High speed rail runs over Connecticut

In China you can travel by high-speed rail between Beijing and Shanghai (819 miles) in about four hours, averaging over 200 mph.  Take Amtrak from New York to Boston and the 230 mile journey will take at least 3.5 hours (about 65 mph). Why the difference?  Because the U.S. is a third-world nation when it comes to railroading.  Our railroads’ tracks (rights-of-way) are old and full of curves compared to China’s modern, straight rail roadbeds.

Feeling lost in the time of Trump

I was raised by lifelong Republican parents who always told us to respect all people no matter what they look like. They were challenged in their beliefs as their daughters fell in love with men of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Until now, I believed the majority of Americans also held these values, even if our politics were different. This election has shaken those beliefs.

Shifting services to community can make state’s human services better

The huge state deficit means there is a stark choice ahead for legislators: Preserve an antiquated system and balance the budget with brutal spending cuts that eliminate services for thousands of the state’s most vulnerable individuals. Or take the opportunity to update and modernize the state’s delivery of services in a way that maximizes dollars and provides the vital care that some families have waited for years to get.

The ‘open carry’ debate is about privacy, not guns

Granting police the power to ask to see open carry permits from gun owners may not violate the Second Amendment, but it might violate the Fourth Amendment, the right to privacy. You have the right to conduct business without agents of the government asking to see your papers.

President Trump on the road to impeachment

President Trump’s presidency of, now, about 45 days or so has distinguished itself by scandal after scandal. One, ultimately, will do Trump in: his and his staff’s secret involvement with the Russians and, in particular, Russian intelligence operatives. I have no doubt that Russian involvement in the presidential election was enough to change its outcome. This is, without a doubt, the equivalent or far more then Nixon’s Watergate.

A clarion call for change for Connecticut’s children

Connecticut has finally taken a major step toward fair funding for all public school kids. Ruling on a case filed by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher denounced the current public school funding formula as unconstitutional and mandated the creation of a new system. Connecticut’s public school funding formula has long denied thousands of students the resources they need to thrive, and, as Judge Moukawsher noted, has especially disadvantaged low-income students.

Pleas to save Faculty Row ignored by UConn administration

The nine historic cottages built circa 1890-1930 known as Faculty Row on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs are considered a treasure by many former students, officials, and faculty who have had fond memories of this revered complex. The sign placed at the entrance to this mini-campus enclave tells of its importance in the early history of the university. The present plan to demolish these Nationally Registered historic cottages is regrettable. Alternatively, an adaptive re-use of these buildings should be made a top priority by the administration, as they represent an invaluable component of the university’s historic fabric.

The time has come for a Connecticut college credit bank

In this budget-challenged environment, college students in Connecticut are being particularly stressed. State subsidies are being cut. Reliance on student loans is increasing. All the while, those of us in higher education spend too much effort “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” It is time to find real solutions to systematic problems in higher education. We must revisit what we can — and what we should — do to support our students. And we must think big.

Connecticut must find an alternative to ever-rising college tuition

I am writing to express my concern regarding the recent finalization of Connecticut public college tuition rising 3.5 to 5 percent next year. Since 2008, college tuition has been steadily increasing. As a graduate student this year, I have been affected by tuition rises since day one of my education. My concern is for students like me struggling with debt and bad credit to start our lives and careers.

Regents, keep the Three Rivers civil engineering tech program

I am one of 80 students in the Three Rivers Community College’s civil engineering and environmental engineering technology programs who are urging the Board of Regents to save the civil engineering technology program. We want the Board of Regents to immediately delay its decision, now set for today, on terminating the program until the end of this summer to allow for a “cool down” period.

Ojakian on tuition hikes –What a difference a day makes

March 22, former Chief of Staff to Gov. Dannel Malloy and current Board of Regents President Mark E. Ojakian stated, “I have consistently said I am not going balance the state’s financial burden on the back of our students.” March 23, he is asking for a painful 5 percent increase in tuition costs for the 88,000 students in two and four year programs at State Universities and Community Colleges.