by Gary Highsmith | Nov 20, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (16)
(Opinion) The following article was written by one of the three finalists for the position of New Haven superintendent of schools.
The New Haven Board of Education is about to hire a superintendent of schools, a decision that will directly impact the lives of more than 20,000 students. The wrong decision could have long lasting negative consequences for the students, staff, parents and community that could take years to undo.
Continue reading ‘Highsmith: No Deal For #2’
by Jacob Spell | Nov 17, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (18)
(Opinion) Jacob Spell, a senior at Creed High School and one of the Board of Education’s two non-voting student representatives, submitted the following opinion article about student opinion of the superintendent search:
The New Haven Board of Education has a tough decision to make, as the final candidates for the superintendent position all have unique qualities and experiences. However, in the face of a tough decision, it is crucial that we make the right one for our students. Dr. Carol Birks is one of these finalists, and I have tremendous respect for her as an educator. While the majority of the board has unofficially backed her as our next superintendent, I do not believe that Dr. Birks is the best fit for our school system. By listening to the students and playing a role in the interview process, I strongly recommend that the board reconsiders its position.
Continue reading ‘Student Rep: School Board Should Reconsider’
by Staff | Nov 15, 2017 7:44 am | Comments (10)
(Opinion) I’m just a patrol cop in New Haven. This is my opinion and it doesn’t reflect the position of anyone but myself. I wasn’t paid, ordered or otherwise told to write it. I authored it off duty, and it’s worth exactly what you’re paying to read it.
Continue reading ‘“Cop Of The Week,” Reconsidered’
by Wendy Hamilton | Nov 9, 2017 1:32 pm | Comments (7)
New Haven activist Wendy Hamilton wrote this previous article detailing her efforts to help a homeless man named MC find housing. The following article is an update on those efforts as the cold weather arrives.
Continue reading ‘MC’s Still Out In The Cold’
by Staff | Oct 26, 2017 2:48 pm | Comments (12)
Nataliya Braginsky, a member of an organization of public school teachers called the New Haven Educators’ Collective, sent in the following opinion article from the group, about New Haven’s search for a new schools superintendent.
Continue reading ‘4 Steps To Transparency’
by Staff | Sep 22, 2017 1:29 pm | Comments (23)
(Opinion) Peter Webster, former chair of the Downtown Wooster Square Management Team, submitted the following opinion article about an issue that he spent much time dealing with:
Continue reading ‘Let’s Stop Ignoring Reality On The Green’
by Paul Bass | Sep 19, 2017 12:41 pm | Comments (2)
(Opinion) As Republicans and Democrats stake starker positions on the future of health care, they have an opportunity for a grand compromise that resets how we make laws in this country.
Continue reading ‘Single-Payer Or Block Grants? Yes’
by Staff | Aug 24, 2017 10:59 am | Comments (17)
Growing up in New Haven, I came to love and appreciate coal fired brick oven pizza at Sally’s, Modern, and Pepe’s as a major foundation of my city’s food identity. The pizza is historic, critically acclaimed, but most of all, delicious. It’s always worth the wait and makes our city stand out amongst the rest.
The white clam pizza at Pepe’s has a perfectly charred and erect crust when you take to the slice away from the pizza pie and fold it in mid air. When folded, this flavorful crust deliciously bundles up the littleneck clams, garlic, oregano, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese when it enters your mouth. So fresh, so pure, and so New Haven!
After high school, I brought my enthusiasm for New Haven pizza into many conversations I had with outsiders in college at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. I felt they needed to hear the truth, so if they ever wanted to have the best pizza, they knew where to go.
Continue reading ‘A New Haven Boy Meets Big-City Pizza’
by Wendy Hamilton | Aug 10, 2017 12:12 pm | Comments (7)
Wendy Hamilton is a local activist and philanthropist who has been involved in homeless advocacy. She recently kept the following diary of her efforts to help one man she has known for years find housing.
Continue reading ‘MC Seeks A Home’
by Nathan J. Robinson | Aug 7, 2017 6:49 am | Comments (26)
(Opinion) Former prisoners do not get much more “rehabilitated” than Reginald Dwayne Betts. In the time since his release in 2005, Betts has published two acclaimed books of poetry and a memoir, earned a college degree with a 4.0, earned an MFA, started a family, held a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard, earned a law degree from Yale, received an NAACP Image Award, given talks at schools, prisons, and conferences around the country, been accepted to a PhD program, worked for the New Haven Public Defender’s Office, and passed the Connecticut Bar Exam.
Yet this past Thursday, Betts was told by the State of Connecticut that he may not have the requisite “character and fitness” to practice law.
Continue reading ‘Lawyer Bid Blocked For Model 2nd-Chancer’