I've said this before but between new same day voter registration and drivers licenses for non-citizens, Malloy has little to worry about. No more need for those embarrassing bags of uncounted votes found in some gymnasium in Bridgepor View Comment
Illegal TEC-9 assault weapon and two clips with 30 rounds. And he failed to turn them over to authorities when the new stricter gun laws went into effect? Who would have thought a convicted felon would so brazenly ignore the law? View Comment
In theory, the NYT editors are old fashioned liberals who believe in personal freedom and civil liberties but the policies they support are big government directed, heavy bureaucracy oversight, 'progressive' solutions to any social or economic challenge. The result is only freedom and liberty at the good graces of the state. Not really the same. View Comment
It was said in an unbelievably stupid, knee jerk way but really as the government takes over more and more payment for healthcare, like the NHS in the UK, policy will likely shift to less care for terminal illnesses. This is how state run, single payer systems in Europe contain costs. This is what people voted for when they supported Obamacare whether they realize it or acknowledge it or not. State systemization of the 'general welfare' means less individual choice and personal freedom. View Comment
I've been following Lisa Adams for about a year now. Her very candid, no nonsense perspective on her life with metastatic cancer raising school age children is inspirational and gives me perspective everyday on my life as a healthy person and the gift of raising my same age kids. Her divergent thinking on the cheerleaders at 'Pink Inc' and the cultural mantra that cancer is won or lost because of how hard you 'fight', rather than the complicated intricacies of cell biology, is welcome and refreshing.
That said, this past fall when her latest treatments and participation in a clinical trial were not working, I was surprised that she continued such an aggressive fight. Her voice is so valuable and I will miss her personal observations on the simple beauty of everyday life but my choice, I hope, would be to spend my last Christmas with my family and accept where my life was going. Acceptance is not giving up; it's just acceptance.
Everyone is different and you can never, ever know what you will do in the same situation. The Kellers have a point of view that does need to be discussed but it should have been about their own experience not an indictment of someone making a different choice. Ms. Adams has to decide for herself when it's time to accept and let cell biology have its way. Hopefully that won't be for a while. View Comment
Statistically, gun deaths are definitively two fold - murders in urban neighborhoods using illegal weapons and suicides in rural areas where guns are legally registered.
Legal guns in rural areas are not just cultural, they are a tool and their role in suicide can be alleviated by better mental health treatment.
Guns in the inner city are all about crime and defense against crime; a vicious circle. Stricter gun laws have not and will not get illegal guns off the street.
Gun control advocates either conveniently ignore or demonize the role of 'stop and frisk' tactics by police in high crime inner city neighborhoods because it very clearly targets minorities. Unfortunately, that's where gun violence takes the worst toll.
If gun control advocates are actually serious about stopping gun violence and not just wringing their hands with moral righteousness, then illegal guns need to be taken off the streets of the inner cities where strict gun laws have failed. Until we have that inconvenient discussion, there are no real solutions. View Comment
Hopefully there will always be young people willing to serve their country in the military but the current climate in our schools actively discourages this path.
Patriotism in class is often looked down upon as being arrogant or militaristic. There are always lessons in sensitivity because someone may be offended by the expressed belief that the U.S is a great country.
More so, the inconvenient truth is that soldiering includes training and using guns and possibly going into battle. Students who express an interest in weapons or going to fight (or sometimes even the video games that so usefully train the drone pilots) are met with active suspicion and very low tolerance.
Encouraging capable young people to choose a career in the military is a wonderful ideal but our day to day culture here in Connecticut, particularly in our schools, does everything possible to turn them away. View Comment
And gender I think. The victim's family admits they are satisfied with the far more lenient deal, despite the recommendation of the prosecution, because of they don't want her children to be without their mother. A man regardless of color would be given a harsher penalty. View Comment
Rates are an issue but really its tuition costs that have risen far beyond prices in any other industry. Colleges and universities have been on a spending binge for 20 years at the expense of students and families with no incentive to stop. Many pay their presidents healthy six even seven figure salaries and have hundreds of millions in endowment funds. Oh and they don't pay taxes. We hear much about the 'greed' of banks and oil companies but why are these businesses exempt. View Comment
How can CT maintain all this 'well-being' with the lowest economic growth in the country? Someone has to pay for all these health and education programs. And the high earnings valued by this index do not take into account a high cost of living. If it's so great, then why is our population growth nil despite the influx of so many new immigrants? That's a whole lot of people leaving. I like CT but let's not pretend we're on unicorns skipping up rainbows. View Comment
Then what accounts for the difference in unemployment rates by state? CT is 8%. West Virginia is 6.2%. Vermont is 4.1%. California is 8.6%. It's not new industry vs old but the match between business and residents. Do skilled workers that CT needs choose to live elsewhere or does CT just not have enough business to employ those who already live here? View Comment
With new same day voter registration and drivers licenses for non-citizens, of course Malloy will win. No more need for those embarrassing bags of uncounted votes found in some gymnasium in Bridgeport. View Comment
Instead of marching in Hartford, why Ms. Baekey work to improve violence in her own city? March through Roodner Court or Colonial Village demanding gun control, particularly of blatantly illegal guns, and background checks. Take the problem to the real source instead of posturing to politicians. View Comment