Category Archives: Northwest Corner

Budget Passes, Miles Gets Half A Loaf

The Region One budget passed last night on the second try, delivering a blow to those who believe the employment contracts of the district’s administrators are the most important matters in the Northwest Corner. By all accounts, we have increasing drug use in Region One, special education costs have soared for years and student achievementRead MoreRead More

Mea Culpa

In a recent blog post and letter to the editor of The Lakeville Journal, I stated that the new Region 1 administrators’ contracts have “already been signed and ratified.” That statement is incorrect. By a vote of 4-2, the general terms of the new contracts were approved by the Board of Education in March onRead More

Ok, Where Do We Go From Here?

Clarification: Miles is now bellowing that the contracts have not been signed. Correct. The new contracts themselves haven’t been signed but the resolution to issue those contracts was. It was approved 4-2 and endorsed by the BOE at a March 28 special meeting on unanimous recommendation from the All Boards Committee (ABC). For those whoRead More

5th District GOP Debate: JFK, Weicker, But No Rowland

Click here for my latest for CT News Junkie. I really do think the 5th-district congressional debate Monday in Torrington  contained a few surprises. Most of them, however, had less to do with policy than with style: If I’d told you before this week’s 5th-district GOP congressional debate that John Rowland, the crooked ex-governor, wouldRead More

CT NPR Affiliate Continues Its Assault

Just as a clown’s pancake make-up eventually wilts under the heat to reveal a sad sack on the verge of a breakdown, so too has the boss of our local radio station been unmasked as an emperor whose clothes (and nerves) are fraying. Veteran broadcaster Marshall Miles, who presides over the self-described “smallest NPR stationRead More

Disgrace: CT NPR Station Threatens School Board

What is more contemptible? Being a bully or pretending to play the role of victim? In the case of Marshall Miles, president of Sharon’s NPR affiliate, you can have your cake and pig out on it, too. Miles is in high dudgeon over ethical allegations lodged against him by Diane Goncalves, an assistant superintendent ofRead More

‘Miles’ To Go And Promises To Keep

As if we didn’t need more excitement in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner, Tuesday morning came word that an administrator in our local school district has filed a complaint with the FCC against Sharon’s WHDD, the self-proclaimed smallest NPR affiliate in the nation. There’s an interesting story to that effect in yesterday’s Waterbury Republican by my friendRead More

Can Roraback Save Us From Donovan?

Click here for my latest from My state Sen. Andrew Roraback has jumped into the fray for the open 5th district congressional seat. Is Drew far enough to the right to satisfy diehard conservatives? No. But is he right enough of center to provide a sharp contrast with his likely Democratic opponent, House SpeakerRead More

Irene: Minimal Damage Here

Check this out: After seeing the devastation that was heaped on neighboring communities, such as this Vermont town that saw its covered bridge ripped from its moorings and washed away, I feel fortunate to have only a little water in the basement of my Lakeville home. We never even lost power here, although it didRead More

From Bankrupt to Thriving

What has happened at the Journal Register Company is nothing short of a miracle. Two years ago, the company was de-listed from the NYSE and mired in bankruptcy, the victim of crushing debt brought on by rapacious acquisition and the great recession. At that time, it was the fifth largest newspaper company in America, butRead More