by Ellen Shemitz and Ray Noonan
There is something terribly wrong with taxes in Connecticut, but it is not what the conservative think tanks would have you believe. State and local taxes in our state are not troubling because they are too high across the board; they are troubling because they are wildly unfair, asking […]
by Rie Poirier-Campbell
It’s no secret that the Hartford Public Schools are facing severe budget challenges, tied largely to our city’s and state’s grave financial pains. In fact, the magnitude of the problem in the school district is unprecedented, with a gap of as much as $20 million predicted for next school year.
Recently, Aetna, […]
by Rachel Papke
Most people are surprised to learn that suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15-24.
The Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run […]
by Lorenzo Burgio
The struggle to tell fact from fiction in the digital age is the battle being fought recently by teachers and professors.
A Stanford study recently found that students in middle school, high school and college, are bad at verifying the news read online — which is worrisome.
The ability to verify news […]
by Larry Bingaman
Quarterly earnings alone can no longer determine the success of corporate America – such assessment is shortsighted and has proven harmful to the well being of our economy and those who support it. According to Paul Tudor Jones1, “…we as a society have come to view our companies and corporations in […]
by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff
One of the great motivational discoveries of the twentieth century is that people who coordinate and control their own work produce greater economic and social results than those who do not. Many leaders, though they might deny it, act as though they prefer control to results. How do we […]
by Mickey Herbert
A few years ago, I was asked to talk to a group about my career as an entrepreneur. I had never considered myself an entrepreneur, but I realized that I had taken risks in my professional life that were, in retrospect, pretty significant. Here’s what I had to say regarding risk taking […]
by John Richard Schrock
The Thunderbolt was a publication of the American Nazi Party. I saw my first copy my first year of teaching in rural Kentucky in 1969.
Before class, a high school student showed me a copy, careful that no classmates were nearby. The feature story was an outrageous claim that African-Americans […]
by Bob Sobolewski
With more than 4,500 manufacturing companies, Connecticut is no stranger to the world of innovation. In fact, some pretty cool things were first made here in our state — such as helicopters, erector sets, guitars, watches, sneakers, typewriters and bicycles. Most of these items continue to be mass-produced in plants of all […]
by Adina Gianelli
We have a problem in the state of Connecticut, a problem as stunning as it is abhorrent, as urgent as it is fixable. That problem is one of road safety.
According to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, an estimated 311 car crash-related fatalities occurred throughout our state in 2016, a four year […]
by James C. Smith
Formulating definitions for key spending cap terms and holding the line on exemptions from the cap in the name of fiscal responsibility will have a significantly positive impact on businesses’ willingness to invest here and on our state’s socio-economic future. Our success depends on the state’s ability to create a […]
by Jacob S. Hacker
Distrust in public institutions is a broad cultural trend. It is whipped up in popular entertainment and reinforced by a news media that sometimes seems to relish treating every person and organization as equally venal. Distrust in government, we have seen, is also, however, spread systematically, deliberately, and relentlessly—by GOP leaders who […]
by David Slossberg
In a first-of-its kind decision in Connecticut, the state has granted a municipality’s petition to revoke the basic level transport license of its national ambulance provider and reassign that license to its superior municipal fire department. This pioneering effort was championed by the City of Milford, which now benefits from complete municipal […]
Connecticut was reeling, from 49 teen-driver-related deaths in 2006 (among more than 5,000 nationally), and then seven teen fatalities in six weeks during August and October 2007. Connecticut’s governor, a grandmother herself, had had enough, and appointed a task force to overhaul our state’s teen driver law.
The Connecticut task force recommended, the legislature accepted, […]