Surrounding towns do better not because Norwalks schools are lesser schools, its because of the population demographic. How many kids in Ridgefield, Wilton, Westport or Darien live in projects with welfare leach parents? As far as the tax burden in the area look no further than the Democrats and liberal Republicans we keep putting inn office. NOTHING will get better until we kick the Democrats out of Hartford & replace them with Conservatives who have sustainable ideas. View Comment
The buck stops there, but the buck, what it costs and what it means all come from the legislature. Anybody blaming ANYTHING in CT on the Republican party is out to lunch. How long will it take for people to look in the mirror instead of pointing fingers? Foley stinks but anything to stem the rubber stamping of any liberal drivel that reached Malloys desk is worth it.
Its a very very sad thing when people need to point to predecessors to explain away their guys failure. Its a societal failure, progressive liberalism is not self sustaining. It sucks an economy dry. We let it happen and now we need to vote out all big govt tax & spend politicians of any party. If we voted out every incumbent it would send a strong message. Why on earth do we keep electing the same people who put us here? View Comment
Yeah they set the statute of limitations. Reading the lunacy some people post here makes it clear why CT is going down the tubes as it is. There should be an intelligence test before people can vote. View Comment
LOL ok. Sure thing. Our jails are filled with Democrats, our welfare rolls are filled with democrats and our ghettos are filled with democrats. Democrats are killing the state, whether the foggy brained liberals admit it or not.
But on topic, this income tax was a TEMPORARY measure passed in 1990 to balance the budget, BUT, Democrats NEVER let a tax go away so 24 years later we are still paying it and every legislator in Hartford acts like it was always there. Even though we got by for 214 years without it. Pretty amazing the tunnel vision & lack of grasp of reality espoused by todays General assembly. Nobody in state politics in CT should feel good about themselves, they are all deceitful self serving elitists. View Comment
If we need state or federal funding for development theres nothing to brag about. Just as rebuilding Washington village is evidence of failure, not progress.
What Duff & Malloy need to do is focus on reducing taxes and the general cost of living so people can afford to live here WITHOUT state and federal funding AND without the need for taxpayer funded housing. The purpose of govt is not to push costs beyond the reach of residents so politicians can brag about getting grants to help the areas they killed, the purpose of govt is simply to run things efficiently and fairly. There is very little in CT run efficiently or fairly. View Comment
What a clearly clueless statement. Republicans in CT are powerless unless they vote with the democrats who are the real problem here. For DECADES we have had a clear democrat monopoly in Hartford. Malloy the mental midget raised taxes AND got us further into debt.
And trying to say Republicans have kept taxes LOW, when the conversation is centered on how HIGH they are is laughable.
CTs problem in a nutshel is size of govt & a desire to keep growing it. Everytime some liberal bleeding heart dreams up another program or initiative it raises costs across the board. Taxes will NEVER go down as long as we have a Democratic stranglehold in Hartford. View Comment
Why look at the very few which are comparable to us instead of the MULTITUDE that have tax burdens a fraction of ours? One of the reasons ours are so high is NYers moving here because its cheaper and then pushing for the same stupid policies that create high taxes in the first place. View Comment
If they were Democratic politicians nobody would have gotten arrested. They can punch old people in the face no questions asked.
Blaming the cops is kinda silly, its the MEDIA which decides what to sensationalize and make a big deal out of, hence this article. View Comment
We can start addressing the problem by admitting the reality that Heroin and other drug issues come hand in hand with urbanization. The bigger we get, the more low income & projects we have, the more drug dealers & gang activity we have. Simple solution? Stop catering to and attracting the sort of people who bring this stuff in. Reduce low income units & projects. Create a ten year plan reducing municipal, low income & housing projects until drugs and violent crime are on par with our neighbors instead of comparing us to big cities. We have a choice and its not too late. We can keep Norwalk a good place to live and IMPROVE it, or we can continue competing with Bridgeport, Stamford, Hartford and others in a downward spiral. Norwalk doesn't NEED to become a cesspool, but its where we are headed. View Comment
Schools are "knife free zones" too. We need to stop our focus on inanimate objects and start actively protecting our children. Our legislature last year did NOTHING but enact knee jerk gun control laws not even remotely focused on school safety and now another kid is dead because of their negligence. Things happen and we cannot prevent every act of violence but focusing on the problem will be a good start. View Comment
No its not even a point. Detectives catch criminals, they can't prevent a crime. Look at the people the city tries to attract with ever increasing low income housing units etc. We would do better to ensure developers include ZERO affordable or low income units and trash the Washington Village project if we cared about crime, than our current trend of ensuring theres room for any bottom feeding unproductive people looking for a place to sell dope and commit other crimes. View Comment
How about working towards affordable government instead of just providing help to those over burdened by the cost of living here? Wouldn't need to much low income housing if the legislature didn't drive the cost of living thru the roof. EVERY new low income unit is a sign of failure not success. View Comment
Think of all the trees we can plant if we used the West Ave dead zone as a park contiguous with Oyster shell and the Maritime instead of more overdevelopment. Or instead of expanding Washinton Village. It's nice to be a tree city, but it would be nicer to start preserving nice pieces of property for the taxpayers instead of viewing everything as revenue getters.
Shouldn't need cameras, people saw what happened no doubt. Areas go downhill like this when people keep their mouths shut and accept criminal activity as the norm. I feel bad for the victim but that area is what it is because of those who live there, so they deserve little sympathy. Good neighborhoods are made by good people. Norwalk needs to stop looking for bottom feeders so it can get grant money and start making an effort to get good productive people to move here.
Sad to see such hate today, but it often wonder why nobody cares if it's something similar directed at heterosexuals or white people. Discrimination is bad no matter what and we should stop acting like gay people and minorities are the only ones who get offended or are discriminated against. Our own city often discriminates against white people, how often do we hear about them actively seeking Latinos or other ethnicities for positions and appointments. If anyone openly sought white people over others they'd be tarred and feathered. Discrimination stinks even when committed by those pretending to seek equality. Equality cannot exist alongside affirmative action or in a society which discriminates for any reason. View Comment
Maybe they should look at the frequency with which people who intervene are arrested & prosecuted. I think a lot more people would;d take action on the spot when they see a violent crime, sexual in nature or not, happening if we had less of a tendency to prosecute them for it. Helping by calling BEFORE things happen is dangerous for citizens too because people make mistakes but once the authorities are involved they are tenacious and a misplaced domestic conviction is a life changing event. Its not easy but would be easier if the state wasn't so much more hung ho about conviction numbers than actually making a difference.
Income inequality is a misnomer in many cases. So we have wealthy areas & not so wealthy areas, big deal. Increased poverty is something the politicians around here seek so they can get grants, build more low income housing, import more poor people, apply for grants, build more low income housing & so on. Rent is high in Norwalk because taxes are high in Norwalk. Taxes are high in Norwalk because an ever increasing chunk of us lives off of the taxes.
The BEST thing we can do for Norwalk & its tax paying population is start REDUCING low income housing. Its past time to stop blaming employers & productive people for our issues. If people cannot afford it here they should move or work to lower the cost of living, instead of milking the system and then crying because its so expensive. View Comment
Just my opinion but this should be run by volunteers. Im pretty sure there are plenty of unemployed young adults in the SONO area with plenty of time to volunteer and help the community which so generously provides for them. View Comment