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Past articles by Dan:

Dan Haar: Lamont looks at COVID in CT: ‘I’m scared...it’s like invading armies’

The even-handed Connecticut governor sees consensus more than contention, and as the Worrier in Chief, he's not letting up despite strong numbers this summr. → Read More

Lamont pushing $450 stipends for workers to return

The federal bonus of $600 a week for workers on unemployment has prodded many to remain idled by choice as the economy cranks back up. → Read More

Dan Haar: Coronavirus beds and mattresses with a long Connecticut history

Two old-line Connecticut companies, Gold Bond mattress and Gilman Brothers, came through in the clutch when the state needed emergency beds and mattresses. → Read More

Dan Haar: Lamont sees a ‘better and smarter’ world after coronavirus

The Connecticut governor weighs in on Hearst Connecticut Media's forecasts for life after COVID-19, with a cautiously optimistic view → Read More

Dan Haar: A Kent State witness still fights imperialist abuse

Mike Alewitz was a student antiwar organizer when Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four protesters, an act later ruled unjustified. → Read More

Dan Haar: Inspired leadership in hard-hit black community

Just how hard, no one can say yet. But the disparity is clear already, and it builds on an American structure of lower incomes; less assets as a cushion against crisis; less access to health care, which now affects coronavirus testing and treatment; and a higher proportion of the black community in front-line health care, food service and other jobs that leave them exposed to the contagion of… → Read More

Dan Haar: Stopping a nursing home ouster as coronavirus rages

James Doyle had already fallen far by the time he fully understood the March 18 discharge document from the Cheshire Regional Rehab Center, his home for the last eight months. This, he could not, would not, will not abide - certainly not during a global pandemic that has everyone locked down. The document said he must leave the rehab center, though he had noplace to go. It showed an address in… → Read More

State’s cache of old masks leads to false coronavirus rumors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent word that the masks were indeed too old to use - as N95 masks. → Read More

Dan Haar: Simple ventilator fix could save lives ‘as we fly’

If the desperate need for ventilators wasn't already clear, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought it to the nation in a speech aired widely Tuesday after the feds offered to send his state 400 of the breathing machines. "What are we going to do with 400 ventilators when we need 30,000? You're missing the magnitude of the problem," Cuomo said. That's a big gap and there's a simple fix, some would… → Read More

Dan Haar: For Nobel economist Shiller, it’s a narrative about unity through tragedy

The Yale economist believes collective stories in the coronavirus may lead to less income inequality, as happens in wartime. → Read More

Dan Haar: A new phase of coronavirus as contact tracking winds down

That's natural when, according to Cartter's best guess, 10,000 people in the state are infected with the virus. → Read More

20,000 CT jobless claims since Friday; 10,000 Monday

Between Friday and early Tuesday morning, the state received 20,000 first-time claims for unemployment from Connecticut residents - ten times the number that would normally come in over that same period. No one at the state Department of Labor can say whether the flood will continue, at what rate and for how long. Monday alone brought 10,000 new claims in a 24-hour period, said Daryle Dudzinski,… → Read More

CT economy lost 2,100 jobs in ‘19, first loss since recession

Connecticut had a loss of 2,100 jobs in 2019, the state Department of Labor reported Friday, not a gain of 6,500 as had been previously reported. The bad news came in the form of the labor department's annual revisions of monthly data. Unemployment remains low in the state, 3.7 percent, statistically the same as the rest of the nation. The new numbers mean Connecticut did not, in fact, have a… → Read More

Dan Haar: Payroll tax cut sounds great for coronavirus — but no thanks

It looks enticing, temporarily cut the Social Security and Medicaid taxes workers pay, but it's wrong for corinavirus threat. → Read More

Video: A physician-legislator faces irate crowd after vaccine vote

Dr. Saud Anwar, vice chairman of the legislature's public health committee, exited a hearing room to shouts and jeers after his vote on vaccines. → Read More

Dan Haar: Lawmakers tiptoe into endless banking fight

Two state lawmakers, one from each party, asked the General Assembly's banking committee this past week to hold an informational forum on a case now before the Department of Banking - a case that's stretching the bounds of what we thought a regulatory action could look like. The request marks a highly unusual twist in an already bizarre fight involving a mortgage lending firm, 1st Alliance… → Read More

Celebrities spotted in Connecticut in November 2019

Two pro athletes and a TV star were spotted in Connecticut in the month of November. → Read More

Dan Haar: The immigrant heart of a historic McDonald’s union drive

SEIU Local 32BJ says now is the time to unionize fast food stores, starting in Connecticut, where the state owns 23 rest areas → Read More

Dan Haar: Divest or engage to slow climate change? Debate rages

The movement to divest from oil companies is gaining strength but many investment funds vow to engage with the fossil fuel industry. → Read More

Sam Waterston among 42 arrested at Yale football protest

Actor Sam Waterston was among the 42 protesters arrested at Yale Bowl Saturday in a climate change action that drew hundreds onto the field and disrupted the Yale-Harvard football game. Waterston was among a group of about 150 students and alumni from Yale and Harvard who planned to storm the field at halftime after the bands played. Hundreds more joined as the protest unfolded, leading to a… → Read More