• Trust, Accountability, And Body Cameras

    In the hours before the deadline to pass a state budget on Monday, July 27, legislators shifted their attention briefly to quickly approve two major bills affecting the criminal justice system in Connecticut.

  • The Police And PTSD

    By the spring of 2014, Officer Thomas Bean had been off the duty roster of the Newtown Police Department for more than a year. The post traumatic stress disorder he suffered following the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings had disabled him to the point where he could no longer work in his chosen career as a police officer. He had struggled with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts since responding to the mass murder of 20 first graders and six educators.

  • There Is Nothing Dignified About Assisted Suicide

    To the Editor:

    What a disappointment to read The Bee’s editorial “Death and Dignity,” [3/27/15]. There is nothing dignified about aiding someone’s suicide.  The language of this can be sugar coated with language that makes it more palatable to the public, but let’s say what it is, aiding someone’s suicide.

  • Choose Life Over Death

    To the Editor:

    A couple of questions we should consider about assisted suicide:

    Suicide:  Let’s call the law what it is – assisted suicide.  A good rule of thumb - if the name of a law has to conceal its real purpose – beware!  So how do we explain to teenagers that suicide is bad when it suddenly is ok for “dignity’s” sake?  Will this increase or decrease teenage suicides?

  • Facing Facts On Affordable Housing

    There is no place for you in Newtown if you have a modest income. The houses are too expensive. Rentals are nonexistent. And the town has a set of zoning regulations designed for an affluent demographic that keeps the local population homogeneous and upscale. Fortunately, state law provides a reasonable alternative for developers to overcome the town’s resistance to providing affordable housing. The only problem with all of this, however, is that none of it is true.

  • Let’s Follow Our Instincts On E-Cigarettes

    One of the first lessons of marketing is that novelty sells. That is why all those products you’ve seen a million times before are invariably marked “New!” at the point of sale. But every now and then, something truly innovative comes along and starts selling briskly even before consumers know very much about it. The novelty of e-cigarettes for erstwhile smokers is almost irresistible.

  • Weathering The Winter

    The State of Connecticut has banned flying ice this winter — and every winter from now on. The new law took effect last week just in time for the year’s first big storm. It will levy fines — up to $1,250 for drivers of commercial trucks — for failure to clean snow and ice from their vehicles.

  • With Eye On '14, Malloy Touts Energy Bills

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presided over a bipartisan bill-signing ceremony Monday to mark the latest in what his administration says are underappreciated steps to reform how energy is procured, priced and delivered in Connecticut.

    The ceremony reflects Malloy’s emphasis of energy policy since taking office in January 2011 – and his administration’s belief in the political value of lower energy costs as he prepares for a reelection run in 2014.

  • Hartford Comes Through

    In an impressive display of conscience and consensus, Connecticut’s Legislature passed legislation on the final day of its session Wednesday that will put photographs and other media that lay bare the graphic and gruesome details of the 12/14 massacre at Sandy Hook School beyond the reach of those employing the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to secure their release. With only four dissenters in both chambers, the state Senate and House voted to exempt these materials not only in the Sandy Hook case, but for all homicides in the state.

  • Newtown Families To Legislators: Stop Release Of Crime Scene Photos

    The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.

    “They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school.