Colin McEnroe

Colin McEnroe

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Unending Fireworks In A Beautiful, Dangerous Nation

July 2, 2015

On April 19 at the Glastonbury church I've been attending this year, the pastor, Nancy Butler, walked the congregation through Just War Doctrine, a concept erected and polished by Catholic and Protestant theologians, especially Augustine and Aquinas (although to be fair, something very much like it appeared 700 years before Augustine in India's Mahabharata).

  • Fiscal End Game — Beware The Sick Monkey

    June 26, 2015

    On Monday, the legislators will convene in special session and try to pass a budget. They may also pass something called the Second Chance Society, which would be fitting inasmuch as this is their second chance to pass the budget.

  • Many Versions Of 'Porcupine,' But All Prickly

    June 18, 2015

    This job obliges me to think deep thoughts about Gov. Dannel "Porcupine" Malloy, who is currently occupying a complex cultural crossroads, like the circle around the Arc de Triomphe where Citroens race into a single rotary from 12 different angles.

  • CT Businesses Howling About Taxes They Don't Pay

    June 12, 2015

    Last week, state Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, told me about a series of visits she made to area manufacturers to hear their concerns.

  • State Trembles As Noxious Storm Sweeps Capitol

    June 4, 2015

    On May 19, 1780, the New England daytime sky went inky black around 10 a.m. and stayed pitch dark for the rest of the day. The birds and farm animals fell silent, and the region's Calvinists were convinced that Judgment Day had arrived.

  • 'Porcupine' Malloy Injudicious, But Right On Racism

    May 29, 2015

    I am about to defend someone who has made himself a political untouchable, so lowly and loathed that I have not heard one voice raised in support of him.

  • Legislators Keep Powdered Booze Genie Bottled Up

    May 22, 2015

    I'm going to miss Palcohol.

  • Stop Spending Money On Charter Schools

    May 15, 2015

    Every time you refuse to support charter school funding, God kills 1,000 kittens.

  • Criminal Justice Reform Is The New Kale

    May 8, 2015

    The people in the middle of a social movement are often the last to know that it's happening, says Glenn Martin. Martin is a graduate of the New York state prison system, where he spent six years. He subsequently transformed himself into one of the nation's most thoughtful, mediagenic and articulate advocates for criminal justice reform.

  • Handling Civil Unrest Vs. Riling Up The Neighbors

    May 1, 2015

    Forty-five years ago, Kingman Brewster, president of Yale University, was faced with some problems: two Black Panthers were on trial for murder in New Haven; Panthers were urging students and townies to burn the university down; thousands of demonstrators plus a Who's Who of outside agitators including Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden were descending on New Haven for a three-day rally; there was reason to believe that operatives connected to the Nixon administration would also try to incite violence to discredit the left.

  • I Love Hartford, But City Sideshow Never Stops

    April 24, 2015

    I root for Hartford. And I hesitate to make fun of Hartford, because I know that there are people who really do hate the city and many of them will be commenting on the online version of this column. And I respect the opinions of those people even though, as far as I can tell, 80 percent of them are racist pukes.

  • Brontosauruses' Comeback Gives Pluto Hope

    April 17, 2015

    I grew up with brontosauruses. I don't mean I'm so old that I had them as pets, but when you're a kid, even if you're pretty clueless, even if you know almost nothing, you tend to know a lot about dinosaurs.

  • Malloy Muzzles 'Top-Notch' Commissioners

    April 10, 2015

    I'm going to ask for a little audience participation on this column. Wherever it says "CHORUS," I want you to stop reading and sing these words from the Talking Heads song "Girlfriend is Better:" The refrain goes: "Stop making sense, stop making sense, stop making sense, making sense."

  • State Clung To Flimsy Murder Case Against Lapointe

    April 2, 2015

    One of the many, many people who eventually concluded that Richard Lapointe did not kill his wife's grandmother was a guy named Joseph H. Brooks.

  • A Bad Week Lands Hartford On The Rocks

    March 27, 2015

    Here are some things that happened in Hartford in the last week or so.

  • Tough-On-Crime Rowland Earns His Stripes

    March 20, 2015

    As a young guy, he was tough on crime. It was one of the ways he built his reputation.

  • Tough-On-Crime Rowland Earns His Stripes

    March 19, 2015

    As a young guy, he was tough on crime. It was one of the ways he built his reputation.

  • Malloy Only Popular When It Snows

    March 12, 2015

    Cheer up, Porcupine. I've seen worse polls. On the other hand, when you're substantially less popular than assisted suicide, maybe it's time to take stock.

