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Having worked in the Connecticut community college system since 2002, I have witnessed some stupendously bad decision making at both the campus and state system level. However, the new organizational chart that was publicly shown for the first time last recently is perhaps the most notable example. The draft of the organizational chart is meant to provide a blueprint for the merged Connecticut State Community College, but what it actually shows is a pattern of egregious inflation in the ranks of an already over-stuffed administrative core.
As the depth and breadth of the current public health crisis began unfolding back in March, one of the earliest story lines to catch fire was how many abused and neglected children would go unnoticed, due to a lack of regular exposure to mandated reporters. Equally as compelling, and yet missing from the conversation, are the stories of the foster children who were immediately cut off from in-person visitation with their parents, and will likely be slower to reunify as a result.
In a recent press-conference, Gov. Ned Lamont mentioned that the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic is focusing on high risk populations, correctly naming prisons and nursing homes. But there was no mention of racial/ethnic minorities even as the Department of Public Health reports regularly how they are bearing a disproportionate burden of illness and death.
Should a candidate for employment be required to release his tax records to qualify for employment? No. Should a candidate for public office representing and promoting the interests of the people, as in "of the people, for the people, by the people?" Yes. Especially in U.S. political life, corrupted as it is by tsunamis of secret money.
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