MTA bike art

Bikes now allowed on Metro-North… sometimes

Days before the Connecticut Department of Transportation opens public hearings on a proposed 5 percent fare increase on Metro-North, Gov. Dannel Malloy held a media event to promote good news about “improved service” on our highest-fares-in-the-nation railroad. What? A return of the bar cars? More seats on crowded trains? No, nothing that monumental: just a new e-ticketing app and word that bike racks have been installed on our trains.

smoking joint

Huge red flag: rehiring UConn employee who got high on state time

Does someone have to get hurt before our state stands up for what’s right? UConn Health Center appropriately fired an individual who put the public at risk by getting high while working a job that involves driving a state vehicle and operating motorized equipment. But following an arbitration ruling in support of the employee’s case, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the arbiter’s finding instructing UConn Health to rehire the employee who got high on state time in a state vehicle.


One Connecticut mom: Mylan’s EpiPen olive branch is not enough

I read in an article yesterday that Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, has called the EpiPen her “baby.” As a food allergy mom, the fact that she does so as CEO of a company that has the potential to save, and yet put the lives of my actual real life babies at risk, is ironic, to say the least.

Bloodshed that saves lives

Since the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks that stripped the sacred lives of too many Americans, we Muslims have unfortunately been the target of blame and persecution. Yet, amid both injustices, our Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, led by the peaceful Khalifa of Islam, chose to respond by the teachings of Holy Quran which encourages working together in goodness and righteousness.


Grieving father, college leader: Vaccinate for meningitis B

On Sept. 24, 2005, my son Isaac called home to tell his mother he had a terrible headache and felt lousy; chills and a fever. He was a very healthy young man who worked out every day and took pride in how and what he ate. Thinking it was the flu, my wife told him to get some sleep and drink lots of fluids. He called again at 4:16 to report that the headache was even worse and he felt even sicker. His mother re-assured him that it was probably the flu, so get some rest. I agreed with the diagnosis. But it was not the flu. It was type B meningitis eating at his body and brain.

Inside the terminal at Bradley International Airport.

Casino planning for airport should be transparent, not secret

Secret backroom deals, it has been proved time and time again, may be good for the deal-makers, but they are terrible for taxpayers. Yet, despite the debacle of the Hartford stadium dominating the news — a deal that was done in secret, with no public input — officials from the Connecticut Airport Authority, the town of Windsor Locks and MMCT (the joint venture of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes) spent much of the past year hatching a secret plan to transform Bradley International Airport into a mega-casino.

Ralph Nader wide

Nader on the Clinton record: ‘More war, more Wall Street’

Ralph Nader, a Winsted native and longtime Connecticut resident, may have influenced more liberal legislation and regulations than any man in the 20th century. Following his 2000 campaign for the White House, many Democrats not only still blame him for siphoning votes away from Al Gore in Florida and electing George W. Bush, but they’ve used his third-party campaign as a cautionary tale to keep disillusioned party members from starting a Tea Party of their own. Here, in a lightly edited and condensed conversation with Connecticut Mirror Publisher Dave Daley, Nader talks about the current political climate, Hillary Clinton's record and the influence of Wall Street money on politics.

empty classroom

Connecticut needs a new way to identify low-income students

Connecticut’s low-income students need and deserve an equitable school finance system that recognizes, and takes into account, the variety of challenges they may face that can impact their educational success. However, in order to distribute education resources fairly, Connecticut must transition to a new method of accurately identifying low-income students.

A scene from the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic.

Connecticut’s rail history offers summer day-trip fun

If you’re looking for family fun this summer, consider visiting one of Connecticut’s many living museums celebrating our rail heritage... All of these museums are run by volunteers who will appreciate your patronage and support. They love working on the railroad and will tell you why if you express even the slightest interest in their passion.

Connecticut whittles away at its watchdog agencies

In her op-ed in The Connecticut Mirror, State Rep. Mary Mushinsky (D-Wallingford) writes about an unanticipated, end-of-the-legislative-session, 50 percent cut to the personnel budget of the General Assembly’s Office of Program Review and Investigations. She reasonably asks, “How does silencing the state’s efficiency experts help the state adjust to less revenues and a leaner government? And why is this cut far more extensive than other line-item reductions?”