  • Don't Stick Hartford Team With A Bad Name

    March 5, 2015

    Dear Owners of the Hartford Baseball Team Faced With Mostly Terrible Name Choices ... Can we talk?

  • Car Dealers Short-Circuit Over Tesla Sales

    February 26, 2015

    Connecticut auto dealers would like to start selling Tesla electric cars, but until someone lets them do that, they would like you to know that the company is perched on the edge of financial ruin and their cars are, implicitly, death traps.

  • Malloy Tightens Fiscal Screws On Hobos

    February 19, 2015

    The budget that Gov. Dan Malloy presented Wednesday was extremely depressing, as if it were part of a matching ensemble that included seasonal affective disorder, frozen pipes, bronchitis and systemic exertion intolerance disease, all of which I'm pretty sure I have.

  • Brian Williams' Lie Pales Next To Iraq Deceit, Denial

    February 13, 2015

    In all the coverage of television anchorman Brian Williams and his woes, I have yet to read an article tracing the problem back to its roots: the national mythologizing of the 2003 Iraq invasion and the failure of the news media to do its job.

  • In Search Of A Transgender Pronoun

    February 5, 2015

    "To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often." So said John Henry Newman, the Victorian-era Anglican priest who became a Roman Catholic cardinal. A trans-Christian, you might say.

  • Hartford Stadium Decision Only Quasi-Public, Quasi-Sensible

    January 29, 2015

    OK, we don't trust you again. By "you," I mean Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and the city council majority leaders who met during Monday night's storm to pass a law creating the Hartford Stadium Authority.

  • State Says No Go To Waiting Passengers

    January 22, 2015

    The headline in The Courant was a tad misleading. "Arrest for Public Urination Is Middletown Man's 96th" Would not a person reading that be forgiven for concluding that the Middletown man, Joseph Duncan, had been arrested 96 times for public urination? After a while, that starts to look like not-quite-civil disobedience. My pulse quickened. There's a movement forming. No, not that kind of movement. And we need a standard bearer.

  • Plainfield Shakes While Capitol Rumbles

    January 15, 2015

    When I was a boy and there were earthquakes, my grandmother would come into my bedroom to comfort me.

  • Lockbox Won't Stop You On Highway To Hell

    January 8, 2015

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and in Connecticut, the road to hell is also very congested. And not all that well paved. Really, when it comes to getting to hell and back on a regular basis, you might want to ask Satan if you can telecommute.

  • Rowland's Path Back To Prison Paved By Enablers

    January 2, 2015

    Here is how 2015 will begin. Everybody who is supposed to pay attention to the second inauguration of Gov. Dannel P. (for "Porcupine") Malloy will instead be focused on the same-day sentencing of former Gov. John G. Rowland.

  • For Cronies, Governor Is In A Giving Mood

    December 26, 2014

    "Come in, Ben. Sit down."

  • Nothing But Blue Skies For My Pal Ralph

    December 18, 2014

    It was a house on Goose Green Road in New Hartford where a woman took in dogs. We drove up there in the spring of 2000. My father died in 1998. Our large dog Roy died in 1999. We had some vacancies. We were a mom, a dad, a 10-year-old son, a Jack Russell terrier named Chicken and our next-door neighbor Natalie, our son's best friend. We brought her with us because she was good with dogs and because we rarely did anything significant without Natalie.

  • Help Pick Connecticut Person Of The Year

    December 11, 2014

    Time magazine announced last week its Person of the Year: Ebola Fighters. This year I will give out, for the first time, my Connecticut Person of the Year award. Meet the monthly finalists.

  • Lifestyles Of Rich And Infamous In State University System

    December 4, 2014

    One thing I am not looking forward to in 2015 is the sound of Roberta Willis' head exploding.

  • Time To Heat Up Hartford's Mayoral Election

    November 26, 2014

    The 2014 campaign is over! Even the sketchy-looking Hartford results have been posted on the secretary of the state's website. Personally, I do not think those absentee ballots from Ivana Tinkle and Jacques Strappe should have been counted, but you know what? Bygones, Hartford.

  • DeLauro Slammed Door On Duckworth, Principles

    November 20, 2014

    June 14, 2013, was a happier time for Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. They dashed away from the Capitol along with fellow Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., to be honored by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

  • Wait, Wait — McEnroe's Got Questions

    November 14, 2014

    News quiz time!

