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My Opinion April 16, 2014 at 08:59 am
What good does it do for Congressman(Women) and Senators to stop by diners during the day. Aren'tRead More people working? I for one think it's time for DeLauro to retire on her BIG FAT government Pension!
Anthony Powers April 15, 2014 at 06:44 am
Bottom line here is CT is SHOT. Everything good about it was legislated out by liberals. Plain andRead More simple either get taxed to death or leave.
DP April 15, 2014 at 09:32 am
Apparently Greenwich is the cash cow for the CT Agenda. It's fitting, however, that this conclave ofRead More New York liberals who call CT home pay such an amount. Poetic justice, really. http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-where-do-other-states-get-their-tax-revenue-20140408,0,1365526.htmlpage
Creeky April 15, 2014 at 11:35 am
I think if we go to right to work instead of closed shop, reform the DEEP to get permitting moreRead More realistic, cut all fees and taxes on business (there are a lot more than you think) and move as many state jobs to contractors as possible (including as much education as possible) we have a shot at bringing back some manufacturing (which creates a lot of solid, skilled, good paying jobs, as well as creates lots of small business opportunities -- everything from sandwich shops to job shops). We can't undo the foolishness that resulted in pension and healthcare benefits for former and current state emotes to be breaking us. But, we can stop falling for the let the rich corporations pay instead of us poor workers nonsense, which has resulted in the rich corporations going anywhere but here. But, the unions own the dems, and the dems own the legislature. Nothing will change. Dems don't lead. They don't make hard decisions. They play upon emotions. Despite their lofty claimed goals, they have become the root of evil. And, that's a mighty sad commentary from a determined independent. Dems, your entitlement programs have a proven record of creating dependency and keeping the poor poor. How do you sleep at night? Seriously, where are your ethics? Don't bring up republicans or the tea party. This is not a compare and contrast,; that's a tool of rationalization. The question is, programs like the great society destroyed black families. Head Start is actually holding children back (that one can only be a crisis of execution, but you didn't eliminate the leadership when you increased funding). Unions destroy cities. Nine of this is debatable. How do you sleep? How do you look yourselves in the mirror knowing that you harm people for personal political gain? I'm not asking the voters, they're good people with good intentions. I'm asking the filthy politicians? Don't you know right from wrong?
Ex-Gov. John Rowland. Myleftnutmeg.com photo.
Pokeno Ridge April 14, 2014 at 12:23 am
@Tabasco - Ted Nugent??? @René Descartes - Aren't you dead?
Tabasco April 14, 2014 at 03:16 am
Nah. Turns out it's Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
WINEGUY51 April 16, 2014 at 11:56 am
hey harry...your crooked "ex" the one you fall to your knees over..the one who's everyRead More word you suck up into your empty head..the ones who you base your lifestyle on...is heading back to jail...again!...a loser..just like you,harry!!
Ted Kennedy Jr. is running for the CT state senate District 12 seat. Credit: Patch file photo
Jim Rossi April 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Just what we need in the CT State Senate . Another "lawyer" who never had to work a dayRead More in his life. I will guarantee you this is his first step to replace Rosa DeLauro Greenberg,if/when she decides to retire . Can we have real people represent us in Hartford , please ? If his name were Jones or Gonzalez, no one would care .
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 02:37 pm
I'll bet that hat was from Vineyard Vines.
RJ April 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm
George Jepsen.
Anthony Powers April 8, 2014 at 08:15 pm
@ MAMMA clearly you are delusional as no state can ban a product that was previously legal. And thatRead More is what the state did retroactive laws are clearly a violation of constitutional rights as written, Clearly you should not comment on things you know nothing about. But then again liberals do this every time and they do not care. How can you tell if a liberal is lying. There lips are moving!!
Craig R April 8, 2014 at 08:24 pm
Why do we need an AG? Blumenthal is still doing the job as our Senator. He still feels the need toRead More be our consumer protection lobbyist in Washington. At least George was correct with his fight against letting Charla the Chimp attackee not suing the state. Oh that's right, George just made a brief opening statement and his asst did all the real legal work.
