DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ISSUE WHOSE TIME HAS COME

There is an issue garnering attention at the Capitol in Hartford and statewide. It’s the issue of domestic violence and the other crimes related to it. And it’s about time. The issue was brought front and center Valentine’s Day when nearly 100 people gathered at the state Capitol to note the one-year anniversary of the murder of Tiana Notice of Plainville who was working on her master’s degree at the University of Hartford. She was stabbed to death. Her ex-boyfriend, James Carter was arrested and faces murder charges. He is currently locked up, awaiting trial.

This demonstration comes on the heels of the release of a report by a special legislative commission on domestic violence. The task force was formed by House Speaker Chris Donovan and chaired by the hard-working and talented state Representative Mae Flexer of Danielson.

Shelters should be staffed around the clock, GPS devices should be used to track the worst offenders, and problems with teen dating should be taught in schools. Flexer says she knows some of the proposals will be problematic given the budget deficit but those are being floated for the future or in hopes of getting alternative funding.

Some random thoughts on the Olympics:
• I’d rather watch an opening ceremony that shows the diversity and openness of a beautiful country (even if there are glitches in the presentation) than a high-tech show from a country that attempts to make us forget about its human rights abuses for an hour or two (Beijing).
• Gretzky is still the greatest.
• Watching the early events about which the author of the Shad knows nothing, is fun. All the ski jumps look the same (at least on take-offs). One wonders about the origin of the biathlon—shooting and skiing. Don’t let Rip Torn hear about this. And at these events, especially the ski jumping, the only place you’ll see an American flag is on some people who got lost on the way to Whistler to see the Flying Tomato.
• Apolo Ohno got all excited winning silver (and setting a record) because the two South Koreans ahead of him took each other out and crashed. I’d hate tto win in that manner and certainly wouldn’t be celebrating like that. I’d also hate to be in the next meeting of the South Korean short-track team.
• Some anchors/commentators grow old nicely with each Olympics, some don’t. Jim McKay for instance could have gone on forever. Bob Costas was good. Tom Brokaw was great. Not so much for Al Michaels. He, of the “Do you believe in Miracles?” call of the 1980 US men’s hockey team beating the USSR, needs to lose weight and go to Blades in Wethersfield for his dye job.
• I long for the life of a moguls skier. You can’t find happier people and while competitive, they don’t seem to care much where they place in the event.
• Love the Connecticut connections to the women’s and men’s hockey teams. The comments of Choate alumnus Angela Ruggerio were perfect. “I guess I could use my Harvard [business] degree to get a job but I’d rather play hockey.” Finally, I found a girl after my own heart. Anyone have her number?
• As young hockey player (about ages 5 to 12 or so), my team would go to Canada once a year to play teams in and around Quebec. Watching some of the scenes of the west coast of Canada and Vancouver specifically, reminds me how beautiful the country really is.