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Monday, June 28, 2010
It will be broadcast on CT-N, Connecticut's State Public Affairs Television and Streaming Network.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
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"I think politically, it was a fair speech," Mertens said via email this morning. "He emphasized the efforts that they are implementing and starting to implement now, and touched on all the issues. But it also exposes the weakness of the initial response, in the first two weeks, to the accident. I was infuriated during the first week by the usual practice of taking a 'best case scenario' view of the situation."
"As an engineer, I know that in order to protect the public good, we must always assume and prepare for the worst case scenario. Also, as an engineer and energy policy teacher, I was very disappointed that his discussion of energy alternatives was extremely vague. He didn't mention electric cars! We will never wean ourselves from oil until we convert to electricity as our transportation energy distribution system. And, unfortunately, I do not have a lot of confidence in Dr. Chu or Mr. Salazar."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The show has been running in most of the state since November 2009, but it wasn't until recently that it began running in East Hartford and Bloomfield. It is the first time that any public access show has run state-wide. "Every station has different technical and sponsorship requirements, and it has been a lot of work and logistics," said Mertens. "I would love to see other candidates spend thirty minutes talking about different issues, instead of campaigning with thirty-second commercials."
The broadcast schedule varies around the state, but in most towns it runs weekly or twice a week, often in prime time slots.
Show titles have included: "U.S. Drug Policy", "Social Security", "Health Care", "Jobs", "Afghanistan", "Energy and the Environment", "John Answers the Debate Questions", "Meet John" and "The Independent Party". Most can be viewed online at YouTube.com.
Monday, June 7, 2010
"As one of two candidates currently on the ballot in November, I can say with certainty that Mr. Mosler's economics are correct: the U.S. will not run out of dollars or face a solvency crisis like Greece. And Mr. Mosler's jobs plan, while differing significantly from my proposals, would also work. Voters should pay close attention to the ideas of third-party candidates."
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The Keynote speaker will be Al Konetzni, Jr., Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.), Commander, Pacific Fleet. There will be a special tribute to Jeffrey B. Butler, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Light and Power Company, and the presentation of the Community Service Award to Andy and Paige Weinstein, owners of Star Tire.