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  • Time To Hang Up On Political Robocalls

    Despite the sincere and sustained attempts by the people of Newtown to have serious discussions about the many issues that have come eddying into the public realm from the deeply personal grief and shock of the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook School, the continuing co...

  • Building A Legacy Of Mental Health

    Mental health professionals know that traumatic events occupy our minds, quite literally, in ways that can derail lives and stress families at their foundations. And when the trauma is as horrible and incomprehensible as the 12/14 shootings at the Sandy Hook School, the long-term impact on individuals, families, and even the community can be particularly acute. While Adam Lanza’s soul-searing crime has focused legislators and the political class on the issue of mental health interventions for emerging sociopaths, it is useful to remember that there are mental health problems that exist both as antecedents and consequences of violent crime. On either side of the equation, when these problems are downplayed or ignored altogether, we risk launching a legacy of dysfunction down the generations, where antecedents beget consequences and vice versa.

  • A Case For The Board Of Irony

    Our inclination to peel back the layers of bureaucracy to save a little money and a lot of complexity makes us loathe to suggest the need for another town agency. But as we witness the growing controversy surrounding plans to build 136 houses in a “cluster” development on 136 acres on Castle Hill, we think this proposal desperately needs to go before a Board of Irony.

  • The Safety Of Schoolchildren

    They say all politics are local. And nothing gets more political and more local than deciding how to divide up a community’s property taxes. Newtown’s budgetmakers are used to doing their work with taxpayers inviting themselves into their meeting rooms to look over their shoulders at line items, to listen to department heads justify expenses, and ultimately to offer their own opinions at hearings, in letters to the editor, in social media, and eventually in the voting booth. The big local issue in Newtown this year has, through the agency of the horrible 12/14 tragedy at Sandy Hook School, imprinted itself on the agendas of local meeting rooms across the country. School safety it item #1 on everyone’s list of priorities.

  • State Revenue Semantics

    Some would say Governor Dannel P. Malloy was a man of courage for vowing not to raise taxes going into FY2014, where a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall awaits him. And it seems he is undertaking this daunting mission armed only with a fertile imagination and some well-hone...

  • Gun Violence: Causes And Effects

    There was a great thunderclap of consensus in the days following the 12/14 attack on Sandy Hook School that something has to change. The crime, which left 20 first graders and six school personnel dead, was so shocking and so wrong that the calls for action were immediate and widely supported across even the yawning political divide in this country. The inquiries into what and how much change would be possible began quickly, and soon focused on three areas: gun control, school safety, and mental health.

  • What We Don’t Know About Guns

    Notwithstanding persistent calls for a cool-headed, information-driven debate on gun violence, this week there was plenty of evidence of emotion-driven action on the issue of guns. Marchers were back on this streets this week, raising the heat this time in Hartford. And ...

  • Has Newtown’s Budget Hard Line Shifted?

    If the Town of Newtown were to run on the currency of goodwill and compassion, the 2013-2014 budget would be easy to construct and even easier to pass. The town seems to be amassing substantial reserves in both accounts in the wake of 12/14. But when it comes to cash on ...

  • The Voices Of Newtown

    One of the ironies rooted in the experience of abject loss of the magnitude sustained in Newtown on December 14 is that so many people set about so quickly to see what can be gained from that loss. In its most positive form, this human impulse to do something constructiv...

  • The Dividends Of Mental Health

    As the discussion of gun violence ratcheted up in the wake of the December 14 Sandy Hook School shootings, the talking points in that debate highlighted two components of the crime that serve as a handy indicators of the pro-gun or anti-gun disposition of any given argum...