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Posted inCT Viewpoints

Even after pandemic ends, healthcare faces crisis — and student debt is partly to blame

“Healthcare heroes,” “We love our healthcare workers,” and large red hearts line the lawns throughout Connecticut. Now one year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, news coverage is filled with language like “back to normal” and “when this ends.” In the past 20 years, we have lived through SARS, H1N1, MERS, and Ebola. Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have been clear: there are likely more pandemics on the horizon.

Posted inStudent Voice

Act now to stem harmful ‘investment addiction’ among young adults

The number of retail, or non-professional, investors has grown exponentially in the U.S. throughout the pandemic. Large retail trading sites such as E*TRADE, TD Ameritrade, and Charles Schwab saw their number of new users increase by 103% compared to last year. At the same time, Robinhood had 3 million new accounts opened in the first quarter of 2020, almost double the first quarter of 2019. The transition from betting to investing is very concerning as it suggests that there is now a large number of investors who treat investing like gambling.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Time to pull the plug on auto-renewed third party electric contracts!

Ratepayers in Connecticut pay the highest rates in the continental United States. Those entering third party electric supplier contracts to save money frequently find that what seems like a good deal initially turns into a costly mistake in the end. This is due to an anti-consumer provision of these supplier contracts that allows them to be auto-renewed at their conclusion.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

Gender is a social construct and there are not just two

As a young adult, it can get frustrating sometimes when I speak with certain older adults about transgender identities. Most of the time they are confused about the concept of gender nonconformity and have a hard time understanding or accepting their validity. They may say something like “there’s only two genders” or “if you were born a girl, then you are a girl.”