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  • State Revenue Semantics

    Some would say Governor Dannel P. Malloy was a man of courage for vowing not to raise taxes going into FY2014, where a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall awaits him. And it seems he is undertaking this daunting mission armed only with a fertile imagination and some well-hone...

  • Gun Violence: Causes And Effects

    There was a great thunderclap of consensus in the days following the 12/14 attack on Sandy Hook School that something has to change. The crime, which left 20 first graders and six school personnel dead, was so shocking and so wrong that the calls for action were immediate and widely supported across even the yawning political divide in this country. The inquiries into what and how much change would be possible began quickly, and soon focused on three areas: gun control, school safety, and mental health.

  • What We Don’t Know About Guns

    Notwithstanding persistent calls for a cool-headed, information-driven debate on gun violence, this week there was plenty of evidence of emotion-driven action on the issue of guns. Marchers were back on this streets this week, raising the heat this time in Hartford. And ...

  • Has Newtown’s Budget Hard Line Shifted?

    If the Town of Newtown were to run on the currency of goodwill and compassion, the 2013-2014 budget would be easy to construct and even easier to pass. The town seems to be amassing substantial reserves in both accounts in the wake of 12/14. But when it comes to cash on ...

  • The Voices Of Newtown

    One of the ironies rooted in the experience of abject loss of the magnitude sustained in Newtown on December 14 is that so many people set about so quickly to see what can be gained from that loss. In its most positive form, this human impulse to do something constructiv...

  • The Dividends Of Mental Health

    As the discussion of gun violence ratcheted up in the wake of the December 14 Sandy Hook School shootings, the talking points in that debate highlighted two components of the crime that serve as a handy indicators of the pro-gun or anti-gun disposition of any given argum...

  • Talking It Through

    So many words have streamed out of Newtown to the nation and the world in the past month. Some days, it seemed like there was never more than 10 or 20 feet between any given resident and a microphone waiting for his or her answer to a dog-eared menu of stock questions ab...

  • Will Newtown Make A Difference?

    When the 2013 legislative session convened in Hartford on Wednesday, state lawmakers sat down to the usual agenda of budget conundrums, but overshadowing this normal partisan tug-of-war over finances were the events in Newtown on December 14. Consequently, hearings will ...

  • 2013: Starting Out In The Right Place

    Entering this new year, we are feeling more world weary than ever before after a fateful 2012 that saved its worst for last. It was a year that rebranded Newtown from that “nicer” place to what one network news anchor called “the saddest place on earth....

  • First Steps To The Future

    It is difficult to think about the future when the crucible of the present moment is still too hot to touch. But we do know that when Newtown emerges from this awful and intense chapter of its continuing story, things will be different. The trauma of this time, the sorro...