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Posted inHealth

Starting the conversation, parenting through the opioid crisis

Ginger Katz founded The Courage to Speak Foundation in 1996, shortly after her son died of a drug overdose. With support from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ $22 million State Opioid Response Grant (SOR), Katz will be delivering her message, “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond,” at numerous events scheduled throughout the coming year.

Posted inPolitics

Potential New Haven mayoral challengers emerging

Two 40-something New Haveners —a former alder who runs the Land Trust and an ex-federal prosecutor who targeted government corruption — are “seriously considering” challenging incumbent Toni Harp for mayor in 2019. The two, Justin Elicker and Liam Brennan, have been meeting with community leaders and activists to build support for Democratic mayoral primary challenges.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Criminal justice reform will not be easy

Woe be unto a state whose governor-elect issues wishy-washy statements about criminal-justice reform. When Ned Lamont says, “For me, criminal justice reform is so important. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the smart thing to do,” what does he mean? He wants to continue Malloy’s policy of giving people a “Second Chance” with capital letters. Where have I heard that before?

Posted inEnergy & Environment

Nuclear wins big in clean energy competition – and not just Millstone

The final clean energy competition of the Malloy administration on Friday handed the Millstone Nuclear Power Station the lifeline it has sought for nearly two years claiming the plant was at risk of closing otherwise. In a blow to the environmental advocacy community, renewable power projects were awarded fewer than 20 percent of the total power production up for bid.

Posted inNews

Immigrant crackdown targets Vietnamese who’ve lived in U.S. for years

The Trump administration is pressuring Vietnam to uphold a 2008 agreement and take back refugees who came to the United States before 1995. Many Vietnamese who came to the United States before 1995, some of them fleeing the Vietnam War, have lived in a gray area of immigration law. If they had a criminal record, they could not attain legal status, but they could not be deported either.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Immigration, the protracted conflict

My grandfather had a scar on his face. It extended across his right cheek, from his ear lobe to his lower jaw. It was thick, ragged and ugly; as it had never been surgically repaired. The coal miners in the Scranton area of Pennsylvania went on strike in the early 1900s. This was at a time when there was no safety net. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. The workers at the mine could barely support their families; thus the strike.