MAC April 10, 2014 at 07:37 pm
Last month Jepsen was first up to testify in favor of Assisted Suicide, at a public hearing in theRead More LOB. I was there and could not believe how inarticulate and unimpressive he was presenting his 'argument' and answering questions!......................................... I can see why he would prefer a cushy government job to actually having to win cases in the private sector. But PLEASE don't re-elect this Career Politician!!
Michael Martins April 9, 2014 at 07:14 am
Well look in Naugatuck. We have a high mill rate at 44 and if you want to throw tires for exampleRead More you go to the recycling place on rubber ave and still have to pay $5 which is bull. We already pay high car taxes and house taxes so it should be free for residents throwing stuff away. Waterbury people leave couches and etc outside and the garbage company comes by to pick it up no additional charge
Corey Lynn Tucker April 9, 2014 at 11:14 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM The Story of Stuff!
Eugene DeJoannis April 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm
The info for my town does not "add up". I am afraid something is wrong with this info:Read More Manchester 36% of Solid Waste Recycled 39,820.39 tons per year 1,364.79 pounds per person Total SW: 22,802.41 tons | Per Person: 781.52 pounds Residential: 5,922.41 tons | Per Person: 202.98 pounds Non-Residential: 7,938.19 tons | Per Person: 272.07 pounds Residential+non residential is not equal to the total; only a bit more than half. How is 39,000 tons = to 36% of the total SW of 22,802 tons. I think this data is garbage.
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Peter T. Cianelli April 8, 2014 at 11:24 am
over half the homes in East Haven don't recycle.... we don't recycle at any of our recreationalRead More events..... kids baseball... basketball,football & soccer....
Michael Martins April 8, 2014 at 02:44 pm
The people who should be picking up the trash from the side of the roads like south main inRead More waterbury should be many people on welfare. That way if they had to do that 40hrs a week 5 days a week I can guarantee not too many people would want welfare. Look at Canada and that's what they do and it should be done here too.
Philip April 9, 2014 at 08:08 am
Anyone fanatical about the environment should stop breeding - because overpopulation is the biggestRead More threat. I'm half kidding, but you see my point - I hope.
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Robert Chambers April 8, 2014 at 11:16 am
Very few of the people that get denied trying to purchase firearms as prohibited persons EVER getRead More charged. that's the dirty little secret. You'd think a felon should at LEAST get a visit from the law if they get denied. The Sandy Hook shooter tried to purchase a firearm, was denied by the NICS check, and there was NO FOLLOWUP. Nobody talks about that though.
chuck April 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm
One of the really sad things to report is that I can walk right into 100's of schools right in theRead More middle of the morning, completely undetected. I did it 10 times just yesterday as part of my job. Doors all over the state are left unattended and unchecked (mostly rear entrances or sides) and plenty of front doors. The fear has abated. Sandy Hook is out of the minds of school administrators. How about correcting that situation?
Richard Froh April 10, 2014 at 07:25 am
Chuck: As we all should know by now, actually making our kids safe is unfortunately secondary toRead More promoting the feeling that we have done something to make kids safe. People with agendas continually manuipulate the under-informed, reactionary do-gooders and keep us fighting each other rather than addressing real problems. The result is that now there are probably more barriers against the many good-hearted folk who would help our cherished youth than barriers against those who would do them harm. Politicians at all levels are running a protection racket. Notice who has the armed security details?
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Concerned Parent April 11, 2014 at 02:57 pm
It takes money to fund a liberal ideology and agenda. It's unfortunate that its collateral damage isRead More so easily accepted by Americans who seem to follow it blindly.
Avon Lady April 12, 2014 at 04:29 pm
So you have not been looking at any of the reports which have been listing CT in the bottom of allRead More the "good" lists & at the top of all the "bad" lists? Keep drinking the koolaid & pretending that CT is doing just fine
David Parsons April 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm
Hey cool-aid lady. Take a look at the end of YOUR post above where YOU say: " The Nutmeg StateRead More rates second overall in quality of life thanks to low crime and poverty rates, a healthy populous and strong schools."
