Fish Stark
Staff Columnist
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STARK: Boycott Atticus, Thai Taste

On the Saturday before Labor Day, workers and activists from Unidad Latina en Acción gathered in front of Atticus Bookstore & Café on Chapel Street. […]

STARK: The forgotten places

You have to fight for the places that have been forgotten and bring them into the light.

STARK: Bulldogs in New Haven

Class of 2020, as you start to imagine what your time at Yale will look like, I hope you’ll envision a Yale experience that includes being an active, engaged resident of New Haven.

STARK: For accountable policing

New Haveners have already waited 19 years for a powerful civilian review board. They shouldn’t have to wait 20.

STARK: Tax Yale

There’s a political fight raging in Hartford over the use of Yale’s endowment, and the scent of baloney hangs heavy in the air.

STARK: Values-based budgeting

Budgets reflect values. It’s easy, and often empty, to declare solidarity with a cause or compassion towards the suffering. It’s the sacrifices we make — of time, of money, of energy — that show where our hearts really lie. When families set aside money to give to charity or their place of worship, when universities set aside money for financial aid, when cities set aside money to care for their neediest residents — these are the truest reflections of how deep our professed beliefs really run.

STARK: Democracy now

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders’ supporters are telling us something. Neither candidate’s success really has very much to do with border walls, free college or bad haircuts.

STARK: Money for schools, not lawyers

Say you had $40,000 to improve public education in New Haven. How would you spend it?

STARK: Stay for the summer

The ebb and flow of student interest and involvement in New Haven follows a pretty predictable pattern. Every two years, a flashy aldermanic campaign grabs […]

STARK: The rent is too damn high

I hadn’t come to the New Haven mayoral debate expecting fireworks. Everyone knew incumbent Mayor Toni Harp was going to win re-election in a landslide. But […]

STARK: Lessons from the data

New Haven is having a bad case of test anxiety.