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Thumbs up to Carly Simon, who grew up in Stamford, being named an inductee in the 2022 Class of the Rock & 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 were building a home in the city (she became an unofficial Brooklyn Dodgers mascot). While Connecticut claims only a few Rock & Roll Hall of Famers as natives (notably Rockville’s Gene Pitney), the state has also occasionally been the home to inductees such as Paul Simon (New Canaan), Diana Ross (Greenwich), Ronnie Spector (Danbury), Keith Richards (Weston), Alan Freed (Stamford), Alice Cooper (Greenwich) and Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads (Westport).
Thumbs up to all of the Connecticut candidates who put themselves out there at the political conventions over the weekend. Everyone has opinions over candidates — that’s what elections are all about — but there should be a measure of appreciation for anyone willing to make personal sacrifices to serve the public. The conventions mark an unofficial start to the heart of the campaign season. Four years ago, the race for governor was far thornier, as five Republicans squared off before Bob Stefanowski won the spot on the ballot. Stefanowski’s status as the clear candidate this early in the race will hopefully make platforms much more clear this round as he tries to unseat incumbent Democrat Ned Lamont.