A standing ovation for CT’s Rock & Roll Hall of Famers

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Thumbs up to Carly Simon, who grew up in Stamford, to be named inductee in the class of 2022 of Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Simon had a memorable childhood in Connecticut. Among other things, her family hosted Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson while the Robinsons built a house in town (she became an unofficial Brooklyn Dodgers mascot). While Connecticut claims only a few members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as natives (notably Gene Pitney of Rockville), the state has also occasionally hosted inductees such as Paul Simon (New Canaan), Diana Ross (Greenwich), Ronnie Spector (Danbury), Keith Richards (Weston), Alan Freed (Stamford), Alice Cooper (Greenwich) and Talking Heads’ (Westport) Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz.


Thumbs up to all Connecticut candidates who showed up at political conventions over the weekend. Everyone has opinions about candidates — that’s what elections are for — but there should be some appreciation for anyone willing to make personal sacrifices to serve the public. Conventions mark an unofficial start into the heart of the campaign season. Four years ago, the gubernatorial race was much thornier, as five Republicans battled it out before Bob Stefanowski won the ballot spot. Stefanowski’s status as a clear candidate so early in the race will hopefully make the platforms much clearer this round as he attempts to unseat incumbent Democrat Ned Lamont.


Thumbs up to Fairfield fourth graders who learned the lessons of the legislative process as they tried unsuccessfully to pressure lawmakers to declare lollipops as Connecticut’s state candy. Although the bill passed the Senate, it lost its flavor by the time it reached the House, where it never came to a vote. But it’s a valuable exercise for any resident of the state, let alone 9-year-olds. Bill should have had more hope, considering the lollipop was invented in Connecticut. Alas, it’s a bonus lesson for college students that Connecticut is really bad at celebrating its successes.


thumbs down to US Census Bureau figures that suggest Connecticut lost 850 nonprofit and commercial employers in the first year of COVID in 2020. Although the state has some assurance that the void was later filled by startups is no consolation for the companies, workers and customers who have lost these places of business. The biggest declines cited by the Census Bureau were hospitality and finance businesses that had four or fewer jobs.

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