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Author: Bruce Kimmel

  • Losing Sight of the Bigger Picture

    Losing Sight of the Bigger Picture

    After reading about Norwalk’s 2024-25 operating budget discussions, it’s fair to conclude the city’s Common Council occasionally has a tough time distinguishing the forest from the trees. Let’s begin by going back two years. In the spring of 2022, the local media carried stories about Norwalk’s capital budget that caused me to scratch my head.…

  • Speeding and Reckless Driving Still Issues in Norwalk

    Speeding and Reckless Driving Still Issues in Norwalk

    There has been a slew of stories recently in the local media about Norwalk’s Complete Streets program, which aims to make city streets safer and pedestrian friendly. Coupled with this are efforts to secure grants to fund additional sidewalks near schools to make walking to school easier and safer. The degree of walkability in a…

  • Opinion: New Kindergarten Law Requires More $$$ for Preschool

    Opinion: New Kindergarten Law Requires More $$$ for Preschool

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2020 Connecticut was one of the few states in the nation that allowed four-year-olds to enter kindergarten – but only if their fifth birthday came before January 1. Most states required children entering kindergarten to be five by August 31 or September 1, thereby making it…

  • Opinion: Norwalk budget process needs repairs

    Opinion: Norwalk budget process needs repairs

    Here we go again – the holidays are over and in Norwalk that means we’re moving rapidly into the yearly argument between the Common Council and the Board of Education over the city’s operating budget. The BOE is requesting roughly $245 million for its 2024/25 operating budget, which is an 8.2% increase over current spending.…

  • Political balance is not simple

    Political balance is not simple

    Every two years, Norwalk holds a municipal election. And every two years, the results are pretty much the same: Democrats sweep virtually everything of significance. Last November, Democrats retained control of the Mayor’s office, maintained a 15-to-1 majority on the Common Council, and a 9-to-0 majority on the Board of Education. For the record: I’m…