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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‘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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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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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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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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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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Metro-North Riders Return to a ‘Cleaner, Better, and Safer system’

A recent editorial by Jim Cameron (“Do You Feel Safe Riding Metro-North?” May 15, 2021) wrongly and unfairly suggests that it is unsafe to ride Metro-North. I want to be clear: it is absolutely safe to ride our railroad. In his piece, Mr. Cameron claims that “riders are not coming back to Metro-North,” while at the same time claiming that conditions are so crowded as to be unsafe.  Both of these statements cannot be true.  Moreover, he disingenuously takes a single anecdote and turns it into a commentary on Metro-North at large. The chief complaints were that his friend’s train was crowded,

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We Need Summer Programs Now More than Ever

Shut out, but not silent… Attending this most recent Old Lyme’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting was an eye opener. As constituents were turned away and told that they could not physically attend a meeting that was listed as public on the town website, with the location listed as Meeting Hall on the town calendar, and also verbally told by the Selectmen’s office that they could appear in person, we were then shunned, left outside to watch from the windows, directed that we could only call in, as the Commission meet inside, unmasked, in a giant room filled with empty

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Ditch the Progressive Script and Work with Those of Us Who Want Real Electoral Reform

Words. Words. Words. So bemoaned Hamlet in Act 2, Scene 2, when pestered by Polonius, the shill for the duplicitous King Claudius. For months, Democrats themselves have shilled the lie that Conservatives are conspiring to circumscribe voting rights. I feel Hamlet’s pain. First, let’s get two things clear: Republicans DO want every citizen of this country to vote and thereby exercise their most sacred right and responsibility. Second, Republicans believe that every vote needs to count for the candidate for whom it was cast. This, apparently, is where the Democrats and I part company .Pardon my electoral profanity, but dare

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A Moratorium on Zoning Approvals for Projects Along Halls Road

The following resolution was approved by the Old Lyme Economic Development Commission. The Old Lyme Economic Development Commission (EDC) is tasked with supporting and encouraging a vibrant and sustainable business climate in Old Lyme, scaled to the resources and needs of the town. We seek the optimum development of business opportunities in Old Lyme. The mix of businesses in a particular area such as Halls Road can have a significant impact on the climate for all businesses there, current and future. Planning, therefore, becomes important.  Because Halls Road connects the northbound and southbound halves of Exit 70 on I-95, its

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‘Fair Share’ Doubles Housing Requirement for Many Connecticut Towns

The “fair share” of affordable units allocated to each town by OCA / HB6611 is ill-conceived and unattainable. It doubles Fairfield County and other (45 of 169) towns’ affordable housing requirements mandated under 8-30g from 10% to 20% when towns have been trying very hard to reach the original goalposts in good faith over the last 30 years and even meeting milestones for moratoriums. OCA claims that “10% inclusionary zoning will be used less than 30% of affordable units generated under HB6611”. Even 30% of most towns’ fair share number will lead to at least 4500 units of housing needing

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The Best Defense Against Discrimination is Full Throated Facts, Ideas and Critical Reason

Critical Race Theory Is not a pedagogy, but it is a method of propaganda. It’s a political agenda of a singularly a skewed ideology picking winners and losers by skin color. This is very troubling but more so when we are talking about our children.  The theory has determined that the darker pigmented groups need to be built up and that the lighter pigmented group needs to be broken down by having their inherently biased thoughts re-directed away from their learned oppressiveness. Is this absurd? Is it even education?  Yes, it’s absurd and no, it’s not educating because it’s constructed

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Our Government is failing ‘We the People’

The Biden Administration now controls the Presidency, the House of Representative and the Senate.  As President, he continues to sign executive orders first and foremost that target Trump’s legacy and secondly impose policies by the left to suppress speech, limit our freedom, take away our second amendment and empower the Democratic Party.  It is political malfeasance and hypocrisy at its highest level.  Our government is failing ‘we the people’ with false narratives, and complicity by the President, the Congress and the Senate to eliminate the rules of Congressional oversight including the filibuster.  The Democrats are weaponizing our political system to

