14 March 2014

Kids Part 3 - Here comes Spring!

Long ago. Words and Pictures of people, a flower, a butterfly and a caterpillar.
The person who sent me this is at Oxford University now.

Hi Tessa. I Received your letter. It is cold here. I loved your writing. I can't...
...wait for Spring. It is so Exciting.

07 March 2014

Kids Art Part 2

Ok, here are some of my science report covers:
Joey Reith would like this one

High School was a Difficult time

Some days were joyful, but it was still Prison.
Then came Summer.

Kids Art. The best dreamers.

From the Branford Eagle "Students Paint their Dreams":

I can relate....

Women's Day at the Capitol (aka Hartford)

A great time guaranteed! This event is free and open to all! 
PS Wear a red jacket...I don't know why.

Permanent Commission
on the Status of Women


Women’s Day at the Capitol

“Journalism & Gender:
When Women Report on
Politics and Public Policy”

Wed., March 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Legislative Office Building, 
Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

A panel discussion moderated by Susan Campbell (@campbellsl) and Q&A with several of Connecticut’s leading female political reporters including:
Schedule of the day:
9:30 a.m. Coffee & Networking – LOB 2nd Floor Atrium
10 a.m. Greetings from Constitutional Officers & Presentation of High School Essay Contest Winners
11:00 a.m. “Journalism and Gender” Panel Discussion, Moderated by Susan Campbell
Download and share our event flyer.

Questions? Contact michelle.noehren@cga.ct.gov

There are new security protocols at the Legislative Office Building so build in extra time this year to make sure you get through security and to the event on time.

06 March 2014

Guns, Guns, and more Guns

Unsecured firearms in a residence. What could possibly go wrong?

and then there is this:
In the first tense exchange of the evening, Matthew Dallachie, a Marines Corps veteran, took issue with the gun control legislation passed by the legislature and signed by Malloy last year.

“Do you really think you’re keeping me safer?” Dallachie asked. “You entrusted me, as a veteran of the United States Marines, to do what I had to do with a weapon, and yet I come back and you don’t trust me with that same weapon?”
Why does this man equate weapons used in war with weapons at home? Who is the enemy?


01 March 2014

Governor Malloy & Lt Governor Wyman in Milford Wednesday

Hooplah Expectations Run High:

2014 Agenda Focused on Connecticut’s Future, Helping Families Share in State’s Recovery

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today announced that they will hold a community forum in Milford on the evening of Wednesday, March 5, giving them an opportunity to discuss their agenda for the future with state residents.  In particular, the Governor said he would like to discuss the responsible management of the state’s finances, efforts to support job growth, proposals to increase universal access to pre-kindergarten and make higher education a little more affordable, and increase the state’s minimum wage.

The forum will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Milford City Hall Auditorium (110 River Street).  Residents who would like an opportunity to ask the Governor a question should arrive prior to the start of the event to submit their names on the sign-up sheet.  The forum is open to the public and tickets are not necessary.

“In the last three years, the private sector has grown more than 40,000 private sector jobs, the state’s long-term debt has been reduced by more than $11.5 billion, and the state budget went from a $3.6 billion deficit to a $500 million surplus.  These are all signs of progress, however there is still more work to do,” Governor Malloy said.  “Engaging the public at forums like these is a critical component in our strategy to make our communities stronger and our economy more competitive.”

This legislative session, Governor Malloy’s proposed a series of initiatives that will build a prosperous future, including:

  • Allocating Connecticut’s $505 million budget surplus in a responsible way:
    • Increases the state’s rainy day fund by $270 million (bringing the balance to $543 million)
    • Continues to pay down long-term debt by $100 million towards pension obligations (saving taxpayers $430 million over 20 years)
    • Gives back to Connecticut taxpayers through a modest sales and gas tax refund and $447 million in longer-term tax relief

  • Supporting both small businesses and working families:
    • Increases Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017
    • Continues to fund the Small Business Express Program, which has already helped 1,000 Connecticut small businesses create and maintain 13,000 jobs.

·         Investing in education:
o   Moves Connecticut toward universal access to pre-kindergarten, serving 4,000 more children by 2018 and preparing for full statewide access.
o   Makes higher education a little more affordable, offering new parents up to a $250 investment in a tax-free college savings account for their child, increasing funding for college scholarships, and incentivizes college completion by offering free classes to returning students.

Dates and locations for additional community forums throughout the state will be announced during the coming weeks as each event is scheduled.

Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman have held these forums each year since their inauguration in 2011, speaking with hundreds of citizens on a comprehensive range of state issues.  This year’s schedule of events can be located online at http://governor.ct.gov/communityforums.