(Opinion) Dan Rather doesn’t appear on TV much anymore, but something he said has stayed with me as my colleagues and I experience the ups and downs of trying to prevent homelessness. “If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey,” he observed, “most of us would never start out at all.”
That may be true for some. But I’m lucky enough to have colleagues who would have embarked, and have stayed with it, regardless.
(Opinion) Last November, the United States saw record turnout for a midterm election. While this result is on its face a significant achievement, it seems decidedly less so when we recognize that still only half of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot — an estimated 50.3 percent according to the United States Election Project.
Every year you hear “Get your flu shot.” You see the signs in your local pharmacies, outside general stores, and at your office saying, “Flu Shots Here.” Every year, you see commercials about the flu and its effects on young people and older people. I had the most unfortunate experience to be a victim to the flu and ended up in a hospital crowded with other victims.
(Opinion) — As technology grows more sophisticated, it is natural to assume the capacity to use that same technology to identify and prevent fraud would also grow equally robustly. As I recently found out for myself, however, that isn’t necessarily the case.
(Opinion) — Here we go again. The now-annual expansion campaign by Tweed New-Haven Airport is looming over the East Shore, Morris Cove, and East Haven. Tweed boosters are rushing to Hartford on March 4 to ram through House Bill 7143, which would remove any restriction on airport expansion. This is New Haven democracy at work — introduce legislation at the state level before residents and taxpayers can have any input or are even aware of the proposal.
(Opinion)Justin Farmer, who wrote the following article, is a Hamden City Council member and majority whip.
For the past few months, I’ve been working with one of my constituents, Kim Miller, to find a solution for her dogs, Kato and Kleo, which have been housed in North Haven’s pound (a facility Hamden frequently uses since we lack our own) for the past six years after her dogs were accused of attacking someone.
After months of discussions with various Hamden officials, including mayor’s office personnel, the police chief, and the town attorney, I arranged a meeting to visit North Haven to see Ms. Miller’s dogs and the facility.
Despite the extensive discussions on what a visit might look like and how it would work for everyone involved, my visit on Dec. 17, 2018, quickly spiraled into disaster.
(Opinion) On Tuesday, January 29, city residents are invited to join me and many community partners to kick off New Haven’s comprehensive outreach efforts ahead of the 2020 Census. Though it’s still a year away, now is the time to begin preparations to ensure a complete count in New Haven.