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Anthony Powers April 1, 2014 at 06:20 am
I find it interesting that the value of one of my homes in Ridgefield fell 38% and was told by theRead More assessor any home that lost 19% would have a large decrease in property taxes. WOW WHAT A LIE. My taxes on that house went up 2.2% GO FIGURE!!!
brutus April 1, 2014 at 11:40 am
there have been a lot of these "top 10" type lists lately. but why stop there? show theRead More data for every town. I'd like to know where my town stands, not just the top and bottom 12.
God Bless New Canaan April 1, 2014 at 02:43 pm
being April Fools, I feel slighted...If New Canaan is rated Numero Uno, then why aren't we listedRead More first. We're indebted to Patch (And to everyone else it seems)for letting us in.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Credit: Malloy Campaign on Twitter
lmf59 March 31, 2014 at 10:33 am
Super. But this thread is supposed to be about CT and its governor. These things get so off topic.
Robert Chambers March 31, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Such dazzling reparte!
David Parsons March 31, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Maria Young, there are quite a few European countries that are called "socialist" by manyRead More people. The per capita incomes of Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, and Sweden are all higher than the USA.
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Tim Chaucer March 28, 2014 at 09:59 am
Horses are large vegetarians.
Rick Cady March 28, 2014 at 04:09 pm
It's the people not the horses. If you know anything about horses teeth, you would rather get bittenRead More by a horse than a dog. That little darling must have stuck a part of his body into the horses mouth. We have hundreds of loose unleashed dogs roaming around but God forbid the owners be asked to keep them leashed. They should have a muzzle law for dogs in public, all of them and a leash law for kids.
Paul Chotkowski March 31, 2014 at 12:07 am
Here we have the confluence of two negative trends in These United States. First a generation ofRead More “Tea Cup Children” raising a generation of “China Plate Kids” who now require Trigger Warnings on all internet or classroom content so as not to be stressed, offended or interact with anything that might upset them. We are working to completely breed out resilience from the American gene pool! Second Progressive Collectivists have sold the thus created Sheeple the fantasy that an ever expanding government can keep them safe if they just shut up, sit down, and do what their betters tell them to do. News Flash being alive is risky. If you are dumb enough to put your face close to a horse you don’t know, then you deserve to get bitten, stepped on, bumped, kicked or generally abused. Hopefully once burnt is twice learnt but if it isn't then a lot can be said for not passing on the “Stupid Gene”! Government can not keep you safe and I am not willing to give up my liberty, property and individual responsibility to let them try. Talk about a culture of Victimhood! An ignorant [denotation at least] dad screwed up [let’s go pet the pretty ponies] and instead of taking responsibility for his failure to supervise or understand risk, he wants to BLAMES SOMEONE ELSE. As many a commentator has noted above, Pastor Niemöller was correct! First they came for the transfats and I said nothing because ....
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cheryl April 3, 2014 at 08:50 am
These are entry level positions. Usually the people applying for such positions are 1st timeRead More employees who do not have any qualifying attributes such as work ethics, experience, must be trained, have little or no knowledge on what the position is. I think its up to the "OWNER" OF EACH BUSINESS to determine that employees benefit to the company. Also, once that employee proves himself in that business a raise might be in order usually its about 3 months. I am a firm believer in merit not just paying someone who might not deserve it. Also again- the minimum wage isn't supposed to provide a 'LIVING WAGE" that is a Marxist Communist play on words. Who's to say what a living wage is? Is it $500, $1000 a week, and you might ask what does it do to a business who provides such a "living wage". Will they hire less, will people be fired, will they not provide perks such as benefits to compensate. Companies shouldn't be 'FORCED" by the gov to provide that. It should depend on the merit of the employee and the company's bottom line. Why are people so stupid to fall for the manipulation of the masses by these elites, is beyond me. War on Woman, "FREE" healthcare. All designed to use words - I n the old days we called it "propaganda" to manipulate, nudge people into a certain behavior. and this administration is the best at it. Food for thought.
