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School closures highlight economic inequality across Connecticut

School closures highlight economic inequality across Connecticut

Claire Redmer '21, Editor-in-Chief

June 22, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order closing public schools on March 15, beginning an unprecedented time of completely online schooling. While this served as a dramatic change for all students, some school districts faced a particularly difficult transition due to their funding and resour...

Reopening school in fall risky, should not be done

Jack Dennison '21, Broadcast Director

June 3, 2020

The coronavirus has been a major factor influencing everything in 2020, and the scariest part of it is the uncertainty of when many things can open. On May 5, Ned Lamont closed schools for the rest of the year. Although the closure is supposed to last until fall, there has been discussion as t...

Reopening economy will save more lives than national lockdown

As the US reaches its third month of quarantine and as unemployment continues to rise, we need to start thinking about getting our economy running again.

Graham Wood '20, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

It’s been three months since Staples closed its doors in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Staples students, Westport residents and essentially the rest of America have locked up and stayed in their homes as shelter-in-place orders have swept across the nation. With the exception ...

Connecticut reopening brings both worry and excitement

Julia Kasabian '21, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

With Coronavirus slowing down in Connecticut, the state is slowly starting to work its way towards normalcy. Businesses are reopening. Restrictions are beginning to be lifted. People are starting to see each other in person more.  Connecticut residents have many differing opinions on the reopening of the st...

Lamont announces barbershops, hair salons delayed until June

Despite the initial announcement that barbershops and hair salons would be included in phase one of Connecticut's reopening plan, Lamont has retracted this statement and pushed the reopening date to June.

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

May 28, 2020

Earlier this week, Governor Ned Lamont announced during his daily briefing that all Connecticut hair salons and barbershops reopenings would be pushed back from its original date of May 20 to at least June 1. While most stores and restaurants throughout the state reopened in some capacity on May 20,...

Exploring pandemic responses, which one is best?

Westport Public Schools were closed for the rest of the academic school year on March 11th.

Graham Wood '20 & Prasaus Yeager '22, Staff Writer & Opinion Editor

May 22, 2020

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Exploring pandemic responses, which one is best?

As America reaches its third month of quarantine and as 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment, when will it be appropriate to open up? Should we develop herd immunity or maintain our lockdown?

Graham Wood '20 and Prasaus Yeager '22, Staff Writer and Paper Opinions Editor

May 21, 2020

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Lamont removes Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health

Governor Ned Lamont removed the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health in the midst of the coronavirus.

Andreas Lolis '21, Breaking News Editor

May 19, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont fired Public Health Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell on May 12.  Coleman-Mitchell’s tenure was marked by controversy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations, according to The CT Mirror. Lamont thanked the departing Commissioner in a press release that announced the decision. “[Coleman-Mitchell’s] service over the last year has be...

Police drone program ditched due to privacy concerns

The drones would detect high heart and respiratory rates and high temperatures in addition to voice commands to remind the public of social distancing.

Giselle Oldani '22, Web News Editor

May 18, 2020

Westport’s Flatten the Curve Pilot drone program recently shut down due to privacy concerns and backlash from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Connecticut.  Through drone company, Draganfly, claimed these drones would not use facial recognition or be used in residents’ private yards...

How seniors are celebrating graduation during the coronavirus pandemic

Reilly Caldwell '20, Staff Writer

May 17, 2020

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Congress must curb continuous coronavirus spending

As a result of Congressional spending, the US deficit skyrocketed in the month of April. By this year’s end, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the deficit will be $3.7 trillion.

Andreas Lolis '21, Breaking News Editor

May 17, 2020

These are unprecedented times. Never have so many people been isolated from society.  The effects of social distancing impact more than just the social aspect of our lives. The American economy is in dire straits. Congress has responded with massive spending, including a $2 trillion stimulus pack...

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