Dark Days Or Salad Days? Both

by Paul Bass | Jul 20, 2018 3:04 pm | Comments (18)

Staff Photos(Analysis) Officials break ground at another big upscale downtown building site. They cut the ribbon on a spanking new public-housing development. A deep-pocket out-of-state builder buys land for an apartment-retail complex in Wooster Square.

Meanwhile, New Haven edges closer to a potential state bailout. The mayor and alders go to war again, this time over a potential $10 tax rebate to city homeowners, while a $30 million long-term structural deficit remains unaddressed. Meadow Street yet again confuses 700 workers about whether they have jobs; emails reveal school board members already at war with a new school superintendent they just brought to New Haven.

That all happened just this week in New Haven. And this week looked like a lot of recent weeks.

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Body-Cam Tech Is A Need, Not A Want

by Rev. Steven Cousin | Jun 8, 2018 2:03 pm | Comments (5)

(Opinion)—During the past few months, the budget for the City of New Haven has become a hotly contested issue. The city is facing a $20 million deficit in its Board of Education, rising costs for health benefits in its pensions, and a decline in financial support from the state. These conditions force New Haven residents to live by the motto, “we have to do more with less.” In order to address the city’s problems, some tough budgetary decisions were made.

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The Muslim Women You’ve Never Met

by Natasha A.H. Ghazali | May 29, 2018 2:01 pm

Three years ago, on Feb. 10, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed by Craig Stephen Hicks in their North Carolina home. This horrific evening came to be known as the Chapel Hill Shooting, and is one of many hate crimes against Muslims. These acts of prejudicial aggression in our country have spiked following our most recent election year. An online piece called “The Islamic Administration” reports a “67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2016” and that “from the end of Jan. 27 through the end of March, there were approximately 32 anti-Muslim and anti-Arab incidents, or an average of one every other day,” (Brennan Center). The phenomenon is nothing new, we’ve seen it in the years following 9/11, but it has been fuelled more recently under the rhetoric of our new Presidential Administration. 

Still, we try to understand: Where does this prejudice stem from?

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Parents, Teachers Blast School Closures

by Staff | May 23, 2018 7:51 am | Comments (15)

At a school finance meeting on Monday, Board of Education members asked Superintendent Carol Birks to consider closing six elementary schools across the city, after alders look ready to flat-line next year’s funding. Parents and teachers from NHPS Advocates responded in a statement, asking the board to explain the decision and maintain magnet schools.

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Can Moguls Save Newspapers?

by Dan Kennedy | May 21, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)

Neena Satija PhotoAuthor Dan Kennedy will talk about the future of the news — and his new book Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century — with Independent Editor Paul Bass at an event at the Book Trader Cafe, 1140 Chapel St., Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. An essay from Dan follows.

Communities can’t thrive without strong, independent journalism.

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Require The Teaching Of Holocaust And Genocide Studies

by Joe Ganim | Apr 19, 2018 8:49 pm | Comments (1)

(Opinion) In August of 1939, just a week before launching an all-out invasion of Poland, Adolf Hitler reiterated his orders to Nazi military commanders to “send to the death mercilessly and without compassion men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language.”  It would be the start of the most brutal slaughter of innocent civilians the world had ever seen.

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