(Opinion) When my husband and I moved to New Haven in 2010, one of the first things we did was register to vote. We assumed that voting in New Haven would be the same pleasant, even rewarding experience it had been for the 30 years we lived in Montgomery County, the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
A 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.
by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | Nov 8, 2018 12:59 pm
For 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.
(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.
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.
(Updated with Fasano response to Harp’s response.) As city police, firefighters, and other emergency responders tended to waves of overdoses primarily on the New Haven Green on Wednesday and Thursday, a leading suburban Republican legislator provoked a firestorm of his own with a statement blaming the city for allowing the Green to deteriorate to the point that so many overdoses would occur.
Mayor Toni Harp, local Rev. Steven Cousin, and New Haven State Sen. Martin Looney came out swinging in response. Their statements (all written, except for the mayor’s which were delivered at a press conference) follow: