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Trump’s statement: too little, too late

An essential duty of a president is to use their amplified voice to make peace and create positive change. Powerful rhetoric in presidential statements has the strength to prevent riots and uprisings, and keep citizens safe. It is the president who voices the values, wants, needs and fears of the country. 

Living with the consequences of having no budget

This year Connecticut was joined by 10 other states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, in failing to compromise on a budget in time for fiscal year 2017–2018, which started on July 1.

In the aftermath of such a failure, there remains uncertainty regarding how long the state can remain in economic limbo. Now, over one week into the month of August, the state is yet to solidify a budget, and residents of all ages and walks of life are being hit with the consequences of this legislative inefficiency. 

How to reduce Connecticut’s school success gap

At first glance, Connecticut’s education statistics seem promising. Connecticut is frequently one the top five states in the country in average standardized test scores, and the state’s high school graduation rate is ranked in the top 10 of the country. In recent years, Connecticut has even been the top state in the rating of three- and four-year-olds enrolled in preschool. 

An attack on mental health care

Today, there is more attention paid to the importance of mental health than during any other time in history, yet on both a state and national level the future of mental health care is under attack. 

A plea to eat less meat

Human overconsumption of meat and dairy products creates serious environmental consequences. Consumption of meat and dairy requires animal agriculturalists to resort to the production of cheap and low quality corn and soy feed, which takes an immense toll on our environment.

The Paris agreement and Connecticut

There was nationwide backlash to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement at the beginning of June. Connecticut promptly joined 12 states and Puerto Rico to vow to continue to uphold the agreement’s principles. This bipartisan coalition of states, called the United States Climate Alliance (USCA), aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and meet the targets set by the Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration initiative.

Burial of a radioactive bill

Connecticut is heavily reliant on nuclear power. Never mind that long-term forever storage of high level radioactive waste has yet to be solved, many continue to argue that nuclear energy is the least expensive and most environmentally friendly energy source.

Attack on Dodd Frank

While the media was absorbed with the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey two weeks ago, the Republican House passed a troubling piece of legislation that affects everyone. A cynical bill cleverly titled the Financial CHOICE Act passed entirely along party lines with not one Democrat in favor. CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) is a deregulation bill to repeal the 2010 Dodd Frank Act. 

The future of plastic water bottles

Consumer behavior worldwide is changing when it comes to purchasing bottled water. Citizens are inventing new recycling methods, and working to ban the sale of bottled water in parks, universities, businesses and cities. More than two thirds of plastic bottles end up in landfills every year.

An update on fracking in the United States

Regulation of fracking is a national debate as political parties establish their environmental platforms for 2016. We are in the middle of a three-year ban in Connecticut on the import of hazardous wastes produced by this mode of natural gas extraction. Locally, we must remain vigilant.