Thumbs down on Major League Baseball for starting so many playoff and World Series games after 8 p.m., too late for children — the audience of tomorrow — to watch more than a couple of innings. Baseball survives despite the people who run it. Thumbs up to Red Sox pitcher John Lester, who got Monday night's game over in good time.
Thumbs up for Connecticut's surprisingly lean scores on a New York Times report card on "big government states." This state was among the lowest in the nation (43rd) in "government workers as a percentage of all employees." Also Connecticut was 45th in "change in number of government workers [from] Jan. 2009 to Aug. 2013," with a nearly 6 percent cut in state employees over that time span. And this state was dead last — 50th — in "government proportion of total state GDP, 2012." Ironically, the Times story pointed out that big-government states — those with a lot of government jobs — were usually Republican ones.
Thumbs down to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his coyness about his trip to California to raise money for state Democrats and the Democratic Governors Association. He didn't break any rules, he says, and his travel bills were paid by the state Democratic Party. But he won't talk about who — if anyone — he solicited for donations. Also, why so much security (paid for by taxpayers)? Details, governor?
Thumbs up to Frank Pepe's in New Haven for having its clam pizza named the best pizza in the country by The Daily Meal website. With pizzas from Sally's and Modern coming in at Nos. 7 and 11, respectively, New Haven is again affirmed as the epicenter of the Northeast pizza belt.