  • Prime Time Came, State Republicans Not Ready

    November 7, 2014

    I spent more than three hours on Election Night sitting next to Mark Boughton, the Republican mayor of Danbury, the 2010 running mate of Tom Foley and a candidate for this year's Republican gubernatorial nomination.

  • Halloween Flap Triggers Outbreak Of Idiocy

    October 30, 2014

    Let us be clear: Halloween was not canceled. Not in Newington. Not anywhere.

  • Is Tom Foley Bored With This Election?

    October 23, 2014

    Last Tuesday night, I was picking up tickets at the will call window.

  • Follow The Election Money? If Only We Could

    October 16, 2014

    One of the must-reads of this week was an interview, on the often interesting Waterbury Observer blog, with a juror in the trial of John G. Rowland.

  • Foley's Got Plenty Of Nothing — But It's Not Enough

    October 9, 2014

    OK, let's add a word to our vocabulary, shall we?

  • Foley Grabs Slasher's Knife From Malloy

    October 2, 2014

    The landscape of Connecticut education last week was darkened by the shadow of a villainous slasher, blood dripping from his knife as he forces helpless screaming women to give up their last shreds of dignity and hope.

  • Off To Canada For A Breath Of Fresh Ideas

    September 25, 2014

    I'm not saying I fled here to Montreal because the gubernatorial race was so stale, so arid, so utterly uncontaminated by new ideas that I could not stand another minute of it.

  • Shutting Down Minister Over Israel Is No Solution

    September 19, 2014

    I don't understand the Middle East. I don't even try.

  • I Felt Sorry For Rowland, But It Passed

    September 11, 2014

    When my big scandal hits — it involves Victorian steampunk goggles, steroids and payments laundered through the Cape Verde National Brass Choir — I may hire Reid Weingarten as my defense counsel.

  • Trying To See Things John Rowland's Way

    September 4, 2014

    Rowland 770096 Virtual Reality Goggles — 50mm Eye Cup. List Price: $18.99. Amazon Price: $16.99. Ideal for seeing the world the way it looks to former Gov. John G. Rowland. Not appropriate for welding or swimming.

  • Guess Who's Running Again? Everybody

    August 28, 2014

    5:59.

  • Losing Robin Williams' Light Against The Dark

    August 14, 2014

    Twice in 2014, I've come to the end of a pleasant evening, walked upstairs to where my laptop sits and discovered the sudden death of someone who spoke powerfully to me.

  • Governor's Race Between Fear And Loathing

    July 31, 2014

    Last week, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, the epitome of a fallen angel, his once-white wings smeared with oligarchic slime and movie popcorn grease, stepped forward to endorse Gov. Dan Malloy.

  • Phalanx Of Foes Scrambles Malloy's Playbook

    July 24, 2014

    So many people are campaigning against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy! Tom Foley, John McKinney, Jon Pelto, Joe Visconti, Lee Whitnum (call me maybe!) and now Chris Christie.

  • Will We Answer This Postcard From God?

    July 17, 2014

    That was a pretty quick "no," amigo.

  • I Would Cheat On Foley With McKinney

    July 10, 2014

    A political column is probably the wrong place for this, but: Tom Foley, will you marry me?

  • Hustlers Cash In On Charter School Craze

    July 3, 2014

    If I showed you the headline "Weak Charter School Laws Enable Scams, Insider Dealing," you'd probably assume it's the latest shoe to drop in the unfurling scandal of FUSE, the punch-drunk charter school group attempting to run schools in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and — coming this fall! — Baton Rouge, where folks are getting nervous reading all those Connecticut stories.

  • City Got Worked Over In Secret Rock Cats Deal

    June 27, 2014

    The Rock Cats-to-Hartford deal is such a Rabelaisian feast of knavery, greed, deceit and commonplace stupidity that you almost can't use it to teach a specific lesson about government. Because nothing about the process has been worthy or truthful, it's hard to zero in on one specific failing.

  • Love, Politics And Bysiewicz

    June 20, 2014

    Love is sweeping the country,

  • This Ain't Lionel — Time To Fix The Bridge

    June 12, 2014

    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.

  • With Rock Cats Move, Truth Strikes Out

    June 6, 2014

    Every American story is some variant of "The Great Gatsby" or "The Music Man."

  • Spammed By Malloy's Money Machine

    May 30, 2014

    You may call me Colin, but I am also known as 66911d86fd7c7400.

