that several members of the Connecticut General Assembly have been drinking alcoholic beverages while in session, delivering testimony while intoxicated on the floor of the House, and, if reports are to be believed, driving home under the influence. House Speaker Matt Ritter has “reprimanded” the offenders, according to news reports. Really? Reprimanded? Our legislators just made Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue. Connecticut is a national laughing stock.  This behavior at its base is imbecilic. Worse, it shows a total disrespect for the integrity of their offices and for those of us who voted them into those offices. Any

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COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Women Remains a Barrier to Economic Recovery

The arrival of the most optimistic of seasons – spring – and the accelerating rate of vaccinations across the adult population are offering hope that economic recovery may also be within sight.  Recent data suggest, however, that if we fail to adequately address the impact over this past year on women in the workforce, economic recovery may remain elusive. In Connecticut, the nonprofit Permanent Commission on the Status of Women reported last month that 26% of women in the state were furloughed or lost their jobs since the onset of the pandemic and 68% reported that their educational progress had

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Advocacy Group offers Breakdown of Pending Housing Law

There is no question that the zoning bill (HB 6107) passed by the Democrats in Connecticut’s House on May 20 represents a foot in the door towards loss of local oversight of planning and zoning.  Desegregate CT, an organization advocating for State control over zoning, praised it as “a step forward.” House Majority Leader Jason Rojas made similar comments on the floor of the House, stating that it is “not where he would want it to be” and there is ‘more work to be done’.  House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora stated a top-down approach does not work, is a mistake

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Teaching Critical Race Theory Will only Drive our Children Apart.

Until we as a society start referring to each other as human beings and stop constantly promoting race this stigma will never go away.  As long as the left and the liberal news media continue to promote racism the problem will exist.  Shaping partisan policy around election cycles is destructive and harmful to society.  This latest fiasco is allowing politics into our educations system.  Teaching Critical Race Theory will only drive our children apart.  How could lawmakers seek to have educators change curriculum to teach children they are unknowing social activists because of privilege based upon gender, race, and gender

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Can Equity and the Nuclear Family Coexist?

Our Declaration of Independence expresses the belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Were they high? This is obviously wrong — people are not created equal – some people can run fast, others are slow, some are smarter than others, men and women are different. What on earth were they talking about? Jefferson, et al. were talking about the moral equality of all people. This is the basis for the concept of equal protection under the law and

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