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CSCU students and faculty push back against contract proposals

CSCU students and faculty protest against the Board of Regents’ contract proposals outside of Central Connecticut State University on Feb. 26. CSCU students and faculty protest against the Board of Regents’ contract proposals outside of Central Connecticut State University on Feb. 26. Connecticut State Colleges and Universities faculty and students gathered outside of Central Connecticut […]

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Gas pipeline will threaten water quality, wildlife and wetlands

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has granted tentative approval of the 401 water quality certification for the Pomfret to Killingly natural gas pipeline. I urge DEEP to deny the 401 certification, as the proposed pipeline would violate the Connecticut’s water quality standards, and the conditions in the draft certification fail to protect our streams, wetlands, and wildlife.

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COVID-19 increases urgency for legislature to pass medical aid-in-dying law

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the profound tragedy of loved ones dying alone, in a hospital or nursing home, without the care and comfort of loved ones surrounding them. This pandemic also demonstrates the fragility of life, the limits of modern medicine to relieve suffering, and has magnified the systemic racial disparities in our healthcare system, resulting in higher hospitalization and death rates for people in communities of color. We must eradicate these disparities, so everyone has equal access to the full range of end-of-life care options.

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Three fallacies and the truth about vaccines

Connecticut’s Public Health Committee recently heard public testimony regarding HB6423 and SB568 —  bills that would remove the religious exemption (the medical exemption would rightfully remain in place) from vaccination in order to attend school.  The religious exemption allows parents to effectively opt their children out of vaccines. In doing so, these families can still send their children to Connecticut’s schools, daycares, colleges, and camps.  This places other children at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable illnesses, and it is imperative the Connecticut legislature remove this exception.