POLL: What Was the Most Important Connecticut News Topic of 2011?

Patch wants to know what you think.

When Connecticut residents look back on 2011, we will almost certainly remember the weather for its extraordinary impact on our lives.

In January and February, we were buried under mounds of unending snow. Records were set for this year for precipitation, aided by Tropical Storm Irene in August. And in late October, we suffered through a snowstorm that left 800,000 in the state without power for up to 12 days, many of them here in Central Connecticut.

But there were other issues as well. Unemployment came down below 9 percent in the state but remains stubbornly high. With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's "shared sacrifice" budget, we all paid higher taxes, including some that were retroactive.

School reform has been a constant issue, and it's gaining ground with the appointment of a new leader in the state Department of Education.

Let us know which of these topics tops the list for you in 2011.

Jim G. December 27, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Paul, if your approach is a sweeping denial that the business and financial structure of the US is blameless and without fault and that everything left of approximately Ronald Reagan is to be disdained and badmouthed, I can't see any constructive way to engage you or your comments. Maybe you should go study the definitions of 'chauvinism' and 'bigotry' a little, then come back and try again.
Paul Chotkowski December 27, 2011 at 11:05 PM
It’s Iron Chef time, Progressive redistributive housing policies vs the financial industry. Who owns the crash in 1500 characters. Progressives under the guise of the Community Reinvestment Act championed by Chicago based National Peoples Action among other grass roots community organizers [Cloward–Piven] put a regulatory gun to bankers collective heads and “encourages” them to loan to low and moderate income individuals, who would otherwise not qualify for a home loan! Score one for the Progressives - interfering in the market in an effort to enact a public policy that would have never passed congress in a strait up or down vote - give your tax money to poor people to buy a home! 2 nd course, banks are told not to worry Fannie Mae will off load the loans, you will get your money back and make a modest fee processing the loans - stick and carrot, course 2 to the Progressives. 3 rd course, get Wall Street for a fee to package Fannie’s loans and sell them to investors - who are told not to worry they are backed by the government! 3 rd course to the Progressives. For flavoring add people who believed that they were entitled to bigger and better homes without regard to their earnings, savings, spending, education or job prospects, an oil price spike, a dollop of monetary easing, and pop goes the bubble. The judges have decided, the Progressives wins [tax payers, the economy, and every one's indebted children lose]. You bet it is mostly government policy at issue.
Paul Chotkowski December 28, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Merry Christmas Mr. B, how's the government subsidized bio research business going? I guess you 1%'ers still don't have to use your full name on the forum. Accountability even in a neighborhood blog is for us little people. I digress. Progressive's redistributive housing policy failed. You want to bust traders for making a profit on "confabulation" loans go for it. It never would have been possible without the government's guarantees and the tacit approval of the regulators. No fund manager outside of high yield speculators would have touched the stuff. So what do Progressive do when they fail - they try to shift the blame. People took out loans for houses that they could not afford - they had no code, no honor. They broke their contract and the tax payers are on the hook for their fraud not Goldman. Goldman sold worthless bonds to savvy investors [did you buy any - I didn't. I made my money short selling the worthless junk] who were looking for a high guaranteed rate of return - pig get slaughtered, always have, always will, and that is as it should be. But the government is not footing those bills - it is covering the bad original loans and that is substance - 100s of billions of dollars of substance in yet another failed Progressive / Socialist policy. A bill to give "the poor" a check for housing would never have passed Congress, so Progressive did an end run hoping no one would notice and Franklin Raines, Barney Frank and Chris "Country Wide" Dodd are not in jail!
Jim G. December 28, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Nice to see a self-satisfied one percenter check in with all the reasons why 99% of us are worthless trash cluttering up the country and making life hard for them. Nice to think Mr. C. likely spends a lot of 3 a.m.'s staring out the window, knowing all the good times are about to come crashing down for him.
Susan Schoenberger December 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM
The comments on this thread have turned into personal attacks, so they are now closed.


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