Editorial: New Haven County Bar Association’s L.A.W. Camp is needed and welcomed

If justice is to be served equally in the nation’s courtrooms, then the judicial system must find a way to diversify the legal profession. The American Bar Association’s 2016 breakdown of lawyer demographics brought some sobering news: Nearly 90 percent of lawyers across the country are white. Read more of  Editorial: New Haven County Bar Association’s L.A.W. Camp is needed and welcomed

Forum: Colleges should change how they handle sexual assault

This month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos signaled that her department will likely revise an Obama administration policy on how colleges and universities handle campus sexual assaults. DeVos, who observed that “a system without due process ultimately serves no one in the end,” is right to address this topic. Read More of  Forum: Colleges should change how they handle sexual assault

MARKET MATTERS: When life throws a curveball at your investment timeline

You are the type of person who always likes to plan: at what age you will marry, when you will buy your first home, how many children you’ll have, where your career will be in ten years, and when you can look forward to retirement. But sometimes, life throws a curveball, and your best-laid plans – including your investment plans – get sidetracked. Read more of  MARKET MATTERS: When life throws a curveball at your investment timeline

Letter: Pay attention on Charles bar

Pay attention on Charles bar Hundreds of fishermen, including myself, have fished the rips on the Charles Island bar for many years without a problem. All you have to do is pay attention, observe what’s going on around you, and use your head. This area is no more dangerous than 50 other spots in Long Island Sound. You just have to be aware of your surroundings and respect the power of the sea. Jim Turecek Ansonia   Read more of  Letter: Pay attention on Charles bar

Letter to the Editor: Lawmakers do a disservice to least among us

On Wednesday, my brother, Ralph, a disabled adult with autism and mental retardation who attends a day program at the West Haven Community House called Community Connections, was forced to take a furlough day. Fortunately, my elderly parents are both retired and can care for Ralph on a weekday when he cannot attend his day program. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: Lawmakers do a disservice to least among us

Letter to the Editor: Event showed how community can come together

The West River Water Festival was a huge success on July 8. Thanks to the many participants who made this an educational, and family fun event. Included were the Quinnipiac Watershed Association and River Associates of Connecticut for the canoe rides, the West River Watershed Coalition for water testing and coloring activities, New Haven Fire Department with the educational fire exhibit, Rain Barrel for demo and sample kits provided by Frank Panzarella and the New Haven Bird Club for the bird watching telescope viewing with Mary Molinski. Read more of  Letter to Read More …

Letter to the Editor: Trump Jamboree address ‘disgusting’

I read with disgust about President Trump’s behavior at the recent Boy Scout Jamboree. In a speech that should have been an inspiration to young Americans, he instead spewed partisan political nonsense and, worst of all, used the occasion to take a cheap shot at his predecessor for not attending one of these events. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: Trump Jamboree address ‘disgusting’

Faith Matters: It’s just the way the world works

Jewish groups during Hellenistic and Roman eras ventured forth and migrated from Judea as merchants, traders, artisans and mercenaries in the common manner of tribal groups or they just fled, some expelled, and spread throughout the Mediterranean Basin, much of Europe and the Middle East, even into Crimea, Central Asia and the Arabian peninsula. Read more of  Faith Matters: It’s just the way the world works

GOD SQUAD: A look at unforgivable sin in a couple of forms

Q: What is the unforgivable sin? – From B A: Every religion has a deep understanding of sin, which is the way we go wrong; repentance, which is the way we admit it; and forgiveness, which is the way we are graced to begin again. The central spiritual revolution of the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is the belief that sins need not stain us forever but can be washed clean from our sullied souls. Read More of  GOD SQUAD: A look at unforgivable sin in a couple Read More …

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Congress, police brutality claims

The new shenanigans of Congress and its ineffectiveness again bring up the idea of term limits. The politicians spend most of their time running for re-election. According to Article 5 of the Constitution, the states don’t have to wait for Congress to propose amendments. If two-thirds send representatives, they can have their own convention and propose amendments. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Congress, police brutality claims

Letter to the Editor: More money for ‘human needs,’ less for war

Along with Nancy Eberg and Hilary Opperman, who recently wrote letters to the New Haven Register, I applaud our Mayor Toni Harp for stimulating the mayors of mega-cities New York and Los Angeles to follow the lead of New Haven: “Shift funds from Pentagon spending to human needs.” I recognize that our state of Connecticut has great stakes in jobs that supply the defense industry. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: More money for ‘human needs,’ less for war

Letter to the Editor: ‘Every child born in a rich nation’ deprives someone else

Christine Emba’s forum (July 18) misrepresents the anti-natalist stance on population. She first cites Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Africa, given in the context of foreign aid and having nothing to do with environmentalism, as indicative of an attitude of disdain toward high birthrates in the developing world. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: ‘Every child born in a rich nation’ deprives someone else