Sean April 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Wal-Marts in North Dakota pay $10 an hour starting for cashiers and over $15 an hour in the boomingRead More NW corner. Why? Because of supply and demand. In the oil and gas part, $15 an hour is what is needed to secure the employees. Why? Because demand for labor is so high. What minimum wage supporters do not grasp is government cannot change someone's economic status. Low skilled workers will always be on the lowest end of the economic spectrum. Why? Minimum skills offered. You do not want to raise a family on $8 an hour, then do something that is worth more than $8. Individuals must take initiative and better themselves. They must add something of value to the marketplace. Almost anyone can be a cashier. Not everyone can be a surgeon. There is a reason the pay is quite different.
David Parsons April 4, 2014 at 07:01 pm
Up to you, folks. Their employer pays them more, or YOU pay them additional social services usingRead More tax money: food stamps, earned income credits, health care subsidies, to name only a few. Businesses are taking the taxpayers for a ride. Big profits for companies, more taxes for you.
Craig R March 28, 2014 at 05:20 pm
The House spent about an hour "toasting" him on this announcement as if it was his lastRead More day. Go away already you Dem in sheep's clothing.
Thomas Paine March 28, 2014 at 09:48 pm
Nicole, were you inebriated when you typed that or are you just a bad typist and don't botherRead More proof-reading? And exactly what did I say qualifies as a hissy fit? Answer me this Nicole, what is it that the protestors in Kiev complained about more, the lack of civilian gun ownership in Ukraine or that Ukraine had too many civilian gun goons? Think about that before you answer.
Nicole Howard March 31, 2014 at 10:13 am
What do you think? I grew up in a time where girls were no longer told they had to take typing classRead More & become secretaries until they landed the boss! Are you gun bullies really stupid enough to believe your own comparison of the U.S. w/ the Ukraine/Russia, N. Korea or even Cambodia?? The rest of America, those of us w/ working minds, find it ridiculous! Apples & oranges as the saying goes! Although I may dream of a day when civilians are only allowed hunting weapons or hand guns for defense right now we are just trying to keep weapons out of the hands of psychopaths & domestic abusers, same difference right, so why are gun bullies trying to block that? It's COMMON SENSE!!
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Donna Tietjen March 26, 2014 at 07:58 pm
People start off talking about the posted news article only to rant on about other things becauseRead More they are passionate of government involvement getting in the way or not. That then. Leads to other things they are upset with. About e-cigarettes, I started using them 6 months ago to try to quit smoking, and after 4 months have gotten off the nicotine for the past 2. Haven't smoked a real
Donna Tietjen March 26, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Cigarette in the 6 months. In the store that I get my supplies is a sign in plain sight, not sold toRead More anyone under 18 years old. Do kids get into them probably, but they can get real cigarettes any time also. If there is some regulation put on them to protect consumers from toxins, so be it, but if they find no toxins then they need to leave this enterprise alone. After all they now have or want to have medical marijuana, and is this completely regulated and safe? The state gets its sales tax from the sale.
Catherine & Dennis April 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm
Let's regulate what we all have to ingest -our food. The FDA either needs to keep all of the crapRead More out of it or do away with the FDA and save us all on the tax for their existence. How about actually testing the drugs people are taking that have been reported to have not one active ingredient in it to help with the medical issue it was prescribed for yet the drug industry charges you out the wazoo for it. I don't agree with making it easy for kids to buy e-cigs but if the lite up a subway roll they could probably get the same high
Carla Nash, before she was attacked by Travis the chimp. Credit: Patch File Photo
Mary March 25, 2014 at 07:17 pm
My heart goes out to Ms Nash & her family. Unfortunately money (or more money) will not solveRead More her problems or make her any happier. Esp if $4 mil isn't enuff. Her greedy lawyer(s) should have settled for 10% at the 4 mil amount. After all they only processed the paperwork for her and felt none of the pain or suffering, NONE. Bless her heart, I would not want to live that way either and her doctors should have thought bout that and take some of the blame here too. If there is no quality to life the docs should let you die with dignity instead of gouging the insurance money. Why is it we can kill a deer or other animal struck by a car but we are expected to watch our loved ones suffer until they finally die? WHY?? They call the police to "dispatch" a deer, raccoon, or other animal so they won't suffer but to watch our loved ones suffer is OK? I think Charla would be better off suing her doctors and lawyers then standing behind CT's effort for assisted suicide.
