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John Levin, Chapman Hyperlocal Media Inc. Board Chairman.

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Okay, it should be pretty clear that “Ask John” is a successful and worthwhile use of the Nancy On Norwalk bandwidth for serious social commentary and in-depth examination of important local civic issues.

 If you visit my first “Ask John” by clicking here, you will plainly see that EVERY inquiry submitted prior to September 13 was answered correctly (and even politely!). Life is now better for many Norwalkers.
So I am ready for more questions. Except for Sports, which I think Donna will need to answer. Everything else is fair game. Love questions would be appreciated, as clearly I am gunning for Dan Savage’s job.
At your service,
John Levin

15 comments

Rick October 15, 2017 at 3:11 am

why did it take 46 minutes to administer Narcan to a Norwalk resident when the fire truck should of been THERE IN two minutes?

why doesn’t the police dept have Narcan in Norwalk?

Lest be clear after the call was received why did it take 46 minutes to administer?

John Levin October 15, 2017 at 8:12 am

Good morning Rick. You’re up early with what appear to be some good questions. Narcan (generic: naloxone) is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. It is proven to be highly effective, and has saved countless lives.

Your questions appear to relate to a single overdose incident, which I am not familiar with and which I hope did not end tragically. I don’t know what the NPD and NFD policies are for Narcan, nor do I know the level of training that department members receive for its administration. Clearly the opioid crisis is nationwide, and Connecticut and Norwalk have not been exempted. I recommend that you get involved locally to fully understand what programs and policies exist and how they can be improved. Recovery.org identifies nine drug and alcohol recovery centers in Norwalk. One or more of these might be a reasonable place to start if you wish to become active in shaping Norwalk’s public services and policies for drug abuse and overdose treatment.

Good luck.

Donna Smirniotopoulos October 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

The Yankees are down 0-2 against the Astros and the Cubs lost to the Dodgers, so things are looking down in sports. Carmelo got traded at last, but not before I bought a Milwaukee Bucks flag. I’m thinking I should take a break from sports, John, as my prognostication kills have been elusive lately.

But I do have a beauty question. What kind of advice would you give people who need to grow a thicker skin?

Rick October 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Thanks John first thought that came to mind would any of the responders buy ice cream and take 46 minutes to get home with it. Standard response time is 12 to 15 minutes that also carries a lot of ifs. John clearly were professionals involved with this call who were taken back by the team effort with goor reason.

Its been a decade plus some of us have worked the numbers in Norwalk on response and strategy not to suggest third world countries have a better response time.

when the Norwalk Hospital applied for expansion response time of ambulances was one of the key factors in expanding the Hospital . This and many other calls falls short of what the state agreed on so there are others who maintain a running list.Some of us engaged in conversation over the years with the state they agreed at the the time ems needed tweaking. There was a fast car also a involved in factoring response time, that seems to be missing at times as well,

Cant blame the firefighters just the chief or is it still acting chief with how much fire science under his belt? Notrwalk has a lot firefighters versed with cutting edge skills that are shelved ,ignored passed over for a rubber stamp .What message does that send?

Budget time and election time taxpayers never hear what the city needs as long as the salaries and overtime is taken care of first. You get what you pay for that seems to be the case in Norwalk.

My question was why the fire dept had the dose and no one else?

Others have picked up on this realizing if we are paying a premium on salaries can we expect the same level of response from our first responders.It was not the State norm on this one call, and may others that happen all the time.

Our police officers deserve more from the city , be it leadership or just common sense. The city is not ready for expansion , better yet the expansion that already has been done.

You don’t need a website to show where recovery,care and treatment is in the Norwalk just read your police log ,clearly Norwalk has then tucked into residential areas ,its priorities and planning for response isn’t one of them.

Thank you Nancy for the platform its been a good run over the years , as long as the blind is leading the blind your journalism educates even if there is little chance things will ever change. some residents just don’t want to get it.

Debora Goldstein October 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

I have one. The Council and the Mayor gives us a total of sixteen seats to fill in the upcoming election.

Given that;

1) only nine of the thirty-eight candidates running for those offices is a woman (23.6%), and

2) current representation by women in those offices is four out of sixteen (25%), and

3) the number of female registered voters in the City of Norwalk is over 54%, and

4) among both of the major parties, only four of the districts nominated at least one woman for an in-district council seat at all, and

5) among both of the major parties, only one of the ten nominations for five at-large council seats was woman, and

6) three out of the five (60%) petitioning/third-party candidates for those seats is a woman;

what are the odds that female electors will be proportionately represented by women in these offices after election day? (Hint, for that to happen, all of the female candidates for council and for Mayor would have to win, which would also be the only way to give women a majority on the council)

BONUS QUESTION: What does that say about the state of politics in Norwalk?

Non Partisan October 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm

@ Debra- it doesn’t say anything about the state of politics

It says a lot about our electorate.

I have never voted color, race, nationality or gender. I just vote for the best candidate with the highest credentials. And – I think doing anything less is a disservice to the office, and the elected officials.

John Levin October 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Halloweenie – the MOST important thing is that you DO get dressed up for Halloween. 2nd most important – dress for comfort, especially your own. Finally, if you want to dress as Harvey Weinstein, by all means, go for it. If you happen to be an old fat ugly jewish man, like me, then it’s pretty easy: don’t shave for a week or two, boxers and a bathrobe – you’re done. Have a great Halloween!

John Levin October 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Donna: a thicker skin is needed by people who find themselves surrounded by ***holes. Best thing to do is to ignore them completely. If you find you must wade through them, still do your best to ignore them. They tend to crave attention. Don’t feed them.
Editor’s note: This comment was modified to tone down a vulgarity, are vulgarities are against the comments policy. Keep it clean, folks!

Wendy Williams October 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Dear John,
What a great answer to the question about a thicker skin. I know there are at least a few people who will read you answer and remark strongly on what a great writer you are!

John Levin October 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Debora: let me start with the bonus question, because that one seems like the easier one. Assuming your statistics are accurate, it sure seems that women are under-represented as candidates for public office in Norwalk, especially as major party nominees. If you know any women who are interested in politics, by all means, encourage them to get involved in local civic affairs, and consider running for public office. If they are qualified, so much the better!

The first question: what are the odds of who gets elected? I have no clue, to be honest. But for the best outcomes, always try to get the best people to run, and then elect the best people among those. Personally, I’m not that concerned about which gender the best people are, but I recognize that gender diversity almost always is a good thing. Heck, diversity almost always is a good thing. But it’s not the only thing, and it’s not always achievable.

John Levin October 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Wendy Williams – thank you for your kind words – sounds like you have some life experience of your own! Anyway, please support Nancy On Norwalk because it’s a terrific organization and a powerful community resource. Consider becoming a monthly subscriber at any level if you are not already. Nancy and Mark Chapman are the reason we all are here together, and Nancy deserves our support. I wish Mark were here too.

Donna Smirniotopoulos October 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

In my experience a thick skin is needed by people fed a steady diet of pablum washed down with heaping helpings of praise for mediocrity. Do you think thin skinned people should try echo chamber therapy or group attaboys?

John Levin October 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

“Do you think thin skinned people should try echo chamber therapy or group attaboys?”

Donna: neither. Previous answer repeats. Although I was completely unaware that word is a vulgarity! Darn, that’s what I get for using the Sarah Silverman book of etiquette and diction.

Donna Smirniotopoulos October 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

So there’s no such thing as a thin-skinned person. Everyone else is an a**hole. Works as well here as it does in the White House.

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