Archive for March, 2015

March 20th, 2015

Coast Guard Sponsors Boating Course

by Christopher O'Brien

The Calendar says its spring.

That means that the ice will melt… at some point. When it does, we’ll all be able to wear shorts, bathing suits and pilot our boats on the water. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary based in Milford will offer a course About Boating Safety on Saturday, April 11th at 8 AM.

For advanced registration prior to the class date, go to http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/. The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3 Training Center is located at 1 Helwig Street, Milford, CT, which is located one block north of Milford Boat Works. Walk-ins are welcome on day of the Class.

Instruction will cover all the basic topics involved in the safe operation of recreational boating and seamanship. It will also cover safe personal watercraft operation. Successful completion of this 8 hour ABS course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and Personal Watercraft (PWC). Family participation is encouraged. Cost: $60.

For additional information about Coast Guard Auxiliary courses, please call 860-663-5505, email: skperrone@hotmail.com or visit http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/

*Please Note: All students will need to get a State of CT Conservation ID Number before taking the ABS/PWC class. Go to https://ct.outdoorcentral.net/InternetSales/Sales  for a FREE ID number.

March 20th, 2015

Sex Offender Bill Could Cause ‘Chaos’, Critics Say

by Christopher O'Brien

By Jordan Fenster | CT NewsJunkie

A bill intended to keep convicted sex offenders away from kids would throw the Connecticut’s sex offender registry into “chaos,” according to the state’s Department of Correction.

Included in Senate Bill 1087 is a provision that would prohibit registered sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a school or a child day care center, but according to Eric Ellison, deputy director for parole and community services at the Correction Department, that’s not a feasible, or even desirable, goal.

“In reality, future sex offenders would no longer be allowed to live in major urban areas,” he told members of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee during a public hearing Monday.

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March 20th, 2015

Time to Shine Light on UConn Foundation

by Christopher O'Brien
Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

By State Senator Joe Markley

             UConn is a Connecticut institution in every sense of the word. It is a top public university, and parents in the state save their entire lives to send their children there. Unfortunately, as tuition continues to rise, the school nears a tipping point. If the price goes up any more, most of the academically qualified students in Connecticut will be priced right out of a UConn education. For this reason, the voting public should be able to scrutinize all aspects of the school’s finances so waste can be detected, spending controlled, and costs lowered.

As it stands, the school reports all of its budget records to the state. This is proper since UConn receives hundreds of millions of dollars each year from taxpayers to help keep the lights on. These funds are fully and openly accounted for. The problem is, many of the school’s financial operations are funneled through the UConn Foundation—a private fundraising apparatus. These monies aren’t easy to access. The people of Connecticut have a right to know exactly how much money is coming into the Foundation, where it comes from, and how it is spent.

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March 19th, 2015

Sampson Demands End to Early Release Program

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

State Representative Rob Sampson (R-80) says it is long overdue for the state to rollback its policy of early release credits for violent offenders. Sampson calls the policy “catastrophic”. The policy, put in place by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and legislative Democrats, was enacted in 2011. Since then, numerous violent crimes, including murder, have been committed by individuals released early under its provisions. Sampson has introduced legislation that would eliminate the program, known as Risk Reduction Credits.

There is an irony in naming this program ‘Risk Reduction Credits’ as their implementation has only increased the risk to public safety,” said Sampson. “Governor Malloy has issued in an era of unprecedented softness on crime in this state, particularly concerning the matter of violent offenders. Despite clear evidence that this program is a failure, the governor and his administration has doubled down on it, insisting it be maintained. It betrays the public trust, and it betrays the victims of the crimes committed by these criminals.”

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March 19th, 2015

Hundreds Debate Assisted Suicide Bill

by Christopher O'Brien

Cathy Ludlum testifies from her wheelchair against assisted suicide. | Photo: Ed Stannard

By New Haven Register Staff

The bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives with a doctor’s prescription brought more than 200 people to testify before the Judiciary Committee Wednesday, with spectators spilling into two overflow rooms at the Legislative Office Building.

Those in favor of House Bill 7015 wore green “My Life. My Death. My Choice” stickers, while those against wore blue ones, saying “Got Second Thoughts?” There were numerous people in the audience bearing each sticker as a sign of their view on aid in dying or, as opponents call it, assisted suicide.

The bill would allow terminally ill patients, with less than six months to live, to ask their attending physicians twice, at least 15 days apart, for medication that would end their lives.

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