Opinion

“Place Of Despair”?

by Staff | Aug 16, 2018 5:31 pm | Comments (4)

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:

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You Call This A Flag?

by Hacibey Catalbasoglu | Aug 13, 2018 12:21 pm | Comments (48)

Christopher Peak Photo(Opinion) New Haven’s flag is outdated and poorly designed. To many of you, it may come as a surprise that we even have a flag.

In fact, we use our flag so infrequently that, in 2018, many city officials still wear an All-American City Pin from 2008. Cities with successful flags can utilize them to bring together entire neighborhoods and elicit emotions of pride and unity.

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Farmer: Why I’m Voting For Mattei

by Staff | Aug 9, 2018 2:19 pm | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman PhotoLocal social-justice activist and Hamden City Council member Justin Farmer submitted the following article about Tuesday’s Democratic primary for attorney general.

Over the past year, I have spent most of my time fighting the notion of being a politician. The connotations of being a politician usually imply that we are willing to wheel and deal to get stuff done, or that we haven’t actually “walked the walk.” However, Chris Mattei’s life of public service reminds me that it’s possible to be involved in politics without being a politician. 

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False Choice: Taxes vs. Teachers

by Cameo Thorne | Jul 27, 2018 4:34 pm | Comments (19)

(Opinion)This week, Superintendent Carol Birks announced the layoffs of three dozen certified educators, which the Board of Education still needs to approve. Cameo Thorne, a one-time Teacher of the Year who now works to implement restorative practices throughout the district, submitted this opinion piece on the go-to arguments about the trade-offs between higher taxes on our properties and more teachers in our schools.

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Dark Days Or Salad Days? Both

by Paul Bass | Jul 20, 2018 3:04 pm | Comments (55)

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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