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Adding to a Misguided Policy Mix: Zoning Proposals in Connecticut

There has been much debate about whether the zoning practices of towns in Connecticut are discriminatory.  Discriminatory has become a politically weaponized pejorative word used to presume the motivations of any town and their residents with a different demographic than what is considered ideologically “righteous.”  Any town with under-representation of an economic, racial, or ethnic minority is assumed guilty of moral turpitude.   The reality is there is one gating factor in many of these towns in Connecticut and across the county: the cost of purchasing a housing unit in that town.  One should not look at this gating factor of cost in isolation

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Use the Temporary Sugar High of Federal Dollars to Fix Structural Problems

Connecticut’s Democrat controlled State Assembly seems focused on raising taxes and virtue signaling in competition with the financially failed states of California, Illinois, and New York.  It has now come down to the ridiculous with Senator Will Haskell having been recently quoted as stating he wants to eliminate auto taxes in order to “attract young professionals to live and work in CT.” Sen. Haskell also states that the car tax is the one tax he hates most to pay “because it comes out of nowhere.”  Sen. Haskell seems blissfully unaware of the irony of his statement. For those of us

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Hiding Bill Details Shows an Utter Disregard for the Residents

The Westport development — which State Sen. Will Haskell is thankful for — happened without state mandated, top-down zoning.  The local planning and zoning (P&Z) process worked, despite the few hand-picked public comments he mentioned.  Does State Sen. Haskell prefer that public comments be stifled? Haskell states, “There’s a dangerous idea that suburban towns suffer when more housing opportunities are built, but just the opposite is true.” Development is occurring under local P&Z oversight, as 90-95% of all projects brought before P&Zs in Fairfield County are approved. Haskell ignores that towns benefit under local P&Z decision making.  P&Zs provide conditions

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Was it worth it, Connecticut?

In announcing the lifting of Covid restrictions by May 19, Gov. Ned Lamont brazenly  proclaimed, “I think these are ways we have earned the right to get back to our new normal.” With all due respect, Mr. Lamont,  the rights to which you allude are not earned. They are unalienable. They cannot be taken away by any authority – even a governor. For thirteen months, we the citizens of Connecticut have complied with Mr. Lamont’s ever-expanding list of restrictions that have divided us into classes of “essential” and “nonessential,” prescribed the size and setting of private family gatherings, shuttered churches

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Give our State’s Most Vulnerable Children a Chance to Succeed

 Before sending my children to a charter school, I didn’t know there was a difference between a public school and a public charter school. I assumed every child is treated and funded the same, providing them with equal opportunity for success. Every education is equally important; I thought the state realized this and funded students equitably. Sadly, right now, that is not the case.  In Connecticut, 11,000 mostly low-income and minority public charter school students are inequitably funded and unable to access the additional education funding they need! It’s estimated that 40,000 students across the state are affected by this

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Wage Freeze an ‘Enormous Financial Sacrifice’

In Joe Markley’s recent letter to the editor, Markley: Claimed Savings Rest on an Outrageous Assumption, he makes the claim that $9.7 billion in negotiated wage freezes over 20 years doesn’t count as a financial sacrifice for state workers, and therefore should be excluded when calculating state savings in the wake of the 2017 SEBAC agreement. Well, I can guarantee you that I, along with the roughly 50,000 other public sector employees working in the state of Connecticut, believe that no wage increases for 3 years, let alone over the span of 20 years, is an enormous financial sacrifice. It’s

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CARES ACT Funding is Money Unwisely Spent

There is no reasonable person who doesn’t concur that Covid related financial relief to the American public was both necessary and justified.  What many people from all political persuasions are now beginning to recognize is that unfocused, non-targeted over-spending for this purpose has ascended to astronomical levels. Bad spending decisions for political purposes still constitute bad money being spent for ostensibly good reasons.  Due to our country’s deep debt crisis, reacting to the Covid crisis with unwise deficit-spending means throwing good money after bad is no better than hurling bad money after good. During the last full year of the

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Americanism — Who are We?

America’s progress and continued success depends upon an unshakable defense of personal freedom. Freedom that ends if we stop understanding its origins. Government is far to eager to seize these liberties and to make them a ruling power.  We the people must never forget that we have been given equal and unalienable rights that can’t be taken away by government because government is far lesser than the power granting them to us.  If we lose sight of this and grow complacent, we will very likely repeat our past histories, turning inward on ourselves only to destroy ourselves. America is the

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Under Guise of ‘Protecting’ Women’s Sports, Efforts Put Transgender Youth at Risk.

I’m writing in response to a letter published in the Connecticut Examiner on Tuesday, March 30, that attempts to lay out an argument against the Equality Act. To put it mildly, the letter was ignorant. To put it truthfully, the letter was transphobic and abusive.  The author attempts to frame his argument as essential in order to protect young girls, mothers, and the homeless, but instead shines a light on an abusive narrative that is attacking children across not only Connecticut, but everywhere in the U.S.  The issue, to the author at least, is about transgender girls and women infiltrating

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Equality Act a ‘Monumental Gesture of Overreach’

In the name of equality Joe Courtney has single handedly led an assault on young girls, at-risk mothers, religious institutions and on each and every voter from Groton to Vernon, from Connecticut to California. In a monumental gesture of overreach, Representative Joe Courtney co-sponsored one of the most destructive and dangerous legislations in decades. Representative Courtney wants to add ‘Gender Identity’ to the wording of the 2019 Equality Act legislation. Sounds benign, doesn’t it? Nobody wants to see discrimination against any group. But here is what Americans are not being told. The current Equality Act, as co-sponsored by Joe Courtney,

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Markley: Claimed Savings Rest on an Outrageous Assumption

In a lengthy recent letter to the editor (entitled “Taxpayers Are Getting a Bargain with Public Employee Compensation”) Sean Goldrick charges that a February column by Red Jahncke (“Lamont’s Budget: A Game of ‘Caps,’ Except for The Privileged Few”) presents “a fallacy based on falsehoods.” In fact, the fallacies and falsehoods are in Goldrick’s own piece.  One I can rebut from direct experience.  I was serving in the Connecticut state senate in 2017, when then-governor Dannel Malloy claimed that the state employee contract he negotiated that year saved the state $24 billion, including $9.7 in wage savings. Jahncke’s column focused

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Employee Costs and Pensions are driving Connecticut Toward Insolvency

Sean Goldrick got it wrong with his letter last week under a headline of “’Gravy train’ for CT employees is a false narrative,” in response to a recent column by the esteemed Red Jahncke, entitled “There can be no ‘Connecticut Comeback’ Without Union Concessions.”   Goldrick states Jahncke offered no source for his true statement that, “for more than a decade, state employee compensation has exceeded compensation in Connecticut’s private sector by about 40 percent, the biggest gap in the nation.” Then, Goldrick says that Jahncke’s statement “likely came from” a 2015 study by the Yankee Institute.  Goldrick is wrong on

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We’ve Granted Exemptions Before, Why Not Here?

The WPCA has spent several years designing a sewer system based on gravity feed but is finally realizing that gravity will not be sufficient to service certain properties in Sound View/Area B, hence the late introduction of grinder pumps (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1rIJn0Nq6c&t=1902s). The suggestion is that individual property owners will bear the long-term cost of maintenance for those pumps, in addition to a rather significant sewer tax.   In addition, the WPCA is now proposing that several properties abandon their working wells.  A triple whammy for a few owners. Well abandonment and grinder pumps, were not part of the design when Old Lyme

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