Login

Guest Commentary

There should be no free ride at Region One

Guest Commentary

The following is edited from the statement read and submitted to the Region One Board of Education at a special meeting March 24, 2011:
I voted no to pay raises and contract extensions for the Region One superintendent and assistant superintendent because these top administrators — whose combined salaries and benefits of almost $300,000 represent close to 2 percent of the regional budget — should be held accountable for their share of responsibility for the recent major eruptions and resulting disharmony at our high school.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Statewide volunteerism

Guest Commentary

Former state Rep. Deborah Heinrich is the new nonprofit liaison to the governor, a position created this year to advocate for nonprofit agencies. Gov. Dannel Malloy, in creating the new position, noted that he would look for sacrifice from everyone but would not cut the safety net of services provided by the nonprofit community.
On Monday, March 14, the CPO Council of the Connecticut United Way went to Hartford to meet with Ms. Heinrich to talk about how she sees her new role and how the United Way can help be a part of the solution.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

It’s a good time to set some real goals for statewide volunteerism

Guest Commentary

Former state Rep. Deborah Heinrich is the new nonprofit liaison to the governor, a position created this year to advocate for nonprofit agencies. Gov. Dannel Malloy, in creating the new position, noted that he would look for sacrifice from everyone but would not cut the safety net of services provided by the nonprofit community.
On Monday, March 14, the CPO Council of the Connecticut United Way went to Hartford to meet with Ms. Heinrich to talk about how she sees her new role and how the United Way can help be a part of the solution.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Jack’s journal: on the Appalachian Trail

Guest Commentary

Editor’s note: In Tara Kelly’s “Consider This” column published March 10, titled “Helicopter Mom,” she described her anxiety in seeing her teenage son, Jack, go off with his buddy for a hike on the southern arm of the Appalachian Trail. She promised us that Jack would share his journal with us upon his return, in hopes that her worry would have been for naught. It apparently was, as evidenced below. Here is Jack’s condensed hiking journal, and it is just the tonic to prepare us all for some bracing spring walks, long or short, on the trail.
Day One, March 7, 2011

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

The corruption of the education system

Guest Commentary

This is the second of a two-part series. See the first part at tcextra.com or in last week’s paper.
The stress coming from all directions harms students in many ways. On top of school and all that applies to it, teenagers often are encouraged or forced to work a regular job. When students are not returning home until late in the evening or night, they run short on time to study or do homework. As a result, students must stay up late into the night, creating a common lack of proper sleep.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

When did the private sector become subservient to the public worker state?

Guest Commentary

In response to Thomas Piels’ recent letter, “How about a level playing field,” it’s time to de-unionize Connecticut state government.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

The corruption of the education system

Guest Commentary

This is the first of a two-part series. Conclusion next week.
I get a D-plus on a test. I’m initially very disappointed with the grade I have received. However, when I look around to see how my classmates have done, I find they each have performed poorly on this particular test as well. Suddenly that D-plus is OK.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Consolidation would weaken agencies

Guest Commentary

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed a merger of five independent government “watchdog” agencies into a single super-sized agency to be called the Office of Government Accountability.
Every governor since William A. O’Neill has suggested similar, superficially appealing legislation. But when those bills were examined in public, they were defeated because they would create a more expensive bureaucracy, result in less rather than more transparency and accountability and effectively gut some of the best and most well-regarded government agencies.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Time to get rid of Connecticut Siting Council?

Guest Commentary

Nothing can wreck your day like the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), that overarching entity with authority to run gas pipelines and high-tension corridors through our backyards, site cell towers where they don’t belong and humble once-mighty ridgelines with huge broadcast towers.
This council’s review is supposed to balance “public need” with “environmental compatibility,” but environment always seems to get short shrift, not to mention property values.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Time to get rid of Connecticut Siting Council?

Guest Commentary

Nothing can wreck your day like the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), that overarching entity with authority to run gas pipelines and high-tension corridors through our backyards, site cell towers where they don’t belong and humble once-mighty ridgelines with huge broadcast towers.
This council’s review is supposed to balance “public need” with “environmental compatibility,” but environment always seems to get short shrift, not to mention property values.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.