Thumbs up and a kickflip for Heaven, the skate park that is officially opening today in downtown Hartford. The site on the platform over I-84 has long been a haven for young artists and athletes, a place to skateboard and paint graffiti without fear of violence or arrest. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the $150,000 grant and to the Tony Hawk Foundation for its $10,000 as well.
It took far longer than it should have, but the Malloy administration is finally putting the brakes on the state's generosity to Amistad America. Thumbs up to that. The governor all but ordered the Amistad to Sailfest, the New London event that the schooner's operator had threatened to skip. Meanwhile, the state Office of Policy and Management says it won't make any payments to the tall ship's operator until it sees a long-overdue audit of its finances. The state was giving the group nearly $400,000 yearly for well over a decade even after Amistad America stopped paying its bills and lost its nonprofit status. Thumbs up, too, to state Sen. Leonard Fasano, who is joining state Rep. Diana Urban in criticizing the state's lack of oversight.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun