EEE Virus Epidemic in Connecticut

An East Haddam resident between the ages of 60 and 69 became the third person in Connecticut to die this year of the mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE virus), and a fourth person who came down with EEE five weeks ago remains hospitalized, state health officials said Tuesday, Oct. 1. According to the Department of public health, before this year we have had only one human case of EEE in Connecticut, and that was in 2013, making the resurgence of the virus an epidemic.

Plastic Bag Ban in Connecticut

If you’re planning to go to the grocery store, make sure to grab your reusable shopping bags before heading to the store. You have two more years to perfect this new habit before plastic bags are completely banned in Connecticut. In the meantime, you’ll have to pay a 10-cent tax on every plastic bag you take home.

The Far-Right Won’t Prevail in Spain

Spain’s governing Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) have won the country’s third election in four years on April 27, 2019, but are short of a majority. Voter turnout was 75.8%, the highest for several years and 9% more than the previous election in 2016. This election reflected the familiar European model: the new surge of a far-right party (in Spain’s case it is called Vox), no party with enough seats in Parliament to form a government on its own, and increasing polarization that is ripping the country apart. However, this came with a distinctly Spanish twist.

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Plan

Last Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Bernie Sanders released the newest version of his “Medicare for all” plan, which would establish a federally funded, single-payer system where the government taxes its citizens to finance healthcare for everyone in the United States. This latest version of the plan does not have many significant differences to previous ones, except that this version is backed by many of Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination.

Failure After Trump-Kim Summit

Fiorella Beccaglia   Opinion Editor The United States and North Korea offered conflicting accounts and traded blame on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, after the second summit meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un ended abruptly without any agreement on nuclear disarmament Read More …

Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet Again

Fiorella Beccaglia   Opinion Editor President Trump arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, to discuss denuclearization with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, capping off months of threats and weapons tests. After the two leaders met in Read More …

What Will Happen to Roe v. Wade?

Fiorella Beccaglia   Opinion Editor There is a lot of talk that the new Supreme Court, with two justices appointed by President Trump, might overturn the landmark case of Roe v. Wade. Supporters of abortion rights are rightfully nervous, but they Read More …