The last 48 hours in our country have been heartbreaking. And frightening. And then infuriating, as people with preconceived notions start making assumptions based on no information and making public statements threatening th...
What a difference a decade makes. Back in 2004, when then-Mayor Dan Malloy was launching his first exploratory committee for governor, he called for “a fundamental change in our approach to government.” As the first official investigation into corruption charges against Gov. John Rowland continued, that Malloy said,
When we were in the process of cleaning out Mom's apartment, I found a book of Churchill quotes on a shelf in one of the closets. I took it home, because I'm a huge fan of Churchill's oratory and writing, and still remember w...
Last month I was asked to give a speech at the Friends Literacy Awards at the library where I researched and wrote papers in high school and dreamed of being a writer. It was a very proud moment for me and I took the opportunity to talk about how important libraries and librarians have been in my life. I also weighed the OED for reasons explained in the speech!
I constantly joke with my kids that you’re never a hero in your own hometown. But after today I’m going to have to stop saying that, because being asked to speak as an author at the Ferguson Library where I spent so many hour...
On the recommendation of my friend Lee Strasburger I'm reading MEMOIRS OF AN ANTI-SEMITE by Gregor Von Rezzori I haven't even reached Von Rezzori's writing yet, because I've been thinking so much about one of the last para...
Connecticut’s political parties might be increasingly polarized, but there’s one issue upon which they finally reached unanimous agreement: UConn President Susan Herbst has had a “let them eat cake” moment and her Board of Trustees is utterly tone deaf.
The transitory millionaire hypothesis is very much dependent on the “I built that” mode of thinking, or as the researchers put it: the assumption that “income derives simply from an individual’s own merits and abilities and is unrelated to location or one’s proximity to others.”
Last week, the state Bond Commission voted to give $22 million in low-interest loans and other incentives, to Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, whose principal already benefits from the hedge fund loophole to pay a lower effective tax rate than the average Joe or Jane.
When I commented to DECD about the poor optics of this announcement, coming right after the legislature passed a budget that cut services to the state's most needy resident, they were quick to point out was the OPERATING budget, this is BONDING. Um, dudes? It's all taxpayer dollars. And the interest we pay on that bonding will come out of the operating budget, no? And are you seriously telling me that Bridgewater Associates couldn't get a loan on the capital markets at favorable rate? They really need a 1% forgivable loan from the state more than our smaller entrepreneurial businesses do?
Just weeks after passing an austerity budget, in a stunning display of “let them eat cakery” the State Bonding Commission is set to vote on a $22 million grant to Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds run by Ray Dalio, who is ranked 29th on the Forbes…
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