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Posted inEnergy & Environment

CT gets climate change – not the $ to fix it

Do folks in Connecticut think climate change is occurring? Yes they do – and big time, according to the first comprehensive state-by-state polling on climate change. Data compiled at Stanford University for 46 states (Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Wyoming and the District of Columbia were the exceptions) show a generally high belief that there is climate change, and government should do something about it – in fact several different things – even without the cooperation of other nations.

Posted inNews

Race, kids, and a path to change

People in juvenile justice sometimes say: “If only we could get rid of poverty and racism, our work would be done.” It’s a recognition that the root causes of the horrible problems at-risk kids face are evils that have been with us for all of human history and show no sign of abating. It’s a statement of resignation. I hate resignation.

Posted inNews

Why Connecticut needs a farm bill now

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day, by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation. The Farm Bill is crucial to maintaining a strong agriculture sector and […]

Posted inNews

UConn prof says her support of outspoken student may cost her her job

Two professors who were publicly critical of the University of Connecticut’s handling of threats against a female student earlier this year have left the university and a third says she is being driven out by her department. Heather M. Turcotte, a tenure-track professor in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, was one of three faculty members publicly critical of UConn President Susan Herbst for what they characterized as the administration’s poor response to threats of rape and violence made against a female student.

Posted inEducation

Half of Connecticut’s public schools to receive post-Sandy Hook security upgrades

Half of the public schools in Connecticut will receive money to tighten the security at their schools. The announcement by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy comes nearly one year after 20 children and six educators were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. “We will never be able to prevent every random act of violence, […]

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Pentagon drops purchase of Russian helicopters

The Pentagon said Wednesday it is cancelling plans to buy additional helicopters from Rosoboronexport, a Russian company supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with weapons. Rival Sikorsky had lobbied the Pentagon to abandon the Russian defense contractor. So did members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, sending Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel letters opposing the Pentagon’s […]

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Race, kids, and a path to change

People in juvenile justice sometimes say: “If only we could get rid of poverty and racism, our work would be done.” It’s a recognition that the root causes of the horrible problems at-risk kids face are evils that have been with us for all of human history and show no sign of abating. It’s a statement of resignation. I hate resignation.