Catherine & Dennis March 26, 2014 at 08:48 pm
The most dangerous animal of all is human.
JP March 27, 2014 at 08:25 am
Wow, that is so profound, man . . . pass the joint
Leonard Carusi March 21, 2014 at 09:50 am
Mr. Bahre - The deduction for the Child Care credit actually ends when the child attains age 13.Read More So I believe you are talking about the child tax credit. Yes, you are correct; you are no longer eligible for the credit when the child attains age 17. I understand your frustration. Our tax system is very complex and it is often difficult to understand the logic behind some of the rules. As a professional tax preparer, all I can do is explain the rules and adhere to them, and encourage clients to lobby for change. www.leonardcarusi.com
Paul Bahre March 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
How do you go about lobbying for change? You can call your congressman's office but they will giveRead More you pat answers and in the end the idiot who is my congressman has never met a tax he didn't like. Tax code is power and the idiots in Washington are all drunk with power. If you were to go to a straight flat tax that would never happen because those power drunk idiots in Washington would never let that happen. The politicians have stuffed the ballot box with entitlements and that is why we can't get decent elected leaders. We now have too many people on the dole. Johnson’s and Obama’s “wars on poverty” are frauds to keep people poor and dependent on the federal government. By keeping blacks dependent on them, the Democrats “own” blacks, and keep them doing their bidding, their work. This, my friends, is the modern face of slavery, slavery being something the Democrat party has always owned and has no intention of giving up.
Brian Duffy March 21, 2014 at 10:46 pm
Paul, the child care credit has always had the 17 year old cutoff since Clinton put the credit inRead More during the 90s. It has nothing to do with Obamacare. It started around $400 i believe, and Bush and Obama both continued it and gradually raised it to $1000. You have had the credit available to you for your kid's entire life. In fact, it was scheduled to expire in 2010 and Obama and Congress made it permanent (for now). So, although your kid has "aged out" as of 2013, you can at least thank Obama for saving you a couple of grand for 2011 and 2012. (Though I doubt you will!)
Lee Whitnum. Photo: Lee Whitnum.com
Brian Duffy March 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Lee and Martha are both shat bit crazy. The interesting thing about these comments is not oneRead More Democrat - myself included - is even half defending Witchnum here, but Dizzy Dean gets some weak excuses from the right for her views.
Craig R March 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm
tk13 - this is Lee Whitnum (Democrat who said she was so disgusted by her own party that she wasRead More quitting it) not Martha Dean (Republican who was misunderstood on her Sandy Hook FB page posting). But yes they are both a little wacky although Lee would win any insanity plea.
Catherine & Dennis March 27, 2014 at 08:18 pm
I'm with Mac. Dannel has taken us to the point of ruination a place too far gone to recover from soRead More we could use the daily laughs. Maybe "breaking news" would once again mean something new?
Cherry Grove Farm is located in Newtown, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Lisa Wildman March 23, 2014 at 03:30 pm
I really enjoyed the Oxford Farmers Market that was started new in 2013 here in Oxford. I wouldRead More hope that our local community will continue to provide a regular venue for our local farmers to sell their produce and wares. Thank you to the farmers who came out during a very hot summer in Oxford to provide fresh goods and start something new and exciting in Oxford. Awesome fresh goat cheese, eggs, broccoli, apples, onions, fresh cut flowers, corn, squash, the list goes on and on....
A. G. P. March 24, 2014 at 09:57 am
Seems like the rd is the one place we should accept signs since we need both to get to new places
A. G. P. March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am
And most people agree that stagnation isn't good.
State Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter (D-38) is a co-sponsor of Connecticut's bill. Credit: House Democrats Website
Carma March 21, 2014 at 10:52 am
Interested Party...I don't think that you understand my point(s). I am well aware that health careRead More is a business...and I feel that doctors and health care providers deserve to make a good living (that is a debte for another day as many seem to feel that health care should be provided to all free of charge)...but I think that it still can/should be provided in a personal and caring manner. As I mentioned, I can already see, from my own experience, that this is slipping away...and I feel that it will only get worse once the government steps deeper into it. I don't know how to turn back the clock, or come up with a hybrid system that can provide the best of both worlds, but I don't like what is happening and what I see coming in the future. I find it frightening and very, very sad. I suppose that we will have to agree to disagree on this. Good health and happiness to you and yours.
Carma March 21, 2014 at 11:04 am
PS..I never, never made the leap into believing/saying that the government has a covert plan to killRead More people off (I did state that unscrupulous family or insurance providers could try to scam the system)...I just believe that when the government steps in to make decisions for the masses the individualized, caring, etc. offerings disappear (by necessity, I suppose as there are just too many people to "satisfy" individually). People can home school if they don't like public education and can't afford private school...not so easy (not saying home schooling is easy) to be your own doctor, especially when a severe or catastrophic illness occurs. It is possible to be your own medical advocate, and educate yourself and participate in your health care decisions...but that still doesn't make one a doctor, and it could, IMO, become difficult to self-advocate in a world where the government regulates too much of the system. Medicine/healthcare is a very unique and important "service" and I just hate to see it become cookie cutter and taken out of the hands of the patients and the doctors by red tape and regulations.
Interested Party March 21, 2014 at 06:29 pm
Carm, you are right, medicine is very different now, than it was in the past, and I am afraid thatRead More it will never again be as it was, in the days gone by, when doctors had time to know their patients. I worked in a physician's office in the early 60s. He practiced alone, a general practioner. I was his only office staff. Life was simpler then. He even made house calls. Those days are gone, never to return. It is too bad that is the way it goes, but there are positives to the changes in healthcare, that we do benefit from. Technology is vastly improved, medications and treatment protocols are all improved. Life expectancy is longer, and many diseases can be cured. So, it's not all bad.
First responders view the derailment of a Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Kate March 16, 2014 at 07:43 am
Daniella- some people were forced to take jobs farther away from home when the economy crashed.Read More Some of those people now have upside down mortgages and cannot move closer to work. Many of the commuters make far less than $200,000 a year- never mind 1.5 Million. Many people depend on the train being on time, according to the schedule the RR made, so they can continue to work and make ends meet. There is no reason the RR can't be safe and on time most of the time. It is apparent M.N. Has been mismanaging their funds for years. Public transportation should be very affordable. I see a re-structure in the near future. Hopefully all improves soon.
Dave D March 16, 2014 at 08:52 am
First there is no excuse for Metro North risking lives to keep trains on time. Most of the seniorRead More management has retired, and those replacing them lack experience and try too hard to go more with less. In addition the infrastructure is only fixed with duct tape and bubble gum. This is due to lack of funding by the same politicians who are frying foul now. I know Joe Guilettie who is the new MN president will fix what he can with the funds he has.
Carol Ann March 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm
CHLORINE GAS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY Please help First Responders ask federal administrations toRead More consider adding secondary containment to rail tank cars used to transport chlorine gas, providing lifesaving safety to First Responders and the public they serve. See First Responders Comments at PETITION C KIT.
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MikeP March 12, 2014 at 04:21 pm
There are only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people'sRead More cultures... and the Dutch
Jenna March 12, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Joe maybe you should do your own research. Measles is highly contagious and if you aren't vaccinatedRead More and around someone who has it you are at high risk.
bradleyweinstein March 13, 2014 at 10:47 am
Jenna-Just reading through the comments. As someone who has done vast research on vaccines, IRead More believe what Joe is saying is that he is not questioning how contagious measles are, but rather the efficacy of the vaccinations.
