School shootings are tragedies and should be mourned, not politicized. Unfortunately, leaders in the two old parties seem unable to comprehend this basic truth.
A bipartisan committee, appointed by leaders in both old parties, has decided that the Sandy Hook shooting is an opportunity to attack home schoolers and the rights of families.
Raising and educating your own children is a right, not a privilege; yet the commission suggests requiring the state's approval to educate your own children, and that this approval be revoked at the state's discretion. Home schooling is not the cause of school shootings, and your children are not the property of the state. This is only understood by the Libertarian Party, not the intellectually bankrupt older parties. If this suggestion becomes law, any state legislator who votes in favor should expect to face a Libertarian challenger and to answer for their actions in the court of public opinion. Joshua A. Katz is the chair of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut, a member of the party's national board, and an elected Planning Commissioner in Westbrook. Continue Reading →
The Connecticut Siting Council will soon be ruling on a plan to turn a dormant Bridgeport landfill into a source of pollution-free energy, and the city's mayor is hopeful it will win approval. Continue Reading →
McTighe and Wiggins, proponents of ‘backwards curriculum-design’ popular among teaching communities, refer to the importance of asking essential questions. The best ones, they argue, are perennial and enduring. They weather turbulent roads – Gordian knots – and are open-ended, thought provoking, and intellectually engaging. Since beginning a teaching career in 1995, I’ve found myself revisiting three questions: “Why poverty? Why educational inequities? Continue Reading →
The particular facts of transgendered teenager Jane Doe’s case are unique, but the scenario of incarcerating severely abused children for entirely predictable behavior is all too familiar. Continue Reading →
As nurses, we care for our communities. We are there for the boy with the broken arm, the lady from the bank with heart problems, or the retiree with the flu. We are there when our friends and neighbors are hurting, and we do our best to get them better. We are there to help after disaster strikes, but we also work to protect our communities from harm. As nurses know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Continue Reading →
A steady increase in the number of black, Hispanic and Asian students in public schools is making it more important than ever to transform public education into a system that works well for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, race, or economic status. Continue Reading →
All of Connecticut's children are harmed by the narrow and inappropriate content of the Common Core Standards, but children of color are hurt most of all. Connecticut should reject reject this misguided "reform" and foster real growth and real learning among its young. Continue Reading →
Dietitians are an essential part of the health care system, and their services should be covered when the Department of Social Services enacts new regulations on Oct. 1. Continue Reading →