ARE OUR SCHOOL BUSES SAFE? APPARENTLY NOT

The latest scandal about to hit Connecticut and have parents freaking out every school morning involves the safety—or lack of—the state’s school buses. When you send the little ones out to meet the school bus every morning, you expect them to be riding in a safe vehicle. But while the most high-profile debate about school buses has been whether they should all have seat belts, apparently there are bigger problems. The Hartford Courant has a frightening, front-page article about safety inspections of school buses in the state. The inspections and a review by The Courant show that 25% of the school buses in the state are unfit for use. http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-school-buses-0307.art0mar07,0,2648096.story
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It’s fair to say that every city and town in the state is watching every nickel, dime and dollar in these economic times. Unfortunately, some leaders only talk a good game. Check out this eye-opening piece about Middletown: http://www.middletownpress.com/articles/2010/03/06/opinion/doc4b91d327a823b541518317.txt
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If you’re one to go grocery shopping at a store other than your usual one rather than cross a picket line, you can relax. Word is there is a tentative agreement between Stop and Shop and the union representing 36,000 workers including 15,000 here in Connecticut. Count The Shad as a regular customer. The rank and file vote this morning on it.
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The UConn men and The Shad’s alma mater Syracuse both lost yesterday. Lousy basketball day.
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Last week, Fox CT and the Courant managed to get all the candidates for US Senate on stage, over two nights, to debate. The Shad is really hoping they can do the same thing with the candidates for governor. Of course, they’d need a bigger stage and a plan not to shine the lights in Ned Lamont’s eyes. We don’t need a frozen candidate.