by Paul Bass | Jul 20, 2018 3:04 pm | Comments (18)
(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.
Continue reading ‘Dark Days Or Salad Days? Both’
by Paul Bass | Jul 6, 2018 12:34 pm | Comments (37)
Eliminating 106 police positions could save New Haven over $4 million a year.
It could also, in the view of some people, cost us more in lost lives and a more dangerous city.
We could save hundreds of thousands of dollars eliminating or combining a bunch of higher-level management positions — if we believe we won’t lose out in the long run.
Continue reading ‘Hey, Buddy, Can You Spare $30 Million?’
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.
Continue reading ‘Body-Cam Tech Is A Need, Not A Want’
by Shari Hoffman | Jun 8, 2018 11:59 am | Comments (2)
Riding CT Transit daily always provides unique and extraordinary experiences, some positive, some negative. Each bus or bus ride has a personality unto itself; no two rides are ever the same.
Continue reading ‘Aboard The 212’
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?
Continue reading ‘The Muslim Women You’ve Never Met’
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.
Continue reading ‘Parents, Teachers Blast School Closures’
by Dan Kennedy | May 21, 2018 8:54 am | Comments (3)
Author 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.
Continue reading ‘Can Moguls Save Newspapers?’
by Paul Bass | May 16, 2018 5:04 pm | Comments (6)
(Opinion) If you believe the above headline, you’re probably among the multitudes mourning the death of Tom Wolfe by praising his impact on journalism.
Continue reading ‘Career Criminal Tom Wolfe’s Dying Words Revealed!’
by Joe Bertolino and Paul Broadie | May 9, 2018 7:49 am
(Opinion) Connecticut’s utility sector is facing a watershed – a flood of retirements and a drought of skilled workers.
Continue reading ‘Colleges To Train Next-Gen Utility Workers’
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.
Continue reading ‘Require The Teaching Of Holocaust And Genocide Studies’