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Break Up The Broadcast Plutocracy

by Chris Powell | Dec 11, 2018 12:05 pm | Comments (3)

(Opinion) — There are only two ways of awarding federal broadcast licenses — to diversify ownership of the news media or to concentrate it. The public interest is to diversify ownership and thus power, but federal policy long has been to concentrate ownership

It is about to get worse with Nexstar Media Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media’s television stations for $4.1 billion, a combination that will allow Nexstar to reach 39 percent of homes in the country.

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Send Back Civilian Review Bill To Get It Right

by Justin Elicker | Nov 29, 2018 4:30 pm | Comments (5)

Markeshia Ricks Photo(Opinion) In April of 1997 Malik Jones, a 21 year-old unarmed black man was shot in New Haven by an East Haven police officer four times at point-blank range. The officer who killed Malik never faced criminal charges. It’s been over 20 years since Malik’s death that advocates have been appealing the City of New Haven to create a real Civilian Review Board as a tool for greater police oversight and accountability.

On Monday night New Haven’s Board of Alders will consider passage of a Civilian Review Board (CRB) ordinance. The proposal currently on the table is to create an ineffective and impotent CRB and should be sent back to committee and strengthened.

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Legal Weed? We Better Think ...

by Todd C. Foster | Nov 27, 2018 3:01 pm | Comments (25)

(Opinion) Back in 1968 Aretha Franklin’s, “Think,” reached the pinnacle of the Hot R&B singles chart and rose to number 7 on the Hot 100. It’s a classic, ultimately becoming the unofficial feminist anthem of its time. The Queen of Soul declared, “You better think ... think what you’re doing to me.”

Now, 50 years later, amidst the current stampede to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Connecticut, the old classic keeps creeping into my psyche like a melodic warning of impending danger.

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The Talking Hat

by Lary Bloom | Nov 12, 2018 8:06 am | Comments (4)

Lary Bloom photoA half century ago, I wore a uniform of a different hue. The jungle fatigues and cap were manufactured in only one color, olive drab, which the military still refers to, drably, as Color 107. Unofficially, it was the shade of derision during and after America’s most divisive foreign war.

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A Family Separated But Still Together

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | Nov 8, 2018 12:59 pm

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio photoFor the past year I have spent countless hours with a New Haven family that seems brought forth by the pages of a Hollywood sitcom, so all-American and wholesome it’s hard to believe they’re not Cold War propaganda. They love each other so ferociously, spend every hour together so joyously, and like each other so genuinely that young people in the community flock to them for a sense of family.

Being around them has provided me so much comfort and genuine joy that my real family has become jealous. You’re about to note the bizarre irony of their jealousy.

The Pinos family is fighting a deportation order that threatens to break their family apart. Many New Haven families have been faced with deportation orders. But here too the Pinos family is unlike the rest.

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Ganong: Row C = A Message

by Sarah Ganong | Nov 5, 2018 7:29 am | Comments (2)

Paul Bass Photo(Opinion) My name is Sarah Ganong. Folks in New Haven might recognize me from last year’s ballot for mayor, when I ran to secure future municipal ballot access for the Working Families Party on Row C. I only needed 1 percent of the vote to get it done, but the remarkable, grassroots support of our community brought nearly eight times that. I was inspired again and again by the excitement I heard about bringing Row C and the Working Families Party to New Haven elections.

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APT’s Toll On Our Neighborhoods

by Kica Matos | Sep 18, 2018 1:39 pm | Comments (59)

Last week, over 30 minutes in mid-morning, my husband and I witnessed open-air drug deals outside of the church next door, followed by drug use next to a school bus. A knife-wielding man rampaged up the street followed by a highly intoxicated woman.  Five minutes later, a John and a sex worker engaged in sex acts in the open.

Later that afternoon as I walked my dog in the park, I was overwhelmed by what I saw: a used condom on the sidewalk next to my house and dirty needles, bloody gauzes and empty drug bags littering nearly every bench.

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