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  • 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.…

  • SNEW should seek to be transparent with Electors & Omit Advanced Registration for Public Meeting

    SNEW should seek to be transparent with Electors & Omit Advanced Registration for Public Meeting

    Dear Electors, SNEW is seeking to approve a rate increase and is holding a Special Electors Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, April 9th, at 6 p.m. and they are requiring attendees to register in advance. No other public meetings for SNEW have previously required attendees to do so. Such registration will inevitably deter public attendance and…

  • Two statewide tax reforms are needed to rescue CT homeowners

    Two statewide tax reforms are needed to rescue CT homeowners

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Opinion that follows, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Alex Knopp, former Norwalk mayor and legislator, is Part Two of testimony he presented to the General Assembly this week in Hartford. Part I of Knopp’s testimony was published April 2. Although there are several different types of comprehensive tax reforms, the immediate need is…

  • April is Prevent a Litter Month

    April is Prevent a Litter Month

    It’s believed that dog breeders fall into these categories – large-scale commercial puppy mills and smaller-scale commercial backyard breeders considered more ethical and responsible because they work with veterinarians to consider inherited veterinary issues and temperament before breeding a specific dog. They’re also rumored to hang on to unsold dogs or turn them over to…

  • Is Norwalk a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for Connecticut’s property tax crisis?

    Is Norwalk a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for Connecticut’s property tax crisis?

    By Alex Knopp, former Norwalk mayor and legislator EDITOR’S NOTE: The Opinion that follows, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Alex Knopp, is Part One of testimony he will present today, April 1, to the General Assembly in Hartford to advocate for reforming Connecticut’s property tax system to provide urgent statewide relief for Norwalk and other municipalities. …

  • The City’s Planned Budget Increase Is Inequitable

    Dear Neighbors, I would like to bring to your attention a planned Norwalk city budget increase that I think is very inequitable and potentially financially detrimental to many Norwalk residents, especially in Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 (Downtown Norwalk, South Norwalk, East Norwalk, Rowayton). The planned tax increases: ~$2,000 tax bill increases for Districts 1,…

  • Use local media for state advertising

    Use local media for state advertising

    Editor’s Note: This opinion piece, written by former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp, was first published in the CT Mirror. Thanks Alex, for the shout-out to NancyOnNorwalk! The collapse of local news is bad for democracy. Research shows that civic engagement is strongly tied to local news habits, and that communities with less local news have…

  • Keep, and Expand, Connecticut’s Production Tax Incentives

    Keep, and Expand, Connecticut’s Production Tax Incentives

    Our home state’s obvious allure cannot be overstated; it is a state ripe with geographic, architectural, and industrial charm. The rolling hills and quaint towns of Litchfield County, the coastal fishing villages of Middlesex and New London Counties, the farming and rural expanses of Tolland and Windham Counties, the educational and institutional landmarks of New…

  • 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.…

  • CRISPR and other new technologies open doors for drug development, but which diseases get prioritized? It comes down to money and science

    CRISPR and other new technologies open doors for drug development, but which diseases get prioritized? It comes down to money and science

    C. Michael White, University of Connecticut Prescription drugs and vaccines revolutionized health care, dramatically decreasing death from disease and improving quality of life across the globe. But how do researchers, universities and hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry decide which diseases to pursue developing drugs for? In my work as director of the Health Outcomes, Policy,…

  • The Santas who dress in brown

    The Santas who dress in brown

    Did Santa make it on time this year? Well, thanks should also go to United Parcel Service. As I wrote a few years ago… When UPS was founded as the American Messenger Company in Seattle in 1907, most deliveries back then were to stores, not customers, and were done on foot or by bicycle. Adding a Model…

  • Why we love to hate I-95

    Why we love to hate I-95

    Someone recently described me as “the Lewis Black of transportation:” angry, cynical and sarcastic. That’s high praise, in my view. So imagine my surprise that when Black performed recently in Waterbury and New London he riffed on the highway we love to hate: I-95. “I lived in Connecticut for five years (attending the Yale School of Drama),” he told the…

  • NYC shopping, going electric — both challenging in CT

    NYC shopping, going electric — both challenging in CT

    Over Thanksgiving I mused on some recent developments. TRAINS: Are you heading into New York City to go shopping?  Veteran riders will remember when Metro-North would offer “Shopper Specials” trains to handle the crowds, but no more.  The trains may be seeing more passengers but the railroad tells me only that they are “monitoring ridership carefully…

  • Henry Kissinger’s bombing campaign likely killed hundreds of thousands of Cambodians − and set a path for the ravages of the Khmer Rouge

    Henry Kissinger’s bombing campaign likely killed hundreds of thousands of Cambodians − and set a path for the ravages of the Khmer Rouge

    Henry Kissinger, who died Nov. 29 at the age of 100, stood as a colossus of U.S. foreign policy. His influence on American politics lasted long beyond his eight-year stint guiding the Nixon and Ford administrations as national security adviser and secretary of state, with successive presidents, presidential candidates and top diplomats seeking his advice…