Sorry, College Shouldn’t Be For Everyone

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Christie-Cuomo Envy: Why Malloy’s Approvals Stink

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The Thankless Job of School Superintendent

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A Statewide Property Tax For Connecticut Schools? Think Again

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Woe Is The State Government

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Teacher Ed, Lobbying And Leadership

ctnewsjunkieThree recent pieces of mine for CT News Junkie:

A look at the culture of mediocrity that pervades teacher education programs; insight into the efforts of the major parties in Hartford to trample on the rights of minor parties; and an examination of leadership in the post-Newtown era.

Booze, Nursing Homes And Lobbyists

ctnewsjunkieThree recent pieces of mine for CT News Junkie:

A look at the possibility of deregulating the liquor industry in Connecticut; the powerful special interests behind the opposition to a proposed nursing home for convicts in Rocky Hill; and an examination of the recent imbroglio involving lobbying efforts at the Capitol and the powerhouse law firm of Brown Rudnick.

Apple TV vs. Roku

CT Tech JunkieClick here for a review of Apple TV I wrote for CT Tech Junkie.

The piece has been twinned up with my colleague Susan Bigelow’s review of Roku, which at $50 is half the price of ATV. My conclusion: if you’re very much a part of the Apple ecosystem, ATV is worth the price.

Malloy Divides And Offends; Dodd In The Dark

ctnewsjunkieA couple of my recent columns for CT News Junkie.

What exactly is Gov. Malloy’s strategy for getting a budget passed in the General Assembly? Some leaders adopt a policy of “divide and conquer.” For the interminably klutzy Malloy, it’s “Divide And Offend.”

In the second piece, former Sen. Chris Dodd’s position as chief Hollywood lobbyist puts him in an awkward place in the wake of the Newtown massacre. Plus in the same column, First-term Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty makes a rookie mistake with her off-the-record meetings with public officials about gun violence.

New Jobs For CT05 Pols And More Crony Capitalism

ctnewsjunkieTwo more columns for CT News Junkie and the Journal Register newspapers.

The first one takes a look at the future employment of two failed candidates for Connecticut’s fifth congressional seat last year. Democrat Chris Donovan and Republican Andrew Roraback are strong prospects for new jobs. One sounds like a good fit; the other could be a disaster.

The second one suggests lifting the absurd requirement that municipalities and school districts advertise in newspapers. I say eliminate this vestige of crony capitalism, or at least make it voluntary. Let towns put legal notices on their websites instead. It could save them millions of dollars a year but would not, as newspaper publishers claim, endanger the public’s right to know.