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Locking the door behind us

Soon after my husband and I bought our home in Sharon almost 20 years ago, I went to Town Hall to buy a transfer station permit. Enthusiastic about our little house in the woods, I told the selectmen’s secretary that I hoped the area would stay exactly as we’d found it. The woman gave me a hard look: “All you New Yorkers, as soon as you come up here, you want to lock the door behind you.”

A nice country for well-heeled white men

For a little over a week, the hearings, the stunted FBI investigation, and the final Senate vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court blotted out my upset from Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy, and the story of the traumatized four-year old who remains separated from his mother, or the immigrant teenagers lined up like prisoners in a vast tent city in West Texas. Instead I was consumed by the appalling machinations aimed at confirming a white male judge with a record of conservative rulings and an apparent history of drinking and sexual aggressiveness. 

Locking the door behind us

Soon after my husband and I bought our home in Sharon almost 20 years ago, I went to Town Hall to buy a transfer station permit. Enthusiastic about our little house in the woods, I told the selectmen’s secretary that I hoped the area would stay exactly as we’d found it. The woman gave me a hard look: “All you New Yorkers, as soon as you come up here, you want to lock the door behind you.”

A nice country for well-heeled white men

Offering real sanctuary for our immigrants: Connecticut took a stand, is a ‘Sanctuary State’

Amidst the national shame of separating approximately 3,000 immigrant children from their parents as they entered the United States along the Mexican border, Connecticut has taken two important stands.  

Brave students and a changed college

Our Adolf Hitler birthday cakes

A Guatemalan high school senior I’ll call Estuardo, who often spends weekends at my home, arrived last winter with an English assignment. His teacher had asked the class to respond to an AP news story, “Store Won’t Make Cake for ‘Adolf Hitler.’” Since Estuardo has been in America only three years, and his English teacher takes off for grammatical and spelling errors, he often waited to complete his English assignments until he could work with me.   

Prepare to leave a blank in the 2020 Census

The right to attend school without fear of being shot

The Dickey Amendment: Why gun violence hasn’t been a researchable problem

In the wake of regular mass shootings, both sides of the gun control issue have amassed their predictable arguments. Gun control advocates cry out for instituting background checks and limiting the sale of bump stocks and assault weapons, and gun advocates remind us that it’s the bad guys, not the guns, that are the problem. What neither side mentions is that for the past 25 years, virtually no research has been conducted to deepen our understanding of gun violence and the people who own and shoot guns.