  • Like Political Entertainment? Sign The Petition

    May 22, 2014

    This could be a very entertaining summer, if you promise to do this:

  • Republicans Lack Desire, Drive, Diversity

    May 16, 2014

    Everything you need to know about what's wrong with the Republican Party in Connecticut can be summed up in the following true statement: They had their state nominating convention this weekend at the Mohegan Sun.

  • Eels Grease The Deal As Midnight Looms

    May 9, 2014

    Three hours to go in the legislative session. I come back to the state Capitol, and the first person I see is Chris Healy, former Republican state chairman.

  • Malloy Unloved (But He Can Squeak Out A Win)

    May 2, 2014

    Here is something Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said last week on WNPR's "Where We Live," in response to a question from my colleague John Dankosky about why Malloy announced his re-election plans in late March after having said he would wait until May:

  • Cops Doing Their Job? Or Profiling?

    April 17, 2014

    I can't tell whether Doug Glanville is overreacting or my standards have been beaten down over time.

  • Maybe We Need A Different Kind Of Music Cop

    April 11, 2014

    Please, BMI music cops, visit my gym and, if possible, sue them.

  • In Retrospect, Just Rowland Being Rowland

    April 4, 2014

    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.

  • Court Reigns Supreme, No Horsing Around

    March 28, 2014

    Scuppy the horse has been cantering through the court system ever since the morning in Milford in 2006 when Scuppy bit a 2-year-old boy on the cheek, taking a chunk of flesh and leaving a scar. The boy's father had been petting Scuppy, who was on the other side of the fence. A lawsuit was filed in 2008. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a nuanced ruling, so nuanced that I have read it twice and am still not sure what it says.

  • Dean, Whitnum: Let The Fireworks Begin

    March 20, 2014

    Martha Dean, you had me at "snakes and vermin."

  • Keep Power Of Information With The People

    March 14, 2014

    On Nov. 22, 1963, bullets flew in Dallas, and tore into the head of John F. Kennedy. A citizen named Abraham Zapruder captured the killing on a "home movie" camera. The film had a complicated life, but in 2014, you can watch it on YouTube. You can watch it over and over or not at all.

  • Enforcer Malloy Drops Gloves, Ices Jindal

    February 27, 2014

    No one ever mistook Nicholas Evlampios Fotiu for Dick Button, but there are almost as many of Fotiu's skating highlights on YouTube as of the great figure skater Button. Invariably, Fotiu is punching somebody, a feat he performed repeatedly for the Hartford Whalers during his splendid years in our city.

  • Keno Induces Democratic Memory Failure

    February 21, 2014

    Our text today is Romans 7:20: "Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."

  • Malloy Fantasizes Stepping Out On Metro-North

    February 14, 2014

    When it comes to trains, Massachusetts is the dad in the neighborhood who left his wife for a sleek French girlfriend. This caused other dads to wonder if they should do it too.

  • Parsing The Unintelligible Stefan Pryor

    February 7, 2014

    I don't know about you, but I remember the moment when, as a boy, I fell in love with learning. It was 1964, in the spring. My fourth-grade teacher, Miss Vick, sat down with me in the late afternoon and gently pried from my hands Hardy Boys book No. 42, "The Secret of the Mummy's Strategically Dynamic New Paradigms."

  • Secrecy Means Government By Them, For Them — Not You

    January 31, 2014

    Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act was passed in 1975, making it the first of its kind. It's a good law. Its premise is that the government belongs to the people. Therefore, the people should know what government is doing. Seems reasonable.

  • 'Bombogenesis' Scary, But It Beats Politics

    January 24, 2014

    Can we take a little break from the relentless, pounding headache that is state politics and speak instead of snow? I have several agenda items:

  • Democratic Goons Flailing At Straw Men

    January 17, 2014

    Here's something I've learned:

  • Bring On The Nice, With A Big Side Of Civil

    January 9, 2014

    Be nice.

  • For Lanza's Mother, Abnormal Became Routine

    January 3, 2014

    In the 1980s, I interviewed a guy who lived in a house where, every night, a bat would fly out of his fireplace. It was never the same bat, as you will see. And it was always, he said, just one bat.

  • With Year Fast Fleeting, A Happy Greeting

    December 20, 2013

    Dear readers, we've come to the end of a year.

  • Perez, O'Garro, Rowland Buried By Facts

    December 13, 2013

    It was the Doonesbury character Mark Slackmeyer, speaking on the radio about Watergate conspirator John Mitchell, who said that all known facts made Mitchell look guilty. And then he added, "Guilty, guilty, guilty!"

