Category Archives: Op-Ed

5 Halloween Treats Every Kid HATES

Halloween will be here before you know it. And with Halloween comes candy giving… a group of youngsters come to you doorstep and squeal “Trick or treat!” Little does the kid know, he’d get something in his goodie bag other than candy like — gasp! — an open candy or, God forbid, a razor blade. Well, here are five Halloween treats every kid HATES. Now pay attention!

Fruits, such as apples and oranges: Seriously? Fruits qualify as treats any other day of the week, but not on Halloween. This is merely a trick rather than a treat.

Anything black licorice: Blecch!! I HATED it when I was a kid — it was horrible! I might as well have been eating frickin’ root beer as far as I’m concerned. And don’t get me started with Good & Plenty. What was it plenty of, licorice?!

Toothbrushes: Again, seriously???? Face it: kids love Halloween, dentists don’t. But come on…. it’s Halloween! Not National Piss Off Your Dentist Day!! Aaaaaugh!!! And what kid DOESN’T freaking hate a toothbrush as a Halloween treat?! “I’d LOVE to get a toothbrush for Halloween,” said no kid ever.

Raisins: Garfield the Cat hated them no matter what day of the year it is. Kids hate it on Halloween. This falls under the healthy category along with fruits. Ooooh let’s give the kids dried fruit — they’re gonna consume all that sugar anyway.

Circus peanuts: They do NOT taste like peanut butter despite being shaped as a peanut. They taste like disappointment — sugar coated disappointment.  You’re better off giving Junior a bag of peanuts.


What we’re now learning from this pre-season winter storm — mind you, it wasn’t even November yet — we should have learned from Tropical Storm Irene. And by we,  I mean the good folks at Connecticut Light and Power. While they were aware of the trees that are too close to power lines, they didn’t do crap about that situation.

The towns that didn’t take the brunt of Tropical Storm Irene were felled by Winter Storm Alfred. The cause? Trees. Shitloads of trees in our great state. The freak winter storm occurred one weekend ago, on the heels of Halloween. While the leaves were still on the trees, and we’d have a somewhat mild autumn season and too much moisture and precipitation, the storm came crashing in like an uninvited guest we kicked out, telling him to go away. What we need to realize is we’ve pissed off Mother Nature one too many times, and at some point, we’re going to have to face the consequences.

If you can remember back in late August/early September after Irene, you will understand why trees are the problem with the power lines. One sudden impact with the trees can knock out power for hundreds of thousands. If it wasn’t the heavy rains that damage the trees, it was the wind gusts of over 50 miles per hour. That being said, New London was more likely to receive wind damage and Colebrook was more likely to experience heavy downpours.

CL&P President Jeff Butler promised to put 99 percent of its customers back online by tonight at midnight, but like the rest of us in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy seemed skeptical. With about 100,000 customers still without power and, in some cases, without heat, CL&P is going to have to work extra fast to reach that 99-percent target, and Gov. Malloy will be pushing him to ensure that that happens. So the rule of thumb is, if you still are without power as of 10 a.m. today, hang in there because help is on the way.

Worth Fall-ing For

Ahhh... Fall

Apple cider. Fairs. Pumpkins and their pies. That nip in the air. All those could mean only one thing: it’s Fall.

It is difficult to appreciate the fall season as winter and summer get all the attention. In stores, the Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake are well in stock. Dunkin’ Donuts wants you to fall for the fall favorites like the hot or iced apple cider and their pumpkin variety such as pumpkin latte.  And since it’s October, they’re selling pumpkin…  whatevers like hotcakes. They’ll even sell those through Thanksgiving.

But the one question that’s been burning in my mind: Why do they call it Oktoberfest if it happens in September?

Why Men in Power Act Like Pigs

Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The news of former head of the International Money Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn — or DSK — being charged for an alleged sexual assault, and former California Governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger fathering a love child during an extramarital affair got my attention. No matter how powerful you are, if you a man who commits such lewd acts, people just perceive you as a pig.

With all due respect to the pink curlicue tailed farm critters you’d find rolling in mud, these men’s piggish behavior is inexcusable. Yes, they ARE men, but they are also the movers and shakers that help shape our society.

You can add Newt Gingrich, President Bill Clinton, and Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to the mix. But it’s not limited to the political world.  Who can forget R.Kelly — thank God he’s not guilty in the child-porn case — who had allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl. And made a sex tape of it too boot.

As for Ahhh-nold… his comeback to Hollywood has been put on hiatus.

Bad Luck Charlie

Bad boy Charlie Sheen can’t seem to stay out of trouble, can he?

It was his behavior that prompted the cancellation of CBS’s Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season, resulting in the entire cast not getting paid. He also allegedly called the show’s excecutive producer “a clown” on the video below.

If it wasn’t enough that he’d resorted to smoking cocaine, he also had to have subject himself to a sex binge by enjoying a rendezvous with porn-star Kacey Jordan. Sadly, his 36-hour binge ended at a trip to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles while begin sequestered in an ambulance.

If Charlie Sheen shows up to work on the set of Two and a Half Men, he’s fresh out of luck. The show will be on hiatus until next season. He is NOT a role model you’d really want to look up to.

Say It Ain’t Snow!

Just what we need… more snow. And it’s still January at least until Monday. So far, we’ve at least 4 feet (yes, feet) of the powdery white stuff to date and the meteorological winter ends on February 28. One can only hope Punxsutawney Phil does NOT see his shadow come Wednesday morning — Groundhog Day for those of y’all keeping score — because our beloved state can’t afford six more hours of winter, let alone six more weeks. I’ll take the winter chill, but the snow has got to go.