Connecticut First In Quality Of Life

In Comparison, Texas, South Carolina Not Even In Conversation

Life is good in Connecticut. How good? A quality-of-life survey funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation found Connecticut to be the nation's best state in which to live when it comes to such things as health, income, education …

This got me to wondering how No. 1-ranked Connecticut compares specifically to other states? So I picked a couple at random.

OK, that's a lie. I didn't pick them at random. I chose Texas because Gov. Rick Perry had the gall to come here and imply Texas was somehow superior to Connecticut.

And I selected South Carolina (ranked 43rd in the survey) for two reasons:

One, because it was in the news after convincing a state gun maker to move his operation and people there.

And, two, because it is such an easy target.

Let's see how the states match up in three of the areas addressed in the Hilton Foundation survey:

Life expectancy (in years): Connecticut (80.8) Texas (78.5) South Carolina (77).

This is not a misprint, folks. People in South Carolina live on average 4 fewer years than people in Connecticut.

Less than high school diploma: Connecticut (11.4 percent), South Carolina (15.9 percent), Texas (19.3 percent).

Funny, Rick Perry didn't mention that when he was here. He probably forgot.

Median income: Connecticut ($35,926), Texas ($27,034), South Carolina ($25,558).

Well, although you are going to be significantly poorer in South Carolina, you have to look on the bright side. You will be in this situation 4 fewer years.

The Fighting Chuggers?

Isn't there a way we could all put our heads together and make the former Hartford Times building the new home for the University of Connecticut branch as well as the new location of the Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.? I can see where the stately building would be an excellent choice for a college, but on the other hand it also has a long tradition associated with the consumption of alcohol. It was, after all, a newspaper office for more than half a century.

State Board Of FirearmsPermit Examiners hearing

Good evening, gentlemen.

I am standing here before you seeking redress of a wrong that was done to me by the Connecticut State Police, who arbitrarily denied my request for permission to carry a gun.

Fortunately, you have the power to overrule the state police and restore my Constitutional rights.

The facts of my situation are as follows: After a background check the cops concluded I shouldn't be armed simply because I have some anger issues, and a problem with drugs and alcohol, and am considered a danger to myself and others.

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