  • Fragile Divide Separates Us From Danger

    December 6, 2013

    When I was a kid, I collected a line of nature books you could buy at the supermarket.

  • Judge Strikes Blow Against Government Secrecy

    November 29, 2013

    Let's give State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is a nice guy whose instinct to protect the families of Sandy Hook victims is so strong that, for no other reason, he attempted to bend the laws of the state into an anti-democratic pretzel.

  • Local Politics Can Be Just Pure Craziness

    November 8, 2013

    What did we learn from this week's local elections? The short answer is nothing. You should never trust anybody who claims that city and town elections prove anything about statewide or national trends.

  • UConn President Herbst's Defensiveness Is Tone-Deaf

    November 1, 2013

    Seven students recently brought a federal action again UConn for allegedly failing to take seriously their complaints of sexual assault and for failing to create a climate in which students do not fear rape.

  • Some Nights, The City's Just Too Full

    October 25, 2013

    Night 1: My story begins on July 18, when Justin Bieber performed in Hartford, when I interviewed Stephen King on the stage of the Bushnell, when the Riverfest fireworks, postponed because of the rising river, exploded over the city, when a road race called the Xtreme Hartford Scramble #2 coursed along the riverfront.

  • State Courts Failure — Buys Tennis Tourney

    October 18, 2013

    In 1991, as the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven was getting ready to open, journalists got a tour of the joint from the executive director of the Tennis Foundation of Connecticut. Despite the fact that state taxpayers had sunk $18 million into the venue, it is owned by the foundation.

  • A Lot Of Nothing Must Add Up To Something

    October 11, 2013

    As a Connecticut man named John Stotler observed on Facebook this week, it's tough for journalists to keep writing stories about the national stalemate and shutdown. How many times can you write, "No, nothing happened today. Nope. Sorry," before you feel like a minstrel of stagnation?

  • Tyler Olander's Really Good Deal

    September 27, 2013

    In Connecticut, a first driver's license costs at least $72, plus the $40 examination fee, so there is no way you're out of there for less than $112.

  • Facts? Thinking It's True Sets Foley Free

    September 20, 2013

    Today in this space, we're introducing a new Tom Foley-inspired game called "I Think It's True But It Might Not Be."

  • Looking For Trouble? Run For Governor

    September 12, 2013

    John McKinney got one thing wrong last week.

  • Local Primaries Bring Out The Best And Worst

    September 6, 2013

    On Tuesday there will be primary elections in 20 … excuse me, 21 towns here in … I beg your pardon, 22 towns.

  • Vulnerable Malloy Should Keep Endorsement Feelings To Himself

    August 29, 2013

    In recent days, Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy have endorsed state Sen. Toni Harp for mayor of New Haven. This is fairly unusual, but maybe it makes up for the fact that Harp did not initially endorse herself.

  • This Week's Center Of The Universe Is Danbury

    August 16, 2013

    A woman pulls into a gas station in Bridgeport and asks a guy: "How do I get to Danbury?"

  • Nasty Mayoral Race Cleaning Up New Haven

    August 2, 2013

    It is a testament to the excitement factor in New Haven politics that I am sitting here in Paris thinking about the Elm City's mayoral race.

  • News Quiz: Have You Been Paying Attention?

    July 26, 2013

    It's a summer news quiz!

  • 'One Bad Apple' Might Be Legislature Itself

    July 19, 2013

    Brendan Sharkey is the speaker of our House of Representatives. There is mounting evidence that he is also a monkey head.

  • Segarra Refuses To Blame Car Saga On Drunken Librarians

    July 12, 2013

    Jared Kupiec, recently deposed chief of staff for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, came under renewed scrutiny last week because he supposedly:

  • Willington's Red Tape Foils Running Zombies

    July 5, 2013

    When Christina Mailhos ran for first selectman of Willington in 2011, she promised to "hit the ground running."

  • We've Got Issues, But Connecticut's Not Texas

    June 28, 2013

    On Wednesday, the rainbow gay pride flag flew at the governor's residence by order Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The flagpole is shaped like a lower case "t" with the American flag at the top. The gay flag flew from one end of the lower crosspiece. On the other end was the official Connecticut Lotto flag that says "Have you played today?"

  • 'Someone Else' Edges Into Governor's Race

    June 21, 2013

    Ali and Frazier fought three times and, in the last bout, each fighter ushered the other to the threshold of unbearable agony, so that when Frazier's corner threw in the towel before the 15th round, it was effectively speaking for everybody.

  • Conniving Legislators Sneaked Keno Into Law

    June 14, 2013

    Can we talk about keno?

  • Fearsome, Mysterious 'Implementer' Stalks Capitol Halls

    June 6, 2013

    It was late Wednesday night, and lobbyist Jack Kealey of Bethany was feeling good.

  • Do You Trust State Leaders With The Lights Out?

    May 31, 2013

    People, there is a war going on against sunshine and clean government laws. It's coming on the heels of a 5th District congressional race marred by multiple scandals tainting both Democrats and Republicans. We ought to be screaming for tougher rules and mass resignations. Instead, we're watching calmly as they try to weaken the laws that bring their crimes to our attention.

  • Government Revealed — A Buyers' Market

    May 24, 2013

    Chris Donovan wanted to be a congressman. Now he's the reluctant star of a federal court multimedia show on corrupt practices, featuring a colorful lineup of bums and goodfella wannabes.

  • Road To Hell Paved With Caviar and Slippery Nipples

    May 17, 2013

    It's really hard to stand out as incompetent while running the city of Hartford, because almost everybody who tried to do it for the past 40 years has been either a knave, a genial idiot, an ill-tempered goose or some chimera-like combination of all three.

  • On A Trip Abroad, Finding A Bridge Back

    May 9, 2013

    A letter to the Irish Times Wednesday was headlined "Name for the new Liffey bridge" The body of the letter consists of "Sir — The suspension is killing me. — Yours, etc. Tom Gilsenan."

  • Besieged UConn Woman Gets No Husky Help

    May 3, 2013

    Last month UConn adopted a tough new vulpine husky logo that, according to coach Geno Auriemma, is a "streamlined fighting dog" that says "Don't mess with me."

  • Father's Musical Touches Song In My Heart

    April 26, 2013

    I won't lie to you. I can't face another column about guns or bombs. Maybe we all need a break.

  • Treat Guns Like Cars, But Don't Stop There

    April 12, 2013

    Two of the disappointments of the post-Newtown season of gun reform are as follows:

  • Reckoning With Emotions' Powerful Political Pull

    April 5, 2013

    During Wednesday's debate on new gun laws, Sen. John Kissel rose and began a lengthy set of remarks with two anecdotes.

  • Ritter's Careful, Legal, Lucrative Career

    March 22, 2013

    I would like to begin by saying at no point did Thomas Ritter do anything illegal.

  • Ted Kennedy Jr.'s Disarming Candor

    March 15, 2013

    Not that it matters much to most politicians, but there's a fairly easy way to get on my good side, at least temporarily. I place a disproportionate weight on how they handle encounters with my son.

  • Curbs On Guns Work Better Than Old Slogans

    March 8, 2013

    The rhetorical failure of the week belonged to state Rep. Craig Miner who, in handing down the lame list of Republican proposals from a working group on gun violence, said, "We believe it's not the gun that kills the person. It's the person that actually kills the person. That sounds kind of cold, but that's the way it is."

  • Malloy Wants To 'Fix' The Watchdogs With A Snip

    March 1, 2013

    When it comes to ethics and government oversight and watchdogs, Connecticut should be like Middle Earth and rings of power. You shouldn't have to persuade people based on hypothetical scenarios. "What if the most evil person alive was trying to get a really awesome ring and use it to screw all of us?" This already happened, right? Ring control should be a given.

  • Step Right Up, See The Great Malloy

    February 8, 2013

    I seem to have misunderstood in some fundamental way.

  • Gun Debate Loaded With Red Zone Anxiety

    January 11, 2013

    In the bustling hallways of the state Capitol on Wednesday, the first day of this legislative session, a few of us fell to talking about Joel Gonzalez — although, tragically, nobody could remember his name.

  • Holding This Moment Long Enough To Act

    December 21, 2012

    One night in August, 1994, a man sitting alone in a New Haven coffee bar stood up, pulled a knife and stabbed seven people.

  • 'Scootie' Will Take Us Where We Need To Go

    May 25, 2012

    We need to talk about Scootie.

  • Butler Doing Awesome Audition For Fall Guy

    November 6, 2011

    Every time I see Jeffrey Butler, the president of CL&P, my overactive imagination dresses him in a Hawaiian shirt and transports him to the beach-side bar I am pretty sure he will be running on the Yucatan peninsula by this time next year.

  • When The Normal Cyclings Of The Day Stopped. Forever.

    September 8, 2002

    His name was John Metcalf, and if you had noticed him at a party, you might not have sought him out for conversation, because he was quiet and self-contained.

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