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  • 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...

  • Answering For Our Town

    The holiday season had already settled over Newtown like a snow globe, and the spirited center of Sandy Hook glittered with lights and bubbled with good cheer. Then on Friday morning a young man filled with anger and trouble, armed beyond reason, took deadly aim at Sandy...

  • Trees, Gravity, And The Power Grid

    A year ago this week and next, Hurricane Irene hooked out of the south Atlantic and raked 15 states on the East Coast with high winds and drenching rains. By the time it reached Connecticut on August 28, Irene had been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the distinction ...