| Apr 4, 2014
| 4:55 PM
John Rowland on WTIC radio was like a colony of monkeys living on the surface of the sun. It never should have been tried in the first place, and now that it's over, there's not much to say.
To believe this was going to work you had to look at this...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:20 PM
That Connecticut's widely heralded Freedom of Information Act is under assault is troubling, but not new.
Since the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, we've seen relentless efforts to cut back on public access to police reports and investigatory...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 3:07 PM
As recent research at the University of Connecticut indicates, too much surface parking is bad for downtowns. Citing Hartford as an example, the study finds that large swaths of blacktop drive down the value of surrounding property, which makes...
| Jun 6, 2014
Every American story is some variant of "The Great Gatsby" or "The Music Man."
That may not be strictly true, but I don't see why I should have to stick to the facts while everybody else is lying.
Sports franchise stories are, of course, variants of...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:59 PM
If we were living in the model train set of some giant kid, the Norwalk River railroad bridge would be one of his favorite pieces. It's 562 feet long, and 202 feet of that can "swing" or pivot on an axis to let boats come through.
Of course, it's a two-...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:51 PM
Of all the issues raised in the last week about the prospective arrival of the New Britain Rock Cats in Hartford — whether the city can afford it, the chimerical jobs numbers, the robbing of the team from a sister city, the 17 months of secret...
| May 2, 2014
The end of the legislative session has featured an unusual amount of gear-shifting by the state's leading policy-makers. The most notable came last week when reality forced Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to abandon his $55-a-person income tax refund under pressure...
| May 10, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Many hardworking, qualified people can't land a full-time job in this discouraging economy — despite months or years of applications and interviews — and they end up piecing together part-time jobs to make ends meet.
And then there's...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 5:09 PM
I have been putting in seven hours of writing every day to finish a book during my sabbatical. While doing that, I take occasional glimpses at the mainstream media and just saw an emerging controversy emanating from Eastern Connecticut State University, a...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 4:10 AM
Bernard Madoff's investor fraud took the Ponzi scheme to a new level, but it wasn't so long ago that Connecticut had its own infamous fraud case tied to some of Hartford's most well-known real estate: Colonial Realty Co.
And in the two decades since...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 2:18 AM
An arrogance laces through the episodes of corruption and abuse of office by Connecticut lawmen down through the generations, lending a certain timelessness to those crimes.
Middlesex County Sheriff John Lawrence Lewis' coddling of two imprisoned...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:00 AM
One of the most famous combat veterans from World War I is a stray bull terrier mutt from New Haven whose wartime exploits made him the first military dog to be promoted to sergeant.
When Stubby died in April 1926, the New York Times ran a half-page...