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Gary Tobin March 30, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Susan Harris - That comment I made was confirming what you were explaining and that is not commonRead More core. Everything else I mentioned are all part of common core, if you want to acknowledge it or not and I didn't get into the data collecting of the kids and their families, medical and personal, that are ultimately sold with identities. The common core will not close the gap between lower performing schools and higher performing schools.
Paul Bahre March 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm
OK the word on the street here in Granby is the kids in the high school hate the idea of taking theRead More common core test. The Juniors are hating it because they feel that this will never touch their lives and it's wasting time that they should be getting instruction time and it's taking time away from their studies. They feel that they are beta testing the achievement test without pay. To tell you guys the truth, I agree. They are rebelling and putting all sorts of nonsense down in the test and they are failing to honestly evaluate the test. The test is easy to get around and Google the answers, from what the rumor mill is telling me. It's funny the Liberal Eastern States are jumping both feet on board because this is Obama territory but the schools in the Northeast are the last schools that need the common core. Florida, the Carolinas, Alaska and Mississippi. But those states will probably not jump on board so quickly if at all. They have to get the test to not be a test in knowing the computer interface and more of a test of knowlege of the subjects at hand. The math has to come down to earth and it has to stop being so esoteric and be more real world based. Yahoo had a story about a math professor who looked at his kids homework and it was a simple matter of double digit subtraction and the math professor sent to school a note that said the simplest way to do is the old fashioned number of number and do it straight up. He stated you don't need to make an algebra equation out of simple math problems. The teacher was trying to get the children to show the solution on a number line. I'm all for using the number line to use as a tool to show the relationship of numbers especially negative to positive numbers and how they all relate but to do the requested equation on the number line was stupid. Now my daughter will not be affected by this curriculum. She will be a senior this year and probably could just take a couple classes at Asnuntuck this summer and graduate but I told her it was in her best interest to stay in high school next year.
Ken P. Jr March 31, 2014 at 08:22 am
All this rhetoric selling us something we don't want nor need. I don't buy that we had a failedRead More system before nor that any singular system will be better all around than any other. The concept that all of our kids should excel intellectually does many kids a disservice anyway. Not every child will grow to be college material & raising them as if thats the measure of success will cause more emotional; issues than they deal with now. Schools help build people. Children are not computers and are not equal. Common core is big brother trying to max future income with little regard for the kids it hurts on the way. I haven't found a single child who likes or understands it, nor have I found a single parent who likes or understands it. Iv viewed math problems that boggle the mind in their complexity solving what are truly simple problems. Iv found quizzes that make no sense whatsoever which seem designed so all will fail. It is in my mind utterly ridiculous that we should even consider this when we have highly educated administrators at every level paid high salaries to run our BOE. Do we plan on getting rid of the majority of administration once this gets up & running? We should have no need of them IF this thing is worth consideration.
State Sen. Toni Boucher  represents Wilton, Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. She is seeking her fourth term in the state Senate.
rebel patriot March 12, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Boucher is off her rocker. There is no need to reach across the aisle. Most democrat gun ownersRead More will be voting republican this time.
Sean March 16, 2014 at 10:19 am
The real issue with 1160 is as follows: 1. There was no report issued on Sandy Hook when this billRead More was voted into law. How can any legislator say they were responsible when they did not have this. 2. The legislators did not read and digest it. It was passed out and voted on that day by one chamber, I believe the Senate. The House voted the next day. The entire public hearing process was skipped. There was not sufficient discussion nor research on this. It was just rammed through. Putting aside Constitutional issues, just these two points show this was a bad process and thus a bad law.
Thomas Paine March 19, 2014 at 07:15 am
Sean - Boucher was never a gun-owner-friendly person as evidenced by her Patch editorial letter inRead More the immediate aftermath of the massacre calling for a magazine limit ("large capacity clips") law. I spoke with her not too long after that and it was clear that she not only did not know much about firearms but knew so little as to have not possibly written that editorial herself. Her vote on SB1160 was driven by her most vocal constituents as well as pressure from Caffero and McKinney who wanted a "bipartisan" outcome on that abomination of a bill.
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