PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

Needed outside review of New London schools has arrived

Published: June 16, 2019 | Paul Choiniere

Having an outside, objective and credible agency conduct a thorough review is critically important if the public is going to have faith in the findings.

Economic expansion has been squandered

Published: June 2, 2019 | Paul Choiniere

An expansion this long should have been an opportunity to grow the middle class, for families to build up financial cushions, and for the nation to begin cutting into the debt. None of that has happened.

Goat vs. Rat, the Great Early Voting Debate

Trying to make up your mind whether this early voting movement is a good thing? I turned to some comic strip characters.

Former New London superintendent explains why he hired Gaskin and others with criminal pasts

If you expect people to get back into civilian life there has to be a chance for them to redeem themselves, that they can get a job and earn a living.

New London Mayor Passero: Campaign money has to come from somewhere

New London's mayor says an overabudance of caution about accepting campaign donations could make it difficult to run for a political office. The thing is, he doesn't even need the money.

Eminent domain debate rejoined

It may take a compromise between an absolute ban on the use of eminent domain for economic development and instead restricting, but not prohibiting its use, to get a bill approved.

A big problem; a questionable solution

There are reasons Congress could not get the votes for a public option and why no other state has adopted the approach, though others are debating it as well.

New London mayor should return some donations

The mayor taking campaign donations from contractors doing business with his city is not illegal, but it sure doesn't look good.

Positive signs since New London's switch to mayoral government

By any measure, the city is in far better fiscal health since reintroduction of the mayoral system. An awful public housing project has closed. The grand list is growing.

Sorry, news gathering is not free

People may want their news free, but it is not free to gather. Journalists are professionals, their jobs challenging. And like any job, they deserve to get paid.

It's time for an online privacy law

Why have we allowed the internet to evolve as this largely unregulated domain? It is a mistake that needs correcting.

Ignoring the wars that others fight

"The wars are largely unwatched, uncriticized, unassessed and unexperienced outside of a small warrior caste," said a war correspondent during his talk to a foreign policy group last week.

Getting serious about closing education gap

Extreme dependence on property taxes gives two strikes against our urban centers, their schools and students.

30 years on, little has changed

Two major court cases in Connecticut that were supposed to fundamentally improve educational opportunities for poor city kids and the fate of neglected children have not had the desired results.

Nolan's 'Nothing' answer in New London debate was unacceptable and revealing

In answering he had nothing to say to frustrated Republicans in the 39th District he hopes to represent, Democratic candidate Anthony Nolan was suggesting they didn’t matter.

Paid family leave debate has shifted

Given the election results, Democrats have a mandate to pass paid family leave. Opponents should shift their focus to pushing for a law that is sustainable and won't require ever higher taxes.

Millennials are new generational top dog and Republicans should be worried

Boomers have been the dominant generation for a very long time, but that is about to change as millennials move into first place.

Formica feeds the hand that bit

State Sen. Paul Formica was not very welcomed in New London on election night, but he was back in service to the city a few weeks later.

NFA, stop blocking release of public information

NFA is subject to the FOI Act. I should know. As the Norwich reporter for The Day in 1990 I filed the complaint with the FOI Commission that led to the ruling that NFA’s records are open to the public.

A death in the family

Dogs have personalities, no doubt about it. Chandler’s personality was upbeat. He was a happy dog. It was impossible to stay angry with him.

Our legislative agenda for 2019

From fiscal policy, to possible legalization of marijuana, to a debate on tolling state highways it promises to be an eventful few months in Hartford.

Human services provides an opportunity for structural change

The new governor and legislature should not miss this opportunity to transition to a new private nonprofit model to provide human services.

Lamont and Malloy, similar on policy, much different in personality

Malloy was a political brawler. Lamont, conversely, is earnest in his perception that everyone can and will pull together for the good of the state.