Red Jahncke: SEBAC deal is false hope for state

On Monday, the Connecticut Senate is scheduled to vote on a labor deal that’s the lynchpin of Democrat Governor Malloy’s two-year budget proposal. Malloy argues that no labor deal means no budget, and that means all hell will break loose financially. Not so. A budget can be forged without a new deal with Big Labor. Most state employees have been working without wage contracts for more than a year, including fiscal 2017 for which a budget was adopted nonetheless. And the employees’ omnibus benefits agreement (the so-called SEBAC agreement) runs Read More …

They said it

Protest “Keep Joel Home;” “Family man, taxpayer, citizen, Joel;” “Keep Families Together.” Among the chants from a crowd in Hartford supporting Joel Colindres, of New Fairfield, a non-citizen who’s been ordered to return to his native Guatemala by Aug. 17, leaving behind his citizen wife and their two citizen children. No pigs in pokes, thank you If I don’t get those assurances, I’m a ‘no,’ because I’m not going to vote for a pig in a poke. I’m not going to vote for a bill that is terrible policy and Read More …

Editorial: Trump betrays American soldiers

President Donald J. Trump is a master of misdirection. Each time he makes a polarizing declaration, it can’t quite seem to clear a news cycle before he tweets something more surreal. The whiplash is often so jarring that the first comments get buried in the swamp by the second. This week, he managed to – there’s no better word for it – trump his outrageous comments at the Boy Scout Jamboree Monday by tweeting a ban on transgender service members. Read more of  Editorial: Trump betrays American soldiers

Jay Ambrose: Trump should leave Sessions alone

The way many of his political enemies go after President Donald Trump is a national disgrace, an antidemocratic, snarling, hateful dismissal of protocol, sometimes of law. […] Sessions was the first senator to back Trump in his bid for the presidency and, time and again, defended Trump’s positions in a knowledgeable, rational way. Under his guidance, the Justice Department recently arrested hundreds of people accused of illegally abetting this country’s murderous opiate epidemic, and the department is now looking into at least six felonious leaks of information from intelligence agencies. Read More …

Noah Feldman: Ban on transgender troops is doomed in courts

The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t get to rule on the question in the case of Gavin Grimm, the transgender student who wanted to use the school bathroom of his choice, after the Trump administration changed the federal policy in question. What’s certain is that the Constitution protects the equal rights of transgender people — because the Constitution guarantees everybody equal protection of the laws. In the landmark 1996 case, Romer v. Evans, the Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, held that a Colorado state constitutional amendment couldn’t Read More …

Letter to the Editor: More pressing needs than a bicycle tracks right now

So, $3,567,260! This is the amount of money Mayor Toni Harp and her director of Traffic, Transportation and Parking plan to spend on bicycle tracks on city streets in the next few years, starting with the expenditure of $1.2 million for Edgewood Avenue. Take a ride on Edgewood Avenue. You will find a wide street between Forest Road and Edgewood Park. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: More pressing needs than a bicycle tracks right now

Letter to the Editor: Coming together ‘in unity, in brotherhood’

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held its 69th annual convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is the oldest annual convention of its kind in the United States and is still going strongly. I was also in attendance at the convention, as a member of the community. As the founder of the Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, had stated this event was for all members from across the country to come together in unity, in brotherhood, in good spirit, to gain knowledge and spirituality. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: Coming together ‘in Read More …

Letter to the Editor: Palestinian leaders provoke violence

The recent violence in Jerusalem says a lot about the motives of the various parties. On July 14, there was an attack in which two Israeli policeman were shot and killed by terrorists who had guns brought to the Temple Mount mosque compound. Israel responded by placing metal detectors at the entrances. Read more of  Letter to the Editor: Palestinian leaders provoke violence

Letter to the editor

Regarding “Was reporter “body slam” over covered?”, (June 26, 2017), as a journalist, Janensch knows the answer to his question, given the context of the report. A significant politician running for office in a critical, congressional election with national consequences ought to have known better. “Was it a body slam?” Had he been a pro-wrestler or is it mischaracterized by some utterly unknowledgable journalist or other, using a “slam dunk,” pro-wrestling term, one that wrestling enthusiasts love to cheer? Why not the plight of those poor families and individuals subjected Read More …

Letter: Open Your Eyes Studio Tour a great success in Litchfield County

To the Editor: This year’s Open Your Eyes Studio Tour, featuring 31 artists’ studios in Sharon and Lakeville/Salisbury, exceeded all records for advanced registration over the previous seven years of this event. Although we don’t have a final count, we know that hundreds of visitors from within the region, as well as from far away, went from studio to studio during the weekend of June 24-25. Read More of  Letter: Open Your Eyes Studio Tour a great success in Litchfield County

Editorial: Third rail we can fix; caution is up to you

[…] rail we can fix; caution is up to you After a near 30-month investigation into the horrific train accident that killed six people at a grade-crossing in Valhalla, New York, in February 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board has come up with some findings, and with safety recommendations that are, well, less than jaw-dropping. Well, it’s hard to argue with that suggestion. […] for those involved in the Valhalla incident — not to mention millions of train riders and motorists who have to pass through these crossings — it’s Read More …